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New Concrete on Old and Change Tile Grout Color
7/16/2018 12:00 PM
New Concrete on Old Question #1: Tim, I desperately need your help. The concrete sidewalk and driveway at my house are falling apart. The top surface is crumbling yet just below the surface the concrete is as solid as rock. It’s only a few years old. What’s causing this? Contractors have told me I need […] The post Read More
Drywall that Gets Wet and Sinks That Fall
7/16/2018 11:44 AM
  Drywall That Gets Wet Question #1: I need your help Tim. I’ve talked to several contractors and their advice is not in agreement. The dilemma is what drywall should be used in what areas of my house. One contractor talks about green board. Another one mentions MMR board. The third contractor hasn’t heard of […] The post Read More
July 8, 2018 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
7/8/2018 12:50 PM
New subscriber? Welcome to the relaxed summer publishing schedule. Been-around-the-block subscriber? Tell the newbies summer is like being in a slow-jazz club. We just endured a six-day stretch of oppressive hot WX here in central NH. Looking at the national map it"s been VERY HOT in lots of places. You could have been far hotter […] <...Read More
RustProof MD Paint
7/7/2018 5:24 PM
"The paint is a single-component moisture-curing urethane. Urethanes are one of the stickiest paints you can buy." Rustproof MD Paint Checklist primer and finish coat in one sticks well to slightly rusted metal paint steel or aluminum two coats five hours apart provide the best protection thin with acetone RustProof MD Paint - Paint Rusty [̷...Read More
Stinky Garbage Disposal and LED Bulbs that Flicker
7/2/2018 8:04 AM
Stinky Garbage Disposal Question #1: Tim, no matter what I do, my garbage disposal has a foul stink in it. It’s disgusting. What’s causing it and most importantly how can I get rid of the odor? Once the offensive odor is gone, is there some magic way to ensure it never comes back? Susanne W., […] The post Read More
June 26, 2018 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
6/26/2018 8:30 AM
Newbie Subscriber? Welcome! Seasoned Veteran? Happy Summer - if you"re north of the Equator! I"ve got lots going on and a few balls in the air right now. That"s why I didn"t reach out to you last week. I"ve also discovered over the years, you can get busy too during the summer months. Reading a […] The post Read More
Turn Off Natural Gas
6/26/2018 7:14 AM
Turn Off Natural Gas - It"s Very Easy If you smell natural gas at your home, do the following things: GET OUT of the house immediately Turn off natural gas to house if the meter is outside Call 911 Get at least 200 feet away from the house Turn Off Natural Gas to House - […] The post Read More
Broken Sink Stopper and Wet Bar Project
6/25/2018 8:34 AM
Broken Sink Stopper Question #1: Tim, is it true you said in a past column you’re a master plumber? If it is, I need your help. My bathroom sink stopper is not working right. When I pull up the knob in the center of the faucet not much happens. It used to work great. The […] The post Read More
Holes in Ceramic Tile and No Shower Water
6/18/2018 8:23 AM
Holes in Ceramic Tile Question #1: Tim, how in the heck do you drill a simple hole into ceramic tile? I’ve been trying to do it for the past half hour and nothing is happening except the drill bit is getting red hot. I just grabbed my husband’s cordless drill and put a bit into […] The post Read More
June 17, 2018 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
6/18/2018 6:01 AM
New subscriber? Welcome. This is a quirky issue, but important. Veteran sub? You know every now and then I have an issue like this that"s a KEEPER. Belated Happy Mothers Day I just realized today is Fathers Day and I FORGOT to wish all you mothers out there a great day a month ago! Well, […] The post Read More