Floors

Repairing and leveling old flooring

Published on March 26th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  My wife and I bought a duplex in January.  It may have been built as storage for a greenhouse/florist, which would explain why it is built with a shed roof (single slope roof I’ve heard ... Read More


Algae

Algae on roof

Moss on roof

Published on March 26th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I am almost certain you have covered this subject before, but we didn’t need information at the time. We live in New England and we had new shingles installed 14 years ago. Like so many ... Read More


Walls

Bedroom mirror

Removing mirror glued to wall

Published on March 26th, 2018 | by Henri

Q. We have just moved into a home with an 18″ x 24″ mirror glued/cemented to the bedroom wall. We are afraid we will break it as we pry it from the wall. Please give us ... Read More


Water quality

Hot water dribbling from faucet

Tap water smells bad

Published on March 26th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I am hoping you can help me. I have foul smells emitting from both the cold and hot water faucets in my home. The hot water heater is barely 6 months old so I doubt ... Read More


Patios

Patio

Removing stains from decks and patios

Published on February 21st, 2018 | by Henri

The following questions both involve cleaning stubborn stains from decks and patios, so I have combined them into a single post. Q.  We have a paver brick patio with an outdoor concrete fireplace and sidewalk leading ... Read More


Concrete

Cracks in concrete-block wall

Cracks in concrete-block walls

Published on February 21st, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  We have a 1950s-built home on a sandy lot where most of the homes have cement-block walls and many have had to be reinforced. Our walls have some cracks, mostly along a horizontal seam. We’ve ... Read More


Foundation

wet floor

Water on family room floor

Published on February 19th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.    I live in a tri-level home built about 1956. For the past 20 years I have had water in the center of the finished lower level family room. My neighbors on the north and south ... Read More


Drains

cultured marble sink

Rust around sink drain

Published on February 19th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I have picked up much useful info from your column, web site, and book. But I now have a question for you. I had a registered plumber install two new American Standard sinks in my ... Read More


Cleaning

Cleaning car surface

Removing pine pitch from car

Published on February 19th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I parked my car under a pine tree and found it covered with pine pitch. I have tried to remove this pitch with soap and water, but it didn’t touch it. Do you have any ... Read More


HVAC

Gas furnace boiler controls

Replacing a furnace boiler

Published on February 19th, 2018 | by Henri

Q. I am struggling with a furnace replacement decision, which brand/model to consider. Our current gas boiler was the original installed in 1992-1993. It heats by way of water baseboard heat. It is a Slant Fin ... Read More


Floors

Cleaning kitchen floor

Stripping stains from vinyl floor

Published on February 19th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I have a 37-year-old vinyl linoleum in my large kitchen. It is discolored and white and gray with a green and yellow pattern in every other block. I would like to strip it down to ... Read More


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