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GE 4.6 Capacity Top Load Washer Review
7/13/2019 7:09 AM
GE Top Load Washer - 4.6 Cubic Feet of Clothes July 12, 2019 - The washer has been installed for just 48 hours. Testing is commencing. There are more photos below the videos. The good news is it works well on the first few loads of normal clothes. I"ll have much more information in the […] The post Read More
 
Drywall Requires Muscle and House-Cracking Noises
7/8/2019 10:00 AM
Drywall Requires Muscle QUESTION #1: Tim, I need your honest advice. I’m seriously pondering installing new drywall in a room addition while I’m on vacation. I’ve watched cable TV shows, numerous online videos and read a few articles. It really doesn’t appear to be that hard. I’ve got a few helpers so I’m convinced we […] The post <...Read More
 
July 7, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
7/8/2019 6:19 AM
You could be a new subscriber. Be sure to let me know if I"m able to save you some time and money with this issue. You may be a subscriber that"s been here for quite some time. If so, ring the bell or sound off if I"ve helped you too. The summer heat is building […] The post Read More
 
Window Flashing Tape Leaking
7/1/2019 11:33 AM
"That remarkable simple and effective building detail is being sacrificed at the altar of Build-it-Faster." Window Flashing Tape Leaking I’ve been wanting to write this column for years. The topic has been a burr under my saddle, but I needed to base the column on proof, not speculation. That proof arrived last week in a […] The pos...Read More
 
June 30, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
6/30/2019 9:28 AM
You could be a brand new subscriber. (light celebratory fireworks fuse!) Welcome! (bright lights in sky and BOOM BOOM BOOM noises) You might be a subscriber that"s been here long enough to have thought once or twice that it might be a good idea for me to tone it down. (Boo and Hiss sounds from […] The post Read More
 
June 26, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
6/26/2019 6:31 AM
Are you a new subscriber? Gosh am I glad you"ve joined the party! Have you been receiving this newsletter for months or years? What tip of mine in a past issue saved you the most time and money? BTW, if you want to see ALL past Ask the Builder newsletters CLICK or TAP HERE. My […] The post Read More
 
Don’t Underestimate Concrete Installation and A Water Leak
6/24/2019 9:50 AM
Don"t Underestimate Concrete Installation QUESTION #1: I plan to install a concrete patio during my vacation. It’s going to measure 14 feet by 30 feet. I’ve watched lots of online videos and paid attention to cable-TV shows and now feel emboldened. What can go wrong and how much help do you think I’ll need. I’ve […] The post Read More
 
June 23, 2019 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
6/23/2019 9:15 AM
Are you a new subscriber in the past week? Cowabunga am I glad you"re here! Seasoned subscriber? I cherish your continued commitment to collect counsel that avoids costly outlays of cash. Yesterday I had a fun amateur radio day. Tens of thousands of radio operators across the USA and Canada participated in a 24-hour emergency […] Th...Read More
 
Best Bar Harbor Builder
6/23/2019 7:47 AM
Best Bar Harbor Builder - I Might Be Able to Help My daughter and son-in-law built a new home in Bar Harbor beginning in late 2018. I was not the builder, but I did act as their primary advisor. I also installed all the plumbing, radiant heat, and electric. I live hundreds of miles away […] The post Read More
 
Pocket Door Plywood
6/19/2019 7:10 AM
Pocket Door Plywood - Use the Clip Set to Install You can strengthen pocket door frames by installing 3/4-inch plywood in between the steel-wrapped studs. It takes just minutes to install the ingenious clips. CLICK or TAP HERE for more information about these magic clips. Watch me install the LE Johnson plywood clips: The post Read More