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Ask The Builder · 62: Seal Asphalt Driveway Seal Asphalt Driveway Podcast: Tim Carter received the following email from Russ not too long ago: "I read your column in the Chicago Tribune. On Aug. 18, 2016, you wrote that "Sealing a blacktop driveway is unnecessary." I saved the article because I had a new […]

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Ask The Builder · 62: Seal Asphalt Driveway DEAR TIM: I had a new asphalt driveway installed back in the fall. It’s gorgeous and I want to keep it looking that way. I was told not to seal it until the spring. Is that correct? Is it possible to put on too much sealer? I […]

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Ask the Builder Podcast 21 Blacktop Driveway Crack Filler: Blacktop Driveway Crack Filler - Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, talks to Sam about his blacktop driveway. Sam wants to know how best to extend its life. All in all, it's not in bad shape, but it does need some attention. Podcast Sponsor: Stain Solver - […]

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Whole House & Attic Fans Question #1: Tim, what can you tell me about whole house fans and attic fans? Do they really work to cool an attic space? I’m not sure which one I should consider one since I have air conditioning. What’s required to allow them to work at peak efficiency? Robert T., […]

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 11 Highlights: Bruce's new blacktop drive needs support at one edge Jack's brick home leaks in driving rains Diane has crumbling concrete steps Tim shares a story about new ceramic tile bubbling up off a floor! NOTE: Transcript of this story below. Podcast Sponsor: Stain Solver - Certified Organic Oxygen Bleach […]

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 8 Highlights: Karen's wondering if she needs a new paver or blacktop drive. Tim has a better idea. Brian needs some tips about painting the inside of a concrete block building Lauren wonders about attic framing lumber, a slanted floor and some cracks in her home Tim shares a funny […]

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Need to build a gravel driveway? There some important tips for a gravel driveway. You have to decide on types of gravel for driveway and the slope of the driveway for a few. A build it yourself gravel driveway is possible with proper planning and some rental equipment.

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Types of Blacktop Driveways DEAR TIM: We need to have a new blacktop driveway installed and I thought it was going to be a simple process of comparing quotes. It turns out it’s somewhat confusing. I didn’t know there were different types of blacktop. What’s more, the contractors don’t seem to agree on the best […]

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Blacktop or asphalt installation over concrete can be very successful. But, consider an alternative - concrete overlays. You can do this yourself or have a contractor make your driveway truly unique with stamped and colored concrete.

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