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Why Does Wood Crack - It's Water's Fault Do you own anything made from wood that lives its life outdoors? It could be a stunning deck, perhaps a decorative privacy fence, maybe a pergola, or even a teak table and chair set. I’ve owned all of the above and more over quite a few trips Read More »

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Cracked Stone Small stones can be cracked with a sledgehammer. But what about solid bedrock that extends through the globe to China? Well, you use a giant jackhammer when blasting is too expensive or there are other houses too close to the blasting site. Part One of this two-part series is below the Cracked Stone Read More »

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How to Break Bedrock Most rocks are very hard. Granite is especially hard as is the Meredith Porphyritic Granite. Cracking stone with a giant jack hammer is cheaper than blasting with TNT.

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Raised Garden Pond Ideas - They're Unlimited Before I got married, I was invited to go out to dinner with my future wife and her parents on a routine basis. One Saturday afternoon we ate lunch at a restaurant on a floating barge tied up on the north shore of the Ohio River. My future Read More »

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How to Find a Roof Leak Several weeks ago I shared with you the different types of roofs you can use on your home. I should have realized it would create a tsunami of help requests regarding roof leaks at my Ask Tim page on my www.AsktheBuilder.com website. You may have been one of the Read More »

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Homemade Weed Killer - Goya Picante Hot Sauce I love testing things. I also hate chemical weed killers that have names it's nearly impossible to pronounce. My front sidewalk is immediately adjacent to my water well. I would never use regular weed killers on my lawn or the sidewalk for fear of poisoning my family Read More »

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How to Build a Wood Fence - Tips for a Fancy Fence You’ve heard the wise saying, “Good fences make good neighbors”, I’m sure. It’s been around in one form or the other for hundreds of years and Robert Frost immortalized it in one of his missives just over 100 years ago. The advice is Read More »

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Basement Leak Repair - Best is Doing it Outside Ande lives in Puyallup, WA and reads my weekly column in her paper. She’s got a very common problem. In fact, tens of thousands of people suffer from it in places where there’s abundant rainfall for many months during the year. Ande’s backyard turns into a Read More »

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What is the Best Choice Roofing Material? It Depends My guess is you don’t spend lots of time thinking about the roof over your head. You simply want it to be free of leaks and if it can look good at the same time, that’s a big plus. You also ask, "What is the best Read More »

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How to Restore Faded Stamped Concrete You may be wondering about how to restore faded stamped concrete. If you’ve witnessed hundreds and hundreds of full moons in your lifetime and make frequent use of your critical-thinking skills, you know the sun is constantly at work ruining things inside and outside your home. One of these Read More »

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