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Solar Attic Fan Tough Love Question #1: Tim, can you cut through the fog of confusion about solar attic fans? I just want the tough-love truth. Do they really work or are they mostly hype? What does it take to really cool an attic space? My husband really thinks it’s a great idea to buy […]

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  Drywall That Gets Wet Question #1: I need your help Tim. I’ve talked to several contractors and their advice is not in agreement. The dilemma is what drywall should be used in what areas of my house. One contractor talks about green board. Another one mentions MMR board. The third contractor hasn’t heard of […]

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Roof Moss & Algae Question #1: I need your expert advice, Tim. My asphalt shingle roof has some green stuff on it. I’m not sure if it’s moss or algae. How do you tell the difference between the two? What’s the best way to remove them without harming the shingles? Once the roof is clean, […]

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Sewer line roots cause clogs. The tree roots in a sewer line are one of the top ten plumbing problems. After finding your sewer line, install vertical pipes that let you poison the soil. You will never again have roots in the sewer line!

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" ...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 permit and you're stuck. You've seen […]

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Sewer Gas Survey - Help Others Now Sewer gas in your home is yucky! Please take a few moments and complete this short sewer gas survey IF you've had sewer gas in your home or business in the past. If you have sewer gas NOW, you can also complete the survey. Thanks so much! Loading... […]

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Plumbing Mistakes I’m blessed. Not only do I get emails each day from readers like you, but I also get questions from the Ask Tim page at my AsktheBuilder.com website. Believe it or not, these questions are never tiring and it’s like Christmas morning when I open them. The high-resolution photos that often accompany the […]

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Water Pipes Need Not Freeze Water supply lines in your home freeze because they get cold. Your plumber or builder should be smart enough to know to keep water lines on the warm sides of floors and walls. Preventing Frozen Pipes Checklist: Water lines should be installed on the warm side of walls and floors […]

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Draw Plumbing Plans  Using Years of Experience You have to draw plumbing plans if you want your plumbing system to go in with no surprises. I've been a master plumber for almost forty years now and know how invaluable a great set of plans is to have on the job site. I can draw plumbing […]

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How to Thread Black Iron Pipe Video To thread black iron, you need to use special tools. It's dirty work and if it's hot outdoors, you'l break a sweat for sure. Related Links: Sealing Black Iron Pipe Joints - The BEST Sealant Flexible Gas Lines Instead of Stiff Black Iron Thread Black Iron in Minutes […]

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