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How To Get the Best Contractor On Friday, September 30, 2016, I had the honor to address about twenty-five or thirty people in room 201 of Braunstein Hall on the University of Cincinnati (UC) campus. There was a mix of UC faculty, graduate students, undergrad students and subscribers to my newsletter. Two of the professors […]

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Planning Webinar - Do It Right, Not Over From the Start Please watch the one-hour planning webinar video recording just below. It focuses on building and planning nightmares. It's hosted by Sara Martin, partner of Open Door Architecture,  and Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com. Sara and Tim give four examples of how you can save […]

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Laundry Room Plans - Common Sense Tips DEAR TIM: One of my New Years resolutions involves my laundry room. It’s a long story, but my husband and I are building a huge room addition and I finally get my dream laundry room. I think I know what I want, but I’d like to get your […]

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PR Blunders - Be Very Careful and Use Common Sense Published: January 17, 2018 I'm a member of the working press covering the home improvement beat. My syndicated newspaper column Ask the Builder still runs in sixty newspapers across the USA. At the present time, public relations (PR) firms send me press releases each week […]

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Laundry Room Ideas - Beware Of Function Flaws! Laundry rooms are one of the hardest-working rooms in a house outside of the kitchen. I don't know about you, but I don't go into my laundry room to relax, read, watch TV or jump on my amateur radio. I go in there to get clothes clean, […]

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Stop Woodpecker I had a "Stop Woodpecker" sign up on my roof fascia board, but it didn't do any good. As a matter of fact I installed aluminum sheet metal thinking he'd go away. White Hot Woodpecker Victory! I had success once I started thinking what made my eyes water. Was there a way to […]

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Surviving the Storm A ferocious Nor’easter lashed central New Hampshire last night and my family and I did a good job of surviving the storm. The howling wind and rain knocked out my electricity before midnight. My cable Internet access was cut as well. It was impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Standby Generator […]

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KEEN Footwear Factory Tour 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 […]

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 KEEN Footwear Factory Tour I had the distinct pleasure to attend a media event at the KEEN Utility factory in Portland, OR in August 2017. I've been on many factory tours over the past twenty years and this was the BEST ONE ever.  First, it's a smaller factory with about eighty people working diligently […]

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Selling Used Building Materials TIPS People will buy just about anything - don't assume you have garbage Clean everything up and take great photos Be honest in your description and price about 45% below new WATCH VIDEO BELOW CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’m about to do a significant […]

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