Water heaters

On-demand water heaters

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I recently was in Home Depot and saw a water heater that hangs on the wall and heats on demand – it is a propane unit. I wonder about the efficiency of such a unit ... Read More


Crawl space

Cold floor over crawl space

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have an extension on the rear of my home that is built over a cement slab with a 3-foot crawl space. The space between the floor joists seems well insulated. However, the floor in ... Read More


HVAC

Covering an AC compressor

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I need your advice about covering whole-house air-conditioning compressors located outside the home. I have been partially covering mine with a plastic tarp across the top, leaving about 12 inches of the sides towards the ... Read More


Bathrooms

Black mold on bathroom ceiling

Published on August 28th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.  Can you give me some help with a problem of recurring black mold on a bathroom ceiling? The house was built in the 1930s and originally had only a tub in the bathroom. There is ... Read More


HVAC

Utilities in a temporarily empty house

Published on August 10th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    My home has been on the market for several months and I am getting a little anxious as I would like to get settled in my new apartment before the bad weather arrives. I may ... Read More


Pests

Humane mouse traps?

Published on August 10th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have been a faithful reader for years, and I think the expert advice you offer is great! But I object to your mention of a mousetrap that electrocutes the mouse! I am not sure ... Read More


Concrete

Re-surfacing a concrete patio

Published on August 10th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    My 15 feet by 22 feet concrete patio is 30 years old. Several years ago, I had it power-washed. The force of the water washed away the smooth top finish which left a coarse surface ... Read More


Pests

Woodpeckers attack cedar siding

Published on August 9th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.  Our 35-year-old home has cedar-shakes siding. It is attacked by woodpeckers, more frequently in the last five years. The south and west sides are the favorite pecking sites and their holes are reaching 1-1/2 inches ... Read More


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