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Connecting Deck Posts and Piers - Use the Right Hardware QUESTION: Tim, you helped me years ago and now I’m back. I’m going to build a freestanding deck at my house during my vacation. After watching lots of online videos, I’m somewhat confused about how to connect the deck posts to the concrete piers. What […]

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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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 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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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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Boat Dock Sealer - Use a Penetrating One I own a 40-foot-long boat dock that has solid cedar flooring panels. The dock is out in the punishing sun late spring, all summer, and early fall. The dock was last sealed about five years ago and the dock company used a film-forming boat dock sealer. Related […]

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3 and 4 Way Switch Wiring for Dummies - You're Not One! QUESTION #1: Tim, I need you to mediate a dispute between my husband and me. We’re building a new home and there are quite a few places where two, or more, switches can be used to control lights. I like the convenience but […]

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Asphalt Shingle Failure Question #1: Tim, I’m beside myself. My expensive asphalt shingles that have a 30-year warranty are less than ten years old and starting to curl. I see lots of roofs around me doing the same. I never recall observing this type of defect in all my past houses with asphalt shingles. Did […]

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   Ask the Builder Podcast 7 Highlights: Karen from Texas has some cantankerous soil around her house that's causing cracks Corey's got a stunning IPE hardwood deck - what's the best way to clean and seal it? Tom has a pergola over his rear deck. The idiot who built it made a big mistake […]

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