Insulation

Plywood soffit keeps buckling and peeling

Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    The second floor of my 20-year-old house overhangs the first floor by two feet. Every few years sections of the plywood cover at the bottom of the overhang buckle and peel. I keep replacing them ... Read More


Paint, stains

Painting vinyl siding

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We purchased our home last year; it has vinyl siding in a color we are not fond of. Can vinyl siding be painted? If so, what is involved in terms of prep work and type ... Read More


Basements

Protecting basement from rainwater

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    For some time we had water coming into the basement during rainstorms. When the house was built, about 35 years ago, the builder put a pipe system around the inside periphery to catch water and ... Read More


Air Quality

Townhouse attracts excessive dust

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We live in a townhouse that is four and a half years old in a far suburb of Chicago. We are experiencing a tremendous amount of dust in our home. Basically, I need to dust ... Read More


Driveways, Walkways

Cleaning up spilled stucco

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    Recently we had our home re-stuccoed. Originally (15 years ago) it was coated with the stucco treatment that had a foam base. Then last summer, after finding cracks and learning that there was water damage ... Read More


Toilets

Scum in toilet tank

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.  We have a four-year-old home that is served by a private well. Our water quality is very good with little to no odor and is generally very clear. We noticed soon after moving into this ... Read More


Mold, Mildew

Cleaning mold from vinyl siding

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    While we were on vacation, someone threw eggs at our vinyl-sided house. We tried several things to remove the dried mess and settled with hot water and ammonia. Now a couple of months later, we ... Read More


Chimneys

Keeping chimney clean when burning wood

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I always find your articles so easy to understand. I have a weekend house in Davenport, NY, and have a wood-burning stove inserted in the fireplace. I try to burn only hardwood but I am ... Read More


Insulation

Ventilation of a finished attic

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We are finishing off our third-floor walk-up attic. My concerns are ventilation in the summer and heating in the winter. I was considering a roof-mount power vent, but our contractor does not think it would ... Read More


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