Contractors

Disclosures made when selling a house

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I plan to sell my house this spring. Six years ago I had a small leak in my roof, which I repaired myself with some roof tar and never had a problem again. At another ... Read More


Ceilings

Smoothing an old plaster ceiling

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I recently read your reply to a reader who asked about having Sheetrock screwed into his old house ceilings to cover cracks and other blemishes. I have an old house (over 200 years old) and ... Read More


Basements

Waterproofing a finished basement

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I read your article on dry basements and am wondering if you can help. My basement block has been treated with DryLock, but the back portion of the basement is filled with stains and efflorescence. ... Read More


Pests

Keeping squirrels out of bird feeders

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I have bought several supposedly squirrel-proof bird feeders but these little red squirrel rascals always find a way to defeat them. Every day I have to refill the feeders with large amounts of sunflower seeds. ... Read More


Floors

Check subfloor before replacing floor tiles

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      Our house was built seven years ago. We have ceramic tiles in the hallways, kitchen and bathrooms. Some of these tiles are cracked. Can my Mr. Fix-It husband replace them, or should I hire a ... Read More


Plumbing

Water Hammer

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I have an ongoing problem with water hammer. Every six months or so, I have to turn off the water main and drain the system to get rid of this hammering. It recurs within six ... Read More


Air Quality

Radon testing

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      We are getting ready to look for a smaller house this spring now that our children are gone. What is your opinion about radon testing, and what other advice can you give us? A.      It ... Read More


Toilets

Phantom flushing the toilet

Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I hope you can help me. I had new parts installed in the tank of my toilet. About every two to three hours, water is released into the bowl; it lasts about two seconds. Our ... Read More


Porches, decks

Building a room underneath a deck

Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    My 17 foot by 22 foot deck is high enough off the ground to accommodate a room underneath. It is not quite high enough, however, to provide enough space for a person to work in ... Read More


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