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How To Get the Best Contractor Doing Due Diligence Story I discovered years ago that you like stories and hate to be lectured to. Stories can be fun and intriguing. Lectures tend to make your brain hurt. I’ve got a story for you that I think you’ll really enjoy. It’s been unfolding over the past […]

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Crown Molding Gap at Ceiling - Carpenters Goofed Up Charlie from Easley, SC has a crown molding gap where it meets the ceiling. I have the same issue at my own home. It's important to realize he’s got crown molding in at least one room of his home and in the winter months a gap […]

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Efflorescence Damage Concrete - Not Usually a Problem Efflorescence is a white powder created when saltwater evaporates from a masonry surface like concrete. It's a very common problem in cold climates on garage floors. Rarely will it cause a problem inside of your garage. The first thing to remember is cars carry in snow and […]

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Andrea S, from Little Rock, Arkansas wrote to me. She was in a huge bind. Two weeks ago she was planning to close on a house. Fortunately for her, she did a walk through inspection with her realtor the day before the closing. New House Walk Through Nightmare - Broken Water Pipe When they opened […]

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Laundry Room Plans - Common Sense Tips DEAR TIM: One of my New Years resolutions involves my laundry room. It’s a long story, but my husband and I are building a huge room addition and I finally get my dream laundry room. I think I know what I want, but I’d like to get your […]

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Wall Cap Dominoes - A Game Played With Big Blocks! Free & Fast Bids CLICK HERE to get FREE & FAST BIDS from local contractors that can do a domino demonstration for you! Watch how builders have fun on a job site playing wall cap dominoes. I never did this, but am inclined to try […]

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Published: January 12, 2018 © Tim Carter Just two days ago, January 10, 2018, I was at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida. I visited the AZEK booth and was talking with an AZEK employee about bolts that should be used when installing the AZEK aluminum deck posts. The first thing to remember is AZEK […]

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New Home Construction Hiccup DEAR TIM: My builder really goofed up my new home. A room at the corner of the house next to the front door had its roof installed too low. The mistake is being corrected but I’m quite upset as I don’t feel the job is being done right. They’re leaving the […]

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You wake up on a frigid morning or come home from work and your house is cold, yet the heater or furnace is on. You might mumble out loud as you shiver, "Why is house cold with heating on?" Why Is House Cold? Furnaces Can Only Do So Much Here's why your house is cold […]

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Laundry Room Ideas - Beware Of Function Flaws! Laundry rooms are one of the hardest-working rooms in a house outside of the kitchen. I don't know about you, but I don't go into my laundry room to relax, read, watch TV or jump on my amateur radio. I go in there to get clothes clean, […]

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