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Mold growth is a major problem, which thousands of people are experiencing due to a number of factors. Mold takes root partly due to poor workmanship, a limited understanding of the dynamics of water and water vapor movement, and lack of adequate training for builders. Toxic mold concerns rarely happened in old homes. Stopping black mold and other mold types before they begin can be done, but your builder must be well versed in how to keep water at bay with modern building materials and proper construction.

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How To Get the Best Contractor This is a RARE EMERGENCY alert message. I did this a few years back with Hurricane Sandy that pummeled New Jersey and New York City back in late October, 2012. Hurricane Irma LOOMS This is really for folks who live NORTH of FL. If you're in Florida, you're about […]

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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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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 gap between the side trip […]

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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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