Outside

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


Basements

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


Insulation

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


Refinishing

knives

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


Siding

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


Bathrooms

Sloppy carpentry in molding on bathroom floor

Paint can’t hide sloppy remodeling

Published on August 4th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I recently had my bathroom floor redone and the job is worse than terrible. (I know the person’s in-laws, so I will not make a fuss.) Among the very many problems is the fact that ... Read More


Patios

Patio table legs corroding

Patio table legs corroding

Published on August 1st, 2017 | by Henri

Q. My outdoor patio table has developed small areas of a corrosion (white residue) on the bottom of the legs.  I believe it is made of aluminum as it is very light weight.  I have been ... Read More


Uncategorized

Web site repair

Web site is back after technical failure

Published on August 1st, 2017 | by Henri

This is a note from the site administrator. As a result of a technical failure that shut down the site and damaged our backups, the site has been nonfunctional for several weeks. Loyal readers have found ... Read More


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