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January 10, 2021 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Well, hello! Don’t try to hide it, you’re a brand-new subscriber. Welcome! Sit back and relax and be sure to click or tap any of the links below to get the full newsletter experience.

But you, yes you. How long have you been a subscriber? A month, a year, or twenty years? It’s possible you recall the video I recorded about the magic and remarkable and innovative plastic exhaust vent pipe that was even new to me! You won’t believe how easy it was to work with. CLICK or TAP HERE to watch this short video. Wait until you see how it clicks together!


This past week, I had the good fortune to embark on an adventure driving about 515 miles down the East Coast and then back home again in less than 48 hours.

You may think this is crazy, but I actually enjoy taking to the road in my beefy Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4. While it doesn’t get the best gas mileage, I’m willing to pay that price for the safety it affords me if someone in a car or other pickup truck decides to get into a cage fight at 95 MPH.

I was reminded that the speed limit signs on the Merritt Parkway in CT and the New Jersey Turnpike appear to be recommendations. I had cars zooming past me going at least 25 miles over the speed limit by my best training estimate.

I’ve attended the Tim O’Neil professional driving school in northern NH and I’ve driven real NASCAR race cars twice in excess of 130 mph. I feel pretty confident in my skills, but those speeding idiots put my head on a swivel!

Storing Building Materials

Do you know the best practices when storing building materials? This is really important if you’re building a new home or sizable room addition.

new building site

CLICK or TAP HERE to discover exactly how I’d store materials if I were to build your home. I guarantee you’ll discover something you didn’t know.

Matching Grout Color Perfectly

You’ve discovered you need to repair a tile or two and fortunately, you’ve got spare tile. Smart you!

But, the grout you saved is hard as a rock because you failed to seal it tightly and put it in the chest freezer in your basement. Freezing dry grout is the only way to prevent it from turning hard.

So now, how in the world do you match grout color?
wet and hard grout

I thought you’d never ask! CLICK or TAP HERE to see how I get a perfect match each time. Wait until you see the new color-matching system you can get!

A Fascinating Factoid Quiz

ocean cargo ship

I’ve got another quiz for you this week. Last week, you may have gotten a zero on the Sunrise quiz. You did your best, but don’t worry about passing, I curve all grades just as Dr. Castor did. CLICK or TAP HERE if you missed that very interesting fun quiz.

This week I have a new one for you. I absolutely guarantee you’re going to say, “Holy Tomato, who would have ever thought?

CLICK or TAP HERE to gather a new fact that will allow you to dominate in Trivial Pursuit. Unfortunately, I don’t have any tips to help you win at charades.

Restore an Old Deck

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to restore an old deck. The undercarriage is salvageable but there are other things you need to do.

deck repair

CLICK or TAP HERE to see what you and I would do if we were working side by side.

I think that’s plenty for a Sunday.

I’m still feeling the effects and recovering from the road trip. I left to return home at 3 am and made the mistake of showing up at the George Washington Bridge crossing the Hudson River in New York City just as rush hour was beginning. Lucky for me, I only lost about ten minutes. It’s all part of the adventure.

$60+ in tolls for the entire trip. I feel that's a little excessive!

Tim Carter
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