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


Concrete

Removing moss from retaining wall

Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    Moss is growing on a cement block retaining wall. I would like to remove it and also prevent recurring growth. I have applied laundry bleach full strength that temporarily killed the moss but after another ... Read More


Insulation

Plywood soffit keeps buckling and peeling

Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    The second floor of my 20-year-old house overhangs the first floor by two feet. Every few years sections of the plywood cover at the bottom of the overhang buckle and peel. I keep replacing them ... Read More


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