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If your bare concrete or concrete block foundation is exposed, you can use stucco to cover it up. You can add permanent colors to stucco and create very interesting textures with little effort. Be sure to clean the surface; applying stucco should be done in slightly warm weather.

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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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Clean Hard Water Stains TIPS Stains caused by hard water minerals Use regular white vinegar and paper towels to remove Longer soak time means less scrubbing Prevent stains using a squeegee - see GREAT ONE below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ll admit it. I’m not the best housekeeper […]

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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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Crawl Space DIY Vapor Barrier TIPS Clear clutter and smooth dirt Fill holes in foundation to stop air and water WATCH vapor barrier video below Use cross-laminated vapor barrier material CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: The crawl space under my 1910 home is just exposed dirt and leftover building […]

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If your new home is built during a wet season, you will experience lumber shrinkage. This can cause ceramic tile, backsplashes, drywall and flooring cracks, among other problems. If possible, allow your house to dry out before installing all the materials inside.

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How many hours have you spent trying those magical brass cleaners that never seem to work the way you seem to remember as you watched the TV commercial? Cleaning brass by hand means you actually need to remove some of the oxidized brass atoms. Do you have any clue how hard it is to break atomic bonds?

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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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The first week of August, 2017 I found myself in Portland, Oregon. As fate would have it I arrived in the midst of an historic heat spell. I had been invited to visit the KEEN Utility factory, headquarters and epic KEEN Garage where they have a retail store in downtown Portland's Pearl district. About ten […]

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