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Roof Replacement Costs 2021 (Installation, Replacement, Pricing) A study by the National Association of Realtors Research Group recently found that U.S. homeowners spend approximately $300 billion a year on home repairs and home renovations. That same study found that replacing a roof — whether it’s because the roof was leaking, very old, or simply aesthetically […]

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Chimney Repair Costs 2021 (Replacing, Removal, Maintenance) A fireplace is a beautiful and cozy addition to your home, but it is important to keep your chimney in good repair and up to code in order to prevent leaks, carbon monoxide and smoke intrusion, and chimney fires. Chimney damage can be caused by a number of […]

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Dry Well Installation - They Rarely Work Do you think a dry well installation job is going to solve your drainage problem? You've come to the right place. I'm a college-trained geologist with a focus in hydrogeology - the study of groundwater. Why Don't Dry Wells Work? Dry wells don't work in most cases because […]

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"It’s important for you to consider the amount of water that comes off a roof." QUESTION: Tim, I think I’ve got a good idea. I’m re-roofing two of my barns with metal roofing. I was thinking of extending the roof past the walls 18-inches so dripping water falls farther away from the barn walls. Right […]

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Reinforcing Steel in Footings - It's 100X Stronger Than Concrete QUESTION: Tim, I’m flummoxed. I’m about to build a large detached garage. The plans call for a 10-inch-thick by 20-inch-wide poured concrete footing with two 1/2-inch steel bars that run continuously in the concrete. One bidding contractor says this steel is a waste of time […]

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QUESTION: Tim, I was spending a lazy weekend afternoon gazing at countless photos of actual treehouses that one could live in. I was intrigued and am seriously thinking of building one. Mind you, I’m not talking about some little box kids might play in and use a clubhouse. I’m talking a real two-bedroom home with […]

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How to Cut Cap Shingles - It Takes Seconds Tim Carter shows you how to cut three cap shingles from one standard three-tab shingle. Be sure to use a sharp razor knife and go SLOWER than I went so you don't cut yourself. CLICK or TAP HERE to get the absolute BEST razor knife to […]

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"I did extensive research into why asphalt shingles are failing so fast. I interviewed a top executive and respected asphalt shingle expert who revealed the deep dark secrets of why your shingles look like crap in as little as eight years." Roof Cap Shingles DEAR TIM: I was inspecting my asphalt shingle roof the other […]

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Gutter Guard Cost - Actual Installed Prices From Homeowners In late September of 2020, I asked the subscribers of my FREE AsktheBuilder.com newsletter about their gutter guard cost. I wanted to create a helpful spreadsheet for you showing you a wide range of prices. Several of my subscribers also shared horror stories of high-pressure sales […]

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