Different Deck Piers QUESTION #1: Tim, can you explain why I need concrete deck piers under the wood support posts that hold up my deck? I saw an older deck where the posts just rested on pre-cast concrete stepping stones. The deck seemed fine to me. Are deck piers overkill and a way for contractors […]
Water vs Your Home - You Can Be the Winner Unless you live in the Atacama Desert, you need to deal with water in and around your home. You may be one of my readers that lives in an arid climate and rain might only fall on or around you a few months of the […]
Two Hours and $50 Saves $8,000 This column was inspired by two events that happened within hours of one another. One was at my own home. In both instances, an hour or two of time and a few extra dollars spent years prior would have saved thousands of dollars today. The first thing to remember […]
Exterior foundation waterproofing treatments vary greatly. Most foundations are damproofed. Drain tile systems, if installed correctly, will keep your foundation waterproof for years to come. Here are some drain tile installation pointers about backfilling and preventing ponding.
Driveway Erosion Repair DEAR TIM: I need to make a driveway erosion repair. My new blacktop driveway is already falling apart. A heavy rain washed away the gravel on the edge of the driveway. As a result, the gravel under the new blacktop is starting to erode. Why is this happening? What's the best driveway […]
Sliding Door Leak Repair Tips DEAR TIM: I’ve got a sliding patio door on the back of my home. There’s a moisture problem directly under the door in the basement. The gutters are clear and the patio is level. I plan to seal between the bottom aluminum threshold and the concrete curb and caulk the […]