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Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:10:46 +0000


December 9, 2016 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:58:47 +0000

This is a quick Friday blast. I'm in California and my body is still on East Coast time. I've been up for nearly an hour and a half and it's just 5:25 am here as I type this. Yesterday, my youngest daughter Kelly and I went on an exciting canopy tour through giant redwood trees […]

Copper Gas Line Used for Water

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:36:12 +0000

Kathy bought a house in a suburb of St. Louis.  Here's what she sent me: "I purchased a home and the previous resident used gas line to run water thru the house from the main line.  Is this safe for water and does it leach any chemicals? Should I have my water tested? We plan […]

Diagonal Bracing for Walls

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:32:43 +0000

DEAR TIM: Yesterday I stopped by my new house that’s under construction. I go there at the end of each day to take photos. I saw a strange board nailed across the wall studs that surely is a mistake. It ran at a diagonal from the bottom wall plate up the wall to one corner […]

December 6, 2016 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:34:45 +0000

Last week you may remember I was off to Chicago for a quick insertion business trip. I flew there around noon last Thursday and was back at Midway airport the following day around 3:30 pm. I had gone to my favorite big city to visit the True Value Hardware paint factory near Cary, IL. HOLY […]

Doghouse Commercial

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:38:57 +0000

This is a video every man should watch - three times. I can tell you I made this mistake the second Christmas I was married to Kathy. I saw she didn't have a clothes hamper and I grew up with one. How could anyone survive without a clothes hamper I thought. What an IDIOT! This […]

Installing Ice and Water Shield

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:25:12 +0000

Bruce asked me the following question: "When water and ice is installed, should it be adhesive backed and should it be on the bare sheathing?" At first I was going to give my standard response, but I thought this would be an excellent teaching moment. I say this because each day I get many similar […]

Sealing Air Leaks in House

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:10:21 +0000

DEAR TIM: I’m going to build a new home and want to make sure I seal all air leaks in my new house. The new home is close to where I live and I have the time and inclination to do some work on it myself. My current home leaks air around doors, windows, at […]

Rubi Diamond Viper 10 Inch Diamond Blade Review

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:12:18 +0000

I had the chance to test the Rubi Diamond Viper 10 Inch Diamond Blade several weeks ago. It performed beyond my expectations. If you've ever used a wet saw to cut ceramic tile, then you know it's not a big deal for most diamond wet-saw blades to cut a standard tile. After all, most ceramic tile is just […]

Contractor Hiring Guide

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:08:19 +0000

Do you want to avoid getting SCREWED when hiring a contractor? Use the following SECRET tips below. Hack #1 Write out exactly what you want done and what you expect to be done on a piece of paper. Give this to each of the contractors who comes to give you a bid. Don't assume the […]

November 30, 2016 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:13:13 +0000

This is going to be fairly short. I've got LOTS of new videos, some tool reviews, and a few new columns for you. I'm headed to Chicago tomorrow for a super fast in-and-out business trip. Unfortunately, there's zero time for a meet up. It will be an episode of planes, trains and automobiles for me. […]