Ventilation for a barn-style house

Ventilation for a barn-style house

Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  How would you install ventilation on a barn-style house? Thank you. A.  You certainly have not given me much information. There are many styles of barns. If the barn is old and has been used ... Read More

Porches, decks

Rubber membrane cures leaks in deck

Rubber membrane for leaking deck

Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  All homeowners should regularly read your column!!!  Your post about using a rubber membrane on a leaking deck is a perfect solution for my deck. Unfortunately, I only have 1-7/8″ clearance with the door. Can ... Read More


Thermal imaging upstaird-downstairs temperatures

Balancing upstairs-downstairs temperatures

Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I am seeking advice about the best way to insulate our attic. We have a two story frame house. In the summer, the second floor is much hotter than the rest of the house, and ... Read More


AquaGuard flooring

Laminate flooring for summer house

Published on December 15th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  We are in a quandary regarding flooring on the lower level of a summer home in Southern Wisconsin. This level includes the kitchen and dining area with a bathroom.  Because it is a summer home ... Read More


Adding fiberglass to attic insulation

Published on December 15th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.    What is your opinion on encapsulating vermiculite with pink , fluffy fiberglass batts? In one of your articles in 2013 you indicated that blown-in cellulose was a possibility for encapsulating vermiculite, so would something similar ... Read More

Mold, Mildew

Removing mold from wooden decks

Published on December 15th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  You have said before how to remove mildew/mold from wooden decks, but I cannot find the right proportion of bleach to water etc.  Please tell us again. Thank you for all your helpful advice over ... Read More

Water heaters

Water heater

Detecting leaks in water heater

Published on November 24th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  My water heater is coming to the end of its 12-year warranty. It is in the basement, most of which is finished with carpeting, etc. I’ve got a water alarm near it since I don’t ... Read More


Masonite siding

Formaldehyde in Masonite siding

Published on November 24th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  We bought a 1900-square-foot house in 2007 and, not knowing about formaldehyde in Masonite shingles, immediately had the whole house covered with vinyl siding. Now in 2016 still looks great. However, I have a question. ... Read More


Backfill removed to waterproof basement

Removing backfill from basement wall

Published on November 23rd, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  If I were to remove a four-foot-wide section of backfill down to the footer in order to expose the block wall for waterproofing purposes, how would it affect the integrity of the wall? Is it ... Read More

Paint, stains

cleaning cedar siding

Stain, don’t paint, cedar siding

Published on November 23rd, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  We have a 90+ year old farm house in Kansas. We have painted it several time in the past 40 years. Each time the paint lasts for a few years. Mold is starting to appear ... Read More


Repairing sliding glass door

Modifying and repairing sliding glass doors

Published on November 16th, 2016 | by Henri

Today I received two questions about modifying or repairing existing sliding glass doors. Since the issues are related, I decided to combine them into a single post. Q.   My 1958 eight-foot sliding glass doors do not ... Read More

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