Stories tagged: ask the builder
Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 5 a.m.
I want to build a deluxe shed. I’ve just retired and have plenty of time on my hands. I want to stop paying the outrageous offsite storage fees. First and …
Sat., Sept. 28, 2019, 5 a.m.
This will not be a usual column. I’m sitting in my man cave writing it several hours before I talk to a reader named Amanda on the phone. She lives …
Sat., Sept. 21, 2019, 5:32 a.m.
I’ve got a mess at my home that’s driving me crazy. My 3-foot tall concrete block foundation was coated years ago with a thin coat of cement stucco. There are …
Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 5 a.m.
I’m building a new home. Because of the booming economy and shortage of great help, I might be forced to hang and finish the drywall myself. I’ve done a few …
Sat., Aug. 31, 2019, 1 a.m.
Q. What can you tell me about painting rusty metal? I want a fast and easy method to repaint an assortment of things in my garage and shed. Do you …
Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 5 a.m.
A few months ago, I wrote a column about how “flushable” wipes clog sewers. I received hundreds of responses from readers who shared their expensive horror stories about how flushable …
Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, 5 a.m.
You may be one of the tens of millions of people who suffered in the blistering heatwave that gripped the Eastern USA in July. I happen to live in central …
Sat., July 27, 2019, 5 a.m.
Lots of books have been written about the craft of drywall installation and finishing. One of the best is “The Gypsum Construction Handbook” published by USG Corp., one of the …
Sat., July 20, 2019, 6 a.m.
I’ve been aghast in the past few decades at a growing trend in the residential construction industry that is burying hard-earned, tried-and-true construction methods that were developed and used by …
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.