Stories tagged: home repair
Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 11 a.m.
Based on the number of emails I receive each week, I see a growing and alarming trend of people who are so busy, stressed and discombobulated that all they want …
Sun., July 29, 2018, 8 a.m.
Changing the color of grout is possible, but it’s not easy.
Sat., July 7, 2018, 5 p.m.
Fixing a wonky sink stopper often takes less time than moving the stuff out of the way to get to it.
Sat., May 26, 2018, 5 p.m.
Tim, my builder is telling me to forget about using reinforcing steel or mesh in my concrete driveway and patio. He says he’ll just add an inch of thickness and …
Sat., April 28, 2018
Tim Carter answers questions about retaining walls, grout.
Sat., April 14, 2018, 1:57 p.m.
Oxygen bleach great for outdoor cleaning
Sun., April 8, 2018, 8 a.m.
Water on brick, cement can result in salt and mineral discoloration.
Sat., Feb. 24, 2018
Each day, through the “Ask Tim” page at my website, I get questions from readers like you and folks that find me on the Internet.
Sat., Feb. 17, 2018
This week you’ve hit the trifecta. I have three questions I received at my AsktheBuilder.com website. This means you get three answers for the price of one!
Sat., July 8, 2017, 6 a.m.
We need to have a new blacktop driveway installed, and I thought it was going to be a simple process of comparing quotes. It turns out it’s somewhat confusing. I …
Sat., March 11, 2017, 7 a.m.
My 10-year-old house developed some cosmetic cracks in the mortar. I got some bids to have tuck-pointing work done and nearly gagged when I looked at the cost.
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 10 a.m.
DEAR TIM: The retaining wall at my older home is in sad shape. A contractor told me that if I don’t tear it down immediately and replace it, my house …
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 10 a.m.
What’s that old saying? “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Yeah, that’s it. My friend, all I can say is you’ve been blessed. I recommend that you prance around …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017
The Northwest is being hit with record snow amounts and low temperatures wreaking havoc on roads, roofs and pipes. The Better Business Bureau reminds those who experience damage to take …
Sat., Oct. 1, 2016, 10 a.m.
My husband has been hinting about wanting an impact driver. He claims there are many uses for it around the house. I wonder if he’s trying to pull the wool …
Sat., Sept. 17, 2016, noon
I think the best way to describe how hard it is to match stucco is to imagine trying to repair a tear in just about any fabric. Even the best …
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, 10 a.m.
Most weekend warriors shudder at the thought of having to build steps because it appears to be fairly complex. In reality you just need some simple grade school math skills …
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016, noon
Flaking brick more often than not is a cosmetic issue, but it’s serious because it affects the look of your home. The bad news is that there’s no easy way …
Sun., March 13, 2016, 4 a.m.
A damp spot in the basement becomes an expensive fix at Doug Clark’s 1909 house.
Sun., July 5, 2009
Q. I get water in my basement during rains and I think it is caused by leaking rain gutters. How do I trace the leak? A. The basement water could …
Thu., April 30, 2009
Remodeling one home to save energy and money can be an imposing task. Despite long-term savings, there’s an initial cost – sometimes a big one. There’s the task of finding …
Sun., April 12, 2009
Q. The paint on my wood-framed basement windows is peeling on the outside and the wood has some cracks. I want to repair and repaint. How do I go about …
Sun., Feb. 15, 2009
Q: We had outdoor carpet on our concrete patio. The carpet was in terrible condition, so we pulled it off, but how do we remove the glue? A: This adhesive …
Sun., Dec. 28, 2008
Dear Tim: Are all heating systems the same? My heating system is running constantly and it can only maintain a temperature of 67 degrees in my home. It’s very cold …