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Stop Basement Leaks Question #1: Tim, water is pouring into my basement now that it’s spring. I’m sick of the water intrusion and the mold it creates. My head feels like it’s stuffed with cotton after trying to research online how best to stop the water. Can you add some clarity and tell me if […]

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White Salt on Brick and 3 Ways Question #1: Tim, I’ve got a mess on my brick home. I live in Houston, TX and have a sprinkler system for my lawn. The water sometimes gets sprayed on my brick exterior. White stains appear. I’ve tried scrubbing with water and a water/acid mix. Nothing is working. […]

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Heat Loss Photos - I've Got Plenty Heat loss, and heat gain in the summer, are both responsible for costing you money. It's important to realize that you can't stop heat loss, but you can slow it down. In the photo above the purple areas on the sloped ceiling are caused by air flowing through […]

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Three Calls - Three Happy Homeowners Chuck convinces Tim to get back in front of the microphone Vic has a tilted concrete patio and needs to level it Sandy's house paint is peeling, she wants to whitewash it TJ wants to be his own contractor on his house building project - good idea or now […]

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Two Hours and $50 Saves $8,000 This column was inspired by two events that happened within hours of one another. One was at my own home. In both instances, an hour or two of time and a few extra dollars spent years prior would have saved thousands of dollars today. The first thing to remember […]

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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 eight weeks with a random visitor […]

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  "Crown molding ceiling gap happens because the rough lumber behind the drywall shrinks. It can be prevented by nailing the ceiling molding to the ceiling allowing it to float up and down on the wall." Why is There a Crown Molding Gap at Ceiling? Ceiling molding, or crown molding, can pull away from the […]

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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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