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What is the Best Choice Roofing Material? It Depends My guess is you don’t spend lots of time thinking about the roof over your head. You simply want it to be free of leaks and if it can look good at the same time, that’s a big plus. You also ask, "What is the best Read More »

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As a new subscriber you should be aware that you're entitled to lots of Ask the Builder perks. For one, you get top billing right here each week! You also get to hit the buffet line first. I highly recommend the buckeyes over on the dessert table. Just behind them are the dark chocolate pecandes. Read More »

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Corded vs. Cordless Tools - Which One Costs More? Do you have a love affair with power tools? If so, my guess is you may have succumbed to the Sirens’ songs luring you into the Sea of Cordless Tools. Before you become mesmerized by the nymphs’ sweet voices, I suggest you check your heading and Read More »

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Issue #1181 The first thing you need to know as a brand-new subscriber is this. It's never a bad idea to bring a pint or two of mocha-chip ice cream with you each Sunday morning when you and I get together. It's also permissible to eat birthday cake in bed for breakfast. In fact, it's Read More »

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Groundhog Day Movie Trailer Groundhog Day is a profound movie. It's all about how to create total happiness by getting things RIGHT the FIRST TIME. While that sounds like a good idea, it's quite hard to master. Be sure you watch the ending. It's the last video below. If you've not watched the entire movie, Read More »

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Allow Me to Draw Your Plumbing Riser Diagram I've been a master plumber since 1981 and I love to draw these 3D drawings. I can get yours done in a day or less should you be in a rush to get your permit. What is a Residential Plumbing Riser Diagram? A residential plumbing riser diagram Read More »

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Issue #1180 Hold it right there. Is this your first issue? It's great that you're here. Thanks for your trust. Did you by chance happen to bring any dark-chocolate pecandes? This is a pretty long issue, but I feel you'll really like it. But you, you might have subscribed about seventy-eight new moons ago. If Read More »

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What is a Plumbing Isometric Drawing? An isometric plumbing drawing shows plumbing drain, waste, and vent lines, how they interconnect, and it includes the actual pipe sizes. This drawing communicates to the plumbing plan examiner that you know how all the pipes should be installed on a job and that the pipe sizes will be Read More »

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Window Replacement Cost is Sky High A good friend of mine who lives in the suburbs of Chicago reached out to me a few weeks ago. He asked me what I knew about the cost to replace windows. He didn’t want to make a grave financial error navigating the treacherous waters of replacement windows. With Read More »

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