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Repair:  Lawn mower vs. Tree Stump

Repair: Lawn mower vs. Tree Stump

The damage to a lawnmower resulting from hitting a stump or rock and the steps to take to get the mower running again.
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/ HVAC
A/C Repair and the elusive transformer

A/C Repair and the elusive transformer

It should not take four service calls to fix an air conditioner. The right part and better internal communication would have saved time and trouble.
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/ Addition
How a new addition will solve all of our problems

How a new addition will solve all of our problems

There are numerous issues plaguing our family room addition. Tearing down the existing structure and building new will solve those problems and more.
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/ Addition
Poor workmanship in the addition

Poor workmanship in the addition

Our family room addition is a stunning example of poor workmanship. Here are the flaws, how they can be fixed and why rebuilding is the better option.
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/ Plumbing
The cost of delaying an easy plumbing repair

The cost of delaying an easy plumbing repair

We had minor plumbing disaster and it could have all been avoided if I took five minutes to complete a proper repair five years ago.
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/ Waterproofing
Sump pump overkill? TripleSafe review

Sump pump overkill? TripleSafe review

Three sump pumps are better than one, but is the expense justifiable?
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Addition problems: the foundation

Design and structural issues with the foundation of our addition, and why simply tearing down and rebuilding the addition is the best option for us.
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A Review of Adam Carolla's "Catch a Contractor"

A Review of Adam Carolla’s “Catch a Contractor”

Adam Carolla's Catch a Contractor makes for entertaining television, but don't expect to learn anything.
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/ Lighting and Electrical
Electrical Issues in the Addition

Electrical Issues in the Addition

The electrical issues in the addition range from mystery switches and non-working plugs to code violations.
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/ HVAC, Plumbing
Money disappears at the flick of a switch

Money disappears at the flick of a switch

A tale of a colder-than-usual house, a faulty zone control and how flicking a switch solved the problem... for now.
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/ Walls and Ceilings
Drywall

Drywall

An introduction to drywall tools and supplies, plus a few DIY tips.
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/ Framing and Structure
new studs

Structural Repairs: Load-Bearing Walls

Restoring, replacing and altering structure where load bearing walls had been damaged or removed.
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