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


Water heaters

Tanklesswater heater

Problems with tankless water heaters

Published on February 19th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I’m retired and thinking about replacing my water heater which is about 10/12 years old. A few years ago it seemed that a tankless was the rage, now not so much. My question is what’s ... Read More


Siding

Zip System Panels

Re-siding house for energy efficiency

Published on February 7th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Thanks for your work. It’s great. I have a 1960 frame house 20 miles west of Chicago. On the outside is steel siding with 5/8″ black cardboard underneath. I would like to remove the siding ... Read More


Water heaters

Water heater

Water heater losing effectiveness

Published on February 7th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I’ve recently noticed my hot water is not as hot as it used to be. I haven’t adjusted the temperature setting. I wondered if this could mean the hot water heater is nearing the end ... Read More


Roofing

PVC Roof Trim

PVC roof trim

Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I only recently learned about PVC roof trim which seems to address the dream of not having to paint and replace rotten lumber over time. With the understanding that it does cost more, it sounds ... Read More


Mold, Mildew

Attic

Mold on attic sheathing

Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I need major help. I have always read your column and your postings, but now it’s my turn to ask for help from someone I can totally trust. I had an attic fan replaced a ... Read More


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