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How to Use an Old Drywall Lath Hatchet - Keep it Razor Sharp This video was probably recorded in the 1950s. The installer is putting up 3/8-inch-thick drywall lath panels. These lath panels were often 16 inches wide and normally 4 feet long. They were introduced in the early 1900s. Some call it rock lath. Read More »

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Spray Foam Pros and Cons - You Better Do the Math! A new home is being built on my street. I have to drive past it anytime I leave the community. I’ve visited the job site countless times to check on the progress and to weigh in on the quality of the workmanship. So far Read More »

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Build a Magic Playhouse or Clubhouse - Create Memories Many decades ago I was a small lad. You may have had a childhood similar to mine. I was right in the middle of the baby boom created by lonely soldiers and sailors who came back from the great World War II to make up for Read More »

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Paint Walls with Bold Colors - It Might Look Fantastic I’ve had the distinct pleasure to attend numerous editors conferences over the years sponsored by different manufacturers. I’ve toured tool heat-treating hand-tool plants, precision saw-blade factories, small-engine plants, and paint factories to name but a few. Each experience is similar to Christmas morning because I Read More »

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Cleaning and Restoring Tile and Slate Floors - Easy! A month ago you may have read my column about how to get ceramic tile grout clean. As you might suspect, I received quite a few thank-you notes via the Ask Tim page on my www.AsktheBuilder.com website. It’s always gratifying to hear from you knowing that Read More »

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New Home Hacks Wish List - Fill Out the Form Fill out this form and share the top three things you WISH you had in your current home or want in your next new home. I'll send you a free PDF copy of all the ones worthy of being in my new book soon to Read More »

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PETA Demands No Christmas Reindeer The People who Eat Tasty Animals (PETA) are reported to have issued a proclamation demanding that reindeer NOT be used to pull Santa's sleigh. Instead, they recommend the use of propane - a wonderful fossil fuel that evidently is naturally renewable being created by Mother Nature.

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How to Clean Shower Grout - And Mop Floors Too! Sarah reached out to me a few days ago. She was more frustrated than I get when I miss a 2-foot putt at the golf course. Six months before she had a new master shower installed with a marble-tile floor. The pieces of marble are Read More »

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