Patios

Composite decking on patio

Published on October 9th, 2012 | by Henri

Q. We have a concrete patio on two courses of blocks at the rear of our house. Twice now, we have tried outdoor carpeting. It gets only the morning sun. After it rains, it stays damp ... Read More


Bathrooms

Radiant heat in bathroom

Published on October 3rd, 2012 | by Henri

Q. We are remodeling an 8-foot by 10-foot existing bathroom. It is an inside room and will contain a separate tub and shower. We are considering a tile floor with a SunTouch Radiant Heat Mat. These ... Read More


Walls

Studs show through Sheetrock

Published on October 3rd, 2012 | by Henri

Q. Our house is 25 years old. The stairway from the first to second floor is against an exterior wall. I want to paint that stairway but I have a minor problem. If you look at ... Read More


Lawns

Grass stops growing

Published on October 3rd, 2012 | by Henri

Q. We have a problem with our yard in back (shade to sun with large Norwegian pine nearby). Where we had grass is now dirt (and mud in the winter). This problem seemed to happen this ... Read More


Ceilings

Covering plaster ceiling with Sheetrock

Published on October 3rd, 2012 | by Henri

Q. The ceilings in our 70-year-old colonial home are plaster and are beginning to show lines horizontally and diagonally, making the ceilings look like a patchwork quilt. We are thinking of having Sheetrock put on over ... Read More


Air Quality

Filtering forced-air heat

Published on September 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q. I read your column with great interest. I have a very important question about heating systems. Most newer homes have forced warm air heating because of the lower cost of installation. I intend to move ... Read More


Floors

Darkened color of old wood floor

Published on September 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q. We recently removed a rug that had been on a hardwood floor for about 20 years. The floor has areas that are darker than others and it looks like these darker areas are where people ... Read More


Electricity

Electric heating costs

Published on September 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q. Please answer quickly. We are in love with a beautiful house that’s for sale by owner. However there is one hitch! The house is electrically heated and we are scared of the bills. What are ... Read More


Condensation

Moisture builds up in remodeled house

Published on September 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q. For 22 years, we have been living in a two-story home built around the turn of the century. Over the years, we have gutted and remodeled the interior, added a large addition, vinyl siding and, ... Read More


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