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How To Draw Riser Diagram
4/25/2018 5:22 PM
How To Draw Riser Diagram - Not Too Easy, Sorry! You want to know how to draw a riser diagram. I get it. You need to pull your permit and you"re stuck. The trouble is you need to have a deep understanding of plumbing waste and vent systems to be able to draw one correctly. […] The post Read More
Low-Voltage Deck Lights and Pergola Problems
4/23/2018 10:01 AM
Low-Voltage Deck Lights Question #1: Tim, I’m going to tackle rebuilding my deck soon and have seen lots of photos of low-voltage deck lighting. I’m afraid of electricity and don’t feel I have the skills to do this part of the project. Can you impart any wisdom that will instill the courage in me to […] The post Read More
Trex Low Voltage Lighting Photos
4/23/2018 8:19 AM
Here"s a collection of photos showing how I connected up my Trex low-voltage lighting. Trex Low Voltage Lighting Is Easy to Connect First, allow me to show you what the lights look like when they"re on: The post Trex Low Voltage Lighting Photos ap...Read More
April 19, 2018 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
4/19/2018 1:39 PM
I had some fun the other day. My son helped me tape a video based on a dream I had about two months ago. Yes, I had a dream about taping a second 3-way switch video. Years ago, I taped a video showing how the wires are connected to a 3-way switch in new construction […] The post Read More
3 Way Switch Troubleshooting
4/19/2018 9:36 AM
3 Way Switch Troubleshooting is Simple - Play Musical Chairs Watch the above video to see how to troubleshoot a 3-way switch that you goofed up. Yes, I know you did. I know you had good intentions, but now you"ve got the wrong wires on the wrong screws. Using just painters tape, a marker, a […] The post Read More
Rock Retaining Walls and How To Grout Floor Tile
4/16/2018 1:01 PM
Rock Retaining Walls Question #1: Tim, I read a column on your website about rock retaining walls. I’m having a hard time believing you can build a lasting wall and not use mortar between the stones. I’d love to just build a wall and not have to use mortar. What’s the real secret? Karen - […] The post Read More
April 15, 2018 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
4/16/2018 7:08 AM
We"re halfway through April. Yesterday I got a text from a friend who"s an amateur radio operator like I am. Emily and her husband live in south central Pennsylvania and went for a hike. She told me it was 89 F. This impish young woman has a long legacy of pulling my leg. After all, […] The post Read More
IRWIN Speedbor Blue Groove Spade Bits
4/15/2018 6:13 AM
  IRWIN SPEEDBOR Blue-Groove spade bits feature a 40-percent thicker cutting edge to keep the bit cool and sharp. The shank is 25% larger for extreme durability. Get a set now for your toolbox. IRWIN SPEEDBOR Blue-Groove Spade Bits Will Power Your Profit I"ve used lots of spade bits in my career drilling thousands of […] The po...Read More
Zircon Leak Alert WiFi
4/14/2018 5:25 PM
Leak Alert Wifi by Zircon Offers You Its Protection How To Be Alerted To Leaks Early The Leak Alert Wifi is a dandy little alarm. Powered by a lithium battery, the device sits and waits for water to leak. When the water contacts the alarm, it sends you an email. The email tells you exactly where […] The post Read More
Rock Retaining Wall
4/14/2018 2:07 PM
Building a rock retaining wall can add a lot of your property. But a rock retaining wall is a major project. Retaining wall rocks are heavy and the rock retaining wall design must be able to withstand a tremendous amount of pressure. The post Rock Retaining WallRead More