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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:

 27: New Home Construction Cost Estimator | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:00

Ask the Builder podcast 27 features Tim Carter talking about a new home construction cost estimator. It’s a simple magical spreadsheet where you enter in just one category number, say drywall labor and material cost, and it fills in all the other costs and gives you an estimated total price for your new home.

 Podcast 26: Attic Condensation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:41

Ask the Builder podcast 26 features Tim Carter talking with Marvin about his attic condensation problem. Marvin has followed advice from contractors and the condensation is still happening. Look at Marvin’s photos at the Attic Condensation Podcast page at AsktheBuilder.com.

 026 Attic Condensation Podcast ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:41

Ask the Builder podcast 26 features Tim Carter talking with Marvin about his attic condensation problem. Marvin has followed advice from contractors and the condensation is still happening. Look at Marvin’s photos at the Attic Condensation Podcast page at AsktheBuilder.com.

 025 Adhesive Remover Podcast ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:56

Adhesive Remover Podcast features Tim Carter talking with Bob about removing hard adhesive from the bottom of concrete pavers. The pavers are on exterior steps and the glue has failed after about fifteen years. Links to Tim’s favorite adhesive remover are at the Adhesive Remover Podcast page at AsktheBuilder.com.

 024 Paint Odor Blocker ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:17

Ask the Builder podcast 24 features Tim Carter talking with Colleen about a paint odor blocker. Colleen painted a bedroom months ago and the paint odor in the room is still strong. Tim offers up a time-tested product that many have forgotten about to solve the problems. The raw material to make it comes from female lacc bugs!

 023 Replace Concrete Stoop ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:50

Ask the Builder podcast 23 features Tim Carter talking with David in Kentucky about replacing a concrete stoop on the side wall of his garage. The stoop is dangerous because it has a narrow step instead of a landing pad. Tim suggests replacing the stoop with a nice small platform made from treated lumber and composite decking.

 ox01 OX Tools Level ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:12

Tim Carter, the founder of AsktheBuilder.com, shares his feelings about the new Pro Series and Trade Series 2, 3, and 4-foot OX Tools Levels. These are superb box levels that are extremely accurate. Many photos of the levels can be seen at the OX Tools Level Podcast page at AsktheBuilder.com.

 022 Custom Joist Hangers ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:01

Ask the Builder podcast 22 features Tim Carter talking with David about the custom joist hangers he needs for his deck beams. A local welder can make what David needs using standard brick angle iron. David needs to install them with through bolts or threaded rod, not expansion anchors.

 021 Blacktop Driveway Crack Filler ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:08

Ask the Builder podcast 21 features Tim Carter sharing blacktop driveway crack filler tips with Sam. His driveway is in pretty good shape overall, but the cracks need to be filled before winter. Tim has a special epoxy and method he uses to disguise the repair so it’s invisible.

 020 Concrete Popouts ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:00

Ask the Builder podcast 20 features Tim Carter helping Ron solve the source of a few concrete popouts that have raised the ire of one of the residents of his condominium association. The neighbor feels she deserves a new driveway. Tim is sure that some special epoxy, wax paper, and magic dust will be just fine.

 019 Fireplace Refacing ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:23

Ask the Builder podcast 19 features Tim Carter offering suggestions to Brett about how to reface his fireplace. Brett is faced with doing this job or hiring a divorce attorney. Listen to how Tim skillfully saves Brett’s marriage!

 018 Settlement Cracks in Walls ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:12:29

Ask the Builder podcast 18 features Tim Carter talking about settlement cracks in houses. It’s important to realize that the soil under the foundation may not be settling. It’s often the lumber that’s used to build your home. Seasonal cracks happen because the lumber is reacting to water vapor.

 017 Repair Concrete Porch Sinking ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:25

Ask the Builder podcast 17 features Tim Carter talking to Miriam in Portland, OR about her concrete porch that is sinking. The concrete column supporting the porch is cracked. Her home was built in 1928 and no one knows when the crack first happened. Tim talks about taking measurements across the crack and makes a recommendation on a magic concrete epoxy that can stabilize the concrete porch.

 016 Replace Basement Beam ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:44

Ask the Builder podcast 16 features Tim Carter solving Mike’s twisted and failing basement beam. The wood beam is failing because the previous carpenter didn’t stagger the seams of the lumber. Tim explains how to prevent the house from collapsing and the best fasteners to use to construct the new beam.

 015 Whole House Fan, Rusty Outdoor Steps, Stump the Builder!, Propane Danger ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:54

Ask the Builder podcast 15 features two homeowner phone calls, a call from Tim’s daughter Meghan and a story about the tragic deaths of two of Tim’s friends. Tim calls Steve to help him figure out why his whole house fan is not blowing air like it used too. Pat out on in the Pacific Northwest has some rusty exterior steps that need to be preserved. The last call is from Tim’s daughter Meghan. She’s building a new home and needs help hiding a TV projection screen. The final segment of the podcast is a sad story about two of Tim’s friends who died in a propane explosion. Tim share’s what might have saved their lives.

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