Humane mouse traps?

Published on August 10th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have been a faithful reader for years, and I think the expert advice you offer is great! But I object to your mention of a mousetrap that electrocutes the mouse! I am not sure ... Read More


Re-surfacing a concrete patio

Published on August 10th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    My 15 feet by 22 feet concrete patio is 30 years old. Several years ago, I had it power-washed. The force of the water washed away the smooth top finish which left a coarse surface ... Read More


Woodpeckers attack cedar siding

Published on August 9th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.  Our 35-year-old home has cedar-shakes siding. It is attacked by woodpeckers, more frequently in the last five years. The south and west sides are the favorite pecking sites and their holes are reaching 1-1/2 inches ... Read More


Musty smell from washing machine

Published on August 9th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.   I have a 4-year old Kenmore clothes washing machine. I use it once a week for regular laundry (no oily or heavily soiled clothes). After each wash, there is a musty odor when I shut ... Read More

Crawl space

Insulating a crawl space

Published on July 26th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We will be replacing the insulation in the crawl space of our secondary home which is located 20 feet from a lagoon. We’ve had major renovations and an addition done to the home so the ... Read More


Algae on roof

Algae stains on roof

Published on July 26th, 2012 | by Henri

Q. I have noticed, over a period of time, some ugly black stains on the roof of my 55-year-old Cape Cod here in N.J. The roof faces north. I thought there was a mildew problem. One ... Read More

Paint, stains

Painting a bathtub

Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Henri

Q. We would very much appreciate your opinions and advice about the practicality of painting (spray/brush/roller?) a 50-year-old cast iron, porcelain-coated bathtub using epoxy enamel. We know about such plastic covers as Bath-Fitter, etc. but we ... Read More

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