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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 […]

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New subscriber? Welcome! You get some FREE stuff this issue! WOOT! Distinguished subscriber of record? You get FREE stuff too! How convenient! This past Thursday at 12:20 am I walked through the door of my house after a grueling day of travel from Las Vegas. I had been out West for eight days hiking in […]

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New subscriber? I'm glad you're here. Get ready for lots of tips. Distinguished subscriber of digital record? Mahalo for continuing to open these newsletters. Mukuntuweap - It's Where I Am Do you know the Paiute language? If so, you're a wise person. If you're not fluent in the ancient and beautiful language, here are two […]

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25th AsktheBuilder Anniversary October 2, 2018 is the 25th anniversary of my Ask the Builder syndicated newspaper column. I’m very proud of surviving this long as a writer and publisher and thought I’d share some of the good and the bad I’ve seen since that morning I waited outside in the dark for the newspaper […]

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"Watching all the blades being made in just hours, I marveled at the demand. If all those blades are not bought each day, they start to stack up somewhere!" CLICK HERE and fill out the form to get your FREE Lenox jigsaw blade.  Lenox Saw Blade Factory Tour - What a Fantastic Place! I was invited […]

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New subscriber? Thanks for signing up. This issue is very unusual because of what's going on right now. Subscriber of Record? You know every now and then, I issue WARNINGS. Stain Solver SALE - Ends it HOURS! First, and foremost this is a LAST CALL notice for the Labor Day Stain Solver sale. I got […]

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Treat Your Own Wood Question #1: Tim, is there some other safe DIY treatment I can do to prevent the wood from being destroyed by wood rot and insects? I’m chemically sensitive and don’t want to rely on the normal treated lumber that one buys from lumber yards. Is there a downside to DIY treatment […]

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New subscriber? It's pretty casual around here. I hope you don't have any holes in your socks. Subscriber of Record? Don't forget to use coasters for goodness sakes! You know winter's coming when you wake up and for the first time you see vapor rising up off the lake. It was 50 F this morning […]

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"I do NOT make a normal practice of bashing my peers, but this instance is so egregious I had to point it out." Exterior Wall on Slab Must Be Out on the Edge An exterior wall must be placed on the outside edge of the slab so the exterior siding laps down and over the […]

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