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No Pest Dryer Vent - Mine Works Well I installed a special dryer vent cover about four years ago. It's a no pest dryer vent. It comes with two flaps, not just one as you find on regular vent covers. The outer flap has tiny magnets that keep the cover closed so it won't annoy […]

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Bright Owl LED Night Light With Rechargeable Battery Tim Carter demonstrates the Bright Owl LED night light that contains a rechargeable battery. The night light stays on for 90 minutes should your power go out. CLICK or TAP HERE to Buy or Discover More about the Bright Owl.

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Warm Floors DEAR TIM: It’s time to build our retirement home. The house will be in a four-season climate and I insist on it being as comfortable as possible when it’s cold outdoors. I’ve heard about radiant floor heat but always have had forced-air heat. What can you tell me about radiant floor heat? Is […]

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Creeping and Snapping Laminate Floor QUESTION #1: Oh, Tim I need your help! A laminate floor in a friend’s house seems to be possessed. Overnight, gaps appear in the floor where one piece butts up against another. With some effort, you can slide them back tight again. When you walk across the floor in places […]

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Yesterday I was perusing a national news website whose headlines more and more are reminding me of the traditional sensational tabloids that might have a story about a lawn being stolen. Being a syndicated newspaper columnist, I find this transition most interesting. One particular headline caught my eye as it talked about the five things […]

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Drill a Well QUESTION #1: Tim the Builder, I’ve got a question for you. I live in a big city and am tired of the chlorinated and polluted water that flows through the city water mains. Is it possible to have my own well water as people out in the country have? How does water […]

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Your Pesky Dryer Vent Pipe QUESTION #1: I need your advice, Tim. My clothes dryer stopped getting my clothes dry. The problem was traced to the vent line being squished behind the dryer. I was also told the flexible plastic pipe was inferior. Can you share your magic way of connecting clothes dryers to vent […]

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Put Out Grease Fire - Use Lid Not Water Watch the terrifying video above of what happens when you try to put out a kitchen grease fire using water. Why is Water Bad? The water is bad because it immediately goes from the liquid to the vapor (steam) state as the temperature of the burning […]

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25th AsktheBuilder Anniversary October 2, 2018 is the 25th anniversary of my Ask the Builder syndicated newspaper column. I’m very proud of surviving this long as a writer and publisher and thought I’d share some of the good and the bad I’ve seen since that morning I waited outside in the dark for the newspaper […]

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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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