Driveways, Walkways

Concrete driveway

Sealing a concrete driveway

Published on September 14th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Please provide advice for sealing our 2-year-old concrete driveway to prevent deterioration. So far there are only a few small spalls and no cracks. A.  There are two kinds of concrete sealers: penetrating and topical. ... Read More


Bathrooms

Shower draining

Cleaning tiles with drain cleaner?

Published on September 14th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  After unclogging a bathroom shower with an inexpensive retail liquid drain opener, I noticed how clean it got the shower’s tile floor – grout and all – where it spilled. So I put on protective ... Read More


Driveways, Walkways

Alliance Gator sealer

Sealing driveway pavers

Published on August 31st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  My question is: we just had a driveway installed (1800 sq. ft.) and we have a patio (600 sq. ft.) Unilock Pavers. Come fall we plan on having them both sealed. The pavers are multi-colored ... Read More


Garages

Painting a wall

Painting garage walls

Published on August 31st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.   As our painted drywalled garage walls are peeling, our neighbor said the previous owners painted the drywall but did not prime them first. How can we solve the peeling problem? Can we repaint the inside ... Read More


Bathrooms

Cleaning shower enclosure

Water stains on glass shower walls

Published on August 30th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I’m very happy to see that you are still publishing your blog. Very many people benefit from your knowledge, including me a few years ago. I now have a new problem; hard water stains on ... Read More


Crawl space

Covering dirt floor of crawl space

Ventilating a crawl space

Published on August 30th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Should we ventilate our camp crawl space or not? Our camp measures 24 x 40 feet, has a 22 x 8 foot enclosed porch and seems to have been built sideways along a slight rise ... Read More


Odors

vent pipe

Sewer odor after heavy rain

Published on August 22nd, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Thank you for the help in the past! I have a new issue that I would appreciate your help with. I have a 2 story house with well and septic. For about the past 2 ... Read More


Floors

old wood floor joists

Floor makes cracking noises

Published on August 22nd, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  My floor in the front part of my home has been making the loudest cracking noises I have ever heard. I built the home 15 years ago and that’s how long this has been going ... Read More


Roofing

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


Appliances

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


Ceilings

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


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