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Wednesday, February 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Sleek, simple galley kitchens compete with larger, eat-in spaces

There’s a good case to be made for galley kitchens: They allow you to work without the obstruction of an island or table. They also keep the work area smaller, which means less walking from one appliance to another or to the sink. And galleys are great for smaller homes or apartments because they take up less room than an eat-in kitchen.

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Ask The Builder: A better way to vent your clothes dryer

Q. I need your advice. My clothes dryer stopped getting my clothes dry. The problem was traced to the vent line being squished behind the dryer. I was also told the flexible plastic pipe was inferior. Can you share your magic way of connecting clothes dryers to vent pipes so they’re trouble free? – Valerie S., Mesquite, Texas A. When your clothes dryer is taking longer and longer to dry clothes, it’s often a sign of a clogged vent pipe, a clogged lint filter or a lint-clogged vent flapper.
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Ask the Builder: How to deal with radon gas in new construction

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause health issues. The gas is generated by the decomposition of uranium, a natural element. Some types of bedrock contain more uranium than others. The radon gas works its way out of the rock, up into the soil and into groundwater. It’s constantly clawing its way to the atmosphere.
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Ask The Builder: Most roof leaks are caused by failing flashings

Q. My roof is leaking, and my last attempt to get it repaired was fruitless. It rained again and water still came in. Where do most roof leaks happen? Is it OK to use caulk or black roofing cement to do a roof repair? I just need you to help get me up to speed so I can talk with a roofing contractor. –Geri G., Sea Girt, New Jersey A. Based on my 40-plus years of clambering around on roofs, I’d estimate that more than 90 percent of roof leaks happen at flashings.
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Ask The Builder: When things go south with your builder

Yesterday I did a 30-minute phone consultation with a gentleman who lives in New Jersey. It was a grim call because he was thinking about suing his builder. I started helping this man over a year ago as he started to build his dream home. Unfortunately, he signed a contract with a dishonest builder and didn’t discover it until it was too late.