HVAC

Cleaning floor vent

New furnace causes whistling noise and dust

Published on May 6th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  My husband and I recently had a high-efficiency furnace installed in our home and are having issues with the cold-air return system. First was a loud whistling, which we solved somewhat by removing the grates ... Read More


Water quality

Ice maker

Ice cubes taste bad

Published on April 29th, 2018 | by Henri

Q. We have a problem with the taste of our ice cubes. Our home is on a slab, and our water is from a drilled well. We had a professional plumber install an ice maker kit ... Read More


Crawl space

Crawlspace vents

Published on April 29th, 2018 | by Henri

Q. I just recently had cement poured in my crawlspace. There are four vents to the outside. There are also heating and air conditioning pipes there. I am confused now as to whether I am supposed ... Read More


Basements

Bricks Crumbling

Bricks crumbling in basement condo

Published on April 29th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Six years ago we purchased a “walk in” condo in New Haven, Connecticut. It is a rental for our son (yes he is paying rent!). The building is about 100 years old. It was converted ... Read More


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


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