Driveways, Walkways

Sealing an asphalt driveway

Published on October 20th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.   A company left a proposal offering to seal my asphalt driveway which is several years old and turning gray. The flyer says they use a Goodyear rubber flex mfg. product.  I’m not familiar with this ... Read More


Ventilation

Attic fan with thermostat

Water heater with attic fan

Published on October 20th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I have a roof thermostat fan for the attic. I changed the water heater and everything remained the same. But now I get down draft negative pressure when heater and fan are on at the ... Read More


House Wrap

Housewrap under vinyl siding

Housewrap needed with vinyl siding

Published on October 20th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Would you consider purchasing a 17 year old home (built in 2001) that has vinyl siding and has never had Tyvek wrap? A home inspector discovered the home we are looking to purchase does not ... Read More


Siding

Garrison Colonial Exterior

Re-siding with cedar clapboards

Published on October 20th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  My question for you is about the correct way to redo the siding on our house. Our house is a Garrison colonial style built in 1985. I like the look of the traditional wood siding ... Read More


HVAC

New heater brings burning smell, dust

Published on September 16th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Approximately 5 years ago I changed the forced air duct work and oil furnace to a natural gas Baxi Luna wall mounted combination boiler system and hot water radiators. For the next several heating seasons ... Read More


Crawl space

Crawlspace

Insulating a crawlspace

Published on September 16th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  We have a basement under most of the main level of our 1960s split-level home but only a cement crawlspace under the room I’m using as my office—and it’s not insulated and cold! The entrance ... Read More


Roofing

Shingles blown off during wind storms

Published on September 16th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I am hoping that you can help me with a warranty question. I had a house built in 2009 and have had trouble with shingles coming off during strong wind storms several times over the ... Read More


HVAC

Baseboard heater

Drywall missing behind baseboard heaters

Published on September 16th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Our ’60s vintage house has baseboard convectors on a hot water system.  They collect a lot of dust in the closely spaced fins. I finally thought of the proper tool to clean between them: Foot-long ... Read More


Wet Basements

Keeping water out of basement

Published on August 28th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Our basement, dry for our first 40 years of home ownership, began taking in water about 18 months ago. After much frustration, and increasingly more water coming in, we have installed an electric system to ... Read More


Gutters

Oak tree catkins

Gutters clogged by catkins

Published on August 28th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Do you know if the following problem is addressed by Englert’s one-piece LeafGuard gutter system? My house is on a suburban lot with several oak trees. My gutters are capped with covers that are designed ... Read More


HVAC

Furnace Vent

Furnace intake freezes up in winter

Published on August 28th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  My question concerns the exhaust/intake pipe for our forced air oil furnace. The exhaust pipe is inside the intake pipe. Both are mounted outside the house about one foot above ground level. We are told ... Read More


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