Standing seam roof

Venting for a summer camp roof

Published on August 16th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  We are replacing the steel roof on our summer camp, used May to September. The camp is uninsulated. Twenty five years ago when we last re-roofed we had placed furring strips on top of the ... Read More


The Works

Aluminum pan melts in oven

Published on August 16th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  We bought a self cleaning-oven and before reading the directions to not put an aluminum drip pan on the oven floor, I did just that. The aluminum melted and adhered and will not come off. ... Read More


Metal deck ceiling

Insulating a metal deck ceiling

Published on August 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I have a small basement toilet and shower with an exposed (galvanized) metal deck ceiling. The metal deck supports a concrete porch floor that is open to the elements. We live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so ... Read More


Stockade fence

Replacing old fence posts

Published on August 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  My fence is pretty old and several of the 4 x 4 posts (cedar) have broken due to deterioration and I need to dig them up this weekend to replace. My question is which would ... Read More

Water heaters

Water heater

Water heater emits sulfur smell

Published on August 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Reading your responses has helped me solve a number of problems in the past. I’m hoping you can help me with an issue that has stumped a number of people. We have a well and ... Read More


Keeping a finished basement dry

Published on August 14th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  My wife and I are in the planning stages of finishing off half of our basement into a couple of bedrooms, and a small living/TV room. I am concerned about water and water vapor creating ... Read More


Room too hot in summer

Upstairs room overheats

Published on August 14th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  One of the upstairs rooms becomes unbelievably and unbearably hot in the summertime. Two separate carpenters have taken a glance at the construction in that end of the house (they were hired for other jobs) ... Read More



Stainless steel knives

Published on August 13th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  My problem and question is that my Wallace stainless knives have developed a discoloration on the knife blades. I have tried a number of cleaners, etc., but nothing takes the discoloration away and restores them. ... Read More


Vinyl siding

Restoring vinyl siding

Published on August 5th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I’m interested in your professional opinion of vinyl siding restoration products. I’m sure that you are familiar with the faded and chalkiness that happens to vinyl over the years. I’m a contractor and recently re-sided ... Read More

Grading lawn

French drain installation

Draining a wet back yard

Published on August 4th, 2017 | by Henri

Our back yard is constantly wet. One landscaper recommended a dry well to remove the surface water. The other said French drains should solve the problem. The ground is made of clay. What would you suggest. ... Read More

Driveways, Walkways

Driveway pavers with stains

Cleaning stains on driveway

Published on August 4th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  An overnight guest’s car leaked a significant amount of power steering fluid on a paver driveway. Many blocks are discolored and I do not have replacements. How can I clean them? Thanks. A.  If the ... Read More

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