Pests

Cat on beach

Cats using beach as litter-box

Published on February 2nd, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I have a waterfront home with a sandy beach. The cats in the neighborhood have taken to use the beach as a litter box. I have tried artificial owls and other animals to no avail. ... Read More


Mold, Mildew

Painting house trim

Mildew builds up on house trim

Published on January 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  We had the stucco and the trim repainted on our house five years ago. In the last two years, we have noticed mildew on all the white trim and have had to hire a crew ... Read More


Driveways, Walkways

Fertilizer stains concrete dri eway

Fertilizer stains new driveway

Published on January 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I have a new driveway, five months old, and fertilize the lawn using Scotts Green MAX with iron. It started to sprinkle rain before I could remove the fertilizer from the driveway. I now have ... Read More


Caulk

Caulking a shower

Caulking a fiberglass shower

Published on January 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Five years ago I installed a Masco corner bath shower. It is constructed of white — I’m guessing — fiberglass. After about three years of use, the caulking, especially around the area that gets the ... Read More


Floors

Asbestos floor tiles

Removing asbestos tiles

Published on January 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I have a question about 9″x 9″ tiles.  I was told that all 9×9 tiles had asbestos; is this true? The tiles are old, probably early ’80s, very thin, and I think it is the ... Read More


Floors

Bamboo floor maintenance

Bamboo floor maintenance

Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I have a new Bamloc bamboo floor, only a year old, and am at a loss as to how to correct the problem. I have put a Jute rug on top of it and now ... Read More


Crawl space

Covering dirt floor of crawl space

Covering dirt floor of crawl space

Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  When covering a dirt floor of a crawl space, is it alright to staple the 6-mil poly to the pressure-treated sill plate? Seems it would be easier than taping. Thank you in advance for your ... Read More


Ventilation

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


HVAC

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


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