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Ask the Builder: Roofing 101: Tips for an expert installation

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 26, 2021

I have no clue how many new roofs are installed in the U.S. each year, but it's got to be in the hundreds of thousands. Perhaps a new roof is in your future or in the next few years. If so, you'd be wise to read up on the topic at askthebuilder.com before it's time for you to meet with a roofer.
News >  Home and garden

Ask the Builder: Do-it-yourself wiring isn’t for amateurs

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 18, 2021

Tim, it’s a very long story, and don’t think I’m crazy. I’m building a new home and wondering if I can install all the electrical wiring myself. It’s not a big home, but it’s got all the things going on you’d normally have in a home, including quite a few three- and four-way switches.
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Upcycled Life: Eraser stamps

You know when you are cleaning out the drawer of school or office supplies and you find several old eraser nubs? Or petrified erasers on the end of perfectly good pencils? Using pink eraser bits for art is a slightly more sophisticated version of what I did in elementary school.
News >  Health

Water Cooler: How to keep your athletic shoes fresh

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 5, 2021

Whether you’re a tennis shoe owner with a large, pristine collection or with one ride-or-die jogger, it’s important to know how to keep your shoes clean and in good shape through their life. Here are a few maintenance and cleaning tips to make sure you get the most out of your favorite athletic shoes.
News >  Home and garden

Water Cooler: Grow your own microgreens

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 2, 2021

Microgreens have been the buzz of the “superfood” scene for the past few years. Like all widely marketed superfoods, they tend to be a bit pricey. Luckily, they are easy and affordable to grow at home. Microgreens are actually a fantastic crop for beginner gardeners, especially those who want to start with something low maintenance that requires a minimal amount of space.
News >  Home and garden

Ask the Builder: Water movement in the ground

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 28, 2021

I was quite fortunate to major in geology in college. One of the classes I took was hydrogeology, which focuses on groundwater. The knowledge I obtained allowed me to build homes in dense clay soil that had bone-dry basements. 

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