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


Paint, stains

Painting vinyl siding

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We purchased our home last year; it has vinyl siding in a color we are not fond of. Can vinyl siding be painted? If so, what is involved in terms of prep work and type ... Read More


Basements

Protecting basement from rainwater

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    For some time we had water coming into the basement during rainstorms. When the house was built, about 35 years ago, the builder put a pipe system around the inside periphery to catch water and ... Read More


Air Quality

Cleaning floor vent

Townhouse attracts excessive dust

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We live in a townhouse that is four and a half years old in a far suburb of Chicago. We are experiencing a tremendous amount of dust in our home. Basically, I need to dust ... Read More


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