Kitchen

Painting over contact paper on kitchen wall

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      The previous owners of our house covered the wall behind the kitchen sink with contact paper. At this time we are not prepared to replace the whole wall, and peeling off the paper ruins the ... Read More


Pests

Small flies coming from humidifier?

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have a problem with small flies in winter. They are bigger than fruit flies and are easy to catch. I have a portable humidifier and I wonder if they are coming from it. A.    ... Read More


Floors

Grout stains new tile floor

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    Two months ago my wife and I decided to replace our old vinyl kitchen, hall, and foyer floor with porcelain tile. After much searching, we found the perfect tile. It is Pamesa brand Aran style ... Read More


Paint, stains

cleaning cedar siding

Painting cedar siding

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I am looking to paint the cedar siding on my house this spring.  I heard that paint that contains polymers last much  longer than standard latex exterior paints that last only 5 to 7 years. ... Read More


Exteriors

Matching new wood with weathered wood

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I want to treat some new white cedar to match the old wood on a fence which is grey from exposure. It there some way to do this? A.    Try using a very thin semi-transparent ... Read More


Floors

Area rug discolors vinyl floor

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have a light-colored vinyl floor in a bathroom and the latex backing of an area rug has apparently caused the floor to yellow. Any ideas on how to remove the discoloration? A.    The anti-oxidant ... Read More


Ceilings

Recessed lights in a cathedral ceiling

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    A few years ago, I added a one-story family room to my house. The  room has a peaked ceiling with recessed incandescent ceiling lights. The  ceiling is insulated with fiberglass. There is a roof vent ... Read More


HVAC

Whole-house fan instead of AC?

Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.  Last summer I bought a craftsman style house. The third floor has living space including a bedroom and full bath, plus attic space with two windows. There is no air-conditioning in the house. In my ... Read More


Ducts

Furnace

Ductwork sweats and drips

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    The warm-air furnace with air conditioning is in our basement. In the summer, there is a severe and intolerable damp mildew smell in the basement. The ductwork closest to the unit sweats and drips onto ... Read More


Basements

Asbestos tiles loose in basement

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have a typical New England basement that is occasionally wet during heavy rains and spring snowmelt. It has 9-inch by 9-inch asbestos-containing tiles that were placed in approximately 1962 when our house was built. ... Read More


Insulation

Insulating an old stone house

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We have a 1940s lovely hand-cut stone Cape Cod with three sides stone and one side wood frame. The wood frame side already had insulation blown into the walls and new windows when I purchased ... Read More


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