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Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:38:35 +0000


Spring Exterior Home Maintenance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:19:41 +0000

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 […]

March 19, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:34:55 +0000

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, […]

Roof Popping Noise

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:22:08 +0000

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 […]

March 12, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:02:34 +0000

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 […]

Dissolve PVC Glue

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:22:15 +0000

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. […]

Truss Uplift and Ceiling Cracks

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:41:57 +0000

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.

How To Get Started Flipping Houses

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:21:50 +0000

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 […]

Cracked Treated Wood

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:51:25 +0000

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 […]

Remove Grout from Ceramic Tile

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:56:28 +0000

Excess grout can mess up a ceramic tile job. To avoid excess grout, use a release agent on the ceramic tile. To actually remove the grout, scouring pads and water work best. Using other things like acid can result in damaged tiles.

Outdoor Wood Furniture Sealer

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:17:53 +0000

Cleaning and sealing any outdoor wood is not much different than doing the same thing for a wood deck. Outdoor wood tables, chairs, fencing, wood playsets, arbors, etc. all take the same abuse from Mother Nature.