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06/21/2017 06:14 PM
How to Caulk like a Pro

Caulking can add a finishing touch, or look like a sloppy mess of blobs and gaps. In this edition of Mike’s Tips, we’ll share some ideas to help turn you into a caulking pro. Here’s our Top Ten List of Caulking Tips Safety First – Safety glasses are necessary because bits of old, hardened caulk […]

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06/12/2017 12:53 AM
Loud Noise From Your Heat Pump
We get calls from customers often during the winter months asking why their heat pump is suddenly running really loudly.  What most people don't know or maybe forget, is that heat pumps come equipped with a defrost cycle that is designed to remove frost from the coil.

When a heat pump is operating in the heating mode or heat cycle, the outdoor air is relatively cool and the outdoor coil acts as an evaporator.  Under certain conditions of temperature and relative humidity, frost might form on the surface of the outdoor coil.  The layer of frost will interfere with the operation of the heat pump by making the pump work harder and, therefore, inefficiently.  The frost must be removed.  A heat pump has a cycle called a defrost cycle, which removes the frost from the outdoor coil.  A heat pump unit will defrost regularly when frost conditions occur.  The defrost cycle should be long enough to melt the ice, and short enough to be energy-efficient.  In the defrost cycle, the heat pump is automatically operated in reverse, for a moment, in the cooling cycle.  This action temporarily warms up the outdoor coil and melts the frost from the coil.  In this defrost cycle, the outdoor fan is prevented from turning on when the heat pump switches over, and the temperature rise of the outdoor coil is accelerated and increased.  The heat pump will operate in the defrost cycle until the outdoor coil temperature reaches around 57° F.  The time it takes to melt and remove accumulated frost from an outdoor coil will vary, depending on the amount of frost and the internal timing device of the system.

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06/23/2017 02:20 PM
Decibullz Custom Molded Earplugs and Earphones
Decibullz Custom Molded Earplugs and Phones
Decibullz offers USA-made custom-molded ear plugs that are said to be comfortable, reusable, and remoldable. Read More
06/23/2017 10:46 AM
Home Depot & Menards Sued Over How Dimensional Lumber is Advertised
HI out of 2x4 Wood
*Facepalm*. There are new lawsuits against Home Depot and Menards over how dimensional lumber is sized. Read More
06/22/2017 10:30 PM
Sneak Peek: This is Every New Milwaukee Tool We Saw at NPS17
Milwaukee One-Key Tool Family as of June 2017
Here is a look at all of the new tools we saw at Milwaukee's recent NPS17 media event. Read More
06/22/2017 11:56 AM
Field Test: Dewalt DS450 Tough System Rolling Tool Box in the Wilderness
Dewalt DS450 Tough System Wheeled Tool Box in the woods after a rain
I loaded up the Dewalt DS450 Tough System wheeled tool box with camping gear and took it out into the elements to test how well it rolls over rugged terrain and keeps stuff inside dry. Read More
06/21/2017 02:00 PM
KC Tool Precision Screwdriver Holder
KC Tool Precision Screwdriver Holder Filled
Here's a nice way to store and organize your precision screwdrivers. Read More
06/21/2017 10:58 AM
New Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Iron
Milwaukee M12 Portable Soldering Iron featured image
Milwaukee is coming out with a new M12 cordless soldering iron! Read More
06/20/2017 12:00 PM
Metabo Multi-Bay 8-Port Simultaneous 18V and 36V Battery Charger
Metabo 18V and 36V 6-Port Simultaneous Charger
Metabo has come out with an 8-port 18V and 36V battery charger. Read More
06/20/2017 10:00 AM
A Tour of the Metabo Power Tool Factory in Germany
Rotors after balancing at Metabo factory in Germany
Here is an inside look at Metabo's production HQ in Germany, showing how some of their power tool components are made! Read More
06/20/2017 09:15 AM
HOT DEAL: Bosch 12V Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit for $99
Bosch 12V Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Kit
This Bosch 12V Max drill and driver combo kit is on sale for $99! Read More
06/19/2017 03:37 PM
What About Craftsman Cordless Power Tools?
Craftsman C3 Brushless Cordless Drill Driver
Craftsman, as as "Best Cordless Power Tool Brand"? Read More
06/20/2017 10:15 AM
June 20, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
In just a few days, I leave on the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Dawn ship for a one-week cruise to Bermuda. WOOT! I've never been on a cruise before. I've been in contact with the NCL public relations department and they're working with me trying to get me into non-public areas of the ship so […]
06/20/2017 08:40 AM
Treated Lumber Rotting
Treated Lumber Rotting TIPS Treated lumber does rot - it's a dirty little secret the industry keeps Preservatives might not be formulated correctly Products are available to minimize water infiltration into treated lumber DECK COLLAPSE VIDEOS - watch them below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: In just a few […]
06/20/2017 07:13 AM
Porch Decking
Porch decking needs to be prepared and installed properly to get a lasting porch. Composite porch decking is not always the best porch decking material. Wood can make a great long-lasting front porch decking.

06/19/2017 09:09 AM
Concrete Stain DIY
Concrete Stain DIY TIPS Multiple ways to change the color of existing concrete Stains work best on steel-troweled smoother concrete and require diligence Best DIY method is easy-to-use concrete resurfacer products - add pigment for color Stenciling concrete with the resurfacers produces the most dramatic look CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! […]
06/19/2017 07:05 AM
Concrete Steps Leaking
Concrete Steps Leaking TIPS Concrete is not waterproof - common misconception Water can enter tiny hairline cracks Special concrete epoxy stops water  WATCH concrete epoxy video below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I live on the upper floor of a converted villa. The access is by a stairway at […]
06/16/2017 06:35 PM
Matching Mortar
Texture and color matching of your mortar to use in a brick or masonry repair job takes a bit of legwork. You will have to determine the size of the sand used in your mortar. Your mortar will also need cement and lime. Bricklayers from your area may be able to direct you to the source of sand used in older homes.
06/16/2017 04:41 PM
Septic Tank Maintenance
Septic tank maintenance is a must. Without proper maintenance, septic tanks can fail. Follow these do's and don'ts to keep the septic system and leach field working for years.
06/14/2017 07:20 AM
Attic Fan Installation
An attic fan can help lower excessive attic temperatures. Solar attic fans are available, but have limitations. Electric powered attic fans are available with thermostats to help conserve energy.  Wind-powered turbine vents are another option, but require Mother Nature to supply the power.
06/13/2017 10:18 AM
June 13, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
I'm in the early stages of a huge project I've been putting off. Decluttering all the storage areas in my house is my new summer project. Besides getting things in order, a secondary positive benefit is that I get to meet interesting people. Just this past Sunday morning, I was out on my driveway talking […]
06/12/2017 10:08 AM
Paying Contractors Up Front
Paying Contractors Up Front TIPS Deposits put you at a huge disadvantage Deposits are only required if job has special-order or custom non-returnable materials Professional contractors don't need deposits - see below Watch How-To-Hire-A-Pro video series below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! A little over a week ago, I devoted part […]