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Ask the Builder

Summary: Ask the Builder home improvement podcast by Syndicated Columnist and National Award-Winning Builder and Remodeler Tim Carter. Tim calls homeowners and solves their problems. Plus a story from Tim's building past is sure to satisfy!

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Podcasts:

 NP001 Credit Repair Companies Lexington Law Salt Lake City UT ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:30

Ask the Builder new product podcast 01 features an in-depth interview with John Heath, Directing Attorney for the prestigious Lexington Law firm. Lexington Law is perhaps the top credit repair company in the USA because they have so many attorneys to help you get the best loan terms by repairing your damaged credit. Not all credit repair companies are experts in credit law. Real consumers and Tim Carter ask Mr. Heath the most important questions about what’s involved in credit repair and why you should contact Lexington Law.

 011 Blacktop Edging, Brick Wall Leaking, Crumbling Concrete, Tile on Wood ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:34

Ask the Builder podcast 11 features three homeowner phone calls and a story about applying ceramic tile to wood. Tim calls Bruce to sort through his new blacktop drive that needs edging. Next up is Jack. His brick veneer house leaks in violent rainstorms. Tim then calls Diane and gives her good news about how to repair her crumbling concrete steps. The final segment of the podcast is a story about a young builder who discovers that plywood covered with wet thinset expands - so much it bubbles the tile off the wood!

 010 Cement Board Gap, Bathroom Condensation, Foundation Leak, Lead Paint ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:18

Ask the Builder podcast 10 features three homeowner phone calls and a story about lead paint dangers. Tim calls Susan to discuss the uneven gap under the cement board above her tub. The second call is to Janet. She needs help solving condensation on the walls of her bathroom. Tim then calls Ted and talks about how easy it is to solve a basement water leak. The final segment of the podcast is a sobering story about the dangers of lead paint. You may have it in your home and not know it.

 009 Poly Plumbing Problems, Poor Flush Toilet, Wood Window Rot, Most Profit Job ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:27

Ask the Builder podcast 9 features three homeowner phone calls and a story about Tim’s most profitable job. Tim calls Gary to discuss what’s the best way to deal with his polybutylene water supply lines. New pex piping is thrown into the mix. Next up is a call to Steve who’s toilet has been flushing poorly for well over ten years. Tim offers advice on how to fix it in several hours. The final call is to Andy who’s got some rot happening in a few wood windows. Tim talks about the wonderful PC Woody epoxy. The final minutes of the podcast are taken up with a story about Tim’s most profitable job ever. It’s all because of a simple binder he was handed when he signed the contract.

 008 Blacktop Crack Repair, Paint Concrete Block, Cracks in Plaster, Paver Disaster ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:08

Ask the Builder podcast 8 features three homeowner phone calls and a story about Tim’s first attempt to set thin paving brick. Karen is first up and lives in New Jersey. She wonders if she needs a new blacktop drive. Tim saves her $6,000 in ten minutes. The second call is to Brian. Tim shares some tips about how to best paint interior concrete block walls. The last call has Tim and Lauren talking about old-growth lumber in their pre-WW II houses. Tim explains how old houses crack. The podcast concludes with a funny story about how Tim found out what happens when you use the wrong product for a brick paver sidewalk.

 007 Expansive Clay, Best IPE Deck Cleaner, Pergola Beam, Green Board ROT ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:39

Ask the Builder podcast 7 features three homeowner phone calls and a story about trust, too much trust. The first call is to Karen in Texas. She’s got a problem with cracks in her walls and Tim’s got a simple solution. The second call is to Corey in Philadelphia. He’s got a drop-dead gorgeous IPE wood deck. He wants to know the best cleaner and sealer for it. The last call is to Tom. The dolt who built the pergola at Tom’s home created a rot nightmare. Tim’s closing story is about how he trusted salespeople too much way back when. There’s a great lesson there for you.

 006 Melting Siding, Shower Glass Block Leak, Efflorescence, Gasoline BOOM! ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:53

Ask the Builder podcast 6 features three homeowner phone calls and a sobering story about what went wrong with gasoline one day. The first call is to Sarah and Bob. Their house is causing the neighbor’s vinyl siding to melt. The second call is to Steve. He’s got a pesky leak at a glass block window in his shower and Tim has a simple cure. The last call is to Pam in San Clemente, CA. She’s got mystery salt deposits forming on her garage floor. Tim concludes the podcast with a story about the day he was tasked with burning a pile of construction scrap. He narrowly avoided serious injury and possible death.

 005 Flat Roof Leak, DIY Build Own Home, Electric Floor Heat, Sparks Ruin Tile! ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:42

Ask the Builder podcast 5 features three homeowner phone calls and a funny story about electricity. The first call is to Debbie. Her son has a leaking flat roof adjacent to a second-story deck. It’s a mess. Tim then calls TJ in Oklahoma. TJ and his wife want to build a new home and act as the general contractor. Tim’s answer may surprise you. The third call is with Ann in New Hampshire. She wants to transform unfinished garage attic space into a master bedroom closet but needs to heat it. The quote she got took her breath away. Tim’s got a super-affordable alternative. Tim concludes the podcast with a story about the day he was working with energized wires in a brand new kitchen with custom tile and white countertops.

 004 Cracked Floor Joist, Weed Killers & Wells, Wood Siding Rot, Tims 1st Addition~ AskTheBuilder.com | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:39

Ask the Builder podcast 4 features three homeowner phone calls. The first call is with Robert. He started to do a house remodel and discovered a cracked floor joist under a second-floor bathroom. Tim shares how to fix it. The second call has a funny ending when Tim suggests a natural alternative to toxic weed killers and lawn fertilizers Bob was thinking of using on his New York lawn. The last call is with Sue who thinks birds and carpenter ants have invaded her pressed wood siding panels on here faux Tudor home. Tim shares a great wood epoxy that will make a permanent repair. The show ends with a story about Tim’s first general contracting adventure. It’s a wonder the wife of the home didn’t strangle Tim.

 003 Concrete Overlay, Staircase Parts, Whitewash Brick, Scaffolding Rust Lesson ~ AskTheBuilder.com | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:30

Ask the Builder podcast 3 features three homeowner phone calls. Tim calls up Vic and shares how he can save thousands of dollars doing a concrete overlay on his patio rather than tear it out. Tracey from North Carolina asks Tim about where to get traditional stair parts for her home. Tim’s third call is to Sandy who lives in the greater Washington DC area. She’s sick of the peeling paint on her brick home and wants to whitewash it. Tim share how. The podcast concludes with a story about how Tim escaped serious injury one day while about 20 feet up in the air standing on a plank in some well-used pipe scaffolding.

 002 New Oak Stair Treads, Sewer Gas, Crown Molding Lesson ~ AskTheBuilder.com | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:25

AskTheBuilder.com podcast #2 features two homeowner phone calls. Al asks Tim for some tips on how to install new oak treads on a worn-out set up steps. Tim shares some tips with Jeff so he can locate the source of foul sewer gas in his Colorado mountain cabin. Tim Carter concludes with a story about a young carpenter’s first crown molding job.

 ATB #001: Hardwood Floor Repair, Floor Tile, Black Goo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:03

Ask the Builder podcast #1 features two homeowner phone calls. Jill asks for the best way to repair water-damaged hardwood floor in her kitchen. Greg asks Tim about whether porcelain tile or hardwood is better. Tim Carter concludes with a story about humidity and black goo.

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