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How To Get the Best Contractor 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 […]

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When building a deck and using joist hangers, be sure to use the proper nails.  Many joist support systems, or truss hangers, recommend nails or fasteners that are approved for their hangers. If the joist hangers your carpenter used are approved for use with the newer ACQ treated lumber, you should have nothing to worry about.

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Build Deck Bench Seating TIPS A bench is just a series of small walls Copy dimensions from favorite chairs in your home WATCH cheeky building video below Use straight treated lumber and coated screws CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: This past weekend I was at a party and sat […]

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Below are deck materials for a 12 x 10 foot deck at nearly ground level. These prices listed for the decking materials were taken in August 1996, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Polymeric Sand Installation TIPS Pavers must be dry as a bone Brush sand into joints at a 45-degree angle Use a backpack blower to remove all dust After water activation, blow off all standing water CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I need to use polymeric sand on an upcoming […]

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Building On Rocky Land TIPS Groundwater moves sideways towards home Create a space or trench between footing and rock wall Waterproof foundation and use drain tile Top of foundation should be 18 inches above grade CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: The lot where I’m building my new home is […]

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Clearing land for a house can be expensive. If you are doing your own site clearing, be sure to use all the proper safety equipment. Check with a tree service in case you have high-price timber.

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Paver Patio DIY TIPS Visit different suppliers to see all the varied pavers Lift the stones to see if you can handle them WATCH the videos below to help you understand sand strength Use concrete sand for simple backyard patios and walkways CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ve decided […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m starting to have some rot issues with my ten-year-old deck. Not only are some of the treated wood decking boards having rot issues, but I’m also noticing that the tops of some of the joists are showing severe rot where the decking screws pass into the tops of the joists. The rot […]

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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 way to prevent cracks […]

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