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Deck Sealers That Peel & Flake DEAR TIM: I’m so frustrated and at my wits end. Before I clean and seal my outdoor deck, I need your advice. It’s a tremendous amount of work and I’m discovering I need to do it every three years. I scream each spring when I see the expensive sealer […]

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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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 Treated Lumber Cracking - STOP Cracks By Using Great Sealer Below Treated lumber cracking happens because water soaks into the wood. The wood swells creating stress within the wood's cellular structure. When the water evaporates, the wood shrinks. This movement causes tension forces that start to tear the lumber apart. The cracks you see […]

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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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Restore Old Deck - Flip Over the Joists DEAR TIM: I’ve got a nine-year-old treated lumber deck on my home that’s showing worrying signs of decay. I removed some of the deck boards to discover some of the 2x12s are rotting at the top and there are huge cracks running along the top edge of […]

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Garage Planning Ideas - Make it Bigger DEAR TIM: I can’t tell you how many thousands of dollars I’ve spent on remote storage facility fees. I want to put all my stuff on my own land in a dream garage. I realize a garage can be detached as well as attached to my home. Have […]

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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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Hot Cold Hose Faucet - No Need to Dream, BUY ONE NOW I did a random three-question survey about hose faucets recently. When asked how hose faucets could be improved, many wanted two features: hot water at the faucet quick disconnect You can buy both of these outdoor hose faucets NOW. I installed a hot […]

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Vinyl Siding Comparison - You Can Get the True Wood Look DEAR TIM: I’m going to be building a new home and I have to make a decision about the siding. I can afford wood shakes and love the look, but I am concerned about long-term maintenance. Vinyl siding seems to have so many advantages, […]

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to CLICK or TAP HERE to listen to my podcast about this topic where I answer Joe's questions. I also have very important drawings HERE you should see. DEAR TIM: I've built a free-standing treehouse for my 9-year-old son but I'm a novice in carpentry. I recorded a video showing my […]

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