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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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 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.

 014 Foundation Hole, Wet Crawlspace, Garage Insulation, Sun Damage ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:24

Ask the Builder podcast 14 features three homeowner phone calls and a story about how the sun’s UV rays destroy black goo. Tim calls Lori and offers up a solution to the mistake her husband made by digging the foundation hole too deep. Jen’s house is on a hill and rainwater is seeping into her crawlspace. The last call is to Karen in Spokane, WA. Karen needs to know the best insulation for her garage. The final segment of the podcast is a story about how the sun’s UV rays destroy things around your home.

 013 Garage Wall Leak, Bathroom Light, Tin Roof Leak, Prevent Concrete Cracks ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:30

Ask the Builder podcast 13 features three homeowner phone calls, a story about why concrete cracks and how to control them. Tim calls Trish and discusses the mistake her builder made by building her garage too close to the ground. Patricia answers Tim’s call and asks about how to get her new bath light out farther from the wall. Tim then calls Carol in Washington DC and gives her good news about how to repair her worn out tin roof without spending lots of money. The final segment of the podcast is a story about why concrete cracks and how you can control where it cracks..

 012 Concrete Step Crack, Defective Shingles, Chipmunk Damage, Truck Danger ~ AskTheBuilder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:02

Ask the Builder podcast 12 features two homeowner phone calls, a small warning from Tim and a story about the dangers of delivery trucks. Tim calls Donn and offers up a cool solution to fix a large concrete step crack. Defective shingles are the next topic. Tim talks about why your asphalt shingles are falling apart. Tim then calls Scott and shares how to stop the chipmunks from destroying Scott’s paver sidewalk.. The final segment of the podcast is a story about how delivery trucks can harm or kill you.

 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.

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