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Room Addition
3/25/2017 8:20 AM
Room additions are just as complex as building a home. Matching the addition to the home while still living there is difficult....Read More
 
A DIY Room Addition in 7+ Weeks?
3/25/2017 7:30 AM
Typical room addition projects take more than 1000 hours. Home improvement TV shows make it look like one man can do this easily. Don"t be fooled....Read More
 
Spring Exterior Home Maintenance
3/20/2017 11:19 AM
DEAR TIM: I’ve live in a quaint Cape Cod-style home and try to keep it in great shape. I’ve seen lots of checklists for spring exterior home maintenance and most just have the same old advice. I thought you might have some extra things to look at that others overlook. Imagine I were to hire […...Read More
 
March 19, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
3/20/2017 7:34 AM
If you"re a new subscriber in the past week or so, this is a slightly different newsletter, so hang in there. This issue is dedicated to two things that are near and dear to many seasoned subscribers, so that"s why it"s slightly quirky. Welcome by the way! Providence RI Meet Up? In just five days, […...Read More
 
Roof Popping Noise
3/13/2017 11:22 AM
Roof Popping Noise TIPS Roof popping in the wind is flexing the rafters or trusses Popping in the morning and evening is thermal expansion Diagonal braces almost always stop the noise Residential structural engineer is the pro to get for a consult CLICK HERE to Get Tim"s FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I need […...Read More
 
March 12, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
3/12/2017 10:02 AM
If you"re a new, or newer, subscriber I want to welcome you! This is going to be a slightly unusual newsletter because I"ve been absent for about two weeks. Here"s why. Trip to Cincinnati, OH Two weeks ago I was packing and making last-minute preparations to drive to Cincinnati, OH tugging my enclosed trailer behind […...Read More
 
Dissolve PVC Glue
3/7/2017 6:22 AM
Dissolve PVC Glue TIPS PVC glue is permanent if primer was used Heat can sometimes defeat the bond WATCH the PVC videos below Repair couplings are the answer CLICK HERE to Get Tim"s FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! Roger Hull is working in a tight spot trying to dissolve some PVC glue. He"s in Denham Springs, Louisiana. […...Read More
 
Truss Uplift and Ceiling Cracks
3/6/2017 11:41 AM
Ceiling cracks can be caused by your roof trusses absorbing moisture during hot weather. This truss uplift can be controlled by the homeowner with a little effort or by getting the builder to install L-shaped truss clips on the top of interior walls....Read More
 
How To Get Started Flipping Houses
3/6/2017 11:21 AM
How To Flip Houses TIPS Cable TV shows are NOT realistic - don"t believe them Hard, dangerous and risky work filled with surprises Plan for cost overruns - at least 50 percent Landslides a real danger in certain areas CLICK HERE to Get Tim"s FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ve decided it’s time to […...Read More
 
Cracked Treated Wood
3/6/2017 10:51 AM
Cracked Treated Wood TIPS Treatment chemicals evaporate causing cracks Seal with synthetic-resin sealers - See my test results below WATCH wood epoxy video series below Apply sealer within days of installing treated lumber CLICK HERE to Get Tim"s FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: Over the summer I ripped up the old boards on my […...Read More