Appliances

Stained clothing from dryer

Ink stain inside dryer

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  My husband left a permanent ink pen stain in his shirt pocket and it went through the wash. What’s even worse is that it found its way into the dryer where it really raised havoc. ... Read More


Pests

Squirrel Silhouette

Squirrels chew through vinyl siding

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Help! Starting last fall, I have had a recurring problem with squirrels chewing through the vinyl siding on my fireplace to access the cavity between the fireplace box and the outer wall. The fireplace is ... Read More


Mold, Mildew

Steam from shower

Outlandish reasons for shower mildew

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  In a recent column about mildew in a shower, you listed a number of possibilities in which water can get into the walls and cause potential problems besides causing the mildew smell your reader complained ... Read More


Garages

Garage floor pitted, deteriorating

Published on October 19th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Our twenty-four year old concrete garage floor is slowly deteriorating. There is much pitting, especially where we park our cars, and quite a bit of dust from this deterioration. Wondering the best method to protect ... Read More


Bathrooms

Marble Shower

Correction: Removing stain from marble shower

Published on October 19th, 2017 | by Henri

Correction: I recently answered a question asking how to remove a blue stain caused by a leaky shampoo bottle on a marble shower over a 9-month period. My usual expert contact on marble-related matters was on ... Read More


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


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