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How To Get the Best Contractor " ...you need to have a deep understanding of plumbing waste and vent systems to be able to draw one correctly." How To Draw Riser Diagram - Not Too Easy, Sorry! You want to know how to draw a riser diagram. I get it. You need to pull your […]

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Low-Voltage Deck Lights Question #1: Tim, I’m going to tackle rebuilding my deck soon and have seen lots of photos of low-voltage deck lighting. I’m afraid of electricity and don’t feel I have the skills to do this part of the project. Can you impart any wisdom that will instill the courage in me to […]

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Here's a collection of photos showing how I connected up my Trex low-voltage lighting. Trex Low Voltage Lighting Is Easy to Connect First, allow me to show you what the lights look like when they're on:

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I had some fun the other day. My son helped me tape a video based on a dream I had about two months ago. Yes, I had a dream about taping a second 3-way switch video. Years ago, I taped a video showing how the wires are connected to a 3-way switch in new construction […]

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3 Way Switch Troubleshooting is Simple - Play Musical Chairs Watch the above video to see how to troubleshoot a 3-way switch that you goofed up. Yes, I know you did. I know you had good intentions, but now you've got the wrong wires on the wrong screws. Using just painters tape, a marker, a […]

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Rock Retaining Walls Question #1: Tim, I read a column on your website about rock retaining walls. I’m having a hard time believing you can build a lasting wall and not use mortar between the stones. I’d love to just build a wall and not have to use mortar. What’s the real secret? Karen - […]

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We're halfway through April. Yesterday I got a text from a friend who's an amateur radio operator like I am. Emily and her husband live in south central Pennsylvania and went for a hike. She told me it was 89 F. This impish young woman has a long legacy of pulling my leg. After all, […]

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  IRWIN SPEEDBOR Blue-Groove spade bits feature a 40-percent thicker cutting edge to keep the bit cool and sharp. The shank is 25% larger for extreme durability. Get a set now for your toolbox. IRWIN SPEEDBOR Blue-Groove Spade Bits Will Power Your Profit I've used lots of spade bits in my career drilling thousands of […]

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Leak Alert Wifi by Zircon Offers You Its Protection How To Be Alerted To Leaks Early The Leak Alert Wifi is a dandy little alarm. Powered by a lithium battery, the device sits and waits for water to leak. When the water contacts the alarm, it sends you an email. The email tells you exactly where […]

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Building a rock retaining wall can add a lot of your property. But a rock retaining wall is a major project. Retaining wall rocks are heavy and the rock retaining wall design must be able to withstand a tremendous amount of pressure.

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