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November 6, 2012 AsktheBuilder Newsletter


I hope you had a great weekend!

I had a really productive weekend. Most of my waking hours were spent editing the videos of my DIY Shed project.

When I taped the videos, there was no script. I just talked about what I was doing at that point of the job. As I was taping the videos, I felt that I was not giving out enough information. At least that's how it seemed to me.

Now that I'm editing the footage, oh my gosh! I'm happy to report the videos are loaded with tips. For example, I just finished editing the video where I demonstrate how to do the math to determine exactly how high to cut the first wood post that supports the wood floor.

Instead of trying to describe it with words, I made a drawing on cardboard and showed the three critical dimensions and how I got them.

Once you have the first post cut and verify it's correct, the top of that post becomes the benchmark for the other posts! If you then make the tops of all the posts match the height of the first post, then the floor is going to be perfectly level.

I show you the tools to use and how to get the exact height. I also show a super ninja carpenter trick in that video. It's the BEST way to attach a wood beam to a wood column.

Earlier in the day, I edited a video that shows you how to get any foundation or a wall square.

Watch this video. It demonstrates the teaching style you'll see in most of my DIY shed videos. If you take the time to watch this video, you'll understand the basics about how to layout your shed or whatever you're building.

The bottom line is it's really fun editing the DIY shed videos. If you've already purchased all the videos of the shed project, all I can tell you is that you better buy a big ol' bag of popcorn. You're going to need it. There's SO MUCH FOOTAGE.

If you want to purchase all the DIY Shed videos for a low price, you better act NOW. Soon the price for the entire set is going to surpass $100. Even at that price, it's a tremendous deal because there's so much content and there are so many videos.

How much footage you ask? If you remember, I promised you 100 videos of the entire process. I just edited the video showing how to calculate the height of the first wood post that supports the floor. That's video number twenty-six of the series! Can you imagine how many more videos there are? I've not even started to frame the walls yet!

If you've already purchased access to the videos through Kickstarter.com or directly from me, you don't have to do a thing.

I'll be releasing the first 30 or 50 videos very soon so you can start watching them. Please be just a little more patient.



Do you have problems with one or more doors at your home where they rub slightly against the top of the door jamb as you open or close the door?

The problem might be very easy to solve. Often loose screws in the upper hinge cause the door to sag slightly. This is enough to cause the rubbing. Tighten all the screws on all the hinges and see if the rubbing stops.

If your door still rubs, the solution to the problem is slightly more complex. That just might be the subject of an upcoming LIVE online class I'll be teaching.



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I'm going to be in Austin, Texas for the first time of my life in a month. I'm there on business for just 48 hours.

I've arranged my return flight so I can do a fan meet up for breakfast on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. I'd love to meet you!

If you live in Austin, TX and can make a breakfast meeting, reply to this email with AUSTIN MEET UP in the Subject Line. Give me your contact information, and I'll be in touch.

I don't yet know where I'll be staying, so I can't tell you yet where we'll be having breakfast. My guess is I'll be in the core downtown area. I'm open to suggestions for a great place to eat breakfast in Austin.



Over the weekend, I let you know about a generator recall.

Robyn Eller wrote back with some great news. Here's what she said:

"THANKS BIG TIME FOR SENDING THIS OUT!! I forwarded this out to our "neighborhood watch" email list, and my neighbor two doors down emailed me back immediately to say he has this exact generator! There are only about 35 people on the list, so I thought what are the odds!"

This is why I send out these alerts. Hopefully it saved a life or serious injury.



I'll be in northern New Jersey just 33 miles west of New York City tomorrow and Thursday (November 7 & 8, 2012). If you, a relative or a friend needs HELP with questions about damage to their homes caused by Hurricane Sandy, come see me.

You can come see me even if your house was not damaged. I'll be available to answer your questions no matter what's wrong with your home.

I'll be at the Garden State Exhibition Center at 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873. I'll be inside the center on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 10 am until 3 pm and on Thursday, November 8th from 10 am until 2 pm. You can find me at Booth 732 in the second aisle near the concession stand. You'll see a Stain Solver banner at the booth.

You can get into the Exhibition Center for FREE if you fill out a simple online form. You MUST do TWO things when you fill out the form at this Attendee Registration page to get the FREE admission.

You MUST click the radio button that says you were invited by an exhibitor. See the red arrow on the left in the above image?

You MUST fill in the words STAIN SOLVER in the box that opens up when you click the Yes radio button. See that large red arrow in the image?

When you show up at the Exhibition Center, they'll ask you if you did this and give you your ticket or badge to come see me. It's not hard to do.

Please go fill out the form now in case you decide to come. It costs nothing but a few minutes of your time to fill out the form NOW.


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