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  Front Porch Construction - Probably Not DIY DEAR TIM: The house I grew up in had a covered front porch. A few of the houses I owned after getting married also had this wonderful accessory. It seems that large covered front porches are being kicked to the curb by architects and builders. How do […]

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Column Summary: Twelve different treated lumber ratings Identifying the rating Treated lumber corrodes fasteners Why decks collapse CLICK or TAP HERE to subscribe to my FREE newsletter Treated Lumber Ratings - Twelve at Last Count DEAR TIM: I’m a remodeling contractor and have started to see a disturbing trend in the failure of treated lumber. […]

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Alta Norway Mudslide - Often Disaster Can be Predicted The tragedy of the eight houses being swept into the ocean may have been prevented. Norway has quick clays and they are not very strong soils. There could be historical data that told of other past mudslides in this area. Geologic mapping might identify them as […]

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How to Flash Siding Block - You Need Thin Stainless Steel Watch this video to understand one correct way to flash a siding block for light fixtures, hose bibs, appliance vents, etc. It's much easier to install the special stainless steel flashing tape as you're installing the siding rather than to do a repair. CLICK […]

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Metal Roof Color Temperature - Color Matters Big Time I used my FLIR infrared camera to determine the temperature of three pieces of metal I had painted three different colors. The experiment was done at the end of May 2020 in central New Hampshire. I took the photos just a few minutes after solar noon. […]

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 Ask The Builder · Water Leak Electrical Panel Animated GIF by Marty Hovey Copyright 1995 Marty Hovey Water Leak Electrical Panel Podcast: Tim Carter received a water leak electrical panel email from Kathleen in Millersville, MD. Here's what Kathleen wrote: "Tim, Every time it rains there is a slow trickle of water that seeps […]

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Animated GIF by Marty Hovey Copyright 1995 Marty Hovey Water Damage Drywall Repair Podcast: Tim Carter received a water damage drywall repair email from Phil. Phil lives in Australia and is a virtual friend of Tim's. Here's what Phil wrote: "Tim, I’ve got a small area of drywall that is a bit of a disaster. […]

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Ask The Builder · 69: Free Standing Tree House Animated GIF by Marty Hovey Copyright 1995 Marty Hovey Free Standing Tree House Podcast: Tim Carter received a free standing tree house email from Joe who lives in South Carolina. He sent an amazing video you MUST watch below. I pray that Joe leaves his video […]

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Ask The Builder · 68: Crawlspace Wall Insulation Animated GIF by Marty Hovey Copyright 1995 Marty Hovey Crawlspace Wall Insulation Podcast: Tim Carter received a great crawlspace wall insulation email from Craig who lives in Ohio. He sent amazing photos you can see below. Craig wrote: "Hi Tim, My crawlspace is about 660 square feet. […]

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 Ask The Builder · 67: Wet Room Ideas Wet Room Ideas Podcast: Tim Carter received a great wet room ideas email from Jen who lives in Texas. She wrote: "Hi, Tim, I'm about to remodel my master bathroom. The concept of Japanese soaking tubs got me inspired and I hope to end up with […]

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