Mold, Mildew


Mold on attic sheathing

Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I need major help. I have always read your column and your postings, but now it’s my turn to ask for help from someone I can totally trust. I had an attic fan replaced a ... Read More



Candle wax on cement floor

Published on February 4th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I am writing this for a woman that I work with. She has a situation and would like to see if you can help her with. This is what she has to say: “I spilled ... Read More


Baseboard heater

Black soot above baseboards

Published on February 4th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I hope you can help me with a problem I have with black soot above my baseboards. Our furnace has been inspected, cleaned and I have been assured that the furnace is not the issue. ... Read More


Bathroom stinks in spring and fall

Published on February 4th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Nine years ago we remodeled a mid-1800s cape farmhouse. The former laundry area/bathroom was changed to only a bathroom with a replacement pedestal sink, new wall and floor tiles. The original stool was used. Since ... Read More


Stained clothing from dryer

Ink stain inside dryer

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  My husband left a permanent ink pen stain in his shirt pocket and it went through the wash. What’s even worse is that it found its way into the dryer where it really raised havoc. ... Read More


Squirrel Silhouette

Squirrels chew through vinyl siding

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Help! Starting last fall, I have had a recurring problem with squirrels chewing through the vinyl siding on my fireplace to access the cavity between the fireplace box and the outer wall. The fireplace is ... Read More

Mold, Mildew

Steam from shower

Outlandish reasons for shower mildew

Published on November 18th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  In a recent column about mildew in a shower, you listed a number of possibilities in which water can get into the walls and cause potential problems besides causing the mildew smell your reader complained ... Read More


Garage floor pitted, deteriorating

Published on October 19th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Our twenty-four year old concrete garage floor is slowly deteriorating. There is much pitting, especially where we park our cars, and quite a bit of dust from this deterioration. Wondering the best method to protect ... Read More


Marble Shower

Correction: Removing stain from marble shower

Published on October 19th, 2017 | by Henri

Correction: I recently answered a question asking how to remove a blue stain caused by a leaky shampoo bottle on a marble shower over a 9-month period. My usual expert contact on marble-related matters was on ... Read More


Dishwasher repair

Screw falls from dishwasher bracket

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  During a kitchen remodel in 2015, I had a contractor install a few new appliances. Recently, a screw fell into my dishwasher. My wife pointed out a scratch area on the top of the dishwasher ... Read More

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