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DIY Plumbing Advice
4/30/2021 9:13 AM
DIY Plumbing Advice - You Can Do It! QUESTION: Tim, what do you know about plumbing? I’ve got several repairs to make and I just don’t have the money to hire a plumber. The water in my bathroom vanity sink drains slower than molasses. Just a year ago, it drained really fast. Sometimes my toilet […] The post Read More
April 25, 2021 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
4/26/2021 6:27 AM
Kon"nichiwa! This is how my friend Hiro would greet you assuming this is your first issue of my newsletter. He’s a Japanese amateur radio operator like me, who does Morse code. No matter what the language, welcome! I might also say, GM or GA YL if you’re a woman. Can you figure that out? Morse […] The post Read More
Does Treated Wood Rot
4/23/2021 11:28 AM
Does Treated Wood Rot? - You Bet it Does QUESTION: Tim, my next-door neighbor discovered that many of his outdoor deck floor joists are rotting. The rot is along the top where the decking attaches to them. It’s treated lumber rated for outdoor exposure. How can this be possible? I thought treated lumber was rot-proof […] The post Read More
New Home Construction Materials
4/23/2021 9:31 AM
QUESTION: Help me, Tim! I’m getting ready to build a new home and am terrified about making a wrong decision about the materials on the outside of my home. I’m afraid they’ll not look good with one another. What can be done to relieve my anxiety? I have the same issue with paint colors too […] The post Read More
April 18, 2021 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
4/19/2021 6:38 AM
You might be my newest subscriber. Welcome! First impressions are often lasting and I’m going to do my best to make sure your first newsletter from me leaves a good one. You, on the other hand, may have been getting my tips and missives for such a long time that you clearly remember the video […] The post Read More
Waterproof Electric Arc Lighter
4/13/2021 8:53 AM
Waterproof Electric Arc Lighter - It Really Works! I love small survival fire starters. You need no less than three different ones in case you get caught outdoors and must start a fire. This electric arc lighter is not only waterproof, but it"s good-looking, and above all else, it starts fires! Watch this short video […] The post Read More
Last Call – Basic Structural Concepts eBook
4/12/2021 8:52 AM
Are you a new subscriber? I send these LAST CALL email reminders when a sale is about to end. I GUARANTEE you"ll have a question about the BONES inside your home one day. I"m not talking about buried bodies in the basement, mind you. You"ll ask a contractor about a beam, or column, or roof […] The post Read More
April 11, 2021 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
4/12/2021 8:33 AM
This first paragraph of my newsletter is where I welcome new subscribers. It’s how you’d greet any stranger you’ve just met, right? Thanks for allowing me to send you tips each week starting with today’s newsletter. You, though, might have been here since dragons flapped their wings and melted snow for their masters here in […] The ...Read More
How Long Can Concrete Last
4/8/2021 8:39 AM
How Long Can Concrete Last - Over a Hundred Years! You may be holed up in your home as I am. Lately, I’ve been spending some time looking at the thousands of photographs I’ve shot over the past few years. When I travel and see something interesting about construction, building, or historic value, I always […] The post Read More
Suing a Contractor for Poor Workmanship
4/6/2021 8:53 AM
Suing a Contractor for Poor Workmanship - Go to a Casino How many horror stories have you heard about homeowners who end up wanting to sue their contractors? The reasons are as plentiful as grains of sand on a beach. In almost all cases it comes down to defective workmanship. Sometimes it’s non-performance where the […] The post Read More