Stories tagged: Ask the Builder
Sat., June 22, 2019, 4 p.m.
It’s very important to realize that there are lots of plastic pipes that you might use, and the chemistry of them is quite complex. I’m just going to stick with …
Sat., June 15, 2019, 1 p.m.
How are clinker bricks formed and where can we buy them? Are they durable and will they last a long time?
Sat., June 8, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
With interlocking insulated concrete forms, it’s important to realize the foundation footing the ICFs rest on should be perfectly flat and level, and the footing needs to be perfectly square.
Sat., June 1, 2019, 5 a.m.
A-frame houses are appealing, but they have quirks that take some considering.
Sat., May 25, 2019
Q. I’ve put off building a small garden shed for too many years. After the wretched winter I endured, I deserve something that will lift my spirits. I don’t know …
Sat., May 18, 2019, 5 a.m.
The labeling on the product is accurate if you want to split hairs. You can flush these wretched wipes down a toilet. They make it through the curved colon in …
Sat., May 11, 2019, 8 a.m.
The most common uses for these switches are at the top and bottom of staircases or at the ends of a long hallway. When you use one in a finished …
Sat., April 27, 2019, 5 a.m.
How do you feel about self-adhering house wrap and what’s involved in getting it installed correctly?
Sat., April 20, 2019, 5 a.m.
New hand tools appear in the marketplace every year. Keeping up with them is a full-time job.
Sat., April 6, 2019, 10 a.m.
I absolutely recommend that young people pursue careers in the trades. We need thousands of carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, masons, etc. We’ll always need them. It’s never been easier to …
Sun., March 17, 2019, 3 a.m.
The prefabricated wall panels go together like giant Lego blocks. They’re perfectly square from the factory, and the precision is astounding.
Sat., March 9, 2019
The only reason to consider doing all the work to replace tile grout is if it’s crumbling and falling apart.
Sat., March 2, 2019, 5 a.m.
Poor planning is the most common reason for dissatisfaction with both detached garages and homes in general. The root of the problem is that most people are unable to visualize …
Sat., Feb. 23, 2019
Q. Tim, I lost it last weekend. After I cooled down I realized I had no one to blame but myself. I spent two hours looking for a hand tool …
Sat., Feb. 16, 2019
I grew up in an older home with an attic. I love storing things up there. When I watch new homes being built, all I see are trusses with all …
Sun., Feb. 10, 2019
For a rotting shed, restoration may be in the cards.
Sat., Jan. 26, 2019
Never allow grease to go down a drain. It solidifies and will clog drain pipes. Same goes for flour and egg mixtures into your kitchen sink drains.
Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 3 p.m.
Ask The Builder: You can drill a well almost anywhere, but beware local regulations (and pollutants)
The trouble is that in many locations well drilling is mostly chance.
Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 10 a.m.
Is it possible to build a multi-story home with no, or few, interior bearing walls or beams? Sure is.
Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 2 p.m.
It’s important to realize that vapor is very hard to stop. That’s why it’s best to call the products vapor retarders, not vapor barriers. I can tell you unequivocally they’re …
Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 3 p.m.
Deck construction is serious business, and you need to make sure everything is done correctly.
Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 6 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 6 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 10 a.m.
The best way to prepare for this mayhem is to create a detailed set of plans and some written specifications. Great plans and specifications become your north star and prevent …
Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, noon
If you haven’t done the job before, you should know that hanging giant strips of wallpaper is challenging.
Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 6 a.m.
The good news is that crappy caulk jobs can be repaired with relative ease.
Sat., Oct. 27, 2018
Based on the email that I get, I’d say the biggest mistake you might make when building or buying a pre-built shed is that it’s going to be too small.
Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 2 p.m.
No matter which type of concrete foundation you use, make sure it’s reinforced with steel.
Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, noon
Nonetheless, any contractor who says you need deck piers for your new deck or to expand an existing one is giving you great advice. Deck piers are the foundation for …