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Today is the day! Hanz and I are going to finish my QRP radio in a box. It's so cool. I know you'll want one!

http://w3atb.com/850-install-mfj-cub-20m-transceiver-in-a-clear-box
A little over two years ago I saw the coolest radio ever. It was a small QRP rig in a clear plastic box built by Hanz Busch, W1JSB. You can read my previous post here and watch a video where you see the radio. I was INSTANTLY HOOKED. I had to have one. I had to have one of these super-cool ...
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Very cool- WA5SAT
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Here's today's question: What works when all else fails? For the answer, watch this short video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb93qtfqsT0
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Do you have floor grout that's cracking? I might have your answer. Look at the amazing photos here:

http://www.askthebuilder.com/grout-cracking-floor-tiles/
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I'd LOVE for this to go viral if possible. Can you help?

I just saw another story where local police are STOPPING kids from shoveling snow. Well, there's always a loophole. Let's get the word out to the kids to VOLUNTEER to shovel snow at houses and MAYBE the residents will just DROP SOME MONEY BY ACCIDENT on the ground as they thank the kids. The kids pick it up and everyone parts friends.

What the heck is WRONG with lawmakers in situations like this? It's insanity and it needs to stop now.
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If you want really great weather maps, including the position of the jet stream (it's really important to know where that is), then you must bookmark this page:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/national/weather-surface-maps
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I'm getting all my flashlights charged up for the epic BLIZZARD here in NH. +Milwaukee Tool  Here's one of them:  http://go.askthebuilder.com/milwaukeem18flood
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Glad to see you are well prepared for one of those fierce storms you get in the US of A.
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Do you have a rusty sink to repair like Greg? I've got the EASY WAY to do it!

http://www.askthebuilder.com/rusty-sink-repair/
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Raymond,

Yes! the trick is to remove as much rust as possible, get the metal smooth, then use the primer and a finish paint. Please be sure to click and use my affiliate link if possible.
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Here's a great song if you don't know exactly when something's going to happen. Listen closely to the lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FYOeDuesjo
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I love Kenny Chesney!  Tim you have great taste... in country music at least. 
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Simple Science to Stop DeFlateGate Innuendo:

Take an empty two-liter bottle. Rinse it out and leave the cap OFF. Put it on your kitchen counter for ten minutes - assuming your kitchen room temperature is about 70 F.

At the end of ten minutes, put the cap back on. Screw it on tightly.
Put the empty bottle in your refrigerator. Most are at 38 F or even 40 F, which is about what it was on game day.

Wait two hours - the amount of time the balls were outdoors and NOT in the warm bowels of the Foxboro stadium.

Be amazed at how the bottle has deflated. Maybe all the critics should have paid attention in high school physics class.
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It's not that. It's just that the balls were probably LEGAL as they left the warm bowels of the stadium, but when outdoors for 90 minutes during National Anthem, festivities and then game time until halftime, they'll show less air pressure on a gauge. Same air volume in the ball, but at a lower pressure because of air temp. Are the NFL front office that stupid?
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Here's what's new at AsktheBuilder.com! In November I generated over 72,000 clicks to product pages for just five manufacturers. At the same time, I got over 1,500 consumer testimonials about the new products.

Do you want GUARANTEED traffic to your product pages? You know who to call. :-)
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I'll have a look at the video later.  Picture looks very imposing.  Hoping you are managing to keep safe and warm in your cozy home (I am sure it must be cozy).
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So what do you think about DeFLATEGate with the NE Patriots? Don Henley knew all about what's going on years ago. So long ago! Listen CLOSELY to his lyrics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzT10MSgKtU
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I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. There I graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Cincinnati. However I didn't pursue a career looking for oil, water or minerals, but started my own residential construction company.

I was a hands-on builder and did all the carpentry on my jobs, the plumbing and much of the ceramic tile work. I've done every aspect of residential construction and have tens of thousands of hours of real experience. But I discovered early on that to get a job done on time and within budget, you have to subcontract out much of it.

Twenty years later I switched careers and began to write the syndicated newspaper column Ask the Builder. Then I saw the Internet in 1995.

Within six weeks I had AsktheBuilder.com up and running. I continue to add content to it each week both in written and video formats.

In the late 1990's I started to do video work. You can see many of my videos at my YouTube Channel.

One thing I've noticed in this amazing journey is that I have a distinct advantage over many of my Internet home-improvement peers. If you spend the time I have researching their past, you'll rapidly discover very few have any real hands-on experience in construction where they work for a paying customer like you. Believe me, that makes a huge difference.

When you have to satisfy the general public, and can do that for over 20 years successfully, you've got something. Be sure you always check the background of the person you're getting advice from. You can't afford to make a mistake with one of your most valuable assets - your home.

When I'm not working, I spend time with my wife Kathy and my three kids. My buddies and pals also get a piece of me as does my dog. Life is good.
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Master Carpenter, Master Plumber, Custom Home Builder, Geology degree (hydrogeology), ham radio operator - W3ATB, serial golfer, hiker
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    Finance and Business Administration, 1974 - present
  • University of Cincinnati
    Geology, 1970 - 1974
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I've used this VIP location for about four years and have had both good and bad experiences. Overall I'd say they'd get 3.5 stars. My last time there I had a scheduled appointment for a simple oil change and tire rotation. It took the technician over 1 hour to complete these two simple tasks. I used to change my oil for years, but it became a PIA. With the aid of a hydraulic lift and air tools to remove lug nuts, one would think that you'd lift the car up just high enough to get the oil to drain and while that's happening rat a tat tat off the 20 lug bolts and rotate the tires. By the time you've rotated the tires, the oil is drained, you pop off the oil filter, screw on a new one, drop the car to the ground and add the oil with their magic air-powered oil filling tool. Total time to do all this if they let me in the workshop: 15 minutes MAX. VIP does get 5 stars for the free WiFi to fill your wait time, but they need to restock the free coffee. I'll go back, but I'll fill the time walking down to Lowe's and back for an hour for some exercise. VIP, please somehow get oil changes and tire rotations down so I'm out of the door in no less than 30 minutes. Please!
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I've interacted with many businesses over the years in Cincinnati as a building contractor. As you might imagine, I've had to hire exterminators to pre-treat foundations and do other work. I can't say enough great things about Ace Exterminating. They're highly professional and the owner goes to great lengths to hire great team members. What I love best about Ace is that if you do have a problem, the owner is wide open to talking with you. He'll make sure you're satisfied. If you don't believe me, just try it before you sign up with them. Ask to speak to the owner. Guess what? You'll be connected and if he's busy, he'll call you back. How's that for service? When was the last time you could really talk with a business owner?
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My daughter and I were here in Ft. Wayne as part of a convention. The regular house salad has incredible seasonings. I had a mushroom and onion pizza that had a tasty crust and a wonderful sauce. My daughter had the cheese ravioli with marinara sauce. She is a tough person to please. She said the salad was the "...best restaurant salad I have ever had." This is a fantastic restaurant.
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reviewed 7 years ago