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Last Build Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:10:09 +0000


STIHL Electric Chain Saw Review MSA 120 C

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:44:34 +0000

I took ownership of a STIHL electric chain saw about three months ago. It's the battery-powered MSA 120 C. Over those ninety days I've used the saw extensively on all sorts of different jobs around my home. To the best of my knowledge, I'm one of a very few tool reviewers that puts a tool […]

How to Clean Vitamix

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:16:58 +0000

I get questions all the time about how to clean a Vitamix blender.  But the most interesting thing I've received is an email from Molly a year or so ago. Read this: "I never never write manufacturers.... Did I say never??? I have a Vitamix I have used once a day for about 7 -8 […]

August 16, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:09:30 +0000

I'm sitting at gate 54A here in the San Francisco airport waiting to get back home. I've been out here on the Left Coast of the USA for over two weeks. Two weeks ago, I was just starting a very interesting tour of the KEEN shoes and boots factory in Portland, Oregon. CLICK HERE to […]

Bath Remodel Pictures

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:25:11 +0000

Matt works for Ranger Roofing, a roofing company in Oklahoma.  Someone hired his company to complete a bathroom remodeling project. I'm not quite sure how a roofing company got into bath remodeling, but you can be the judge if they should get back up in the hot sun or stay inside! Free & Fast Bids […]

August 9, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:24:52 +0000

If you're a new subscriber in the past two weeks, this is not a normal newsletter. Don't judge my newsletter on what you're about to see. I'm in the middle of an extended vacation that had a business meeting last week in Portland, OR, and in six days I have another one in San Francisco. […]

KEEN Factory Tour Summary

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 15:33:16 +0000

The first week of August, 2017 I found myself in Portland, Oregon. As fate would have it I arrived in the midst of an historic heat spell. I had been invited to visit the KEEN Utility factory, headquarters and epic KEEN Garage where they have a retail store in downtown Portland's Pearl district. About ten […]

KEEN Factory Tour Video

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:58:24 +0000

  I had the distinct pleasure to attend a media event at the KEEN Utility factory in Portland, OR in August 2017. I've been on many factory tours over the past twenty years and this was the BEST ONE ever.  First, it's a smaller factory with about eighty people working diligently to make some of […]

Deck Material List

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:01:29 +0000

Below are deck materials for a 12 x 10 foot deck at nearly ground level. These prices listed for the decking materials were taken in August 1996, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Polymeric Sand Installation Instructions

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:11:03 +0000

Polymeric Sand Installation TIPS Pavers must be dry as a bone Brush sand into joints at a 45-degree angle Use a backpack blower to remove all dust After water activation, blow off all standing water CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I need to use polymeric sand on an upcoming […]

Building on Rocky Land

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:14:47 +0000

Building On Rocky Land TIPS Groundwater moves sideways towards home Create a space or trench between footing and rock wall Waterproof foundation and use drain tile Top of foundation should be 18 inches above grade CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: The lot where I’m building my new home is […]