Furniture

One of several products for tightening wood joints, etc.

Tightening furniture joints

Published on June 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  There used to be a product called wood-swell or wood-lock or something of that nature, which was very useful for tightening joints on chairs, beds, etc. It would eventually wear out, but as a temporary ... Read More


HVAC

Furnace

Furnace must be properly sized

Published on June 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I had my old furnace replaced this fall with a new furnace and A/C. The new furnace is a Bryant and is 60,000 BTU whereas the old furnace was 70,000 BTU. Bryant doesn’t make a ... Read More


Windows

Wet window

Casement window frame warped

Published on June 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  According to my kids, the person who takes care of them in our home during the work week has been opening a wooden casement window in my kitchen every day throughout the winter despite my ... Read More


Floors

Subfoor Sheathing

Replacing a poorly built sub-floor

Published on June 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q. I have your book and have been reading your columns for years but have never heard a solution to this problem. My house is a small walk-out-basement ranch built in 1973. I purchased it five ... Read More


Plumbing

Artistic bathroom sinks

Sinks not draining

Published on June 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Our home is 5 years old and when we built it we had bathroom vanity basins made by a potter. They are single walled and as a result do not have an overflow for drainage ... Read More


Gutters

Rain gutter with downspout

Gutters can help basement water problems

Published on June 17th, 2017 | by Henri

Q. Recently you advised a reader with basement water problems to install gutters if necessary and lead the water away from the house. I’d like to contribute my experience with this measure. When my wife and ... Read More


Pests

Mole

Moles are hard to get rid of

Published on June 17th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Regarding an earlier question about moles, a friend suggested using TomCat® Mole Killer Poison Worm Baits. And moles have a very high mortality rate so hopefully they will not survive the winter. But the only ... Read More


Gutters

Rainwater flowing from downspout

Plugged gutters drain onto steps

Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.   I live in Chicago suburbs and am having problems with my gutters plugging up and draining over onto my front steps and driveway. This is even a bigger problem in the winter time as ... Read More


Roofing

Removal of roofing shingles

Replacing roof and siding

Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I am reaching out from Herndon, Virginia. My home was built in 1986. It is 2-story with asphalt shingles and aluminum siding, with no basement (It’s built on a concrete slab.) I am the third ... Read More


Air Quality

UV light in duct

UV light or plasma unit to purify air

Published on April 27th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  We just finished a bathroom remodel and want to have our furnace cleaned along with air ducts cleaned. We have forced air furnace and central air. Our HVAC contractor advises the installation of a UV ... Read More


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