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Squirrel eating from a squirrel proof bird feeder.

Repelling squirrels

Published on October 27th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  We live in a lovely wooded neighborhood. We have a serious problem with squirrels. There are too many of them! Earlier this spring, I planted pansies around our walk and in planters on our deck, ... Read More



Rainwater dampens wall, ceiling

Published on October 27th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  Can you please help me find a solution to repair the intermittent water incursion I have on the front of my 13-year-old two story brick home? The water dampens the inside ceiling and wall of ... Read More

Paint, stains

Painting a Metal Fence

Painting a metal fence

Published on October 26th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  I bought an older home with a wrought-iron fence. I painted it with a rust-conversion paint and it is still rusty. What kind of paint do you recommend? The fence is even pitted. A.    It ... Read More


Refinishing hardwood floor

Refinishing a hardwood floor

Published on October 21st, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  I have oak floors that were installed at least 30 years ago. There are worn pathways from foot traffic and the polyurethane is completely off. The rest of the floors have turned dull, yet the ... Read More


Table-top in need of refinishing

Removing stains from wood surfaces

Published on October 13th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  I have many wood surfaces in my house – tables, counters, cutting boards – that have an oil finish rather than urethane. Many of these surfaces have been stained with black rings from metal tins ... Read More


Sikaflex 1a

Caulking for a wood porch

Published on October 13th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. Please, I would like to know the best type of caulking to use for an outdoor wood porch? Thank you. A. After having been introduced to Sikaflex 1-a in the late ‘50s, a polyurethane compound, ... Read More



Mice in the attic

Published on October 5th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  Our problem is mice! They invade our attic. We set up two traps a day, and get two mice daily. Recently, we didn’t check the traps for four days, and when we did, we discovered ... Read More


Skunk on backyard patio

Skunks wandering on the patio

Published on October 5th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  We enjoy sitting on our patio on warm summer evenings. Candles for light, incense burning to keep away mosquitoes. However, we are driven inside by wandering skunks. They bumble across the patio, walking right under ... Read More


Common Houseflies

Fly invasions in winter and summer

Published on October 5th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.   We have problems with flies in our New Jersey house. In the winter, every day as the sun rises and shines through this window, you can see at least five black flies moving about on ... Read More


Mouse peeking from hole in wall

Rodent chews hole in plumbing pipe

Published on September 24th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  A leaking pipe from a 2nd floor toilet proved to be the work of a mouse or rat gnawing inside an elbow. The angle was too acute for metal work so our plumber fashioned an ... Read More



Replacing gutters that keep getting clogged

Published on September 23rd, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  I hate the gutters on our house. They’re typical of the gutters you see on most houses and their design is very poor. It would seem the only thing they excel at is getting clogged ... Read More

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