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September 14, 2016 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

My favorite season of the year is creeping into New England.


Crisp mornings, the sky so blue it makes your eyes hurt, lake water that looks like someone dumped millions of gallons of blue dye into it, and of course the tree leaves.

I'll be out trying to get some great photos for you of all this over the next month, so be on the lookout for those.

Galvanized Nails, Screws and Connectors

Yesterday, I started to replace the old Trex decking on my front porch with the new Trex Transcend decking.

I've got a photo for you below showing it. But read the following first.

About five years ago, I had to completely rebuild my front porch because the builder - I did NOT build the house I live in here in New Hampshire - totally goofed it up.

I put the old Trex decking back down using galvanized nails made for my Paslode finish nail gun.

I was stunned by what I saw as I removed the old decking. So much so I mumbled to myself, "Maybe it's time for an experiment. Maybe a fun quiz could help save people lots of time and money."

Before dawn this morning I put together a simple five-question quiz about galvanizing.

It's an EXPERIMENT. If you like it, I need you to tell me.

In the future, I can add photos to the quiz and ask you questions about what you see. We could have lots of fun with this.

CLICK HERE to take the simple quiz about galvanizing.

Be SURE to read what Dr. Caster used to say to me and my fellow classmates each time he gave us a test. His quote is just under the headline of the quiz. CLICK HERE and scroll down to the quiz.

New Home Walkthrough Checklist

I've sold a helpful product for years that helps you spot defects in a new home as you do your walk through.

You can click here to see what it currently includes.

Most people have no clue what to look for and they pass over things that are very important.

The issue is the checklist is just a .pdf file and you have to print it out on paper.

It's time to convert it to a helpful APP that you download to your phone or tablet. How cool would it be to have this on your smart phone or tablet?

Can you see how helpful that might be?

I could use your help to make it a fantastic product.

Tell me what features you'd like to see in a app like this and I'll do my best to incorporate them.

Just REPLY to this email and send a response back.

If you can change the Subject Line to: WalkThrough Comments, that would really help me.

MEETUP in Cincinnati - Speech at UC

You may not open each issue of this newsletter. I get that. We all get swamped.

Two weeks ago, I announced that I'll be giving a speech at my Alma Mater - the University of Cincinnati - on Friday, September 30 at 3:30 pm.

There will be a reception immediately following the talk and BOTH the speech and reception are open to the public.

That means I'll be having a meet up at the reception! Woo Hoo!!

The speech will be in room 201 of Braunstein Hall. This building is immediately south of the Geology and Physics building. Both are at the extreme north end of the campus very close to Clifton Avenue. There's a parking garage very close to both buildings.

The topic of my talk is how I folded my geology degree into a successful building and internet publishing business.

The talk will not be videotaped, but I'll be taking my voice recorder and hope to capture the entire talk for you should you not be able to attend and want to hear it.

But, if you live in Cincinnati, or near it, come to the talk! Please reply to this email and let me know if you intend to come to the speech.

Next week I'll have two new videos for you and news about encapsulating crawlspaces.

I need to get back outdoors to finish the deck and front porch. Here's a photo of the stunning difference between my old composite decking and my new Trex Transcend.

Do I have to tell you that the Milwaukee impact driver is sitting on top of the OLD decking???? Look at the stunning grain and coloration of the Trex Transcend Lava Rock on the right side of the photo.

CLICK HERE to see more amazing photos of Trex Transcend decking.

That's enough for today.

Tim Carter
Founder - www.AsktheBuilder.com

Do It Right, Not Over!


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