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Siding

Installing siding

Preparing a house for vinyl siding

Published on August 18th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. I am having a cultured stone exterior on the front portion of my house removed, and replaced with vinyl siding mainly due to water penetrating the interior walls during driving rain storms. It is a ... Read More


Basements

worker apply self leveling floor

Parts of concrete slab have sunk

Published on August 18th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. My home has a walkout basement with a concrete slab. A fairly large section of the concrete (10′ x18′) has sunk, but not evenly. That is, part of the concrete has hardly sunk at all ... Read More


Porches, decks

Refinishing wooden patio deck

Stains that protect a cedar deck

Published on August 18th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. We added a large deck to our home two years ago. The contractor used knotty cedar wood. I was told that the wood should be allowed to dry a bit before applying stain. The next ... Read More


Drains

WaterGuard drainage system for wet basements

Systems for drying out basements

Published on August 13th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. I have lived in my 40 year old home for over 20 years now and have been plagued by a wet basement on and off throughout those years. The last two years have been worse ... Read More


Wet Basements

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Inspector misses moist basement walls

Published on August 3rd, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  We closed on a house about a month ago  and when we moved in, we noticed these wet stains around the walls. When we had our inspection, there were shelves around them, so the inspector ... Read More


HVAC

Thermal image showing heat loss

Heat and AC not getting to 2nd floor

Published on July 12th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  I live in a Colonial house which has 2 floors. In winter the first floor gets warm quickly by gas heat and in summer cools off quickly too when we turn on air conditioner. However ... Read More


Pests

spiders web in an old attic.

Eliminating spiders from summer cottage

Published on July 12th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  How do I eliminate or keep the spiders out of my summer cottage? I’ve tried those ultrasonic devices, but the spiders just crawl over them! A.  If there are no children or pets that could ... Read More


Basements

Basement walls

Waterproofing and insulating the basement

Published on June 30th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  My husband and I would like to finish our basement in our 13-year-old home. We would like to frame the space and make a laundry room, game room, and storage/work area. Our ongoing discussion is ... Read More


Windows

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Replacing inefficient windows

Published on June 23rd, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  Our clapboard house was constructed 24 years ago with 22 double-hung, double-pane, wood-frame windows. Since then about 1/3 of the panes have leaked air with condensation building up between the layers of the glass. I ... Read More


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