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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 who were at UC when I […]

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Jonathan is one of my friends from the UK. I would so love to go there and visit and have a meet up with him and all other nearby Ask the Builder newsletter subscribers. Here are a few photos he sent me and some context of where he lives: "I'm in the countryside near the […]

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What is a Bibelot? - It's Something Small You Treasure A bibelot is often referred to as a trinket or a tiny ornamental item, often jewelry but not always. A bibelot is not to be confused with a gewgaw. Gewgaws are often much bigger things. In other words, if you have a small knickknack that […]

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Tohubohu, What is it? - It's a Great Word for Starters! Tohubohu is best described as mass confusion, disarray, or disorder. Much like you see on my small workbench to the left of my desk in the above photo! Excuses are reasons for failure, but I've been so darn busy I've just not had the […]

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Install Flat Screen TV - Hunt for Solid Wood QUESTION: Tim, She who must be obeyed (SWMBO) has informed me that the two flat-screen TVs in the unopened boxes must be installed in days. One TV will end up in our bedroom on a wall but the other is over a living room fireplace. There’s […]

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What is a Gewgaw? - What a Wonderful Word! A gewgaw is a flashy thing of little value. You've no doubt got gewgaws in your home. Some you may treasure but other family members or friends think they belong in a dumpster. This just might happen once they clean out your house after you've been […]

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Storm Preparation Checklist - Focus on Critical Things I just spent the past four days digging out from Winter Storm Gail. While it appeared to millions to be just an ordinary winter snowstorm, she unleashed her full wrath on a narrow band of New Hampshire dumping up to 48 inches of snow in just twelve […]

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Winter Storm Gail 2020 - Historic Deep Snow in Meredith New Hampshire Mother Nature was starting to brew Winter Storm Gail in her atmospheric cauldron above the USA a week before December 17, 2020. While the center of energy was still thousands of miles away from my home as Bernie Rayno shows in the following […]

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