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Corner Bookshelves Can be Cool I’ve had enough trips around the sun such that I often find myself thinking of what might be inside future homes. For example, do you think that architects and builders from 100 years ago would have thought laundry chutes would go out of style? They might have thought placing washing Read More »

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How to Prevent Wood Rot Repair Hours before I began to write this column I was backing my car into a parking spot at church. Just ahead of me was an older garage on the church campus that was being remodeled. New vinyl siding is being installed and my guess is all of the trim Read More »

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Electrical Conduit - Should You Install It in Your Home? Before I jump into this topic about electric conduit, I feel you need to know a little history about how my media and influencer profession works. Ask the Builder started out as a syndicated newspaper column in October of 1993. In fact, as of June Read More »

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Home Depot Dryer Installation On May 25, 2022, Home Depot delivered an LG dryer and washer to my son's house in Nashua, NH. My son had told them not to do the actual hookups because it cost $500 and he knew I could do it for nothing. The installers must have not read the paperwork Read More »

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Corded vs. Cordless Tools - Which One Costs More? Do you have a love affair with power tools? If so, my guess is you may have succumbed to the Sirens’ songs luring you into the Sea of Cordless Tools. Before you become mesmerized by the nymphs’ sweet voices, I suggest you check your heading and Read More »

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Window Replacement Cost is Sky High A good friend of mine who lives in the suburbs of Chicago reached out to me a few weeks ago. He asked me what I knew about the cost to replace windows. He didn’t want to make a grave financial error navigating the treacherous waters of replacement windows. With Read More »

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Mortar Recipe Tip Go here to get the amazing mortar recipe tip including secret recipes and installation tips to change the color of concrete. Links to the colored pigments are included!

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Old House Construction Days ago, I was in the basement of an old house with my son. We were looking at the boiler, the structure, and the foundation walls. He’s about to become a first-time owner of a piece of the earth ball. The past four years, he’s been renting a loft apartment and he’s Read More »

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Home Inspection Nightmare - There are So Many Not all home inspectors are equal. Many are sub-par and they haven't had the proper training to find all major flaws in a home. A home inspection is very important because you need to protect yourself from buying a lemon. I was one of the first home Read More »

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What is the Best Heating System for House? - Well... You might overhear several pickup truck owners bragging about how their Ford or Chevy truck is better than all the rest. It might even be a Ram or Toyota owner. The odds of any of them convincing the other to change brands is more remote Read More »

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