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


Outside

Repainting a wrought-iron gate

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I live in a Spanish-style house with a black wrought iron gate and black wrought iron railings on the first and second stories. My husband painted everything black fifteen years ago. Now the gate is ... Read More


Lawns

Shrubs that deer won’t eat

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      I’m in need of a list of shrubs and trees that deer will not eat. A.      There are many shrubs and trees that are rarely damaged by deer, but that is no guarantee that if ... Read More


Appliances

Replacing a kitchen sink

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      My single cast-iron kitchen sink was installed about 30 years ago with a separate rim. I am planning to replace it with a self-rimming sink. What are the chances that the plastic laminate of the ... Read More


Patios

Turkey grease leaves stain on patio

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.      A garbage bag was left on my concrete patio and grease from a turkey carcass has left an ugly stain. I tried power-washing it off without success. How can I get rid of this stain? ... Read More


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


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