AsktheBuilder.com offers hundreds of informational articles, videos, and e-books all created to help homeowners take on their own home improvement projects. On the site, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Tim Carter breaks down numerous common problems that occur around the house, presenting them in a do-it-yourself fashion. Some of the topics discussed involve brick work, painting, and countertops. Carter also takes reader questions and answers them regularly.
Not only does Carter’s site provide lessons on how to make home repairs, the AsktheBuilder General Store sells a variety of supplies, guides and tools to use when performing them. The store makes it easy for viewers to find specific products that are mentioned in the articles and videos, a helpful feature.
WHAT WE LIKED
The content provided on AsktheBuilder.com is so dense and thorough there really is very little to dislike about the site. Although we didn’t perform any of the jobs described on the site, we did find the topics to be widespread, and from reading/watching the content it appeared to be solid advice for completing the desired job.
According to the website, Carter has been writing these articles since 1993, so one would think were he a fraud he most certainly would have been discovered by now. What we think instead is that he is a home improvement genius. Judging from Tim’s advertising rates, it’s safe to assume many others agree.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
Though the content is excellent, the layout of the site seemed to be a little bit clustered. The navigation is good, but the content layout isn’t the site’s best feature. Fortunately, the content is so good, the layout becomes only a minor detail.
The only other gripe we could come up with is, at the time of this review being written, there are no terms listed on the glossary page, which we thought would be an extremely helpful resource.
THE FINAL WORD
An excellent resource site, but probably not worth going to until you had a specific problem you needed fixed. Otherwise, you may find it to be an information overload.