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Smoking Fireplaces QUESTION #1: Oh Tim, I need your help. I’ve got a masonry fireplace that puffs smoke into the room when a fire is burning. It gets worse as the fire dies down. I’ve spoken with three different bricklayers who build fireplaces and have received three different answers. Confusion reigns at my home and Read More »

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 20 Concrete Popout Repair: Concrete Popout Repair - Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, gives Ron some advice about how to repair concrete popouts in the control joints in a home association driveway. It's possible the concrete was weak at this location because the concrete finishers used extra water when they Read More »

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 17 Highlights: Repair Concrete Porch Sinking Podcast Sponsor: Stain Solver - Certified Organic Oxygen Bleach Home Improvement and Home Construction Podcast Photos, Links and Great Stuff: Repair Concrete Porch Column Related Links: Concrete Epoxy Repair Products and VIDEO Subscribe to the AsktheBuilder Podcast

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 13 Highlights: Garage built too low Bathroom light fixture problem New tin roof in Washington DC Tim shares a story about controlling cracks in concrete Podcast Sponsor: Stain Solver - Certified Organic Oxygen Bleach Home Improvement and Home Construction Podcast Photos, Links and Great Stuff: CALL 1: Garage Too Low Read More »

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 12 Highlights: Donn's giant crack on curved concrete steps Defective asphalt shingles Scott and chipmunks under paver sidewalk Tim shares a story about the dangers of delivery trucks Podcast Sponsor: Stain Solver - Certified Organic Oxygen Bleach Home Improvement and Home Construction Podcast Photos, Links and Great Stuff: CALL 1: Read More »

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New Concrete on Old Question #1: Tim, I desperately need your help. The concrete sidewalk and driveway at my house are falling apart. The top surface is crumbling yet just below the surface the concrete is as solid as rock. It’s only a few years old. What’s causing this? Contractors have told me I need Read More »

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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. CLICK to LISTEN to Tim's AsktheBuilder Podcast 11. Podcast Sponsor: Read More »

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 3 Highlights: Vic has a gorgeous patio on the back of his house. (photo below) One part has sunken down. I've got the fix. Tracey is installing a new staircase and wants to know if traditional stair parts are available. Paint peels constantly from Sandy's brick home. She wants to know Read More »

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Cracked Concrete Carport & Rubbing Door I’m blessed to have you as a reader and furthermore, I’m fortunate to get about 10,000 visitors a day to my AsktheBuilder.com website. Your questions are the fuel that keep this column vibrant and hopefully interesting! If you’ve got a question, then by all means visit the website and Read More »

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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 Read More »

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