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LE Johnson Q3 2019 Fun Game
9/13/2019 10:41 AM
I want you to guess how many cups of coffee I consumed while creating this game. To arrive at the CORRECT answer, you need to answer all the questions and then see what I have to say in the Feedback comments after you answer. Step One: Click each of the following links and STUDY what […] The post Read More
Artificial Stone is Not Waterproof
9/9/2019 12:31 PM
This is not a normal column of mine. I’m sitting in my man cave writing this column several hours before I talk to Amanda on the phone. She lives in Oklahoma and her new home covered with artificial stone made from colored and textured concrete is leaking when it rains and the wind blows. These […] The post Read More
Two Steps Behind Def Leppard
9/8/2019 6:37 AM
Two Steps Behind - Gives the Band A Breather You don"t need to be a jeanyus to realize that rock bands often need to slow the pace of the show so they can catch their breath. I saw Def Leppard in concert about twelve years ago and this is a great song they do after […] The post Read More
September 8, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
9/8/2019 6:19 AM
Are you a new subscriber? Don"t hang out along the wall like I did at freshman sock hops. Get out here on the floor and dance like the rest of us. It"s fun! Seasoned sock-hopper? Yeah, you know I"m listening to some great tunes in the background as I create this issue. CLICK or TAP […] The post Read More
Hoover OnePWR Hand Vacuum
9/4/2019 10:00 AM
Hoover OnePWR Hand Vacuum - Light on Weight, Heavy on Cleaning I"ve been testing the lightweight Hoover OnePWR hand vacuum for about a month. So far I love it. I wish I had been using one like this long ago for small jobs. It"s easy to remove the nozzle from the motor to dump out […] The post Read More
Magic Wand Stucco Crack Repairs
9/3/2019 8:32 AM
DEAR TIM: I’ve got a mess at my home that’s driving me crazy. My 3-foot tall concrete block foundation was coated years ago with a thin coat of cement stucco. There are countless cracks in the stucco coating that outline many of the blocks. I’ve tried caulking the cracks before painting but they always seem […] The post Read More
September 2, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
9/2/2019 8:17 AM
You could be new here. Buckle up and make sure your four-point harness is secure. I"m about to make your wildest home improvement dreams come true. Seasoned rider? Get ready for some juicy tips. You know that"s the standard fare. The End of Summer - Well Up Above the Equator At Least! Today marks the […] The post Read More
August 30, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
8/30/2019 7:28 AM
Are you a new subscriber? Howdy! Saddle up and make sure you"ve got your duster with you. Existing cowhand? Yes, beans and jerky are for dinner again. Do you want a piece of cheese with your whine? Grab a juice box and fruit roll-up as you pass the back of the wagon. 😉 Hurricane Dorian […] The post Read More
Klein Personal Worklight
8/29/2019 9:04 AM
Klein Personal Worklight - Rechargeable & Practical The Klein Rechargeable Personal Worklight is simply amazing. It takes a lot for me to be impressed and when I opened this tool and saw how it worked, I said WOW out loud! You can even use the worklight to charge your cellphone should you be low on […] The post Read More
Dressing Up Vinyl Siding
8/26/2019 1:52 PM
Dressing Up Vinyl Siding QUESTION #1: The house I grew up in had vinyl siding and the trim around the windows was some thin distasteful vinyl that had an end profile like the letter J. I thought it looked abominable. How can you make the vinyl siding look more like a traditional home that has […] The post Read More