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Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:29:27 +0000


How to Fix Crumbling Concrete

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:29:08 +0000

DEAR TIM: I work at a smaller municipal airport and need your help. The concrete inside some of the plane hangers is crumbling at the straight lines where one giant slab of concrete touches up against another slab. There’s a metal strip in between the slabs if that makes a difference. What’s the best way […]

October 23, 2016 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:45:57 +0000

Two days from now I'll be in the Big D. Dallas, Texas I'm there as a guest of Honeywell. They want me to look at some of their newest home comfort and technology products. I promise to take great photos and come back with a full report on what I saw. COME TO THE MEET […]

Basic Plumbing Quiz Level 1

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:54:04 +0000

Here's a fun short quiz and I guarantee you'll discover something new about plumbing around your home. Be sure to SCROLL to the top of the page after you CLICK SUBMIT. When you do that, you'll see a link to View Your Score. You want to do this because the next screen will have HANDY LINKS […]

Tub and Shower Grab Bars Tips

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:27:14 +0000

Ruth Ann, who lives in Lincoln, MA, wrote to me about grab bars. Here's what she had to say: "We are installing safety bars in our tiled bath, tile over rock lath plaster (1927). The installer plans to use wall anchors, not toggles or into studs. He insists this will hold,, been doing it for […]

October 18, 2016 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:07:38 +0000

This is my favorite time of year. The eye candy around me is beyond belief. Autumn in the Northeast United States, I'm told, is like no other place on the planet. I believe I've heard there's a part of Japan that gets the same vibrant color. If so, those people are lucky, very lucky. This […]

Behr Deck Over

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:36:29 +0000

Dan lives in Norwalk, CT. He emailed me overnight and needed immediate help. His question was so good, and I happened to have a photo I took three years ago, that I decided to publish it. Here's what he sent: "Wondering if Behr Textured Deck Over stain would be recommended on a freshly sanded 24-year-old […]

Driveway With Grass

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:39:43 +0000

DEAR TIM: I recently saw a new paving system that I thought was ingenious. Instead of a solid driveway there were two strips of some precast concrete, each about 2-feet wide for the car tires. Grass was growing within the concrete strips and the area between the concrete was just lawn. Back by the person’s […]

Brick Window Sill Leaking

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:29:11 +0000

DEAR TIM: After noticing some bubbled paint inside my home under a few windows, I did an inspection of the outside of my home and discovered holes in the mortar of my brick window sills. It’s obvious water is getting into the walls at these entry points. If I just caulk these will my water […]

October 5, 2016 AsktheBuilder Alert

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:22:03 +0000

If you're a new subscriber this is a special ALERT broadcast. I send these out when something serious needs to be discussed. Hurricane Matthew is going to hit the USA. It's going to be very bad. I sent out a very similar ALERT several years back when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, New York and […]

Repair Broken Double Pane Window Glass

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:19:57 +0000

Rich Sinclair who lives in Hainesport, New Jersey emailed me asking the following question: "Can you replace only one broken pane of a double pane window? The answer is simply: No Double pane, or insulated glass, is made by taking two pieces of glass and separating them with a special spacer that has an adhesive […]