Bathrooms

Tiling over existing ceramic tile

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I would like to tile over existing 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ ceramic tiles with a different style/color ceramic tiles in a bathroom. The walls are sound and solid in the tub area, etc. and I would ... Read More


Tubs, Showers

Acrylic tub liners

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    My home is 50 years old. The original cast-iron bathtub and surrounding ceramic tiles are showing their age – for instance, rust around the overflow and hairline cracks in some tiles. What are the pros ... Read More


Roofing

Weathervane as lightning rod?

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    Regarding a cupola with a metal weathervane on a new house in an exposed lakeside area: Does the weathervane need to be grounded, or does a lightning rod need to be installed? A.    Grounding the ... Read More


Foundation

Insulation outside of foundation damaged

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    The foundation of my log home is poured concrete, which extends 32 inches above grade before the first course of logs. This foundation was tarred not only below grade but also sixteen inches above grade. ... Read More


Mold, Mildew

Mold surrounds washer and dryer

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      Five years ago I purchased a condo in a converted factory built in 1899. In the master bedroom there is a “closet” where the washer/dryer are hooked up. The plumbing and electrical connections were installed ... Read More


Cabinets

Painting plastic laminate cabinets

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      Our kitchen cabinets are Formica. They are a very ugly lime green and we would like to replace them. We were under the assumption that Formica cabinets could not be painted. However, someone told us ... Read More


Floors

Squeaky wood floor

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      Our house was built in the mid-fifties. The former owner refinished the wood floors. They look great but all these wooden, uncarpeted floors squeak, especially in the bedroom. I don’t know if the refinishing had ... Read More


Concrete

White substance growing in concrete cracks

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I have a growth-like substance between cracks in my concrete garage. The growth is white in color and looks like Styrofoam. I remove it, but it keeps growing back. What is it and how do ... Read More


Refinishing

Rejuvenating the appearance of woodwork

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I recently moved into an older home with beautiful woodwork. The trim around the inside doors, the doors themselves and the trim around the windows are what looks like solid oak. But they do look ... Read More


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