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Concrete Deck Foundation Details
9/20/2019 8:46 AM
DEAR TIM: I’m concerned about the concrete deck base that’s fully above ground at my new home. The other decks in our development have the concrete piers below ground. Shouldn’t the concrete be completely buried to protect against freezing and cracking in the winter months? What do you feel are the best concrete deck foundation […] ...Read More
 
Outdoor Sink Restoration & Handrail on Brick Wall
9/19/2019 8:18 AM
Outdoor Sink Restoration QUESTION #1: I’m in the process of restoring a grand natural stone outdoor sink. It’s made from some type of natural stone. Locals tell me it’s soapstone. Once restored, it’s going to be used as a beverage serving station for outdoor parties. Someone painted it years ago and after stripping the paint, […] Th...Read More
 
PEX or Copper – Which One Should I Use?
9/19/2019 7:50 AM
DEAR TIM: I have to install some new water supply lines in my home. My current home has copper water supply lines. I’m intrigued by the plastic PEX material and it seems too good to be true. Using PEX I’d only have a joint in my basement and then up at the shutoff valve at […] The post Read More
 
Foam Insulation Above Windows & Painting Bath Tile
9/19/2019 7:39 AM
Foam Insulation Above Windows QUESTION #1: Tim, I need your expert opinion. I’m building a new home with 2x6 exterior walls. Beams have to be installed over the top of all windows and doors. What’s a great way to insulate these as the solid wood creating the beam doesn’t have a very high R-value. What […] The post Read More
 
Install Handrail Into Brick
9/17/2019 6:46 AM
Install Handrail Into Brick - Easy with Epoxy & Studs You need moderate skills to install a handrail into brick and poured concrete. It"s important to realize that you can"t use regular expansion anchors in the brick as they very likely will fracture the brick if they"re not solid. What Tools Are Required? You"ll need […] The po...Read More
 
Should A Shed Look Like The House?
9/16/2019 7:19 AM
DEAR TIM: I want to build a deluxe shed. I’ve just retired and have plenty of time on my hands. I want to stop paying the outrageous offsite storage fees. First and foremost, what do you think of my shed matching my house? Is this a good idea or a waste of time? In your […] The post Read More
 
September 15, 2019 AsktheBuilder Emergency Announcement
9/15/2019 11:29 AM
Did you see the overnight news about the horrible multi-story deck collapse in New Jersey? At this time, I don"t believe anyone died, but several were seriously injured. CLICK or TAP HERE for a local news story. You could become a statistic in the future if a deck you"re standing or DANCING on collapses. The […] The post Read More
 
September 15, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
9/15/2019 5:33 AM
Are you a new subscriber? I"m about to summon my fellow NH wizards and we"re going to cast a protective spell on you and all your underwater allies. You"ll be able to eat what you want for the next three days with no ill effects if all goes well. If you"ve been here for a […] The post Read More
 
LE Johnson Q3 2019 Fun Game
9/13/2019 10:41 AM
I want you to guess how many cups of coffee I consumed while creating this game. To arrive at the CORRECT answer, you need to answer all the questions and then see what I have to say in the Feedback comments after you answer. Step One: Click each of the following links and STUDY what […] The post Read More
 
Artificial Stone is Not Waterproof
9/9/2019 12:31 PM
This is not a normal column of mine. I’m sitting in my man cave writing this column several hours before I talk to Amanda on the phone. She lives in Oklahoma and her new home covered with artificial stone made from colored and textured concrete is leaking when it rains and the wind blows. These […] The post Read More