June 4, 2020 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
Welcome! You might have signed on as a new subscriber in the past few days. I reserve this space just for you. I’m so glad you’re here! Get ready to discover lots of great money and time-saving tips.
You, though, may be one of my older subscribers. Mind you, I’m not saying you’re extra crispy or a burnt cinder. I’m referring to the fact you might have been receiving this newsletter for so long that you remember my past video series about how easy it is to install a laminate floor.
I’m talking cave-man simple! CLICK or TAP HERE to watch a few short videos that will give you all the confidence you need to save hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
Song of This Issue
I feel music can really relieve stress. That’s why I listen to it while I compose this newsletter. I'll bet you'd never ever think a Philharmonic Orchestra would play this song! CLICK or TAP HERE and guess what kind of mood I might be in right now. You’ll not be disappointed!
Fog of Complacency - STORM Season!
Here’s a question for you: How important is your home to your local fire department?
CLICK or TAP HERE for the sobering answer. You’ll regret not reading this short column, and I invite comments if you’ve suffered from a major storm at your home. What you share could help others avoid your bitter experience.
Can You Have a Cool Roof?
In the past week, I conducted a test to show how the color of the roofing material you choose can make a significant difference in the surface temperature of your roof.
I think you’re going to be stunned at the DIFFERENCE in temperature between certain colors. I know I was surprised.
Painting Vinyl Shutters
Do you have faded vinyl shutters like these?
The good news is you can paint them should you be in the mood for a color change. There are also vinyl-restoration liquids, but these have to be reapplied every so often to maintain the luster you see once the spray has first dried.
Painting the shutters can give you longer-lasting results, especially if you use the paint I’m about to tell you about. CLICK or TAP HERE and you’ll have the best looking shutters on your street in no time.
Start Small Engines, First Pull Each Time
Last week, I sold an extra chain saw I had laying around. The buyer and I got into a short conversation about how to make sure the engine would start first pull each time.
A few years ago, I had the good fortune to be invited to the world headquarters of Briggs & Stratton. They make quite a few small engines and if you treat them right, they can last many years.
I had a meeting with one of the top engineers and he shared what you have to do to make sure your small engine not only starts each time you need it, but starts on the first pull!
I decided I had to share this knowledge because I know I’ve been frustrated as the dickens in the past pulling and pulling and cursing like a drunken sailor at my old lawnmower.
CLICK or TAP HERE and you’ll never curse again - at least not at your lawnmower or other small engines.
Penny Wise Pound Foolish
A few days ago, I saw a comment at the bottom of one of my columns where I suggested using Grace Ice & Watershield over the entire roof of a home.
The person identified himself as a builder and said, “...that would cost at least $1,500 on the average home!”
I responded, “It’s a one-time expense. Tell me how much it’s going to cost to repair all the future water leaks that might happen because you decided to cheap out?”
Microphone drop …
That’s more than enough for a Thursday.
Do It Right, Not Over!
P.S. Do you want to clean your vinyl siding? Are you thinking of using a pressure washer?
CLICK or TAP HERE and see what can go wrong.