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Capturing Radon Secrets DEAR TIM: I’m building a new home and someone at a Christmas party asked me what my builder was going to do about radon. I’ve never heard of radon and thought it was a joke. Is radon an issue and what can be done about it in new construction? The foundation is […]

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State Proline XE Combi Boiler - Small Workhorse The first week of December I removed a clunky cast-iron boiler at my home and replaced it with a sleek and compact State Proline XE Combi boiler. The difference is simply amazing. My State Proline XE Combi boiler is magic in a box. CLICK HERE to discover […]

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"... you may be a homeowner that’s been violated by a bad builder and your first instinct is to extract justice using the legal system." Sue My Builder Checklist Ask your attorney the right questions in one hour or less Most builders have no money to get Determine what it costs to prosecute a lawsuit […]

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Foundation Height Above Grade - Shoot for 18 Inches This is the 4th podcast in a large series that follows the construction of Tim Carter’s daughter’s new home in Downeast Maine. In this podcast, Tim talks about how important it is to make sure the top of the foundation is above the surrounding soil. There are building […]

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Frost Line - Be Sure Foundation is Lower! This is the 3rd podcast in a large series that follows the construction of Tim Carter’s daughter’s new home in Downeast Maine. In this podcast, Tim talks about how you need to know the depth to which frost penetrates the soil where you build. CLICK HERE to view […]

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Stake Out House Foundation - It's Easy to Do This is the second podcast in a large series that follows the construction of Tim Carter’s daughter’s new home in Downeast Maine. In this podcast, Tim talks about what is involved when you stake out a house foundation and what the benefits are. CLICK HERE to view […]

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New House Podcast Series - A Stunning Home in Downeast Maine This is the page where you'll discover links to each and every episode of the special New House Podcast Series. This series is following the actual construction of Tim Carter's daughter's new home in Downeast Maine. Episode 1: House Plans Episode 2: Stake Out […]

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"It's important to realize this permeance rating was achieved just testing a single piece of felt paper on its own. Adding other materials on top of the felt paper could radically change the felt paper's ability to transfer water vapor back out to the atmosphere." Felt Paper Vapor Barrier? You Bet It Can Be You […]

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Building Blues My oldest daughter and son-in-law are building a new home in Downeast Maine. It’s their first home and you can imagine they’re excited. It’s a good thing they’re young and full of energy because the building process can be stressful and full of surprises. The project was delayed for any number of reasons, […]

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