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Avoid Geologic Hazards When Building or Buying Land You probably don’t give much thought to the ground under or around your home. What follows are a few true stories that may change your perspective. If you’re in the market to purchase land to build your dream home or are looking to move to purchase an […]

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How to Stop Water Flooding Into Your Home - Set Your Foundation High Water is both your friend and your foe. You need it to live, your plants and landscaping need a sip, and if your pets are like my stunning American Dirus dog that looks like a dire wolf, they need lots of water. […]

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How to Lose Money With a Builder - It's so Easy! What you’re about to read might be life-changing for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re building a new home, adding a room addition, remodeling a kitchen or bath, or even building a deck. I shared the following with my 25,000 free newsletters subscribers a […]

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How to Minimize Exterior Wood Maintenance One of the things I enjoy most about writing my column is communicating with readers just like you. As often happens, a reader will visit my www.AsktheBuilder.com website and use the form on the Ask Tim page to get help. Not too long ago Bob did this. He lives […]

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How to Prevent Cost Overruns on Your Projects You have a county coroner who performs autopsies on some who have been sent back to Heaven. I do autopsies too each week. Many of them. You may have been one of the many homeowners who have reached out to me asking for me to throw you […]

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How to Create a Realistic New Home Building Budget Are you thinking of building a new home or doing a major remodeling project? If so, I’ve got some sobering news for you. After reading this column you may understand why the moniker my three kids coined for me years ago is spot on. Around the […]

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Building on Solid Soil - Get a Free Soil Map My college degree is in geology. At the time I was in school, I had no idea how valuable this knowledge would be once I became a full-time builder. There’s a very good chance I was the only builder in Cincinnati, Ohio that knew soil […]

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Lithium Battery Fires - The Problem is Very Serious This might be the most important column I’ve written in my 30-year career as a syndicated columnist. There’s a very high probability you have lithium-ion batteries in your home. They are now as common as ants at a summer picnic. The issue is the batteries can […]

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Top Residential Building Mistakes - There are So Many! Each week I have the good fortune to speak on the phone with homeowners all across the USA who ask me to solve problems at their homes. Many of these homeowners like you are facing expensive repairs because of mistakes made by the home builder. Each […]

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High Hardware Prices and Your Garage and Workshop I took over the grocery shopping duties to give my lovely wife a break. She did it for over forty years. Each week I continue to be astonished at the prices of ordinary food staples like bacon, eggs, bread, and milk. Do you suffer from the same […]

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