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Ask the Builder
Carter is a former contractor who walks readers through home improvement projects step by step. He offers instructions on hiring the right professionals, as well as helpful project cost-breakdowns. Carter also provides materials suggestions and new ideas for homeowners who prefer to do smaller jobs themselves. Great for classifieds.
Ask the Builder Samples
DEAR TIM: Spring has finally arrived in the high country here. DEAR DON: I used to have hard-start issues with small engines.
DEAR TIM: I have an older driveway that was installed 42 years ago. DEAR JULIE: I've got great news for you. Perhaps the best news of all is that this is a DIY project if you can muster up the help of three friends for just about half a day.
DEAR TIM: My son tried to do me a favor while I was out of town by caulking my kitchen backsplash. DEAR AMY: Ouch! There are all sorts of techniques to remove caulk. Let's talk about using simple tools.
DEAR TIM: I want to install some flat pieces of rock for a walkway. DEAR RON: I'm quite sure I can help you with this project as I've got lots of experience creating walkways using brick, stone and other masonry materials.
DEAR TIM: My primary home and a camp I own in the woods both are covered with siding. DEAR PATRICK: Each week I receive emails from homeowners just like you.
DEAR TIM: I need to build a deck, and I'm told that the wood posts that support the deck must then sit precisely on top of concrete piers. DEAR BONNIE: Your bewilderment is pretty common.
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