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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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Do me a favor and ask at least ONE question about pocket doors. If you invest your time to do this, you'll get at the END of the survey a SECRET PROMO code to get 30% off ALL of my digital download products at my AsktheBuilder.com store. That's a HUGE SAVINGS. Be SURE you answer […]

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Aunt Margaret “Let’s go visit Aunt Margaret,” my Dad said. If I’d had a mirror in front of me, there’s no doubt my eyes and grin were wider than an airplane-hanger door. Margaret was my Dad’s older sister, and she lived with my Uncle Louie in a majestic old home in North Avondale, an original […]

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Garage Floor Drain Ideas - Time Tested Technology The inspiration for this column came from unexpected comments about a brief mention of garage floor drains in my December 1, 2019 AsktheBuilder newsletter. The house I grew up in had a garage floor drain. The concrete floor was sloped like a giant shallow funnel so all […]

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Gasoline Fire and Explosion Hazard - Very Dangerous Gasoline is a very dangerous liquid. Using it to start a fire or get rid of ants in your yard is a bad idea. Gasoline fumes are heavier than air and travel across the ground like invisible flowing water. Years ago I made a mistake starting a […]

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I want you to guess how many cups of coffee I consumed while creating this game. To arrive at the CORRECT answer, you need to answer all the questions and then see what I have to say in the Feedback comments after you answer. Step One: Click each of the following links and STUDY what […]

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Two Steps Behind - Gives the Band A Breather You don't need to be a jeanyus to realize that rock bands often need to slow the pace of the show so they can catch their breath. I saw Def Leppard in concert about twelve years ago and this is a great song they do after […]

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Dressing Up Vinyl Siding QUESTION #1: The house I grew up in had vinyl siding and the trim around the windows was some thin distasteful vinyl that had an end profile like the letter J. I thought it looked abominable. How can you make the vinyl siding look more like a traditional home that has […]

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Restoring Rusty Paraphernalia QUESTION #1: What can you tell me about painting rusty metal? I want a fast and easy method to repaint an assortment of things in my garage and shed. Do you have to remove all the rust before you paint? Are there secret non-toxic chemicals that will remove rust? What paint would […]

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The following is a list of books I've read. You'll discover quickly I'm enamored with history with a sprinkling of mystery thrillers. In a display of shame-filled vanity, I listed my own book, Roofing Ripoff, at the top of the list. In all seriousness, it's the one you should read first as it only takes […]

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Drywall Requires Muscle QUESTION #1: Tim, I need your honest advice. I’m seriously pondering installing new drywall in a room addition while I’m on vacation. I’ve watched cable TV shows, numerous online videos and read a few articles. It really doesn’t appear to be that hard. I’ve got a few helpers so I’m convinced we […]

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