May 21, 2020 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
Welcome! Have you ever been a guest at an event or attended a club meeting as the newest member? Odds are you were introduced to the membership at the opening of the meeting because you’re a person of distinction! That’s precisely why each week I devote this hallowed first paragraph to welcome you, one of my newest subscribers of distinction!
Do you enjoy music? It can soothe the soul or make you want to get up and dance! I listen to a variety of music while this newsletter shags out of my gray cells. This week’s song most of us can relate to. I’ve got some accumulated occupational hearing loss, so if you're calling to me, I can't hear what you've said, then you say, go slow and I fall behind.
CLICK or TAP HERE and allow this very classic love ballad to saturate you with fond memories.
This part of my newsletter is dedicated to you whether you've been a subscriber for a week, nine months, or twenty years. I’m so glad you take the time to open the newsletter and I hope you find some great information each week. I’m sure if given the chance, you’d clap and welcome the fifty or so new subscribers that have signed on in the past few days.
There’s a possibility you’ve been a subscriber so long you remember the column I wrote about long-forgotten cedar closets. Aromatic eastern red cedar closets are unfortunately transitioning from history to legend to myth just as are tub and shower access panels.
My mother’s cedar chest sits just outside my cave and I think of her each time I walk by it. What amazing memories appear in my head each time I get a whiff of the tantalizing cedar aroma. CLICK or TAP HERE to discover how this time-tested technology is still available to you! Guess what? You can easily revitalize older cedar so it smells fresh and strong once again!
GE Washing Machine Update
It’s time to share with you what I REALLY think about the machine. CLICK or TAP HERE if you’re thinking of getting a new washing machine. SERIOUSLY - you need to read what I now think.
Ethel’s Flood Disaster
Several days ago, I was on the phone with Ethel, her son, and her daughter Rebecca. They live in Chicago and had a flooding disaster from heavy rain that caused water to burst up into a basement window well and then breach the window. It was horrible.
Multiple things caused the flood in her basement. Here’s a partial list:
- Ethel’s builder set the house’s foundation too deep into the ground CLICK or TAP HERE for the solution
- Neighbor’s downspouts, ten feet away, are discharging water directly towards Ethel’s house CLICK or TAP HERE for the BEST WAY to install downspout drains
- Ethel’s own roof water may not be piped to the lowest part of her lot or connected to approved city storm drains
I could go on and on. Fortunately, my college degree is in geology with a focus on hydrogeology - the study of groundwater. I’ve solved thousands of drainage issues like Ethel’s and was able to calm her nerves by sharing exactly what she needs to do to make sure this is the last flood she’ll endure.
CLICK or TAP HERE to discover how I’d solve her problem.
CLICK or TAP HERE to order a DVD that shows you how easy it is to solve wet basement or crawlspace issues. It also works for solving soggy wet yards!
CLICK or TAP HERE if you want me to call you on the phone and help you solve your soggy basement issues or ANY PROBLEM at your home.
The Fun Quiz
Okay, okay, Sunday’s quiz might have stretched the limits of your gray cells. Did you pick the wrong answer as I did? Who knew that you can mix a special tree sap with real gold dust to repair pottery? Stop gloating if you got it right. You’re in a no-buff-fingernails zone, you know.
Are you aware that my college degree is in geology? Silly, I just mentioned that above. Let’s see what you know about glaciers!
Some glaciers, contrary to what you see on the news, feel the need, the need for SPEED. But it’s not what you think! Hah!
CLICK or TAP HERE and I absolutely guarantee you’ll discover something that will make you say, “Tim, where in the world do you come up with these fun facts?!”
Blue Clorox Stains Marble EMERGENCY!
Mandy lives in Westport, CT. She was frantic when she discovered that Clorox toilet-cleaning tablets stained her marble floor. Here’s what she submitted on my Ask Tim page:
“Clorox tablets leaked onto my white marble floor and now there is a big blue stain. How do I get this out? If possible? Please help!”
What do you think I sent back to Mandy?
Wait, wait. I worry that you thought I might have told her to use my Stain Solver to get rid of the stain. You know me well but this time my response might surprise you.
What I told her was, “Mandy, when you reached out to Clorox via their HELP number or webpage, what did they tell you?”
Her response was pretty standard, “I did not call the hotline. I didn’t think of it.”
BINGO! Each week I must get at least ten emergency requests from homeowners like Mandy.
I responded back, “Who betters knows the product than the company that made it? Reach out to them for the best methods to remove the stain.” Mandy thanked me and said she’d get back with their response.
Depending on the emergency, you can change up my response to say, “... reach out to them for the best installation methods.” Or, I might have written, “... reach out to them for the best way to remove the product.”
Here’s what you shouldn’t do:
- Listen to and take advice from people that don’t back up the warranty or from rank amateurs
- Begin doing amateur chemistry experiments that might make the stain worse and/or RUIN the marble
- Panic - in almost all cases there’s a fix - RELAX
Fixing Puddles on Concrete
How might you fix this problem? What should you do if you have a puddle on a driveway or sidewalk?
CLICK or TAP HERE to discover how I’d solve the problem!
That’s enough for a Thursday.
On Sunday, I’ll have a special edition. I'll share with you a chapter from the book I recently wrote for my kids. You'll meet my dad, whose life was defined by the sacrifices he made in the great World War ll.
Do It Right, Not Over!
P.S. Summer’s just around the bend. It’s already hot down South. Does your central AC leave lots to be desired?
Do you wonder WHY your AC doesn’t keep you cool in ALL ROOMS in your house? Do you have to wear a puffer jacket downstairs and a skimpy swimsuit on the second floor? Guess what? I know how to make each room the same temperature.
CLICK or TAP HERE and discover why your AC is performing as poorly as a pony cart with square wheels.