Pests

Controlling silverfish and firebrats

Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    Our attic has been infested with silverfish and after 2 years we are finally getting some control of the problem. A period of cooler weather here in Chicago seems to have helped. Whenever any technician ... Read More


Windows

Replacing triple-pane window glass

Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    My bi-level house in northern New Jersey has 13 triple-pane vinyl windows made by ThermalGard about 20 years ago. The windows are double hung, slider, casement, and picture. Most of the windows have water between ... Read More


Drains

Replacing sump pump with drain pipe?

Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have a basement sump pump that operates during heavy prolonged rains. I have a steep slope in the front of my house and was wondering if a straight 4″ PVC open-ended gravity drain pipe ... Read More


Chimneys

Rusty metal chimney stains roof

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    Even though we applied a galvanized spray paint coating on the metal chimney of our boiler some time ago, we are still encountering a rust-colored stain on our now newly roofed motel. First, what would ... Read More


Insulation

Adding attic insulation

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have faced insulation that I want to install over existing insulation in my attic. Should the insulation be placed with the facing up or down? Thank you for any information. A.    The vapor retarder ... Read More


Water heaters

Tanklesswater heater

On-demand water heaters

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I recently was in Home Depot and saw a water heater that hangs on the wall and heats on demand – it is a propane unit. I wonder about the efficiency of such a unit ... Read More


Crawl space

Cold floor over crawl space

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have an extension on the rear of my home that is built over a cement slab with a 3-foot crawl space. The space between the floor joists seems well insulated. However, the floor in ... Read More


HVAC

Covering an AC compressor

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I need your advice about covering whole-house air-conditioning compressors located outside the home. I have been partially covering mine with a plastic tarp across the top, leaving about 12 inches of the sides towards the ... Read More


Bathrooms

Black mold on bathroom ceiling

Published on August 28th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.  Can you give me some help with a problem of recurring black mold on a bathroom ceiling? The house was built in the 1930s and originally had only a tub in the bathroom. There is ... Read More


HVAC

Utilities in a temporarily empty house

Published on August 10th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    My home has been on the market for several months and I am getting a little anxious as I would like to get settled in my new apartment before the bad weather arrives. I may ... Read More


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