Appliances

Dishwasher repair

Screw falls from dishwasher bracket

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  During a kitchen remodel in 2015, I had a contractor install a few new appliances. Recently, a screw fell into my dishwasher. My wife pointed out a scratch area on the top of the dishwasher ... Read More


Odors

Basement floor and walls

Oil smell in basement

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I’m writing because I need advice on how to get an oil smell out of the basement. Our tank had a slow leak into the concrete floor. We’ve since had the tank removed and converted ... Read More


House Wrap

Housewrap

Covering Masonite siding with housewrap

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I plan to put housewrap over my Masonite siding, but I cannot find a video that actually shows you how to put wrap over the Masonite siding. Do you stretch the wrap tight or does ... Read More


Roofing

Skylight

Cleaning a skylight

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I have a skylight that on the outside is full of sap and dirt. What’s the best product to use to clean it? Thank you. A.  Try washing the glass with warm water to which ... Read More


Condensation

Wet wood floor

Condensation on hardwood floor

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  We have a 1950s home that we purchased 8 years ago. We removed the carpet to reveal a hardwood floor that was in need of refinishing. We also had a weatherization audit and re-insulated the ... Read More


Crawl space

Cold floor

Cold floor over crawl space

Published on September 14th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I live in a split level in a new suburb of Chicago. There is a 3-foot deep crawl space under the kitchen, living room and dining room. In the winter, the hardwood kitchen floor gets ... Read More


Driveways, Walkways

Concrete driveway

Sealing a concrete driveway

Published on September 14th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Please provide advice for sealing our 2-year-old concrete driveway to prevent deterioration. So far there are only a few small spalls and no cracks. A.  There are two kinds of concrete sealers: penetrating and topical. ... Read More


Bathrooms

Shower draining

Cleaning tiles with drain cleaner?

Published on September 14th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  After unclogging a bathroom shower with an inexpensive retail liquid drain opener, I noticed how clean it got the shower’s tile floor – grout and all – where it spilled. So I put on protective ... Read More


Driveways, Walkways

Alliance Gator sealer

Sealing driveway pavers

Published on August 31st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  My question is: we just had a driveway installed (1800 sq. ft.) and we have a patio (600 sq. ft.) Unilock Pavers. Come fall we plan on having them both sealed. The pavers are multi-colored ... Read More


Garages

Painting a wall

Painting garage walls

Published on August 31st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.   As our painted drywalled garage walls are peeling, our neighbor said the previous owners painted the drywall but did not prime them first. How can we solve the peeling problem? Can we repaint the inside ... Read More


Bathrooms

Cleaning shower enclosure

Water stains on glass shower walls

Published on August 30th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I’m very happy to see that you are still publishing your blog. Very many people benefit from your knowledge, including me a few years ago. I now have a new problem; hard water stains on ... Read More


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