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Home Improvement--General: Joint Sealer, asphalt contractors, rubber content
asphalt contractors, rubber content, satisfactory manner: Hi Mark & Hope, Wow, you definitely have an unfortunate situation on your hands, and I will help you to the best of my ability. You probably don t want to hear this, but it is not common practice for asphalt contractors to seal in between the new asphalt...

Home Improvement--General: joint compound cracks, hairline cracks, corner bead
hairline cracks, corner bead, knife blade: Chad, Corner bead is one of the most difficult skills to master, in the drywall world. First, it needs to be installed by pressing it into place against the outside corners, so there is tension on it. In the future, press it as far in as you can and check...

Home Improvement--General: joist repair, bolt holes, steel fab
bolt holes, steel fab, fab shop: Jan, I want to thank you for including the picture, that helps allot. It looks like someone didn t exactly know what they were cutting into, and it looks like there are too many cuts in it. I think the angle iron would be a great idea here, make sure to...

Home Improvement--General: joist strength, floor joists, eye bolt
floor joists, eye bolt, realistic expectation: Dear Steve, Houses are built with the understanding that a typical single joist can carry about 800 lbs. With the attachment to two joists, they can carry up to 1,600 pounds without damage. There is not much difference between the force exerted by the punching...

Home Improvement--General: Keeping attic stair cover closed, folding stairs, natural gas prices
folding stairs, natural gas prices, fiberglass insulation: Hello Marc, Other would refer to extending vertically above the folded stairs in the attic space: A good managable box to build is made of 2 styrofoam and plywood. Surround the sides with some plywood nailed to the ceiling joists. Fit perfectly matching...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen, rustic beams, roof trusses
rustic beams, roof trusses, foot span: Todd, If you can get into the attic, look at the joints in the roof joists, trusses use a gang nail which is a square or rectangle metal plate to join the truss components together. Stick framing will be either individual boards nailed one at a time with...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen Ceiling cover, ceiling coverings, composite boards
ceiling coverings, composite boards, choice wood: Hi Tim, You have many different options to cover the ceiling. Drywall, wood, composite boards, and metal are commonly used. Plaster is another option. Design is also a question that must be answered. If the ceiling is high and the room big, you can use...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen Counter Tops, kitchen counter tops, diy projects
kitchen counter tops, diy projects, corian: Ceramic countertops are becoming old news. Corian and Granite are the new wave. Fortunately there are options within those bounds. They have similated granite that is much cheaper and has the durability of the granite. I prefer the Corian because it is...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen cabinets...custom cabinets or Home depot !, line cabinets, custom cabinets
line cabinets, custom cabinets, new cabinets: Mani, Go with the Home Depot cabinets that you like. If the contractor will not put them in for you just have Home depot do it. I replaced all my cabinets with the top of the line cabinets at home depot and they worked out just fine. Custom cabinets...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen counter top, kitchen counter top, don beck
kitchen counter top, don beck, paint supply: Hi Don, you probably have a laminate top (formica). Normally you would not paint this type of material, especially with the sanitary needs of a kitchen counter. but recently, a new product came out from Krylon, that is a paint that chemically adheres to plastics....

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen counter tops, kitchen counter, bad time
kitchen counter, bad time, overhang: Deborah, Wow, not that I know of. I do not know of anyway to fix the top to fit over the cabinets. But what you can do is make the cabinet the right heights for you. First I would figure out what is the best height for the cabinets. Measure from the...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen countertops, internet reasearch, synthetic surfaces
internet reasearch, synthetic surfaces, color choices: Hi Brian, alot of people have trouble deciding between the two surfaces. i ve sold both to hundreds of clients of mine. i think they are both great surfaces: extremely durable, very low maintenance, practically stain-proof, ... advantages of corian: many...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen Design, laminate countertop, backsplash tile
laminate countertop, backsplash tile, grey granite: Hi Tina, I would suggest a nice light neutral color for the backsplash tile, maybe something similar in tone to the stain on the maple cabinets... possibly something with a nice blue accent that could pull in the wall color. i would stay away from the darker...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen sink Installation help?, silicon glue, kitchen sink installation
silicon glue, kitchen sink installation, u drain: Hi Blake, The waste should drain level for the short distance to the wall without a problem. Make sure it is level and preferably lower for proper drainage. 1 in 10 is a rule of thumb for you to use. Think of it this way. The P trap is simply deeper...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchen sink installation, kitchen sink installation, u drain
kitchen sink installation, u drain, drain trap: Blake, A hacksaw works the best for cutting the PVC. Just make sure that you cut the line that goes inside and not the one that has the flange that you need to make the connection. Clean the area that you cut with sandpaper to remove all the burrs. ...

Home Improvement--General: Kitchens, vertical walls, dumb idea
vertical walls, dumb idea, foot ceiling: Hi Todd, One of the best websites that I have seen for homeowners that are interested in remodeling is: http://www.letsrenovate.com/ Here are three other websites that might also have some information for you: http://www.reliableremodeler.com http://www.superkitchens.com...

Home Improvement--General: Knotholes in deck, knot holes, deck floor
knot holes, deck floor, belt sander: Filling in knot holes is not fun... I would try creating corks of wood and fill the voids...then putty them in with a stain receiving putty. A belt sander will go a fast job of it...start with fine grades of paper first....then upgrade to coarser as you...

Home Improvement--General: Knotty Pine Paneling, knotty pine paneling, knotty pine tongue and groove
knotty pine paneling, knotty pine tongue and groove, finish carpenter: Rose, Great question. There s a lot of square feet of that stuff installed all over the country. Believe it or not, most of it did not start out orange in color. It was generally quite light (white pine) but has darkened and yellowed with age and exposure....

Home Improvement--General: keeping home warm, gas forced air furnace, upstairs bedrooms
gas forced air furnace, upstairs bedrooms, insulation foam: Depending on how severe your heat loss is...you may need to wrap your windows in plastic on the inside, check weather stripping on doors and door bottoms, check the bathroom vent fans for the flappers to be working properly, as in only when the fan is on...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen backboard, contact cement, color paint
contact cement, color paint, paint store: Christine, Sounds to me like the laminate is de-laminating from the board that it is suppose to be attached to. You can use contact glue to hold it in place. This will be a little tricky as you need to get the contact glue (contact cement) on both...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen backsplash, bonding agent, glass type
bonding agent, glass type, sheetrock: any good construction glue,but bonding plaster or drywall to tile might be tricky,you should paint with plaster bonding agent.also plaster is to complicated for me to tell you products and mixes,so a fast setting drywall mud will work,like usg 45,sheetrock...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen cabinet, kitchen cabinet, plaster
kitchen cabinet, plaster, cabinets: dosent look like you opened the answer i sent?? did you get the answer i sent,jim the cabinets should be screwed through the back and into the studs.Once you find center of first stud,they should be 16 on centers if they folled this spacing.If your...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen cabinet, marble countertop, brown paint
marble countertop, brown paint, green marble: My first advice is NOT to change anything. If you dont own it...it becomes your problem if you change anything. If the owner gives permission to alter anything, he is expecting it to be done professionally. It takes a great many tools, experience, patience,...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen cabinets, marble countertop, paint brushes
marble countertop, paint brushes, drop cloths: Hello Kamilah, Yes this is a job you can do for less than $100-150. Since it can be labor intensive, you will pay well for a tradesperson to do it. Preparation will be your biggest concern. Now, the color choices will be more earth tone or pastel. Remove...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen cabinets, brown paint, green marble
brown paint, green marble, two coats: Sounds like youmay wish to just strip off the brown finish. Here is a weblink that describes how it is done; http://www.lowes.com/lkn?action=howTo&p=HomeDecor/CabFceLft.html&rn=RightNavFiles/rightNavHowTo Good luck - it s alot of work...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinets, wood species
kitchen cabinets, wood species, drywall: I have a couple of suggestions. You can put what is called door skins. It is plywood that is 1/8 thick or less, and glue or nail that on to the exposed side. You can also get...by special order and veneer that is paper paper thin and glue that on. Most...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen cabinets, side cabinets, kitchen cabinets
side cabinets, kitchen cabinets, remodeling projects: I am sorry to say your description is a bit vague. If I understand...your subfloor in under the cabinet an is not level. You may be able to put shims under that cabinet to get close to level. Is the counter top still in place. If the top is removeable...the...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen counter top, hixson tn 37343, tanner james
hixson tn 37343, tanner james, ed beach: Hello Ed, Always glad to try to help out a fellow Tennesseean. This problem usually arises when the tops are not properly sealed together. It can also be due that they were bidding on the job. A premium priced longer length would not be bid so that the...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen cupboards, kitchen cupboards, shop tools
kitchen cupboards, shop tools, plexiglass: It definitely changes the looks alot. However..it requires a much neater kitchen to keep them organized all the time. Plexiglass allows you to cut and fit as needed... Glass is not that flexible. You can cut single small panes carefully. Router bits come...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen cupboards, kitchen cupboards, cabinet doors
kitchen cupboards, cabinet doors, tiny kitchen: Hi Peter, your ideas of updating the counters and cabinet doors is an excellent idea to clean up your tiny kitchen within a budget. the plexi will be very durable panels for your doors. i am not sure exactly how your doors are paneled to determine how to...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen sink trouble, drain pipe, kitchen sink
drain pipe, kitchen sink, gaskets: You have several possible concerns. If the drop distance has decreased, it will slow the flow. If the pipes had debris in them and that debris got into the wall drain, that will slow it. If the gaskets were worn when you reinstalled the piping....they can...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen wall, load bearing wall, load bearing walls
load bearing wall, load bearing walls, how to determine load bearing walls: Hi Ron, I don t know if you got an answer to your question but in case you haven t here we go. The decision is whether or not it is a load bearing wall. Please read this article on how to determine load bearing walls: http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/load-bearing_walls.htm...

Home Improvement--General: kitchen walls, vinyl wallpaper, ceramic tiles
vinyl wallpaper, ceramic tiles, faux painting: This is kind of a large question so think about this. Ceramic tiles are cheap and durable in small areas. Vinyl wallpaper can be affordable for larger areas and cleanable I dont like paneling, but is has its place in some decor. The Faux painting could...

Home Improvement--General: kitcken flooring, floor joist, fridge
floor joist, fridge, flooring: James, This is a major job to do correctly. You can do it cheaply and hope that it last but I would not recommend it if you are planning on stying in the house. To do correctly you are going to have to replace the floor joist from one side to the other....

Home Improvement--General: kithchen, amp breaker, basement ceiling
amp breaker, basement ceiling, extension cord: TO MARTY RE: DISPOSAL WIRING Disposal wiring today should have a regular duplex plug mounted in the wall and under the sink...The disposer need a code extension cord(Good rubber about 2+ft. long)...The power has to be run down to the main panel...

Home Improvement--General: Laminate countertop, laminate countertop, mitred corners
laminate countertop, mitred corners, improvement book: Hi Marge, This is a tough one. The only thing I know of to do is to try and sand it down. You have to concentrate the sanding right on the edge and do it very, very slowly. If there is any of the laminate left over you can check to see how sanding will...

Home Improvement--General: Large limbs hovering my house, luck steve, thanks in advance
luck steve, thanks in advance, fireplace: Hi Sallie, The main danger is that one will break and fall onto your roof. Depending on the size of the limb you could have major damage to roof. The other danger is that Santa might hit it when he tries to park next to the fireplace on your roof. :-) ...

Home Improvement--General: Lath and Plaster Ceiling repair, lath and plaster, plaster ceiling repair
lath and plaster, plaster ceiling repair, plaster ceilings: Please clarify the existing conditions. Based on your description of keys I presume you have a historic plaster on lath ceiling. Keys are the parts of the plaster that go between the lath strips. Earlier you stated that there was a 12-18 inch hole...

Home Improvement--General: Layering Drywall, glue dries, concrete screws
glue dries, concrete screws, liquid nails: Hi Jeremy, Good job!! You are using good judgment and I know you will have fun working on your new home. You will truly find it a labor of love and since your just a kid you will find that most things you will learn from trial and error. I would offset...

Home Improvement--General: Leak in Ceiling, mold growth, moisture buildup
mold growth, moisture buildup, kitchen ceiling: In my experiance mold does not develop due to a one time leak. Mold occurs when there is a prolonged moisture buildup inside the walls - usually on an exterior wall or ceiling due to the vapor barier or insulation being installed improperly. If it was...

Home Improvement--General: Leak in Ceiling, mold infestation, mold growth
mold infestation, mold growth, kitchen ceiling: California has scared the crap out of everyone. They had a mold infestation in southern Ca that in fact was destroying the stuctural intergrity of the homes. Mold is in every home. FACT. Mold is caused by continued or sustained moisture, and heat. If...

Home Improvement--General: Leak in Ceiling, mule team borax, borax solution
mule team borax, borax solution, mold growth: Hello Daniel, The area needs to be thoroughly dried out using fans, etc. Fortunately, we are in our heating season, so this will also help. If you have dehumidifiers, use them to help also. Microban is a product that will kill mold. Unfortunately, bleach...

Home Improvement--General: Leak in Ceiling, plumbing problem, mold growth
plumbing problem, mold growth, kitchen ceiling: i need more information. what caused the flooding? was it bathtub overflow? or is there another plumbing problem? how extensive is the water damage now? if this is a one time thing, what you need to do is examine the damage - do you need to replace the sheetrock?...

Home Improvement--General: Leak from sliding glass door, rare occurence, air vent
rare occurence, air vent, water repair: i have done alot of work on water repair,on stucco homes,also even though you have water proff building paper,dosent mean that you dont have holes penetrating the paper,for wiring, can you sent mt some pictures of this side of the house,and area thats leaking,and...

Home Improvement--General: Leak in Window Frame, stucco exterior, screw hole
stucco exterior, screw hole, aluminum windows: Depending on where the hole is located at, it might not be a problem. There are some holes located at the bottom of the frame that let moisture out of the window. These are called weep holes and they let any water that gets trapped in the frame escape to the...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking Bay-side Doors and Windows, siding sheets, fiberglass insulation
siding sheets, fiberglass insulation, plywood sheets: Some of the most complicated issues I ve seen over the years are related to homes built like yours. The foil faced polystyrene board used as a wallboard has made a lot of people pull their hair out. In most cases it s used in the broad wall spans and not in...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking in the basement, shreds, caulking guns
shreds, caulking guns, carpet: Salvaging carpet is risky. It will either come up easily, or tear to shreds. As for the moisture, depending on the source, you may be able to seal the floor with an epoxy rated for concrete bonding. Sometimes in takes very little to seal a crack. There...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking basment, cinder blocks, roof gutter
cinder blocks, roof gutter, cinder block: Lisa, Your basement has serious water problems. Don t make the mistake of trying to fix it with as little effort and money as possible. First, reinstall a drain pipe for that downspout. Be sure that it slopes away from the house and terminates to...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking Double Hung Window, double hung window, window leaks
double hung window, window leaks, sbcglobal net: There is a little know feature about windows. They are not meant to be air tight. Windows and doors help the house breathe. As long as the upper window shields the lower window for weather protection...that is the primary purpose. I am assuming that you...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking Faucets, perfect service, hardware store
perfect service, hardware store: In most cases, you can get a rebuild kit from a hardware store that will put it back in perfect service. It can range from $15 to $45 per kit depending on what parts are actually needed. If you can take it apart...you can put in the new parts needed and...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking French doors, sill pan, french doors
sill pan, french doors, probable causes: Hi Jeff, Obviously, the problem is isolated to the door now. Flashing over, or under the door are the most probable causes of the leaking now. If you now only cover the top of the door with duct tape and poly, letting the water flow freely down the door...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking Window Vs. Child with Leukemia, cotton diapers, plastic containers
cotton diapers, plastic containers, water proof: If you have already caulked the exterior of the window....I would then paint the stuccor in the surrounding area with Elastomeric paint. I would also caulk all four corners, insid the window frame. Then do the garden hose test. make sure the window itself...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking Window Vs. Child with Leukemia, cotton diapers, weather location
cotton diapers, weather location, dry climate: Hello Avi, First of all I m so sorry for you hardships and my thoughts are with you and your family with respects to your daughter. I wish I had a quick fix for your question but I don t. I have to assume you live in a hot weather location with a very...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking Window Vs. Child with Leukemia, wall stucco, cotton diapers
wall stucco, cotton diapers, plastic containers: Avi, Your best solution is to call the contractor who did the stucco and window work and ask if he/she can work on it. It s difficult for me to know what the problem is without seeing it up close. If you can t get the original contractor, of if...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking window, steel lintel, window casing
steel lintel, window casing, water infiltration: Maurice: Weather stripping is intended to block air infiltration not water infiltration. Try a test where you apply a spray (not jet) of water at and over the head of the window allowing it to run down over the window. Best to have the angle of water...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking windows and addition, siding company, water stains
siding company, water stains, laminated beam: Bob, Thanks for your questions, they are good ones. I m sorry to hear about your problems. You are unlucky, but unfortunately not alone. I m afraid there is more incompetence and fraud in the contracting business than good, honest work. Concerning...

Home Improvement--General: Leaky Pipe Though foundation Wall?, fixing a leaky basement, corrugated plastic pipe
fixing a leaky basement, corrugated plastic pipe, drainage pipes: Dear Aaron, Usually the best technique for stopping such leaks is to cut off the source of the water in the first place, not to seal the joint. If the suspected source of water is local rainfall and roof runoff, then improving the drainage will usually...

Home Improvement--General: Ledger Board on Brick Home, stainless steel washers, brick veneer
stainless steel washers, brick veneer, anchor bolts: Billy: When I install a ledger board I bypass all the attempts to water seal because they are just something to go wrong. I install stainless steel washers over the anchor bolts between the ledger board and the brick to allow an air space for water to pass...

Home Improvement--General: Leveling interior doors, bedroom doors, interior doors
bedroom doors, interior doors, side edge: Barbara: You sound correct in that the doors need to be rehung to get them leveled. First check that the jamb is plumb and square. If not check the walls and floor. If the house is moving I suggest you find out why. If the jamb is not square you may...

Home Improvement--General: Levelling manufactured home, cheap particle board, angle irons
cheap particle board, angle irons, number one enemy: Hello Tim, This all depends upon what building materials are used in the construction process of your home. Lift up the floor diffusers/HVAC registers to see what the flooring and subfloor is made of? If sawdust and glue, your biggest enemy is water. Of...

Home Improvement--General: LINES ON WALLS, jeff cohn, health concern
jeff cohn, health concern, exterior walls: Hi Tony, Call an Industrial Hygienist( IH). You can find a local one by looking up the American Industrial Hygienist Association on the web. Don t assume anything until an IH has inspected and done their tests. You will do better with their report in...

Home Improvement--General: Light fixture for a victorian lampshade, victorian lamp shades, victorian lampshade
victorian lamp shades, victorian lampshade, porcelain lampholder: Alot depends on the lampholder. Is it a white porcelain piece or a brass holder? The brass holders can have very fine threads on the top where the bulb screws in....and the liar holder will attach to that. If it is a white plastic or porcelain lampholder...it...

Home Improvement--General: Light Switch :-O, installing dimmer switches, qualified electrician
installing dimmer switches, qualified electrician, grounding wires: Thanks for explaining that, Sam. I didn t realize the house was so new. I apologize if I misunderstood your question. I thought you were talking about a situation where the switch and dimmer had a ground, and the box they attach to did not have a ground wire,...

Home Improvement--General: Lighting, 7 cans, light bulbs
7 cans, light bulbs, lamp fixture: Now I know the fixture you are relating to. Very old. Unfortunately the typical size of can lights is 6 or 7 and the square box you are taking out will have some show in a new light application. An option, tho not a good one, is a circuline florecent...

Home Improvement--General: Lime Plastering?, veneer plaster, gypsum plaster
veneer plaster, gypsum plaster, rock lath: Question: I have had some damp in my internal walls due to external rendering bridging the DPC. I have removed all the external render up so it is 6 inches from the ground and also the affected internal plaster up to 3 feet from the skirting board. ...

Home Improvement--General: Limestone Walls, dry lok, limestone walls
dry lok, limestone walls, dry walling: you could paint the limestone with dry lok paint to seal it,or stud in front of it,and use moisture barrier behind the board.keeping the moisture out from outside the walls is the key,also if you think there will be a little moisture there use green board...

Home Improvement--General: LOCKS AND WINDOWS, window sashes, deadbolt lock
window sashes, deadbolt lock, double cylinder deadbolt: The answer to question #1 has me guessing. If I m understanding you properly I think you might mean a Locking Threshold . If this is what you mean then it s a two piece system that interlocks a door bottom when closed. It s a practice not used as much today...

Home Improvement--General: Load bearing wall in bi-level house, load bearing wall, interior partitions
load bearing wall, interior partitions, luck steve: Tiffany, First of all, be sure that the wall is load bearing. If there is only a roof above and it is clearspan trusses, then none of the interior partitions are likely load-bearing. In either case I highly recommend that you use an architect, engineer,...

Home Improvement--General: Load bearing wall (with pictures, load bearing wall, removing a wall
load bearing wall, removing a wall, toilet area: Hi Steve, It also looks like the wall was not part of original construction. I will assume that his is code or overkill by the one who constructed the wall originally. You are right from what I see. There is no reason for a double 2x12 header. Have...

Home Improvement--General: Log Cabin Chinking, log cabin chinking, lime cement
log cabin chinking, lime cement, backer rod: Bryan, We do not use cement chinking. We use synthetic mortar because of its superior properties and lower maintenance requirements. Synthetic chinking remains soft and flexible permanently. Cement remains rigid and inflexible and fails when the logs...

Home Improvement--General: Log Cabin Retrofit, inch plywood, router base
inch plywood, router base, box hole: Rich, You can cut out electrical boxes several ways. An old fashioned chisel and hammer will do it, but it s a lot of work. An electric drill to drill a starter hole, then a plunge router to cut out the box. It would be useful to create a guide or...

Home Improvement--General: Log Home/double pane window-condestation, double pane window, double pane windows
double pane window, double pane windows, cold surface: Joanne, This happens when the seal around the edge of the glazing breaks and allows vapor to enter between the two panes. You can fix this either by having the entire sash replaced by the original manufacturer, or take the sash to a window or sash and...

Home Improvement--General: Log Home Purchase, wood shingles, maintenance issues
wood shingles, maintenance issues, roofer: You should not be able to see daylight through the logs. Depending on the log configuration, simply rechinking/recaulking should solve the problem. I m not familiar enough with cedar shakes to give advise on longevity or maintenance issues, but original quality...

Home Improvement--General: Log Home / after restoration, carpenter bees, carpenter bee
carpenter bees, carpenter bee, chemical poisons: Lindsey, The old house borer makes an oval exit hole. When the hole exits, the larva has exited. I doubt what you are being told. The larva does not go back in the hole once it exits. Look closely at the hole, if it is round it is not from an old house...

Home Improvement--General: Log Home vs Vinyl Siding, vinyl siding, furring strips
vinyl siding, furring strips, something in mind: Joanne, I have to start by saying why would you want to put vinyl siding on the home? All it probably needs is a good cleaning and re-sealing. I m not a vinyl expert, but I ll bet it would cost more to side the house than clean it. Old house borer...

Home Improvement--General: Log Home w/siding, rake the rake, log stain
rake the rake, log stain, metal roofs: Joanne, Let s make sure we are using correct terms. The term eave is usually meant to describe the lower end of the rafter which extends out past the exterior wall. This would be where gutters are attached. This extension is often enclosed by adding...

Home Improvement--General: Log Home w/ Vinyl Shutters - followup Q&A, vinyl shutters, metal roofs
vinyl shutters, metal roofs, paint type: Joanne, I cannot advise you of color combinations because as you know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your taste may be different than mine. I will however, give you some comments that you can use or discard as you wish. I feel, and work with...

Home Improvement--General: Log Home, shingle roof, cypress pine
shingle roof, cypress pine, flat walls: The smell isnn t necessarily bad unless you smell it inside the house. It could be the vegetation outside. Here s a simple test to test log condition. Using a sharp ice pick poke around in the checks (small cracks in the grain of the wood) and splits in the...

Home Improvement--General: Log Homes - woodpeckers, carpenter bees, roof rafter
carpenter bees, roof rafter, wood peckers: Joanne, Carpenter bees drill a small hole, about 1/2 inch round and about 3/4 inch deep then they turn 90 degrees and drill several inches along the grain, sometimes several feet. At the end of the hole they lay an egg. When it develops into a larva,...

Home Improvement--General: Log home door replacement, frame wall, door jamb
frame wall, door jamb, alcove: Leslee, First, a door frame should never be load bearing. You didn t tell me if the door is in a log wall or a frame wall. Since it is a main door, I would assume the roof rest on the front wall, but probably not on a recessed alcove. If it does, there...

Home Improvement--General: Log Replacement, linear ft, repairable
linear ft, repairable, kroll: Rob, I can help you with the process of replacing rotted logs. I can also help you with the products necessary to accomplish the task properly. It will be necessary for me to learn more details to be specific in my explanation and to determine what...

Home Improvement--General: Log rot, log siding, framing material
log siding, framing material, premature failure: Paul, Our advice would be the same--replace/repair the logs, then apply Shell Guard, then seal the new log material to match the other logs. It is not a good idea to leave rotted logs in place because they attract insects that do more damage and create...

Home Improvement--General: Loose Door Knob, door knobs, happy new year
door knobs, happy new year, happy holidays: Darnell, You should be able to align the sides of the knobs. One side should have the part that turns the part that goes in the door jamb. This side you should put in first and slide all the way up to the door. Now put on the other side that has the...

Home Improvement--General: Lot with construction in future, septic system installer, well digger
septic system installer, well digger, substantial savings: I would check with the local building official and a contractor to make sure you are planning this the best way you can, but here is my assessment. The well and septic should be just fine until you need them and the electric and gas is no problem...

Home Improvement--General: Lot with construction several years away..., septic lines, tree roots
septic lines, tree roots, inlet pipe: Len: I am not an expert on the long range result of letting utilities sit unused but I do have some opinions. If you have the house plan sited and can get the gas to within 10 feet I would think there is an advantage. MARK the location so you don t dig...

Home Improvement--General: Lot with construction years later, propane tank, usable water
propane tank, usable water, viking range: Hello Len and Susan, I do not experience in the AZ desert. I do have experience on developing subdivisions with out public water. Septic systems can go bad. The tanks float out of the ground if a rainy season occurs. Getting gas to a lot is area specific....

Home Improvement--General: Low Clearance Ceiling, drywall products, ceiling tiles
drywall products, ceiling tiles, amp service: There are 2 that come to mind. one is ceiling tiles the 12x12 tiles that get fastened to strapping. and the other is surface mount ceiling panels the same as a suspended ceileing. i think that might be your best bet. i found one suppler for you to...

Home Improvement--General: Low output from RO system, ro membrane, storage tank
ro membrane, storage tank, quality units: Hi Neil, OK, now that we ve determined you have changed all the filters and the membrane correctly, I think the next logical solution would be that the storage tank has lost pressure. You can recharge the storage tank yourself - it s actually a good thing...

Home Improvement--General: LP wood home siding, lp siding, new nails
lp siding, new nails, home siding: This is not unusual, just not fun. You should be able to reset those nails, and maybe add a few above them to hold it better. It would be a good idea to predrill for the new nails. Use galvanized nails when adding. Be sure you have at least 1 of penetration...

Home Improvement--General: LVL Beams, floor joists, joist hangers
floor joists, joist hangers, dimension lumber: Clyde, You didn t make all of the orientations clear, but let me explain the process and we can guess from there since the two primary dimensions are so close--22 vs 25 . The LVL sub floor beam will carry 1/2 the total load of the floor; that load is...

Home Improvement--General: LVL beam post support-foundation, load bearing wall, brick ranch
load bearing wall, brick ranch, ceiling joists: Erin, Let s go backwards. You are creating a point load on the basement floor where the posts sit. If there is no footer or grade beam under these two points you risk cracking the basement floor. You are placing about 100#/sq. in. on the floor or about...

Home Improvement--General: laminate countertops, laminate countertops, question pool
laminate countertops, question pool, open question: Hi Jason, Just noticed your question in the open question pool. Although you ve probably found out the answer I thought I would give you an answer just in case you haven t. The answer simply is: yes. OSB is a good substrate for laminate countertops. Let...

Home Improvement--General: Is it too late to seal my Concrete driveway?, concrete driveway, water base
concrete driveway, water base, lacquer: TO tony: TONY If you the water based matl. You need about three days of no freezing.. Make sure it gets good and dry and does not freeze... There are also some lacquer based matls, That dry fast 2-3 hours Very inflammable, dont smoke or any...

Home Improvement--General: latex paint on finished wood floor., latex paint, goof off
latex paint, goof off, bathroom floors: Hi Bob, Sounds like a job for Goof Off, a trade name for chemicals specifically designed to remove dried on latex paint (I m assuming that she used latex). http://www.goof-off.com/goofoff/PRODUCTS/goofoff.html That should do the trick for you and...

Home Improvement--General: lath and plaster ceiling, lath and plaster, plaster ceiling
lath and plaster, plaster ceiling, sheetrock: Dear Charlene, Congratulations on your recent purchase. The plaster ceiling is supposed to stay up all by itself, even if you completely remove the plaster on the walls. The plaster may fall from the ceiling, but it will not be because you removed the...

Home Improvement--General: lay brick/tile/stone over concrete, laying tile, stone brick
laying tile, stone brick, slab: Hi Stacey, I don t know if you have received an answer but in case you haven t here is a suggested method of laying tile over a cracked slab. Go to this website for some great ideas! http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=19399 Good luck...

Home Improvement--General: laying out a building, long tape measure, jeff pierson
long tape measure, jeff pierson, laying foundations: Jeff: You would best get a book on basic residential construction with a chapter on laying out a foundation. The process can be involved and you would need to have the basics to begin this conversation. For starters you would use a transit or maybe just...

Home Improvement--General: laying granite tile over ceramic in kitchen, granite tile, question pool
granite tile, question pool, ceramic tile: Hi Kathy, Just noticed your question in the open question pool. Although you ve probably found out the answer I thought I would give you an answer just in case you haven t.As long as you can live with the height there should be no problem. I would drop...

Home Improvement--General: lead paint, old paint, lead paint
old paint, lead paint, kitchen cabinets: Hi Sue, OK, I m game. Removing the cabinets should only be done by someone qualified in lead remediation. The cabinets can be removed without any ambient lead contamination. I didn t mean to imply that you should remove them yourself. I especially...

Home Improvement--General: lead paint, lacquer base, plastic laminate
lacquer base, plastic laminate, normal temperatures: TO SUE RE: LEAD PAINT IN KITCHEN.. Sue.. a 1940 house was painted everywhere with lead based paint... They usually used white lead .. This is a form of lead oxide.. Mostly Pb2 O5.. A very common form of oxide of lead...Usually very stable at normal...

Home Improvement--General: leak in seam of wall and floor in garage, water seeps, hydraulic cement
water seeps, hydraulic cement, field drain: Hello Thomas, Your problem is water forced into the garages interior by the hydraulic pressure of water obviously. Two sources are usually the cause. One is a spring located under the slab. Essentially, you have this anyway. Two is having the wrong drainage...

Home Improvement--General: leak, cedar siding, plumbing pipe
cedar siding, plumbing pipe, dryer vent: I really wish I could be there for you. I have never failed to find a cause...and be able to fix it. I have seen water travel 15 horizontal on a pipe to find a way into a dining room light fixture. Think outside the box. Water can get in from a window,...

Home Improvement--General: leaking French doors, sill pan, water intrusion
sill pan, water intrusion, new homebuilder: Hey Alison, Not a doubt in the world on this water intrusion problem. The door has to be properly flashed. This proper flashing does include sill pan, side flashing and head flashing. I think it awful, but locally we only have one new homebuilder who...

Home Improvement--General: leaking water softener, water treatment equipment, business center drive
water treatment equipment, business center drive, luck steve: Hi Kathleen, I finally found Radiant Water conditioning and I contacted them regarding your softener. Here is their response: Mr. Young, Unfortunately we do not have a unit called CF 520. If you could provide us with the name of the original home owner...

Home Improvement--General: leaking window in brick house, sill pan, water intrusion
sill pan, water intrusion, brick house: The first issue is the roof. Making sure that water cannot get into the framing of the house. The brick is a rare leaking issue. Most cases the brick is merely a facade and cannot affect the interior. IF the window seal is now affect, because of water...

Home Improvement--General: leaking window-stucco, backer rod, expansion and contraction
backer rod, expansion and contraction, butt joint: Scott, Problem ... 1) The stucco should have a space between it and the window frame for expansion and contraction. This may be the cause of the cracks. This space is ideally trimmed over with wood or other means or these days filled with backer rod...

Home Improvement--General: leaky basement, leaky basement, weed growth
leaky basement, weed growth, kroll: Janet, Sorry about the delay but this question just appeared when I sent an answer to another question in the last two minutes. You can fill the area with concrete to stop the weed growth. You could also dig it out lay plastic and fill it with gravel....

Home Improvement--General: leaky house, stucco exteriors, brick surface
stucco exteriors, brick surface, story brick: Your problem could be one of two things I know of. First thing I ll assume is it s a lower level window that s leaking or one that has another window above it. In most cases it s the window above that s leaking down on top the other. With your house exterior...

Home Improvement--General: leveling a concrete patio, self leveling concrete, portland cement
self leveling concrete, portland cement, treated lumber: Hi Mary, Tell your spa salesman he s been soaking in his tubs too long :) He is correct in his accessment of the pouring method, but he seems to have left out the hard parts. You will need to clean the area throughly with an acid wash to basically...

Home Improvement--General: lifting logs, forklift rental, installing siding
forklift rental, installing siding, backer board: William: I thought of something else - scaffolding jacks. Something usually used by persons installing siding and painters. ------------------------- I do not understand what you are trying to accomplish except to patch some existing log construction...

Home Improvement--General: light bulbs, underwriters labs, flourescent bulbs
underwriters labs, flourescent bulbs, incandescent bulbs: By the way, the advice I gave you presumes that both the light bulb and the socket you use are stamped UL listed by Underwriters Labs or approved by an equivalent third-party testing organization. You make a good point about marketing for these bulbs...

Home Improvement--General: liquid nails, gorilla glue, liquid nails
gorilla glue, liquid nails, brick wall: Hi Milt, I love liquid nails! Are you aware that they have many different products for different applications. Check out their website: http://www.liquidnails.com/home.do Obviously there are certain things that I wouldn t glue or that I would also nail...

Home Improvement--General: liquid spray on siding, waste management policy, asbestos siding
waste management policy, asbestos siding, moisture entrapment: Coleen: I, as a point of practice, do not like to apply spray-on finishes unless they are paint or a water proofing coat. As far as siding goes I would be very skeptical of a spray on product especially on a old house. I have not seen such a product,...

Home Improvement--General: A little estimate, hard wood floors, outlet boxes
hard wood floors, outlet boxes, hydrolic: Dear Dani, There is very little logic to how companies price their work. You will see the exact same work priced with a variation of plus or minus 70 percent between one company and another, or even with the same company on two different days. It all depends...

Home Improvement--General: is it a load bearing wall, load bearing wall, steel lintel
load bearing wall, steel lintel, joists: hi normally when the ceiling joist run the same way as a wall to be taken down it would not be a problem. the problem lies with the other wall upstairs. all though the wall is not directly above the wall you want to remove it could still be a load bearing...

Home Improvement--General: load bearing wall, load bearing wall, ceiling joists
load bearing wall, ceiling joists, floor joists: Hi Randy, You are welcome. Glad it helps you. A bearing wall is a wall that has something resting on the top of it. Usually, this is the roof rafters/trusses, or another wall. It can also be where the floor joists or ceiling joists lap or butt with each...

Home Improvement--General: load bearing walls, ft span, supporting walls
ft span, supporting walls, bottom head: TO DAMIAN-- STAIR MOVING.. Can be a tough job, Not a normal job for amateurs All the walls can be moved if you want... You must watch for any loads from above or something below that may be attached... What about elec.wires,,plumb.stacks,,...

Home Improvement--General: load bearing walls, washingtondc craigslist, craigslist org
washingtondc craigslist, craigslist org, load bearing walls: Peter: I can not provide structural information via email. Misunderstanding can kill people. You need to have someone that knows the difference look to see if the joists above the wall you want to take out are resting on the wall or spanning it. 26 feet...

Home Improvement--General: loadbearing walls, ceiling joists, double shotgun
ceiling joists, double shotgun, bearing load: Hello Cheryl, Since you did not say, I will guess this is an old company house built in the 20-30s by the mine owners for the miners families. This means you are probably in W. VA, S. IL, or KY. The lay of the land there is varied. Home styles are varied....

Home Improvement--General: lockset replacement, gorilla glue, van dykes
gorilla glue, van dykes, skeleton keys: Douglas I definitely know what you re talking about. You know the awnser here, you just don t want to admit it. You are gonna have to clean up the holes. You will just have to try your luck. Try a Roto Zip or Dremel type, maybe a router, and then there...

Home Improvement--General: log home finishing and staining, home restorer, porch ceiling
home restorer, porch ceiling, square foot basis: Bob, I can t answer you directly because you didn t give me enough info be definitive. Here s some general info. If this is new construction our standard preservation process would include cleaning the exterior (pressure washing) applying stain and...

Home Improvement--General: log home staining, interior wood surfaces, home restorer
interior wood surfaces, home restorer, cypress logs: Are you staining the interior of the logs, etc.? My only experience is with exterior staining (I use cypress logs exclusively and have never stained them on the interior) but I m not sure why it would be any different from staining interior paneling, etc....

Home Improvement--General: log repairs, log shape, portland cement
log shape, portland cement, extra tip: Hello Joe, I know people have filled the rotted cavities with a mortar base. Mix 3 parts sand to 1 part portland cement and mix with water to a dry consistency. Pack the mix into the holes and build a starting base. Build the cement up in stages and start...

Home Improvement--General: I am looking for information..., chambersburg pa, brick top
chambersburg pa, brick top, lawn tractors: Karen, This is way outside of my expertise. I can tell you how to do some of the work yourself but I can not price a job. I have never bid a job on any scale. I am mostly a do it yourselfer kind of guy. I do not do construction professionally Sorry...

Home Improvement--General: I am looking for information..., chambersburg pa, brick top
chambersburg pa, brick top, lawn tractors: Well this is no small adventure. A room addition is ranging from $125 to $165 per sq ft. A remodel can run $95 to $125. Roofs run $1.25 to $1.85 per foot labor...shingles are price dependant of course. It sounds like you are in a $45K to $60K bracket....

Home Improvement--General: I am looking for information..., nahb remodelors, homebuilders association
nahb remodelors, homebuilders association, chambersburg pa: Hi Karen, Estimating cannot be done successfully in unfamiliar areas. The variables are too great. For instance your job would be about 36,000 in Dunlap, TN, 56,000 in Chattanooga, TN, and 156,000 in the NE side in Greater Atlanta, GA Your best bet is...

Home Improvement--General: low water toilets/septic back up, water toilets, field tiles
water toilets, field tiles, leach field: TO JOHN RE: BAD TOILET DRAINAGE John-- these 1.6 gal. toilets are really bad news.. Most of the time you have to flush them 2-4 times to get good flushing action Bad- Bad-... That s what you get for voting for the wrong politicians... We are...

Home Improvement--General: Maintenance on log cabin, backer rod, stone chimney
backer rod, stone chimney, log siding: Sherri, If you can email a tracing of the end of a log I can get you a replacement. However, in my experience which is 22 yrs and over 3000 log homes I have only seen rotted logs requiring complete removal only one time. Usually all you need to do is...

Home Improvement--General: Maintenance, cistern overflow, toilet cistern
cistern overflow, toilet cistern, natural weathering: Tony, i ll be honest i haven t dealt with this before. I d suggest getting an industry strength descaler liquid. i ve never used any so i can t suggest a brand. typically these are strong cleaners that get diluted with water to be safer and in most...

Home Improvement--General: Making my party wall more soundproof, dead air space, acoustic walls
dead air space, acoustic walls, wood stud: Hi Barry, I m a little surprised that a block wall doesn t stop the music. Are you sure it s the culprit and not joist bays above the wall or above a drop ceiling? If the wall is the problem you ll probably get some good info at the local drywall supplier...

Home Improvement--General: Masonary Porch repair, screw piles, dear lorraine
screw piles, dear lorraine, undisturbed soil: Dear Lorraine, By porch do you mean a full size porch or a front stoop? Depending on the area you live, many people call a masonry front stoop a porch If you mean the masonry front porch or stoop of a house, and if it is sinking in such a way that...

Home Improvement--General: Masonite door, interior masonite doors, top screws
interior masonite doors, top screws, neutral position: John, The hinges need to be slightly off in order for the door to be in a neutral position. If they are off one way then the door will open , off the other and the door swings closed. So all I can suggest is to play with the hinges. Loosen the top...

Home Improvement--General: Masonite Siding repair/replace?, fernley nevada, siding material
fernley nevada, siding material, siding repair: Danny, I don t have a lot of experience with masonite. Your bow can be from poor installation and expansion or maybe another type of water intrusion or something else. It is a good ides to locate the problem before just fixing how it looks. It is possible...

Home Improvement--General: Masonry Questions, masonry anchor, address numbers
masonry anchor, address numbers, water seal: Hi Dave, The brick should be sealed and Thompson s is as good as any on the market. A urethane product wouldn t bind to the chalky surface and would begin to separate in a short while. The condition of the brick should be an indication of the condition...

Home Improvement--General: Metal to Metal Adhesive, jb weld, metal application
jb weld, metal application, auto parts store: What you need is automotive help. Go to the nearest auto parts store and get some JB weld. It won t be pretty but it is a great metal to metal adhesive without actually weling the metals together. You can be careful and clean and it will look great. But at...

Home Improvement--General: Metal Sheds, optical level, ft level
optical level, ft level, bottom type: TO MARIE RE: LEVEL METAL BUILDING Marie, the simplest way is to use a 4 ft.level setting on a 6 or 8 ft. long 2X4. use the small edge up... The 2X4 must be straight, no bows or humps.... You need a partner on the outside... Start, by picking...

Home Improvement--General: Metal Studs, self tapping screws, wooden studs
self tapping screws, wooden studs, metal studs: Hi Werner, With metal studs you need to use self-tapping screws made for metal studs. The ones that are used to put up drywall on metal studs will work fine. It would be best to pre-drill holes in the particle board; just the particle board and not into...

Home Improvement--General: Metal Tile in Bathroom - Rusted Through, tin ceiling tiles, metal tile
tin ceiling tiles, metal tile, paint stripper: John, I haven t seen metal tile of the type you are probably talking about for years; not since I owned a home in Chicago in 1967 that was built in the 20 s. There is a current decorating trend using tin ceiling tiles like were used 100 years ago. If...

Home Improvement--General: Microwave, vent pipes, roof overhang
vent pipes, roof overhang, vent pipe: Bill: I am assuming your soffit is the ceiling since the soffit is the underside of a roof overhang (?). I refer to the section of wall built out above wall cabinets as a bulkhead. If you provide structurally sound attachment to the wall I do not...

Home Improvement--General: Mildew on Drywall, drywall installation, humid climate
drywall installation, humid climate, epa web: Hi Joelle, Good question, but I m more a drywall installation and finishing kinda guy. I m no expert when it comes to treating mildew on drywall or any other surface. That said, you would probably do better asking this of another expert (but I m not sure...

Home Improvement--General: Mildew problems, mildew problems, stain killer
mildew problems, stain killer, rules of thumb: Hello Linda, Yes, a stain killer such as Kilz should do the trick. Zinsser [sp?]Itis in a white can with red lettering usually. Bin is also is another product to use as the final paint for bathrooms and such where mildew could be a future problem. The biggest...

Home Improvement--General: Mildew Smell in bathtub, water purification process, tub water
water purification process, tub water, tsp: I am not sure that you are smelling mildew, but the water can have a distastefull smell at times. We had nearly the same situation. Our shower has smelled REALLLy bad with the hot water only. Just recently we have noticed the smell is gone. I think it...

Home Improvement--General: Mitering an outside corner chair rail molding, back fence, degree angles
back fence, degree angles, speed square: Yes Ted, You have the right idea. So that the bladed does cause chattering of the board, you have the pennies or other taped to the back side to pull the trim away from the back. This makes the angle more acute so the the less than 45 degree angles can be...

Home Improvement--General: Mixing cement, alfredo alamo, cement mixer
alfredo alamo, cement mixer, mixing cement: Hi Alfredo, Actually that is a pretty good question, one most would not ask and just fork over the cash for a mixing vessel they probably wouldn t ever use again. My first thought would be to rent a cement mixing trough at a local rental shop and then...

Home Improvement--General: MOLD - basement, basement waterproofing company, ozone generators
basement waterproofing company, ozone generators, black mold: Gregory: I am not an expert on mold or it s remediation. The following is additional information for your decision making it is not an answer. Mold needs certain humidity and temperature requirements to grow. Mold spreads by spores not roots so...

Home Improvement--General: Mobile Home Drywall, spic span, stain killer
spic span, stain killer, killer paint: to KISHA RE : Drywall in a mobile... You should never need to replace the drywall in a mobile home...It should last the life of the home... If you have a disaster like a ,,fire,,flood,,bad smoke,,bad roof leak,,or maybe some bad abuse and damage,,then...

Home Improvement--General: Mobile home remodeling, drywall contractor, wood siding
drywall contractor, wood siding, fire flood: TO MARY RE remodel Mobile home If you are interested in just the interior, then a good drywall contractor should be able to do this type of job...I have found some good drywall men from the insurance restore contractors..These type have done lots...

Home Improvement--General: Moen Granite Sink, moenstone sinks, granite model
moenstone sinks, granite model, michael bruns: Hello I have not heard of anything like this, and we have sold some of these Moenstone sinks. If it is indeed the water, I would get ahold of your water softening company and have them do a water test and see if there is anything funny going on there. Usually...

Home Improvement--General: Moisture in Basment, concrete floor, several thousand dollars
concrete floor, several thousand dollars, moisture problem: You been had by the previous owner. If you have moisture seeping up from below....your water table could be the problem. There is no cure for this. There are multiple ways of dealing with the water/moisture such as a pump, a dehumidifier, fans etc. If...

Home Improvement--General: Moisture on Bathroom walls, enamel paint, bathrooms and kitchens
enamel paint, bathrooms and kitchens, latex paint: Flat latex paints are NOT recommended for bathrooms and kitchens. The water/moisture issues deserve a latex enamel paint. Steam will penetrate a flat paint, and in some cases stain the paint. Other than repainting with a semi gloss or Eggshell finish...more...

Home Improvement--General: Moisture on windows, double pane glass, warm sunny weather
double pane glass, warm sunny weather, condensation problems: Thanks for the clarification. At 40 percent relative humidity and 19.5 degrees indoor temperature, the dew point is 6.8 degrees. If the outdoor temperature is 2 degrees, the inside of an exposed windows should be about 14.1 degrees. In this case, it is...

Home Improvement--General: Mold Distribution, dew point temperature, heat pumps
dew point temperature, heat pumps, building sciences: Hi Derek, Man, I could spend hours just on this subject. See this site for a lot of good information: http://www.buildingscience.com/housesthatwork/ Look around on all of the links for much information. I just now have returned from yet another seminar this...

Home Improvement--General: Mold Prevention, concrete and masonry, water seeps
concrete and masonry, water seeps, water beads: Hello Mark, Short answer; flashing. Your friend was correct. Any caulk or sealant is only temporary. They should all start start to break down in 1 to 1.5 years. About 5-7 for even the best is the most usually. Yes, they are all guaranteed for much longer...

Home Improvement--General: Mold Smell Comming From Under My Porch?, finish drywall, concrete porch
finish drywall, concrete porch, wall cavity: Marc, Check for water outside the house. Water from roof leaders (downspout) or from backpitched grade (lower against the house than away from it) can pool against the foundation, especially under concrete. Also check SW wall, windows & doors for water infiltration...

Home Improvement--General: Mold smell in bathroom after it rains, grout joints, waterproffing
grout joints, waterproffing, lemon 64: TO LAURIN WALLER RE: BATH WALL SMELL I don t like to give bad news , but your problem is from LEAK LEAK LEAK... Waht s on the walls?? If it s ceramic tile the grout joints are probably leaking,,, then add some water from the outside...

Home Improvement--General: Mold spots on ceeling, surface mold, solion
surface mold, solion, greatful thanks: probably a form of mold, also is it on surface or coming through paint.any form of moisture in the corner could produce it.bathrooms with out ceiling fan can have surface mold.you need to find out if area is solid,or if ceiling is getting soft there,and if...

Home Improvement--General: Molding Around Bathtub, vinyl strip, yellow tube
vinyl strip, yellow tube, flexible vinyl: There is a rubber based glue/adhesive, it comes in 3 basic colors...by PL. I cant find a name on the label other than PL Usually a yellow tube and white letters. Home Depot carries it for sealing windows and doors. Hard to work with, but it will do this...

Home Improvement--General: Moldy 2x4, laundry detergent additive, plumbing pipes
laundry detergent additive, plumbing pipes, wall insulation: Hello Allen, Since you have the drywall removed from one side of this black stud, you can pry it out toward the open side. This should pull the nails or screws out the back out of the drywall on the otherside leaving not marks on the otherside. Sometimes...

Home Improvement--General: Moss, mold mildew removal, benjamin moore paints
mold mildew removal, benjamin moore paints, mold and mildew: Mike, There are a lot of commercial products available to remove mold and mildew from various surfaces. You can find these at the big box stores or at specialty contractor paint supply stores such as Benjamin Moore paints, etc. These products will soften...

Home Improvement--General: Mould, floor registers, high humidity
floor registers, high humidity, cedar closet: Hello Maurice, As you have noticed, it is the high humidity building up in the closet that is the problem. A dehumidifier, and/or ventilation can alleviate this problem. Try to get the humidity below 38-40% in the closet. A humidistat can measure the humidity...

Home Improvement--General: Mounting Plasma TV over fireplace, stud finder, plasma tv
stud finder, plasma tv, finder search: If you have a bracket for the TV...use Molley bolts. It will put the entire weight on the drywall, by pulling from the back side. I do recommend a stud finder search first. Normal framing is 16 on center or 24 on center. There are no exceptions for standard...

Home Improvement--General: Mounting stair railing to plaster wall, toggle bolts, plaster wall
toggle bolts, plaster wall, stair railing: the hole can be filled with usg20,45,or 90,and saned smooth after a couple coats,I m guessing the reason for the toggles is there is no framing to screw to. so its either toggle bolts,or you would have to cut and install framing in the wall and re plaster,Ji...

Home Improvement--General: Moving a bearing wall, ceiling joist, floor joist
ceiling joist, floor joist, strongback: To ROB: RE: wall moving. You can always move any wall in a regular wood frame house..The hooker is that a suitable substitute for the support must be installed..This is usually a nice big beam, that is designed to carry all the existing loads.....

Home Improvement--General: Moving a sofa from one room to the room next to it, math geek, legs feet
math geek, legs feet, basement room: Jayne, It is amazing what movers can get into and out of rooms. Well there was this little know math geek who came up with a formula Asquared + Bsquared = Csquared This is what is going to get you out of the room. Think triangle. You are more then likley...

Home Improvement--General: Moving a support post, concrete cutting company, new footing
concrete cutting company, new footing, i beam: Hello Greg, you ve described your situation very good, thank you. sometimes poeple can be very vague. this sounds ok for most part. you do need a new footing. my design might be a little overkill but its cause i don t know your code. 24...

Home Improvement--General: Musty odor in empty house, fungal spores, mold inspection
fungal spores, mold inspection, central air conditioning: Dear Natalie, First, I apologize for the delay in answering your question. I had a very similar problem with my mother s house. The usual cause of the problem is a lack of ventilation. When a house is closed up, two things happen. One is that if...

Home Improvement--General: Mylar /Humidity Problems, installing roof vents, humidity problems
installing roof vents, humidity problems, indoor humidity: Tim: I do not suspect that the platic sheet in the wall is impacting your indoor humidity - though I dread what kind of things are growing in the walls. I also do not see ventilating the attic as being an improvement. The air is wet and you need to remove...

Home Improvement--General: Mylar Problems, installing roof vents, proper ventilation
installing roof vents, proper ventilation, soffit vents: im in the state of michigan,and some contractors still use plastic at outside walls,this is not your main problem,as that is only holding back small amount of that large amount of humidity.proper atic ventilation helps,as this helps take out some moisture...

Home Improvement--General: I'm looking for easy-to-understand..., sheetrock screws, how to install a pocket door
sheetrock screws, how to install a pocket door, pocket doors: A standard pocket door is framing for the wall. The opening for the pocket is filling in the the rest of the wall. An opening of 6 (+ -) wide, 82 tall will allow a 36 pocket assembly to fit. The top of the pocket assembly dictates the width of the openig....

Home Improvement--General: how to maintain home ductwork, digital thermostat, wing nuts
digital thermostat, wing nuts, return ducts: Patti, I understanding that your cooling is not evenly distributed through the house. 1) make sure all return ducts are uncovered by furniture and curtains. 2) make sure all supply registers are open. 3) the wing nuts are most likely dampers and...

Home Improvement--General: maintenance of a balcony, elastomeric paint, wire grid
elastomeric paint, wire grid, water proof: should be repaired with a stucco mix,and if it has a stucco cap,either a water proof sealer,or a elastomeric paint to match color of existing,basically your trying to keep the water out i use different materials to do different repairs.i might use a sto...

Home Improvement--General: making a brace, horizontal leg, inverse cosine
horizontal leg, inverse cosine, question thanks: John, The way that I learned Trig functions to find the angle on a triangle is SOA CAH TOA OR Sine of the angle = Opposite/Adjacent CoSine of the angle = Adjacent/Hypotenuse Tan of the angle = Opposite/Adjacent So if you draw out the triangle and...

Home Improvement--General: making a brace, degree triangles, diagonal braces
degree triangles, diagonal braces, math calculator: John, You need to have an understanding of algebraic geometry. For the purpose of determining angles and triangulated sides look specifically into the terms hypotenuse, 90 degree triangles, Sine, Cosine and Tangent. These elements have proven relationships....

Home Improvement--General: making a half wall, load bearing wall, wall studs
load bearing wall, wall studs, floor condo: Hi Jennifer, I guess my first question is this: do you plan on removing the wall studs? I m sure you have done this but I need to ask - if you are planning on removing the wall studs have you made sure that this is not a load bearing wall? If it is what...

Home Improvement--General: making a house more energy efficient, thick brick walls, plaster walls
thick brick walls, plaster walls, brick exterior: This is kinda a toss up. Insulating the exterior is more efficient,but I would assume more costly. If the brick exterior is attractive.....be a shame to cover it. Insulating the interior would give flexibility to the ordeal. You can work around moulding...

Home Improvement--General: masonary screws, flat head screws, screw head
flat head screws, screw head, pilot hole: Todd, Use Tapcon screws, or equal. These come with a precision-sized carbide-tipped drill bit for drilling a pilot hole in the masonry. Use flat-head screws, 1-3/4 long. Drill thgrough the drywall and into the brick. The screw head should recess itself...

Home Improvement--General: masonry drilling, inch diameter hole, michael bruns
inch diameter hole, michael bruns, brick veneer: Hello I think you will do just fine with your 1/2 drill, seeing how your just needing to go through 1 brick, and brick not being very hard. Now if your wanting to drill through a 6 poured concrete wall, then I would steer you towards a hammer or percussion...

Home Improvement--General: matching baseboard trims, kitchen tile, tile floor
kitchen tile, tile floor, pennie: Hi Pennie, What do you mean the kitchen tile floor is about 1/2 higher? Do you mean 1/2 a inch, 1/2 of a tile or what? To miter up the trim means to make it come together but I m not sure from the picture what exactly you mean? Could you please be a little...

Home Improvement--General: how to measure for a replacement window, bathroom window, home depot
bathroom window, home depot, one at home: Bill, When you take the window out an opening will remain; this is your starting point. If nothing has to be done to that opening it is, in fact your rough opening. Take that measurement to the store and tell them this is the existing rough opening and...

Home Improvement--General: metal shed insulation, foam board insulation, polystyrene sheets
foam board insulation, polystyrene sheets, mildew damage: Wayne, In S. FL hot humid air is on the outside of buildings. If you insulate you should place the vapor barrier against the inside surface of the shed so you prevent moisture laden vapors from entering the building. You could place a complete vapor...

Home Improvement--General: meter base installation, pvc conduit, meter base
pvc conduit, meter base, amp meter: The center line of the meter needs to be near 60 from grade. Depending on whether you are using a flush mount or surface mount the conduit application differs. Surface mount, should use 2 rigid conduit into a PVC conduit coming out of the ground. It...

Home Improvement--General: microwave, driving nails, little gap
driving nails, little gap, wood glue: Kay, I had the same thing in my house. What I did is installed the shelf but I framed it. Here is what I did. I bought some 1X2 boards. Cut them to size (flush with cabinet front) and installed them on the sides of the opening. Then stained them...

Home Improvement--General: mildew smell in tub drain, plumbing vents, roof plumbing
plumbing vents, roof plumbing, slow drain: I would suggest Pinesol. It is a disinfectant deodorizer. After that...baking soda. Keep in mind that all drains have a water trap under them. The water remains to prevent sewar gases from entering the living space. It may seem strange, but if you put...

Home Improvement--General: mildew, air travels, adequate ventilation
air travels, adequate ventilation, foundation vents: Bob, I could spend a lot of time discussing all of the ins and outs of vapor, condensation, permeability, etc., however, my experience tells me to do the obvious, if it works, get on with life. If it doesn t then look for the next step. Obviously you...

Home Improvement--General: How to minimize door slamming, metal receiver, door jamb
metal receiver, door jamb, thanks in advance: A closer might be a solution, but most likely the door keeper needs adjusting. That s the metal receiver on the door jamb that the latch fits into when closed. You should be able to move it toward the door side of the jamb and ease the pressure necessary to...

Home Improvement--General: Some minor repair work estimates, wood fillers, concrete patch
wood fillers, concrete patch, minor cracks: KD, Without actually seeing the repair items it is virtually impossible to estimate cost to repair. However, the nature of the problems you relate seems very minor. Chipped concrete can be repaired with readily available products which you can find...

Home Improvement--General: mirror removal, commercial drywall, contractor expert
commercial drywall, contractor expert, honest bob: To be honest Bob, I ve never had to do it. I don t do too many demo s. Some remodels, but mostly new residential and commercial drywall. I m not sure who to tell you to ask. Best I can think of would be to look for a general contractor expert that s done...

Home Improvement--General: mirror removal, liquid nails, sheetrock
liquid nails, sheetrock, bathroom wall: I will tell you the truth. Everytime I take one of the mirrors down, I cringe....expecting it to break... So far, only one mirror in 25 yrs has broken on me. It pulls the sheetrock apart before it breaks. Take every precaution you can...but it may surprise...

Home Improvement--General: miter cuts for molding, handy guy, miters
handy guy, miters, website thanks: If you re just mitering 1/4 round into or around square cornered windows, you should be able to hold your stock with the flat side against the table and fence of your chop saw. Set your saw to 45 degrees and cut your stock from short point to short point...

Home Improvement--General: miter saw, better chance, slider
better chance, slider, chop: Joe, It is all going to depend on the size of wood that you are trying to cut. The larger the wood the better chance that you need the slider miter. I think that for what you are talking about doing you want a compound Miter saw. Not a sliding miter....

Home Improvement--General: mobile home vapor barrier, lumber store, polyethylene sheet
lumber store, polyethylene sheet, vapor barrier: TO SCOTT RE : VAPOR BARRIER A vapor barrier for mobile home use, is supposed to be installed similar to the crawl space method... If you really need one it depends on the the material that is under the home...If your on a solid concrete...

Home Improvement--General: mobile home I want to tape and tecture, swirl pattern, paint roller
swirl pattern, paint roller, wet paint: Donna, You don t say what your walls are made of or if they are covered with any type of finish like wallpaper. Assuming the walls are paneling, hardboard, or covered drywall, the basic method is to prime the wall surface (use Zinsser 1-2-3) then flat...

Home Improvement--General: moisture in basement, concrete patch, concrete supply
concrete patch, concrete supply, concrete materials: Robert, Yes you can. There different products for different situations but all are available from concrete supply stores. I would suggest you go to your Yellow pages and look for Concrete Products or Concrete Materials & Testing. These companies specialize...

Home Improvement--General: moisture in double pane windows, double pane windows, glass unit
double pane windows, glass unit, glass suppliers: Steve, I know of no way to do this in the field. I would simply buy a new glass unit. Replacement units are sold by most door & sash companies, fixed glass suppliers, etc. They run about $100. You need to look at your door to see how to take out the...

Home Improvement--General: moisture inside wall, wall construction, bedroom window
wall construction, bedroom window, condensation: Hi Jane, It s very hard for me to say without looking at the situation. It is very possible that the landlord is correct. Even though the A/C is sealed it still produces considerable condensation that may be dripping from the unit. I would scrub the discoloration...

Home Improvement--General: moisture in shed, promblem, humidistat
promblem, humidistat, vapor barrier: Hello Craig, If the space under floor is accessible, you can put a 6 mil poly vapor barrier under it. Also, a small fan with a humidistat detecting the humidity in the air, should reduce the rust. I have to use this set up for some of my storage. Almost...

Home Improvement--General: moisture in yhe attic, attic exhaust fans, wet insulation
attic exhaust fans, wet insulation, ridge vent: Mike, There are many details necessary to give a clear statement as to the problem and solution, however, I can give you some observations and comments. Depending on the type of roof the best venting system is with a continuous soffit and continuous...

Home Improvement--General: mold, clorox bleach, mildew mold
clorox bleach, mildew mold, indoor pollutants: Hi Deana, You know I really don t. But I get asked about mold problems quite often. I ve been told by a painter friend that the best you can do is to increase the venting and keep the area well sealed (keep the paint and caulking in good shape). If the...

Home Improvement--General: mold, black mold, infestations
black mold, infestations, spores: Deana, I would think that MOLD is a deal killer. But for the right price I think I would take on the challenge. First I would not try and get rid of the mold on my own I would definately hire this out to the professionals. They have the equipment and the...

Home Improvement--General: mold, mold inspections, black mold
mold inspections, black mold, clorox: California has hurt us big time with the Mold scare. Most mold is treatable with simple means. Clorox, lysol, tilex, etc. Most mold inspections list a multitude of molds that are present under almost all conditions. There are only 2 (that I know OF) that...

Home Improvement--General: mold??, top of the stairs, dampness
top of the stairs, dampness, termites: Most molds have little or NO odor....unless it is a musty dampness. This doesnt sound like an area where plumbing should be....it would show somewhere. Worst case would be an infestation of ...say termites, roaches, ants....etc. I wish I could be more...

Home Improvement--General: mold, lath and plaster, wood lath
lath and plaster, wood lath, wall cavity: does the wall cavity have mold in it,or is the plaster just rotted in a few areas.thats the big question.??? rotted wood lath,and plaster,can be musty,after opening up wall to repair is it black,and damp.???? you might be alergic to the dust from repairs,also...

Home Improvement--General: mold, pop up camper, jeff cohn
pop up camper, jeff cohn, fogging machine: Your first problem is moisture. Moisture feeds the possible mold or mildew making the smell( this is an assumption because I m not there to see it). If this is correct then you need to find out why moisture is building up. Posible ways moisture is building...

Home Improvement--General: mold, freeze line, conventional frame
freeze line, conventional frame, brick stone: Moisture, humidity, and weather will all affect the body at different times. Respiratory, is a bit different..air borne particulate is more serious. Depending on your area of the country, your freeze line is where it starts. You need to get to that point...

Home Improvement--General: mold on clothing in cedar closet, types of mold, insect screen
types of mold, insect screen, acceptable environment: Randy, You are right about keeping the cedar closet closed - to keep bugs out. But there still needs to be air circulation and/or dehumidification. Mold will grow most anywhere that the temperature and humidity are an acceptable environment. There are...

Home Improvement--General: mold due to poor circulation under floor, liquid bleach, porch area
liquid bleach, porch area, poor circulation: Scarlet: I assume the desire is to kill it so you don t smell it? You are allowed to cut holes into structural members, based on size and location of hole, so you could put round soffit vents in the sides the porch to help ventilate below. Check...

Home Improvement--General: mold on interior walls, bristle brush, bleach solution
bristle brush, bleach solution, brick exterior: Lance Take some water and bleach solution and clean the mold off the areas. You may need to use a soft bristle brush to get most if not all of it off. Now let it dry for a couple of days. Poke at it with your finger to see if the areas are soft. IF...

Home Improvement--General: mold removal, household bleach, bristle brush
household bleach, bristle brush, mold removal: Cindy, The simplest and cheapest way to remove mold is with household bleach, mixed 1/3 bleach 2/3 water. Just scrub with a stiff bristle brush, then rinse and dry. You can then apply a product like Kilz which will seal the wood. If you have mold...

Home Improvement--General: mold on stairs, dennis ng, jeff cohn
dennis ng, jeff cohn, relative humidity: Where there is mold there is moisture. You have a source of mositure coming from somewhere. It could be a high relative humidity in the house or a spring in the ground under the concrete. You could have a leak that somehow is going under the stairs. These...

Home Improvement--General: mold on stairs, dennis ng, home depot
dennis ng, home depot, pressure treated wood: Dennis, You should have cut the stringer rise for the first riseer 1.5 less than all other risers and added a plate of pressure treated 2x under the stringers. Concrete absorbs moisture from the ground and releases it onto and into whatever it comes...

Home Improvement--General: mold on walls, drywall plaster, bleach solution
drywall plaster, bleach solution, water area: Larry, Is it green? Black? brown? spots in a general area. Then it is most likely mold. If you take a bleach solution and some warm water and a sponge it should wash off with a little scrubbing. If it is coming from a water area from behind the wall then...

Home Improvement--General: mold, mold remediation, wall sheathing
mold remediation, wall sheathing, bleach solution: Deana, It sounds like the source is the lack of venting and shower/bath vapors are condensing on the ceiling. A professional should be able to inspect and give you proper advice as to actions to take. If the problem is as you suspect you will probably...

Home Improvement--General: molding, luck steve, ceramic tile
luck steve, ceramic tile, molding: Hi Joe, In case you haven t had your question answered I am giving ou a couple of ideas: You have several choices. You can miter it up so that it matches or you can rip the baseboard by 3/4 to make it totally even. That is a lot of work but it makes...

Home Improvement--General: moldy smell, pop up camper, open boxes
pop up camper, open boxes, pinesol: You might need to empty the camper and look for a cause of the odors. It may be something that is continuing to give off the odor...masking would only be temporary. Pinesol is a good deodorizer, ordorizer. Put a couple of open boxes of baking soda in there...

Home Improvement--General: mosaic tile over faux brick?, durabond 90, brick surface
durabond 90, brick surface, faux brick: David, From your description you have uncovered a layer of black mastic, a troweled adhesive for applying certain types of tiles, fake bricks, etc. I don t know how large your work area is, but I believe I would remove the bricks and then proceed as...

Home Improvement--General: mounting tv above fireplace, antenae, plug ins
antenae, plug ins, plasma tv: I hope you have a hollow wall. It is possible to drill a hole in the top plate in the attic and run a coax and a circuit to the approximate location for the plug ins. Keep in mind, if this is possible for you...keep a 12 separation from the antenae to the...

Home Improvement--General: moving house gate, brick column, spirit level
brick column, spirit level, cocreate: hi you will need a hammer and bolster to take it down. clean off the bricks. to re-build dig a hole big enough in width about 2 foot deep. you will need to put in hole about 6 cocreate in depth. to build column use a 5 to 1 mix. ( building sand to cement...

Home Improvement--General: mud for knockdown, hey jim, knockdown
hey jim, knockdown, trowel: Hi Dennis, It can be...it s what I do when I do patch work. You can also buy dry texture mix at a drywall supplier. Either will work fine for the whole house. If you re going to use mud, get all-purpose or taping mud as opposed to the (topping) or finish...

Home Improvement--General: Nail guns, size nails, molding project
size nails, molding project, nail guns: Doug, You will have a better selection with the air powered guns and in my opinion they work better. It is a much larger investment because you also have to have an air compressor to use it. But if you do not have a need for an air compressor or the room...

Home Improvement--General: Nails bending when installing moulding, cement plaster, ceiling joist
cement plaster, ceiling joist, metal lath: TO CARYN RE : nails bending This sounds like an older house with the harden cement plaster...This type of old plaster can be like concrete...Also your are probably nailing near the corners,,up by the ceiling...There maybe old metal lath behind...

Home Improvement--General: Nails, sherry sherry, luck steve
sherry sherry, luck steve, prybar: Sherry, This can be difficult, especially if the nails were driven with a powder-actuated tool. They often grip really well. I ve done the following: (1) Use a long prybar with a nail-pulling slot, 2 -3 long. The nail will release suddenly, and...

Home Improvement--General: Nasty Celing, lumps and bumps, textured paint
lumps and bumps, textured paint, old paint: You are undertaking a sizable job. You may want to re float the kitchen ceiling to help level it out. You can use texture rollers and put a bit of joint compound into the paint...one coat its painted and textured. Sand blasting does work, but it tends to...

Home Improvement--General: Natural stone in a basement absorbs moisture?, exterior waterproofing, kitchens and baths
exterior waterproofing, kitchens and baths, carpet on the floor: Janet & Steve, All concrete, cement, cement block, etc. will absorb moisture from the earth. Stone, which granite is, marble, etc. are used in kitchens and baths regularly. These are wet areas and have no problems with stone. If the basement has a...

Home Improvement--General: Need your opinion on a product, graco 395, commercial painters
graco 395, commercial painters, pittsburgh paint: Dino, First, don t buy new; search out the sprayer repair shops in your locale. Most of them sell re-conditioned equipment at attractive prices, and you know they have been brought up to a good working condition. Pittsburgh Paint, Benjamin Moore, Porter...

Home Improvement--General: Need your opinion on a product, paint sprayer, rental buildings
paint sprayer, rental buildings, recomendations: Hi Dean, I m sorry but I don t even own a sprayer for my business use. I ve thought about it a few times, but I ve always sub d the PVA and spray texture out, and have no desire to bid painting work. You might want to send this question to one of the painting...

Home Improvement--General: Need your opinion on a product, professional paint, paint sprayer
professional paint, paint sprayer, shape thanks: cant help you much there,but a good professional paint store will put you on target,im guessing around 300 to 400 for good one,graco make some great sprayers.repcolite here handle some good line,and you want tip options too,jim i gave you my answer,i have...

Home Improvement--General: Neo-Angle Shower Installation, tile grout, tiled showers
tile grout, tiled showers, fiberglass walls: i think the base should be attached directly to the studs more important is it should not be butted against the sheetrock. the sheetrock is suppose to be a second water barrier and if the water running down the sheetrock isn t directed back the base...

Home Improvement--General: Neo-angle 3 piece shower surround, hot glue gun, latex glue
hot glue gun, latex glue, liquid nails: HI There! it sounds like you ve got a defective unit, if you are following all of their instructions and it is still not working... i would contact the company and ask them to send a representative to inspect the unit. if it is defective, they should replace...

Home Improvement--General: New bathtub backer board question., cement backerboard, cast iron tub
cement backerboard, cast iron tub, backer board: Just to state a difference...hardibacker vs wonderboard. Wonderboard is better for tiles but will not carry the weight of the tub. Hardibacker is easier to work with, but more difficult to work tile, it suckes the moisture out of the adhesive too fast. ...

Home Improvement--General: New Front Door, glass front, hinges
glass front, hinges, hinge: Take lots of measurements. It may only have a small faction of room to work in. Make sure the hinges align, the lock strike aligns, the thickness is the same, the weather stripping will seal properly. It may be a simple swap out. Check and double check...

Home Improvement--General: New Driveway, recommended depth, insurance certificate
recommended depth, insurance certificate, training seminars: Hi Paul! Congrats on the new house! Here are a few tips to help you out: 1. Make sure that you get estimates from insured contractors. Ask to see their insurance certificate even before they come to your house. 2. Ask what they specialize in, residential...

Home Improvement--General: New finished basement problem, roof leak, 2x6
roof leak, 2x6, foundation wall: Tiffany, I would contact a home inspection expert in your area. Have them inspect the area and give you some recommendations on how to fix it if they think it is wrong. They are not contractors and will not repair it. THey are just inspector and are...

Home Improvement--General: New Home - Now Problems, chimney stack, chimney pot
chimney stack, chimney pot, rain water: hi this is a common problem on old houses. normally the rain comes down the chimnep pot and soakers through poor pointing in the brickwork. a few of things that normally can be done if you haven t done them already are. 1) re-new/re-point lead flashing around...

Home Improvement--General: New House, sweat equity program, sheathing panels
sweat equity program, sheathing panels, first time homeowner: Dear Janette, Sure, I would recommend that you have it checked out, to make sure that nothing serious is going on. An experienced home inspector will usually be able to see the attic and perhaps other parts of the structure and see if anything strange...

Home Improvement--General: New home problems, hot water heater, builder warranty
hot water heater, builder warranty, punchlist: TO MARK RE; 2nd answer Condo problems... About your concerns,, Next to last sentence,This is all a legal Question What did all the written matl. say or indicate... Get the attorney.. Its his call on these matters...NEVER have any real estate dealings...

Home Improvement--General: New home problems, daviess county kentucky, drainage tile
daviess county kentucky, drainage tile, price per square foot: Hello Charlie, I have waited till I had more time to address these concerns so that more time could be given to them. Time is of the essence on these matters for you. When you proceed, you need to be as correct as possible. First of all, it is always cheaper...

Home Improvement--General: New home water supply issues, chlorine injection, wells and septic systems
chlorine injection, wells and septic systems, cow human: TO JEFF RE: WELL BAD WATER. Jeff--You need the legal help on your side..Contact the local County Board of Health...They are the complete authority on rural wells and septic systems.. See if those clowns got a permit for the well and...

Home Improvement--General: New shower, cement backer board, cement board
cement backer board, cement board, would like your opinion: Hello Mark, We are alos paranoid about leaks too. Felt deteriorates over time. We wrap the studding with 6 mil poly sheathing. Stip the studs with ice and water dam shield on the bottom 4 . It is self healing for any fasteners going into the studding. The...

Home Improvement--General: New shower, smooth curve, arched doorway
smooth curve, arched doorway, sheetrock: Hi Mark, You can bend the sheetrock (even green board if you choose to use it) and most of the time, without it breaking. Cut a piece wide enough for the inside of the arch, but leave it 4 to 6 long. Wet the drywall piece and lean it against the wall,...

Home Improvement--General: New windows - BC Cabin, aluminum spacers, lbl windows
aluminum spacers, lbl windows, thermal windows: Never heard of them... I would go with Home Depot. In my case I went with sliders.... simple with no gears to freeze or fail. I have had few seals fail but they have improved the technology since the days when my windows were built....

Home Improvement--General: Newly Paved Ashpalt Driveway, tire marks, gouges
tire marks, gouges, driveways: Hi Renee! No doubt that you are disappointed that you just spent all this money and you can t even turn around in your own driveway! What the paving company should have told you is that asphalt needs some time to cure (sometimes up to a year) but because...

Home Improvement--General: Noise barrier, highway curves, noise barrier
highway curves, noise barrier, especailly: Michelle, A wall can help IF it is installed in the correct location. I doubt you are going to eliminate noise that is just down the hill (?). In my experience road noise will carry miles. It seems like your best alternative is to do some selective planting...

Home Improvement--General: Noise pollution, game buzzer, cellulose insulation
game buzzer, cellulose insulation, elderly neighbor: Hello Mark, Yes, install another pane of glass over window openings that is installed at a different angle than those you have. For example, if the first or prime windows are installed plumb/vertical, then make this pane off plumb by 3-5 degrees. This is...

Home Improvement--General: Noise pollution, game buzzer, elderly neighbor
game buzzer, elderly neighbor, noise pollution: Mark: Sorry to hear of your circumstance. It sounds like a case of first come first served. I do not expect that sound deadening the windows would be enough. Sound will come through walls as well. You can try putting foam rubber in/over the window opening(s)....

Home Improvement--General: Noisy Door, tops and bottoms, oil grease
tops and bottoms, oil grease, bathroom doors: If oil, grease, or graphite don t work then I would pull the hinge pins out, remove the door from the hinges and sand the hinge pins with a metallic sand paper or emory cloth. Also sand the tops and bottoms of each hinge ring, both those on the door jamb...

Home Improvement--General: Noisy Door, genuine allexperts expert, bathroom doors
genuine allexperts expert, bathroom doors, roomate: Hello Unfortunatly the slam of the door and the click of the latch are sounds that are going to occur when you close any door, so not much you can do to mask them other than earplugs?!?! Sorry I couldnt help! Good luck! Let me know how you do or if I...

Home Improvement--General: Noisy Door, screw holes, lumber yard
screw holes, lumber yard, bathroom doors: Hello Gary, Please do not use Graphite if you have all ready used a liquid solvent (wd-40), think- liquid plus powder make paste. Very common mistake , have actually had to replace door knobs. The knob itself might be too tight causing a noise from...

Home Improvement--General: Noisy Pest, field mice, cousin mark
field mice, cousin mark, distant cousins: Hey Sharon, This is the annual moving/migration of field mice from the field to the warmest place possible fro the winter; your home. Been there, done that in the old NW Territory States. Let s see now... My cousin first cousin Mark lives in Ohio now....

Home Improvement--General: Noisy Water Fountain, water foutain, foam material
water foutain, foam material, flow volume: Hi June, Yes reducing the water flow volume will reduce the noise level. Noise levels are percieved much louder and objectionable in small enclosed areas. My only suggestion, which may not be possible. Would be to fabricate a stand to support an impact...

Home Improvement--General: Non-weight Bearing Columns, transition space, hello bill
transition space, hello bill, carpet floor: Hi Bill, This is very difficult to answer without actually seeing the situation or at least pictures. It has been my experience that the columns should not squeak whether they are load bearing or not. I would ask the builder to tighten up all the columns...

Home Improvement--General: Notice damp carpet edges around bottom floor borad under window., carpet edges, damp carpet
carpet edges, damp carpet, window assembly: Keep in mind that the wind will make water run uphill. Capilary atraction will make water run uphill. You need to look for any possible holes, cracks, blemishes that could allow moisture, not just water, to infiltrate the exterior. Check the window assembly...

Home Improvement--General: nailer, wood applications, finish nailer
wood applications, finish nailer, work ie: Joe, Yes! They are different nails. A brad nail is a small nail use mostly in thin wood applications. A finish nailer is for finish work. IE baseboards or a little thicker wood. Some finish nailers can also fire brad nails. If you can find one just...

Home Improvement--General: need to cover walls, tile board, particle board
tile board, particle board, metal edge: Vicki, Without seeing the wall I could not guess what you actually have on the wall. But I think that a home builder would not use something that is not strong enough to hold tile. If you think that you would like to tackle this I think that you could...

Home Improvement--General: new asphalt driveway--winter coming, new asphalt driveway, kitty litter
new asphalt driveway, kitty litter, sealcoating: Hi Heather! I am so so sorry that it took so long to get back to you--I just realized that you had asked the question. For some reason my e-mail didn t alert me! First of all, let me applaud you for your smart thinking! Most people don t realize or...

Home Improvement--General: new concrete driveway, computer etiquette, contractors insurance
computer etiquette, contractors insurance, brown stain: Roger, First a little computer etiquette: All CAPS means that you are yelling at me. I know this is upsetting but I am just here to help :) Not sure how it can be lignite in concrete. Lignite is a coal and not normally found in concrete. If I...

Home Improvement--General: new construction windows, aluminum siding, brickmold
aluminum siding, brickmold, construction windows: Hi Jack, If the drip cap covers the top of the window and is only too big, it should be fine. You can measure and add on wood strips by glueing or caulking them to the window or directly to the drip cap itself just for looks if nothing else, but is not...

Home Improvement--General: new fence, south east wisconsin, lumber yard
south east wisconsin, lumber yard, stock size: hello Billy, I can t really quote prices for your state but I can give you some tips. 1x6x6 cedar is a stock size (I live in Oregon) so take 2.2 boards times your 51 and you will know the dogeared needed. Figure post at 7 on center -add one extra and...

Home Improvement--General: new Jeld_wen bay window seat leak, hex nuts, roofing experts
hex nuts, roofing experts, seat board: Hopefully you used a caulking that was a polyurethane based product or 100% silicone. Don t use anything with the word LATEX in it. Latex is a water based product that will wash off the window. The others won t wash off, so please be careful. Let me know...

Home Improvement--General: new roof/vinyl siding, soffit and fascia, metal drip edge
soffit and fascia, metal drip edge, concrete porch: Steve, You don t need to hang the plywood over at all, or at most 1/8 . I assume that you will be using a metal drip edge at the lower terminus of the shingles. Aluminum or vinyl fascia is very thin, and will readily slide up under the face of the drip...

Home Improvement--General: new shower/bathroom, mold mildew, mold problems
mold mildew, mold problems, arcylic: Hi Mark, A buider I worked for years ago called us (tapers) mudslingers. So I can t really take credit for being that original. As for the bathroom...you can use green board for all the walls and ceilings in the bath (most commercial buildings are done...

Home Improvement--General: put a new window in a brick home?, wall components, wall structure
wall components, wall structure, delayed response: Hi Ann, Sorry for the delayed response, but we seemed to have had a hurricane here and it slowed my responses down a bit :) Everytime I m asked the question Can it be done my answer is always yes, it you have the time and money, anything is...

Home Improvement--General: newly poured garage floor cracking, freeze thaw, subsurface drainage
freeze thaw, subsurface drainage, northern climate: Mary, I don t know what type of foundation your new garage has. Since it is detached, it is possible it was build on a slab only (with no perimeter frostwall foundation) in order to save substantial costs. If this is the case, the slab will generally...

Home Improvement--General: noise from basement, ranch townhouse, thermal expansion and contraction
ranch townhouse, thermal expansion and contraction, expansion and contraction: Dear Kim, Thanks for your question. No expert is going to be able to answer this definitively without a site visit, so just like with the other person, I can only guess. Scratching noises are surprisingly common in homes, but the usual cause is mice...

Home Improvement--General: noise reduction, wgow, insulating material
wgow, insulating material, interior walls: Hi Dick, Yes, cellulose or foam sprayed into the wall cavities will do the trick from you. It is a mess, but it works. Think of it all this way? Anything connected directly to anything else must not be a conductor for sound. It so in your wall system, it...

Home Improvement--General: non-weight bearing pillars, decorative pillars, liquid nails
decorative pillars, liquid nails, lowe s: Most pillars and columns are for shear beauty. The load bearing post is in the column. There are several stores here in Vegas that sell such deco columns, but for a national resource, it may be a bit harder. I will caution you that tho you dont have...

Home Improvement--General: Oak floor, hardwood floor refinish, mountains and valleys
hardwood floor refinish, mountains and valleys, ed beach: Hello Ed, First of all, it is great to meet another fellow Tennessean here! We are located in Chattanooga. Yes, I am loving the colors, and fearing this night will bring an end to the great colors we have here. It is nothing less that georgous here both in...

Home Improvement--General: Odor in Basement, rotten eggs, chlorox
rotten eggs, chlorox, sewer gas: Dear Rick, My advice is to hire an experienced home inspector who has successfully solved this type of problem before. Go to: http://www.pro-ashi.com/ and select someone who thinks they can offer help. The reason I recommend an inspector is that you...

Home Improvement--General: Oil & Chip, paved driveways, loose chips
paved driveways, loose chips, rock chips: Here are two good explanations of the process; http://www.co.josephine.or.us/pw/Chip%20Sealing%202002.htm http://www.slurry.com/cont_chipseal.shtml it s a surface treatment that is not as good as asphalt or concrete - but it is much less expeensive....

Home Improvement--General: Oil fired hot water heater, hot water heater, oil fired hot water heater
hot water heater, oil fired hot water heater, hot water heaters: TO FRANK RE: oil H/W TANK This sounds like your tank maybe has some combustion problems... Oil firing devices require more testing and adjustment than any other... The oil to air firing ratio is very important...They usually tend to fire with too...

Home Improvement--General: Oil leaking from roof, blow the roof, story houses
blow the roof, story houses, wind blow: Chances are you are in good shape. The crackling can be part of the same process as the sap. The wood would not have to shift much to crackle considering the loss of the sap which assisted in its flexibilty. The older the wood gets, the harder it gets....

Home Improvement--General: Oil leaking from roof, pine oil, joanne
pine oil, joanne, fingers: Joanne: I can t say I understand your situation. What kind of roof do you have? Why do you define the substance as oil? What does it smell like? Is it slick when rubbed between you fingers? What is it leaking into? How do you know it is coming from...

Home Improvement--General: OLD MASONITE / NEW HARDIPLANK, masonite siding, wall cavity
masonite siding, wall cavity, rain splash: Hello Chris, Since the masonite siding is acting this way, your wall has sheathing and is not draining. Water is getting behind the masonite siding and forcing its way out at the weakest spots. The siding is telling you this when you see the puckering around...

Home Improvement--General: OLD WINDOWS, elbow grease, razor blade
elbow grease, razor blade, old windows: best way i know is using a razor blade to try to break seal between window and frame. also GENTLE tapping with hammer. you might ask at home immprovement place about some chemicals that would work i have never used them, but know they exist. elbow grease...

Home Improvement--General: Old Glass Pipeline from a Dairy Barn, john deere company, floor joists
john deere company, floor joists, dairy families: This sounds great. I hope I can help. I would start with an electrical conduit approach. There is a channel that holds and suspends piping around warehouses. With a rubber sleeve or tape, it could grip the glass tubing securely and not crack it. PVC...

Home Improvement--General: Old Home Siding Problem, siding problem, sheetmetal shop
siding problem, sheetmetal shop, corner moulding: I think they were called bevel corner nosing. They are made out of aluminum mostly. Any good sheetmetal shop can make them for you. If you have the time, you could create a jig and make them yourself. Just tear one off and see how simple they really are....

Home Improvement--General: Old Home Siding Problem, siding problem, corner moulding
siding problem, corner moulding, home siding: Hello JC, Yes, this allexpert.com can be time consuming. Those corner metal flashings are custom made at a local sheet metal shop. Teardrop siding from the Roaring Twenties was simply not honored by the locals. Remember, Craftsman is a brand name of Sears....

Home Improvement--General: Old Home Siding Problem, siding problem, corner moulding
siding problem, corner moulding, home siding: JC: I can t see much from the link to the house photo. I can t make out anything on the garage corners and have not come across something that might be a metal corner for wood siding. Are you sure it isn t just aluminum corner material wrapped over a...

Home Improvement--General: Old plaster repair, rock lath, wet plaster
rock lath, wet plaster, plaster board: i asume the mesh is in corners and under windows,the plaster board should be rock lath durring the 50,s.many plasters added tint color to top or finish coat,they probably used a kene cement sand finish,and some times might be alittle soft or brittle. you...

Home Improvement--General: Opening Ceiling to attic, nasty suprise, wood paneling
nasty suprise, wood paneling, proper layout: It sounds like you re trying to build a coffered cieling recess, but, not being able to see the job...I would recommend you consult a local carpenter or remodeler for proper layout. Engineering really isn t an issue, but remember: Whenever you modify the...

Home Improvement--General: Outdoor Fireplace, building an outdoor fireplace, concrete block construction
building an outdoor fireplace, concrete block construction, stainless steel inserts: Think about this. A house that catches fire burns at 2500 degrees. Wood burns at 1800 degrees. A single 2x4 can reach 850 degrees. A metal stud warps at 400 degrees. Is this making any sense to you. A woodburning fireplace is a masonry unit. An insert...

Home Improvement--General: Outdoor Grill Island, porcelain tiles, slate patio
porcelain tiles, slate patio, outdoor durability: Your most important consideration is the outdoors durability. Natural stone will absorb water/moisture and possibly freeze and shatter. It is rare, but it has happened. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the best suited for price. Corian is the best option....

Home Improvement--General: Outdoor Grill Island, porcelain tile, slate patio
porcelain tile, slate patio, outdoor durability: Marc, A few thoughts: Slate can certainly be sealed against water and grease absorption. There are a variety of products out there that can do the job. Contact a local stone supplier or stone setter for locally-available products, or just do a web...

Home Improvement--General: Outdoor Grills, natural gas grills, vermont castings
natural gas grills, vermont castings, weber genesis: Hello Most grills that have that cover on the bottom of the frame are usually doing so to hide the propane tank. More of a cosmetic thing I guess, where the Weber grill hangs theres on the side (by hanging it you also get a guage as to the gas level in...

Home Improvement--General: Outdoor Painting (Decorative Shutters), plastic shutters, decorative shutters
plastic shutters, decorative shutters, outdoor painting: Hi Phil, 1) water 2) per manufacturer 3) gloss and then flatten if you wish? Gloss will retain color better. 4) recommend Hunter Green because it is traditional and true to the Victorians. Victorian colors are the mainstays. All of the others go and come...

Home Improvement--General: Outside recess lighting in eaves, recess lighting, insulation board
recess lighting, insulation board, eave: Hello DJ, You have to have framing materials somewhere around where you wish to mount these lights. Kits are available with the remodel cans for mounting these to the framing of the home. Second, you should be able to access this eave area from the inside...

Home Improvement--General: Outside Wall Repair, sheetrock screws, sheetrock repair
sheetrock screws, sheetrock repair, exterior siding: Hi Gene, The standard procedure for hole repair of this type would to cut a piece of plywood the same size of the exterior hole and mount that piece to another piece of plywood cut about 1 1/2 longer top and bottom. Put a screw in the center of the...

Home Improvement--General: Overflowing toilet, ball point pen, overflowing toilet
ball point pen, overflowing toilet, tile floor: For all the effort you have expended so far....take it apart and work from the bottom up. You will have the advantage of using whatever tool you have available to push thru the entire trap area and remove or retrieve the item. It wont take 30 minutes to...

Home Improvement--General: Overflowing toliet, toilet, tank
toilet, tank: Hello, I don t know exactly. your tank is working. it something to do with the draining. my toilet gets high and then it releases and it all get flushed down. personaly i d just buy a new toilet base. sorry, i m not an expert at the detailed...

Home Improvement--General: Overhead Ceiling fan, wood screws, ceiling fan
wood screws, ceiling fan, washers: The weights need to be as close to the motor as possible. I would suggest some very small washers...and a couple of short wood screws to hold them. One blade at a time. When you start seeing improvement...add more washers. It may take washers on 3 opposing...

Home Improvement--General: Oversized door installation, exterior french doors, installation question
exterior french doors, installation question, bearing wall: Mark: 1) I assume this is a question on structure and not a door installation question. For door installation try your library - the installation can be involved. 2) Determine if the wall is a bearing wall. 3) If so - reference the IBC (international...

Home Improvement--General: oak refinish, furniture cleaner, oil soap
furniture cleaner, oil soap, furniture polish: Hello Gabe, Discoloring of kitchen cabinets come appear because of amberizing of the poly finish, tobacco, grease, and/or water or alcohol from Pledge or other similar based furniture cleaner. Sometimes, sunlight plays a role, but the report will say that...

Home Improvement--General: odor in basement, water seepage, sewer dept
water seepage, sewer dept, south exposure: Hello Greg, and I m sorry you re having so much trouble finding the cause of the problem. The good news is that you seem to have eliminated a couple of suspected causes. I have a couple of suggestions. First, there may be a sewer leak under the floor or...

Home Improvement--General: odor in old home, hot water radiator, waterproofing system
hot water radiator, waterproofing system, south exposure: TO GREG RE; bad smell.... GREG IN HOUSES IN YOUR AGE BRACKET, THE MOST COMMON SMELLS ARE FROM SEWER GAS AND/OR MOLD... Send me some more info ..What did the B-dry people do ,,,what type of furnace and it s efficiency,,,how much digging did they do,,,...

Home Improvement--General: How often should you refinish ?, spar varnish, window sashes
spar varnish, window sashes, timberframe home: Joy, Let s deal with the inside first. Theorhetically, if the interior t&g was finished with polyurethane it never needs to be refinished; you can just clean it with something like Murphy Soap. If you want to give the finish a fresh look you can put a...

Home Improvement--General: oil stains on interlocking brick driveway, oil stains, brick driveway
oil stains, brick driveway, interlocking brick: BARRY ---RE: OIL STAINS Barry-- trying to get oil out and off of a masonary surface can be a difficult task.. There are some good concrete cleaners available at the home Depot type stores or one of the companies that sells concrete supplys.......

Home Improvement--General: old ceiling, hurricane force winds, lath rock
hurricane force winds, lath rock, lath and plaster: Dear JT, To answer your question, it depends on the type of lath. Wood lath does not provide any significant structural support. The fasteners are too tiny and the structure may rotate without resistance from the lath. Most homes with this type of lath...

Home Improvement--General: old home with odd smell from possible plumbing, clorox bleach, cleaning mildew
clorox bleach, cleaning mildew, cloth products: Nicholas: My guess is the hot tub below. If it isn t completely enclosed in its own water tight chamber it would be next to impossible to ventilate it enough to take out all the moisture that rises off its surface. You may be getting mildew growing in the...

Home Improvement--General: old insulation, dust mask, trash man
dust mask, trash man, garbage bags: Mignon, Being that the house is 75 years old I would be very weary of removing that stuff. I would tend to say if it is original it would be asbestos. You do not want to get involved in the removal of asbestos. When it becomes airborne the fibers will...

Home Improvement--General: old windows, dead air space, vacuum type
dead air space, vacuum type, car noise: The dual pane process is a vacuum type seal. The glass is held apart by a metal bead, the glass is surrounded by a rubber seal and the air is extracted to create a minor vacuum. This process is not a field process. You have the option of creating a void...

Home Improvement--General: other, story apartment, apartment style
story apartment, apartment style, blow dryer: This sounds severe. If you have acess to the area above, it may require further inspection to find the cause of the fungal infestation. Bleach might be the answer, but I am not sure that is the total resolve. You may need a blow dryer to cook the area...

Home Improvement--General: outlet, white bottom, dangerous situation
white bottom, dangerous situation, receptacles: Hey, Fred: You are fearless, and in a dangerous situation, so be careful. This request was forwarded to me by a registered expert. I am an unregistered person who was forwarded your request before the allexperts person refused to answer (properly.)...

Home Improvement--General: outside window cement cills, tapcon screws, tapcons
tapcon screws, tapcons, cement block: it sounds like you have reinforced concrete. are the metal rods are ribbed? either way to repair chipped concrete: i m guessing that if metal is exposed its somewhere between 1 and 2 of concrete falling off. the overall process is to add anchors...

Home Improvement--General: PANELING, wood paneling, liquid nails
wood paneling, liquid nails, wood studs: Scott, To do the wanes coating, wood on bottom, wall on top you are going to havve to take down the panelling and start over. Then sheet rock the whole thing, then put the wood on and then the chair rail to cover the little differance in the wood and...

Home Improvement--General: PANELING, wood paneling, liquid nails
wood paneling, liquid nails, wood studs: Hi Scott, Man, where do I start? Lots of questions here. I guess I should say that I m not sure I can give you a single definative answer. There are lots of ways to go. You could; a) remove the paneling and install new drywall floor to ceiling, save...

Home Improvement--General: PANELING, wood paneling, liquid nails
wood paneling, liquid nails, wood studs: Hi Scott, Two options, wallpaper liner run horizontally, and the gypsum in a roll hard to find run vertically. Liner is less costly and just as effective. Install a chair rail with a custom cut spacer under the bottom edge and you can go with what you have...

Home Improvement--General: PANELING, wood paneling, liquid nails
wood paneling, liquid nails, wood studs: Hi Scott I will start with the last of your questions, and tell you I know nothing about the popcorn finish idea. I would guess that you would need to sand the paneling to roughen the surface to get any paint to stick to it. For the wallpapering - that...

Home Improvement--General: PATIO REMOVAL, sledge hammer, patio blocks
sledge hammer, patio blocks, steel bar: Rob, A sledge hammer can work, but if the concrete is of good quality and/or reinforced, you are much better off renting a 90 pound electric jackhammer. Your time as well as your body have value, and you need to consider this compared to the cost of rental....

Home Improvement--General: Paint Job Quality, quality paint job, casual observation
quality paint job, casual observation, two coats: Any and all flaking must be removed, any loose caulking/putty must be removed, use of an EXTERIOR putty must be used...not an interior putty. It may require some extra nails in areas where warpage has pulled away from the structure (screws are a good substitute)....

Home Improvement--General: Paintable shutters-exterior, vinyl shutters, color match
vinyl shutters, color match, vinyl siding: I know there s been a big push on vinyl paints & coatings. The only one I ve heard about is made in the UK. It s made by Kolorbond and I think it s real name is VinylKote. I m not sure where it can be purchased here in the US. You need a coating that can...

Home Improvement--General: Painted log ceiling joists, oil base paint, interior beams
oil base paint, interior beams, oil based paint: Justin, We strip stain and paint off logs, and other wood components for a living. You need to get a good oil base paint stripper, protect all surrounding areas and go to work. This is the most practical method for interior beams that are rough sawn....

Home Improvement--General: Painting, kilz, quality paint
kilz, quality paint, home depot: Hi John - I m not a painting expert, but I tend to agree with the neighbor. The bleach (diluted with water) will kill the active mildew. Then you can use a couple of coats of Kilz to hide the stains - and continue with your paint color or use colored kilz....

Home Improvement--General: Painting, paint advice, paint colour
paint advice, paint colour, coat coverage: Go to any reputable paint store, Sears, Sherwin Williams, Glidden etc...get the paint that is guaranteed ONE COAT coverage. It costs more...but it hides best and one coat saves time. Get a plain white. If you need to match the off yellow color..can you...

Home Improvement--General: Painting, white paint, open time
white paint, open time, noticable: It is amazing how that problems occurs so often. I think it has something to do with the open time of the paint. It gets dryer as you go along. The only way it doesnt streak is by a sprayer. If you do it again...start at the bad end and work from end to...

Home Improvement--General: Painting, wllpaper, paint store
wllpaper, paint store, bedroom walls: Allie, The wallpaper is stuck to something--likely, either sheetrock or plaster. There has to be something under the wallpaper, that was suitable enought to hang the wallpaper on. Whatever it is it should be suitable to paint. You have to get the wallpaper...

Home Improvement--General: Painting concrete, cinder block walls, concrete block walls
cinder block walls, concrete block walls, painting concrete: It is important to remove all the loose paint and have a clean surface before repainting. And to use a good quality paint designed for basement walls applications Here is a good website that tells you how; http://www.pagewise.com/paint-peels-masonry.ht...

Home Improvement--General: Painting decorative vinyl shutters..., vinyl shutters, decorative vinyl
vinyl shutters, decorative vinyl, br: Jim: There is no good way to paint vinyl that I am aware of. Vinyl is a no maintenace product. If you were to want green instead of brown you would buy green vinyl. You might consider looking at the cost of replacement against the cost of preparation...

Home Improvement--General: Painting front doors, painting front doors, steel doors
painting front doors, steel doors, paint job: This is almost a trick question. If the paint is peeling off the door....do you sand down to metal or just paint over.??? The problem is you dont know how bad the initial paint job was. It could be the rest of the door was painted properly. If you want...

Home Improvement--General: Painting Laminate Kitchen Cabinets, new cabinets, kitchen cabinets
new cabinets, kitchen cabinets, new paint: Irma, As for the cabinets you can sand them down a little to get the wax and a little of the old finish off. You don t need to take it all the way down just enough to give the new paint something to stick to. Paint doesn t like oil, wax, or dirt and...

Home Improvement--General: Painting of Metal Bar over Windows, lacquer thinner, row of bricks
lacquer thinner, row of bricks, metal scrape: Do your best to remove the rust. It is similar to mold in that it grows with moisture. Rust eats metal. Scrape, sand, or whatever to remove the rust. If you can wipe it down with lacquer thinner or mineral spirits and then paint with oil base paint....you...

Home Improvement--General: Painting metal finish - shower, thin coats, gold brass
thin coats, gold brass, shiny gold: Do a good job of prep work, cover everything that you dont want paint on. Get some steel wool and lightly buff all the metal. Nooks, creavices, tight spots..etc. Go shopping for an enamel spray of whtever color you like. Get a piece of metal to practice...

Home Improvement--General: Painting metal shower base, enamel paint, stall shower
enamel paint, stall shower, acid wash: I am thinking you will need to etch it first with an acid or stong vinegar, or muratic acid wash,(diluted) to cut any film or agent it may have for a protection. A primer is the next step. After the primer cures...see if you can sand it without it loosing...

Home Improvement--General: Painting over sanitex, oil base paint, sanitex
oil base paint, sanitex, latex paint: There are many brand names for water proof walls, so I am guessing that this is a fiberglass/plastic type wall covering. It is possible to paint over it, but will take considerable prep. It may take some rough sanding to get a surface that anything will...

Home Improvement--General: Painting treated siding, barn style, lack of knowledge
barn style, lack of knowledge, priming: Hi Richard, I have no idea what firsted with saline means. I have never heard of it. I would check with the manufacturer to see what they recommend. Sorry I couldn t be more help. Steve Richard, Sorry you felt you had to give me a 1 for knowledge....

Home Improvement--General: Painting wood paneling, painting wood paneling, imperfect surfaces
painting wood paneling, imperfect surfaces, primer paint: Regina, I recommend that you use two rollers. Get a 3 roller (professional type) with a 1/2 or thicker nap, which will hold a lot of paint. Use this to paint a few grooves at a time, and really load them up. Immediately follow this with full passes...

Home Improvement--General: Painting, latex paints, bristle brush
latex paints, bristle brush, water cleanup: Hi Steve, Oil used to be the standard for exterior applications, but the latex paints have been improved to the point that they rival the old oil thinking. The added bonus of soap and water cleanup in the topper for me. I would have to say go with a...

Home Improvement--General: Paneling, paneling, garage doors
paneling, garage doors, soundness: Part of your installation issue is the soundness of the current paneling. IF it is sound, you probaly would be ok to just nail as needed. If it sounds fairly hollow, you may need to added support of some adhesive. The idea is to bond the two together to...

Home Improvement--General: Paneling, garage doors, paneling
garage doors, paneling, seam: Dan, Use adhesive if you use nails sparingly. If you use a fair amount of nails then that should hold it fine. You might start seeing the seam separate in a couple of years. At that time you can go ahead and squirt some adhesive in to hold them in place....

Home Improvement--General: Paster and drywall finishing, metal lath, framing work
metal lath, framing work, tanks a lot: do a test area and skim with a setting drywall mud,usg90,sheet rock 90 or similar.are the walls going to be left smooth?? fire place doesn t sound vary solid.hard telling with out see it.also it would have to be lathed.or metal lath to cement stucco over,so...

Home Improvement--General: Patching & preparing drywall for Faux finish, wet mud, luck jim
wet mud, luck jim, loose paper: retape were loose.cut any loose paper off also. use a paper tape,ans a setting drywall mud like usg 90,sheetrock 90. you will mix with water and ,mix only what you need.install the paper tape in wet mud,then wipe down tight and let set untill hard.you then...

Home Improvement--General: Patching Sheet Rock, wet sponge, fiberglass tape
wet sponge, fiberglass tape, wall surface: Hi Daniel, The tape reinforces the joint and keeps it from cracking, which it will almost always do without tape. I d recommend taping the joints first (paper is best I think but fiberglass tape works too) and skimming over them with thinned joint compound...

Home Improvement--General: Patching Sheet Rock, expansion and contraction, odus
expansion and contraction, odus, paper tape: Hey Daniel, Use the solid paper tape for the strongest joint protection. Other tapes will and do work. As expansion and contraction occurs, you will want the added protection because it will surely crack at some point in drying in the future. Odus www.sweetincompany.co...

Home Improvement--General: Patching Sheet Rock, sand texture, seam
sand texture, seam, good luck: Daniel, The best way to do it is to support it in some way. I would cut 1X2 boards and screw them into the existing wall leaving some overhanging into the hole to screw the patch into. The boards do not have to suround the hole completely but, you should...

Home Improvement--General: Patching a small 24"x24" plaster wall hole, stairwell wall, wood lath
stairwell wall, wood lath, little bulge: must be wood lath you can see what depth the plaster is,and screw in a piece of drywall,and finish.you sould be either 1/4 or 3/8 ,it will be to hard for you to do actual plastering,but drywalling the patch should work for you. use a setting drywall...

Home Improvement--General: Patching voids in silicone caulk, silicone caulk, chaulking
silicone caulk, chaulking, water intrusion: Rose, For the pin hole voids I would take a little bit out to give the chaulking some thing to cling to. You do not have to take a lot out just a little for the new chaulking to adhere to. You also need to overlap the old and the new so you have a tight...

Home Improvement--General: Patio door, glass guy, cold area
glass guy, cold area, replacement option: Hi Dan. It looks as if it is reglazeable. Meaning you can just replace the glass. I see the Tempered Glass safety stamp (located at the top corner of the door) which is usually located at the bottom of the door when it originally comes from the manufacturer....

Home Improvement--General: Patio sliding glass door., sliding glass, bottom side
sliding glass, bottom side, rollers: Richard, Yes you can break the glass. The door is very heavy. Yes it is fairly easy to replace those rollers. First you need to move the door to about the middle of the track. Next find the screws that are on the top and bottom side to adjust the wheel...

Home Improvement--General: Pavers, close to the edge, grout
close to the edge, grout, sq ft: James, You should be able to pry the pavers up in the area tha you want to add sand. You may need to go a little wider then jus the area, it will halp you with leveling. Once you have them out they should (I say should) go back in the same way that they...

Home Improvement--General: Paving my driveway, light gray color, asphalt sealcoating
light gray color, asphalt sealcoating, liquid asphalt: Hi John Jones and thanks for taking the time to ask a question! Let me start with the repair: That must have been some truck that put gouges in the driveway! Unless the gouges go completely through the asphalt, they shouldn t be a threat to the integrity...

Home Improvement--General: Peculiar odour, extruded polystyrene insulation, cold storage room
extruded polystyrene insulation, cold storage room, styrofoam sm: This may be due to the outgassing of the insulation, or of the odor given off by the adhesive. Normally not detectable, these odors can build up in a confined space with little or no ventilation. Also, there can be a lot of condensation in a cold storage room,...

Home Improvement--General: Peeling drywall & textured ceiling, ceiling paint, rock areas
ceiling paint, rock areas, textured ceiling: i would call the ones that did the work. what kind of paint did you use.latex or oil?? did it peel on new sheet rock areas also??? usually you just roll the ceiling paint on,with a good latex. is it the paint that is cracking and peiling,or the...

Home Improvement--General: Peeling plaster ceiling, plaster ceiling, two coats
plaster ceiling, two coats, red devil: there must be a reason its peeling,moisture ect. remove all the loose and if its a smooth finish,use a setting drywall mud to skim the area and sand it.You might need two skim coats. Also if is peeling and it is plaster there should be base coat plaster...

Home Improvement--General: Pergola Construction - Racking, simpson strongtie, knee braces
simpson strongtie, knee braces, carriage bolts: John, Your description does not include anything that prevents racking in the horizontal plan of the pergola. Check your observations that it is the post to beam connections that are racking with an eye to the horizontal plan of the pergola. Thoma...

Home Improvement--General: Pergola Ledger Board, masonry blade, wall sheathing
masonry blade, wall sheathing, composite siding: I would never mount the ledger board over the siding. I don t think you ll find an inspector that would let it be built that way. The ledger board is the backbone of the deck. It really needs to be anchored directly to the wall sheathing. It must also be flashed...

Home Improvement--General: Permits, fence repair, fence company
fence repair, fence company, wood fence: TO RICHARD RE; FENCE REPAIR Richard ,, your best procedure would be to simply call your local inspection dept.. Your work sounds like only repair or decoration.. But it s best to contact them to be sure and stay out of trouble with them and maybe...

Home Improvement--General: Photographic Concrete, concrete blade, angle grinder
concrete blade, angle grinder, nice finish: Sure, I ve never actually done this before so i m not 100% on outcome. what i would do is get an angle grinder and a concrete blade. then grind down a 1/4 inch where the picture is planned. I haven t used this before but i hear its good. ...

Home Improvement--General: Pier and Beam, pier and beam, accurate answer
pier and beam, accurate answer, piers: Mark, The number (and spacing) of piers is completely dependent on the size and material of the beams, and if the beams will be supporting a first floor load, a roof load, and/or a second floor load. It s really just an engineering problem, not a recommendation....

Home Improvement--General: Pine Ceiling in Manufactured Home, nw ohio area, pine planks
nw ohio area, pine planks, drywall ceiling: Larry, Since this is totally non-standard construction, I cannot comment on the fire safety issue other than to suggest that you make sure the existing drywall ceiling remains intact, and that you make the pine material removable, so that if the buyer s...

Home Improvement--General: Pink everything bathroom...HELP, epoxy paint, bath toilet
epoxy paint, bath toilet, followup questions: Hi there! the best way to avoid doing an entire tear out of your whole bathroom would be to consider having your tub (and it s surrounding tile) reglazed to a new color, like white or beige (depending on who does this for you, they can give you a warranty...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster Ceiling Cracking in Grid Pattern??, wood lath, plaster ceiling
wood lath, plaster ceiling, grid pattern: you could hang 1/2 drywall over it,you need to screw into the joist,not wood lath when doing this.i have not seen a grid pattern in wood lath ceiling,i have seen many cracks in hundreds of ones i have worked on.with out seeing it,i cant give full opinion.it...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster Ceiling Cracks, lath plaster, plaster ceilings
lath plaster, plaster ceilings, wood lath: if the crack goes across the ceiling joist,the it should be screwed on each ceiling joist,both sides of crack,remove any loose material,and drywall tape it with paper tape,not fiberglass,then skimed and finished of woth a setting drywall mud,like usg 45. ...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster Ceiling Design, plaster ceiling design, granular surface
plaster ceiling design, granular surface, vaulted ceilings: I guess by design you mean a texture of some kind ... arches, something prickly looking or a granular surface. I do not understand then the reference to a vaulted ceiling (?). The textured material can be covered with a thin layer of drywall that can...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster ceiling repair, plaster ceiling repair, drywall screws
plaster ceiling repair, drywall screws, dry wall screws: you can screw drywall and fill the rest of the way with set mud ,use a straight edge to make even with plaster,make your fast setting mud thick,packing around edges first,you can use a piece of ceder siding to make even with plaster,after setting ,you would...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster cracks all over house, drywall screws, new cracks
drywall screws, new cracks, plaster walls: could not fully answer your question with out inspecting the cracks,and why.has there been any vibrating by house from street work,or bull dozer.??? i also tap on each side of crack to see if its loose.if you repair a few cracks with drywall mud and paper...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster patch, silica sand, bonding agent
silica sand, bonding agent, foot hole: what finish do you have??, if going over painted area then you will need a bonding agent.these are hard to patch to look good especially were new joints will be,unless you base and finish hole ceiling,can also be touched up witl set drywall mud usg 45 and...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster Repair, wet plaster, plaster board
wet plaster, plaster board, concete: yes it will,i would use a bag mix,usg 90,or 45. the number represents setting time,..fill out level,after setting tape the crack s ,were the too meet and after setting feather in and smooth with 3 coats of mud. i fill with plaster,but im also a dry wall...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster repair/replacement, plaster repair, plaster of paris
plaster repair, plaster of paris, plaster walls: There are two reasonalbe choices. Depending on whats available to you. Plaster of Paris...is a good method...if you can get some really fine sand...silica..to add to the mix.. It can be tricky till you get the feel for it. Take the small one first.. ...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster repair, plaster systems, plaster board
plaster systems, plaster board, plaster repair: drywall is sheet rock.we dont have dimond board in this area,but im sure it is a plaster board for dimond basr plaster.the only difference is the paper to accept the plaster.the core of the board is the same. all can be used for repair to plaster systems,i...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster / Sheetrock ceiling, latex caulk, wood slats
latex caulk, wood slats, plaster ceiling: sorry been on hunting trip since thursday.got home real late sunday night. you can be carefull and cut out loose plaster,no hammering,or it will keep falling out.shim dry wall to meet the exsisting ceiling.i would use a setting compond,usg 45,or 90,and...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster Shower, surface walls, hardibacker
surface walls, hardibacker, water proof: You can plaster the walls with the hardibacker. I would not plaster the floor, Too much movement available in the floor for plaster to hold up. I would also be concerned with the ability to clean a plaster floor. I am not sure how you would get a water...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster versus Drywall, wood strips, elderly mother
wood strips, elderly mother, sheetrock: square up hole,screw two wood strips or studs to each side of hole.you will screw through the drywall,into wood framing your adding.cut right size drywall to fit.prefill joint with a setting drywall mud,tape and finish 3-4 coats of mud. if your getting...

Home Improvement--General: Plaster Walls, burst pipes, plaster walls
burst pipes, plaster walls, relative humidity: Dear Jennifer, I have not heard of this phenomenon. Commonly homes in the DC area routinely are winterized with the heat shut down completely and I don t recall this affecting the plaster. Temperatures here drop to about 15 degrees at least once a year....

Home Improvement--General: Plaster Walls, plaster walls, humidity problems
plaster walls, humidity problems, expansion and contraction: Victoria, If the building is shifting the plaster will continue to crack until the structural instability is solved. If the cracks are expansion and contraction cracks then an expansion joint is called for. This is a joint detail that will allow the...

Home Improvement--General: Plastered walls and ceilings, drywall compound, usg
drywall compound, usg, ceilings: yes you can,you might get moisture bubbles.i would latex prime it first.just keep texture to a light stomp,other wise you would want to use a setting drywall mud.you might also want to use the setting drywall mud,for crack repair. usg45,usg-90, sheet rock...

Home Improvement--General: Plastering over greenboard, aprenticeship, imperial base
aprenticeship, imperial base, greenboard: normal plaster today is two coat work. depending were you are in the country,there are different materials.we use usg dimond or imperial base.then lime mixed with guaging for finish coat.You can also buy dimond finish for one coat over the board.you would...

Home Improvement--General: Plastering, kiltz, there some kind
kiltz, there some kind, good shape: Hello John, Yes, it is a good idea to apply a coat of stain blocker such as Kiltz. This will seal the old hair spray, and stains, preparing the surface better than applying it directly to the old surface. Many times stains will bleed through to surface on...

Home Improvement--General: Plastic Lattice and Concrete Pillars, plastic lattice, concrete pillars
plastic lattice, concrete pillars, hammer drill: Hey Dru, It takes the hammer drill plus the hammer drill bit to drill that hole. Yes, these are specialty tools. Yes, assuming you are using plugs or anchors in the concrete, this is the best anchor for you almost any situation. You are going great, so...

Home Improvement--General: Plumbing, water fixtures, spicket
water fixtures, spicket, concrete floor: Hello Bob, Turn off everything at the stops unders sinks and toilets. Go to the meter and look. If it spins yet, you have a leak somewhere. Icemakers and other things will confuse the issue, but you get the idea here. Leaks can be or may be not fun. With...

Home Improvement--General: Pocket Doors, pocket doors, top bottom
pocket doors, top bottom, flashlight: Hi Heather, They may well be off their tracks. You will have to look in the pocket with a flashlight and see if there is anything obstructing them. You will certainly find some kind of obstruction, whether it be the track or the wheels, or sometimes they...

Home Improvement--General: Point load and engineering problem, stud wall, point loads
stud wall, point loads, glacial clay: TO ERBEST TUFFT RE: Loading a foundation... When your building something big or small it is always held up by the ground. Therefore the type of ground is important for load bearing. The glacial clay we have around here is good load bearing...

Home Improvement--General: Pool Room?, pool room, play pool
pool room, play pool, pool table: Sue: It sounds like you will have an opportunity to have your cake and play pool on it too. Putting a pool table in the dining room would be an eccentricity but I can only applaud you going your own direction. Whether it works or not will depend on...

Home Improvement--General: Popcorn Ceilings, popcorn ceilings, linda bauer
popcorn ceilings, linda bauer, tongue and groove cedar: Hi Linda, You are more than welcome. To remove the old popcorn, you basically wet it with water and scrape it off. If it s been painted, this will be more difficult, but still possible. To minimize the mess and ease cleanup, I buy a roll of painters...

Home Improvement--General: Popcorn ceiling cover, don hi, battens
don hi, battens, fixings: hi don depending on the depth of the popcorn you could get the ceiling re-skimmed. you can drywall over it but again depending on the thickness of the popcorn.if you intend to drywall over batten the ceiling out with 2x1 battens. do this diagonal to the ceiling...

Home Improvement--General: Popcorn ceiling flaking at joints., mud surface, flexible type
mud surface, flexible type, straight side: Hi Dick, That s always a bad area...lots of flex along ridge joints. There are two ways to try this. Joint tape and mud then respray or a flexible material like caulk. But chances are that it ll crack again, only to a smaller degree. Make sure the area...

Home Improvement--General: Popcorn ceiling removal, asbestos removal contractors, removing popcorn ceilings
asbestos removal contractors, removing popcorn ceilings, drywall supply: Hi Seon, I d like to help, but I m about as far away from Atlanta as one can get (Seattle area). If I were you, I think I d try to locate the local drywall supply yard (where the contractors buy materials), and ask them for referrals. If that doesn t work,...

Home Improvement--General: Popcorn ceiling - Seattle, washington state dept of health, drywall supply
washington state dept of health, drywall supply, popcorn ceilings: Hi Ami, You d think I d be able to help since I m quite close to you as it turns out. I ve been asked about popcorn ceilings a 100 times, but never to find a qualified removal contractor, so I m a little in the dark here. I checked the EPA site to see if...

Home Improvement--General: Popcorn ceiling, ceiling texture, textured ceiling
ceiling texture, textured ceiling, bedroom ceiling: the kilz will seal it ,and prime it.i would then be carefull when spraying,and fog sprayed from both directions,many guys want to spray to much on first time,if the spray both directions of room and not to wet it should be fine as long as the board was good...

Home Improvement--General: Popcorn Sprayed Ceiling, popcorn ceiling, garden sprayer
popcorn ceiling, garden sprayer, water mist: one way to take it off is to tape off the room,including the floor,using a garden sprayer with hot water,mist the ceiling and let stand 2-3 minutes,then take a 10to 12 drywall knife and scrape it off,if it come off to hard dampen it some more till it shaves...

Home Improvement--General: Poppimg Noise In Ceilings, night time hours, asphalt shingles
night time hours, asphalt shingles, seattle washington area: John, If you have access to a framing nail gun, then this is the easiest method: two coated 12d nails at each truss. The gun will not cause a lot of disturbance. Using a plain hammer will damage/loosen the ceiling so that method is out. You can also...

Home Improvement--General: Porch Flooring, european larch, brazilian teak
european larch, brazilian teak, jim oliver: Hello Jim, I have backed off from using any synthetics or compositions except for Trex. We have migrated to using the more exotic woods such as Brazilian teak for the dark and the Eastern European Larch for the light colored wood. No, I have not heard anything...

Home Improvement--General: Front Porch Flooring, porch floor, wooden planks
porch floor, wooden planks, front porch: Depending on the current condition of the plywood, replacement may be in order. The composite decking materials are perfect for this application. Trex comes to mind. A web search will give many options. I would suggest that the plywood remain, cover...

Home Improvement--General: Porch Posts, cement slab, interlocking pavers
cement slab, interlocking pavers, porch posts: It s very seldom necessary to fasten the posts to the slab. Unless they are endangered by an auto or lawn tractor the weight of the roof above will keep them in place. There are metal stands available that keep the post up out of contact with the floor and...

Home Improvement--General: Possible Electrical Issues, electrical issues, electrical appliances
electrical issues, electrical appliances, attic fan: Hi Catherine, I don t specialize in electical either but the one thing that jumps out at me is amperage (amps). amps is the rate the power can be delivered. higher amps means power delivered faster. voltage is the amount of power. electrical appliances,...

Home Improvement--General: Post Light, moist dirt, vinyl sleeve
moist dirt, vinyl sleeve, light fixture: I would suggest that you encase it in concrete. The post base should be 16 into the ground. Start by putting 2 of concrete in the hole prior to the post. You could also put some tape around it to give a bit more protection and then caulk the post to the...

Home Improvement--General: Post Light, moist dirt, vinyl posts
moist dirt, vinyl posts, vinyl sleeve: Hello Bill, After running my wire through a concret pier with standoff brackett for the lampost, I would secure it to the standoff so it is well drained from the inside to the outside. Moisture build up inside of the post obviously caused the other one...

Home Improvement--General: Poured Concrete Floor, concrete hammer, hammer drill
concrete hammer, hammer drill, concrete floor: Jeff, The easiest way to do what you want is to rent a HILTI gun and nail it to the concrete. This is how homebuilder attach most outerwalls to the concrete. The HILTI gun uses gunpowder to fire the nail into the concrete. The rest of us use a method...

Home Improvement--General: Powder Room, floor tiles, chair rail
floor tiles, chair rail, baseboards: your 7x6 room could handle larger floor tiles, than smaller. i like the idea of having a 1/2 wall of wainscoting, if your house is traditional... i m not a big fan of tile on the walls of powder rooms. i would pull a few pics from some magazines to help...

Home Improvement--General: Preparing an empty house for winter, toilet tanks, drain traps
toilet tanks, drain traps, insulation values: Hello Charlie, your right about cold doing damage to pipes. thought its rare it could damage the foundation as well. i would recommend finding a termastat that you can set to keep the house just above freezing. so you could turn off all the utlities...

Home Improvement--General: Preparing an empty house for winter, water heater oil, hot water heater
water heater oil, hot water heater, sewer gases: Charlie, The following did not come from a manual but is information that I have picked up over the years. Your house may have other special items I am unaware of. I assume your house is empty. 1) turn off the pilot on the furnace and hot water heater....

Home Improvement--General: Preping bathroom walls for shower/tile, plaster board, cement board
plaster board, cement board, shower tile: Tracy. If I was doing the work I would take the walls down to the studs and then build back up with cement board to give the tile a good backing. But this also depends on how much room is available. What I am talking about is if you leave the wall as...

Home Improvement--General: Preserving cypres log home, cypress logs, high pressure washing
cypress logs, high pressure washing, backer rod: Betsy, The process to restore the exterior of your log home is the same regardless of the species of wood. First step is to inspect for damage, rotten log surfaces, insect damage, etc. These conditions should be repaired first. I ll skip discussing...

Home Improvement--General: Problem Toilet, unclog toilet, negative comments
unclog toilet, negative comments, plumber: Sounds like you need to run a snake down the toilet; http://www.ehow.com/how_383_unclog-toilet.html I saw you negative comments and I am wondering what I missed. I do this for free and I am getting swamped with questions... didn t the website I provided...

Home Improvement--General: Problem Toilet, mop, plumber
mop, plumber, landlord: hi this normally happens whn useing charming toilet roll. ok what you want to do is and i know you say yo have plunged b4 ut if you use a mop this will give you a better plunge. plunge the mop down as far as you can down the toilet and plunge as fast as you...

Home Improvement--General: Problem Toilet, toilet problems, dental floss
toilet problems, dental floss, stiff wire: TO AMANDA RE: TOILET PROBLEMS Amanda your toilet should be a problem for your landlord,, not you... I hope this is not one of those newer 1.6 gallon toilets... They are bad in almost all conditions,,Thanks to all the ALL KNOWING bureaucrats......

Home Improvement--General: Problem Toilet, liquid plumber, toilet facilities
liquid plumber, toilet facilities, landlord: Hi, If you are in a multi-unit building and are the only one having the problem then the clog exists between your toilet and the connection to the main line. Something is blocking the line. These things happen over time. I would encourage you to have...

Home Improvement--General: Proper size conduit for three #4 copper service wires, electric water heater, gas water heater
electric water heater, gas water heater, amp breaker: OK, well that s a horse of a different color. My remarks about keeping 60 amp service were only relevant if the existing service could be preserved. In your case, the entire service will have to be relocated anyway, so definitely it s worth the minimal extra...

Home Improvement--General: PT Lumber choice, lumber co, ledger board
lumber co, ledger board, longivity: Hello Kevin, No,I do not have a preference of PT lumber. Both choices stink, but that is just my opinion. I will not go on, but if you research, you will see you will now need to use SS fasteners for your security in longivity of the product produced. I...

Home Improvement--General: pack rat .., little hideaway, dogs food
little hideaway, dogs food, metal shelf: I had to consult with some mechanics on this one. The only true fix is to dismantle any part of the vehicle that is full of air. Door panels, dashboard, truck access etc. IF they control the vehicle, it can spell real trouble as you start using it. There...

Home Improvement--General: pack rat .., gabe gabe, little hideaway
gabe gabe, little hideaway, dogs food: Gabe, Leaving the hood open and a light on will help. Also they like warm places to hide. So if your car is inside I would suggest moving it outside for a while to chase them off. Set traps around the car to catch any that stray away from the car. ...

Home Improvement--General: pack rat, gabe gabe, little hideaway
gabe gabe, little hideaway, dogs food: Gabe, I have no experience with pack rats - sorry. How are the rats getting into the car to inhabit under the dash board? My only thought, now that you have taken away the food they were storing, is to seal the car. Make something to cover the air...

Home Improvement--General: paint basement walls, interior house paint, arid climate
interior house paint, arid climate, home improvement stores: Hi Steve, There are many factors that would affect the paint. I don t know if this is true or not because I never paint anything without putting a primer on first. I learned the hard way many years ago that it s much easier to put a primer on first than...

Home Improvement--General: paint or re-finish hardwood floors first?, hardwood floors, painters
hardwood floors, painters, townhouse: Hello Lee, I would have the hardwood done first because of the dust. Essentially, the painters detail the clean up of the dust missed during the final cleanup after the hardwood refinishing. Otherwise, it is tough to get every little spot dusted properly....

Home Improvement--General: paint or re-finish wood floors first?, paint damage, paint brush
paint damage, paint brush, touch up paint: Lee, Paint the walls first before having the floors done. Why? Because painters are messy and some of the paint WILL end up on the floor. It would be better to have the walls done and not worry about the paint getting on the newly refinished floors. Stress...

Home Improvement--General: paint removal from cedar siding, wood substrate, cedar siding
wood substrate, cedar siding, insect repellant: Cheri, I m not familiar with the Rymar product but from your description it is abviously a semi-transparent stain. If it is a high quality product and is oil based it will be hard to get off being only 2 yrs. old. Oil based stains penetrate and blasting...

Home Improvement--General: paint, plaster walls, two coats
plaster walls, two coats, floor paint: primer is used to even out suction .when going over drywall with satin,or semi gloss,the mud absorbs more paint.this will cause less shine in those areas,in other words wall will look spotty from it.if your floor paint is a good latex brand you could use it,i...

Home Improvement--General: painted kitchen cabinets, wooden cabinets, satin finish
wooden cabinets, satin finish, kitchen cabinets: Pat, Once painted they are a tremendous amount of work to make them wood gran again. So now that you have them painted it is best to just leave them painted. For a kitchen enviroment I would paint them with a Latex enamel and with a satin...

Home Improvement--General: how to make painted masonry look like stone, wet hands, trowels
wet hands, trowels, masonry: You first problem is that layer(s) of paint. Getting another cementous application to stick will be difficult. You can, with clean brick, apply a layer of stucco, or mortar, or such and build out a stone looking appearance, with small trowels and wet hands....

Home Improvement--General: painted masonry, stone applications, paint removers
stone applications, paint removers, 2 names: I haven t had to remove paint from brick so this isn t first hand advise. aside from sand blasting is the paint removers / stripers. there are some avalible from brick or stone applications. i don t know how well they will work. 2 names come...

Home Improvement--General: painting a bathtub, painting a bathtub, tile bathroom
painting a bathtub, tile bathroom, pocelain: A new pocelain over steel tub is normally in the $150.00 catagory. Depending on the surround you may be able to get it replaced for that $400. If you have a tile bathroom...call a tile person for an estimate. I am impressed that it lasted 5 years...

Home Improvement--General: painting a cement outside wall, cement wall, elastomeric paint
cement wall, elastomeric paint, grand rapids michigan: i would paint it with a elastomeric paint,power wash first with TSP,and bleach.we use sto elastomeric,tewll me were you live i can see if they have a rep in your area,or can be shipped out of grand rapids michigan, great paint,send me your email ,ill send...

Home Improvement--General: painting cement wall, cement walls, cement wall
cement walls, cement wall, chalky residue: the white chalky substance is usually to much moisture comming through the wall.if if has not been painted,then wash with mild sure clean from massonary ,block supply.arfter dry seal tith drylock per there instructions,your damp proofing on outside of house...

Home Improvement--General: painting concrete, wgow, elastomeric coatings
wgow, elastomeric coatings, water snow: Hi Terri, I think a much better solution would be to stain and seal it or have a elastomeric surface applied over it. Each stain or coating company varies a little on what they determine for the prep work. Always follow the recommended manufactures procedure....

Home Improvement--General: painting deck spindles, deck spindles, wgow
deck spindles, wgow, garden sprayer: Hello Joe, You can use a pump up type garden sprayer, glove, rag, or roller. The sprayer is faster. Talk to your professional painting supplier. Porter and Sherwin-Williams are two such pro suppliers. Have a good day, Odus www.sweetincompany.com/remodel.html...

Home Improvement--General: painting after new, pull trowel texture, thin texture, product directions
thin texture, product directions, flickinger: Hi Kathy, This all depends on how thick the application was,generally overnight.I paint after 4 hours,with a thin texture of no more than 1/8 ,with heat on at 70 degrees.I hope this answers your question,usually there are manufacturer suggestions on the product...

Home Improvement--General: painting problem, oil base paint, latex paint
oil base paint, latex paint, prime coat: It sounds like the walls were painted with an oil base paint. Latex paint almost will not stick. It s rare. It would take alot of sanding and prep to make that surface bondable to any latex paint. Try wiping it down with lacquer thinner. It is possible...

Home Improvement--General: painting, home improvement store, latex
home improvement store, latex, paint: Here s the answer - short and sweet! You need to lower the gloss first. This may be done with sanding or a suitable primer or undercoat. Your home improvement store will be able to tell you what kind of primer or undercoat. If you sand, it s basically just...

Home Improvement--General: paneling painted with shiny paint and more, shiny paint, shiny coats
shiny paint, shiny coats, egg shell: Lori, 1. Yes I would sand off all the peeling and stenciled areas. I would also sand all the cabinets and wood areas to roughen up the shiny coats to make the new paint adhere better. If you do not like the shiny paint then you are going to have to deal...

Home Improvement--General: paneling, 5 gallon buckets, paneling
5 gallon buckets, paneling, trowel: Ready mixed joint compound is the way to go. It comes in 1 gallon and 5 gallon buckets. Get a 3 trowel to get it out of the bucket and a 6 or 8 trowel to smooth it out. Have some fun with it and maybe you can do without the texture...making it look like...

Home Improvement--General: panelling, removing wallpaper, humidity levels
removing wallpaper, humidity levels, kilz: I d just leave it for now. it is possible that if the paint wasn t completely dry the remaining moisture then went directly into the paneling on the wall. over bit of time it should dryout to normal level. other possiblity is the paneling was taken...

Home Improvement--General: pannelling, measure 5, connecting rooms
measure 5, connecting rooms, mechanicals: Hello Theresa, Take off an electrical cover to look to the edge to see? If this does not work, look around for other mechanicals that might have a cover removed to discover what is under it. Two things might be present here. If it is very weak between...

Home Improvement--General: passage door handle, passage sets, pocket door hardware
passage sets, pocket door hardware, door handle: Larry, I apologize in the delay of answering your question. I ve been working out of town with no access to the internet. There are so many types of locks and passage sets out there it would take weeks to hunt them down. I would recommend looking for...

Home Improvement--General: patch vinyl siding, pvc cement, pvc glue
pvc cement, pvc glue, inch diameter: Hi Randolph, Any adhesive designed for a specific purpose like PVC cement should really not be used elsewhere. It may work but I still do not recommend it. There are a few products specifically made for vinyl and I suggest using one of those instead....

Home Improvement--General: patching asphalt drive, hot asphalt, cold patch
hot asphalt, cold patch, diy store: Hi Milt! I understand that repaving a driveway is quite costly so here is a great way to take care of your potholes for now: Clean out the potholes of all dirt and debris. Get a rough measurement of all of the areas (depth too), and go to your large...

Home Improvement--General: patching drywall vs. a teardown when moving a light fixture, patching drywall, butt joints
patching drywall, butt joints, scrath: is it textured????.the cost for the new work in a 150sq ft area should run,150 to 200 dollars.patch might run 50 to 100 dollars.if patch is clean and area smooth ,shouldnt be too hard to patch if they are a good tradesman. usually a patch has butt joints...

Home Improvement--General: patching drywall, drywall screws, patching drywall
drywall screws, patching drywall, fuse box: cut a couple 1x3 wood boards 4 inches bigger than the hole,slide them in the wall,top and bottom,and using drywall screws 1 1/2 long screw through exsisting wall board into the wood on all the ends. you now have wood framing to install the little piece...

Home Improvement--General: patching a hole, mortar mix, concrete stairs
mortar mix, concrete stairs, lb bags: I would recommend a mortar mix. It comes if 60 lb bags...too much for your project, but is just needs water. You may need to make several small batches to get the idea of how thick it needs to be to work with it. Dryer is better. You can smear it into...

Home Improvement--General: patio brick, asphalt driveway, patio brick
asphalt driveway, patio brick, brick patio: Hi Don, When you stated any help , I took on the challenge. Yes, Tumbled should look unfinished. Usually, sand is washed/sweeped into the joints. Even this will have to be maintained. Your area may differ because of the climate. Look to the manufactures...

Home Improvement--General: patio cover, deck joists, rim joist
deck joists, rim joist, absolute answer: Hello Tom, For an absolute answer, you will have to ask your local building inspector. At last check, the minimums allowed were 62 oc, (on center). If we added a cover or roof, we had to have triple member 2 x 12s. All splicing had to done over posts for...

Home Improvement--General: patio french doors, optional doors, french doors
optional doors, french doors, french door: Richard: 1) As long as the door you are installing is smaller than the rough opening you are good to go. You will need to add some spacer material and change out your brick mold for it to be air tight and look finished. 2) Marvin is expensive and I...

Home Improvement--General: pergo flooring, delema, qestion
delema, qestion, question id: The answer is....you may need to get a carpet strip to make the curve over the Pergo. Depending on the radius, some of the trim for Pergo will make the bend, but it will need to be a minor bend. You may also consider a rubber bead that would make the curve....

Home Improvement--General: pergola on a patio, piece fiberglass, hammer drill
piece fiberglass, hammer drill, lumber yard: Hi Jo, I think I have the idea for you. The bottom hole should be drilled with a 1/2 dril motor, with the handle on it sure looks like a hammer drill. If you mark the bottom of the 4x4 as an Ex(X) you will have the center mark. Hopefully the picture part...

Home Improvement--General: permit?, basement finish, code areas
basement finish, code areas, wall construction: TO RYAN RE; BASEMENT FINISH+ PERMIT Most code areas will consider decorating ,, no construction involved as no need for a permit... A basement job will normally need Elec. some Heating and maybe some plumbing...All of these should have...

Home Improvement--General: picture hanging, wall anchor, wall anchors
wall anchor, wall anchors, masonry drill bit: Dear Beverly, If the wall is too hard to drill through, it is likely to be solid masonry or concrete. Either of these materials can be drilled using a carbide-tipped masonry drill bit. These resemble ordinary drill bits except they have an almost diamond-hard...

Home Improvement--General: piece of gutter/downspout stuck in pipe-hole, gutters and downspouts, thin blade
gutters and downspouts, thin blade, luck steve: Greg, Great idea, with the wavy cut. Wish I had thought of it. Glad to hear that you were able to remove it! --Steve Greg, That s a tough situation. You are right to remove it, though, as it will eventually cause problems. I would wrap a...

Home Improvement--General: pink insulation, silicone glue, minor question
silicone glue, minor question, garage door: A minor question comes to me. What is meant by pink insulation. If it is rigid and you can cut it with a knife...go for it. It is being done everywhere these days to insulate and sound proof doors. I would recommend a silicone glue of any type. It can...

Home Improvement--General: pink insulation, shingle roof, attic insulation
shingle roof, attic insulation, fiberglass insulation: The air trapped in fiberglass insulation is an integral component, thus its availability in different thicknesses. There are several alternatives in ceiling/attic insulation but I m not familiar with anything that could be applied under an existing shingle...

Home Improvement--General: plaster and lath ceiling, lath, plasterer
lath, plasterer, plaster: If the lath is largely intact, then yes, you can repair it yourself. Most handy tenants will not have the skill and experience required to use true historic plaster, but rather will use a bag of powdered plaster patching material to which water is added. I...

Home Improvement--General: plaster questions, plaster walls, nail holes
plaster walls, nail holes, ken c: 1.most painting stores carry a remover for wall paper to soften it up.some wall papers also remover easily after wetting with the solution. 2. you could pre drill with a smaller drill bit first,nail holes can be filled with one time.easy to fill...

Home Improvement--General: plaster repair, plaster repair, plaster walls
plaster repair, plaster walls, painted walls: if you can clean up the wall nice,then pre fill cracks with usg 45 or similar,then after setting use set mud and paper tape the cracks,2-3 coats over the tape and you should be fine,prime the walls then.a setting drywall mud ,can be used over painted walls...

Home Improvement--General: plaster repair, plaster repair, plaster base
plaster repair, plaster base, imperial base: usually usg,dimond base coat,usg imperial base coat,or gold bond kal coat, and you shouldnt be getting cracking around the edges of the board,,which edges,along the edges of wall,ceiling,or all edges????. usually the edges are prefilled,then rest of board...

Home Improvement--General: plaster walls, wood lath, plaster walls
wood lath, plaster walls, holes in the wall: usually from left corner of any wall,most older houses should be 16 centers.if you use a 2 finish nail and find the first stud from the corner.1 would start at 14 from left corner of wall and every inch pound the nail.you will hit wood lath ,but when you...

Home Improvement--General: plaster, blown insulation, batt insulation
blown insulation, batt insulation, attic insulation: i would remove all wood lath and plaster and start from scratch.you then can insulate properly.also then check for ventalation.you should have air space above the insulation to alow it to breath.also then your outside walls will be insulated,with todays prices...

Home Improvement--General: plasterboard finishing, loft conversion, how to finish drywall
loft conversion, how to finish drywall, plaster: cant quite understand your question,so would you help me out here.(best way to finish plasterboard loft conversion eg tape plaster paint ) are you asking how to finish drywall brd,or plaster brd,i do them all.what is eg tape plaster paint,ill help you when...

Home Improvement--General: plastering, wood lath, plastering
wood lath, plastering, drywall: usg20 or 45 is a bag mix of drywall mud that sets in the number of minutes on the bag,all you do is add water and mix what is needed,it will work for small areas too.drywall is available in sheets 4x8 10 ,12, from 1/4 thick to 5/8 thick. how big is a small...

Home Improvement--General: plastering, lime plaster, devon uk
lime plaster, devon uk, interior walls: usually the lime plaster is the finish coat over the hair plaster.hair plaster usually is the brown coat,and lime finish coat,a setting drywall mud can do pathing over lime finish coat,not hair plaster brown coat,unless its little patches, can you buy a...

Home Improvement--General: plastering, tung oil, flat paint
tung oil, flat paint, bonding agent: Hi Chris, Yes, you can. You have to use a bonding agent, though, to make sure you get good adhesion. We use plasterweld (made by Larsen) and then one coat of base coat plaster, with one coat of finish plaster, polished or textured depending on how you want...

Home Improvement--General: plastering over greenboard?, cause mold, greenboard
cause mold, greenboard, time and patience: Steve, There is no need to plaster over green board; it serves the purpose of resisting moisture. All you need to do is tape and mud the seams, sand it smooth and paint it with a good quality gloss enamel. If you want a slick finish you can mud the...

Home Improvement--General: plastering, drywall compound, best bet
drywall compound, best bet, great shape: Hi John, I m really more of a drywall kindofguy, so I may not be the best one to ask. I haven t looked around the experts list to see if there is a plasterer available, but that may be your best bet. If it helps, I ve used drywall compound (taping or all...

Home Improvement--General: plastic sheeting, clear plastic sheeting, small screws
clear plastic sheeting, small screws, screen spline: Bill, plastic sheeting has better visibility when it s thin. The thinner the plastic, the easier to see through. I don t know of any really clear plastic sheeting. If this is just for your storm door I would recommend getting some acrylic sheets cut to fit...

Home Improvement--General: plugging pcv pipe, waterproof bond, water sealer
waterproof bond, water sealer, concreate: hi no it would not make a waterproof bond as concreate is porouse and water will still get through. what you will need to do is mix a water sealer in with the concreate such as pva bonding this should mack a water seal in the concreate and allow to stick...

Home Improvement--General: plumbing, water hammer, vertical pipe
water hammer, vertical pipe, inch pipe: Roy, Sorry for the delay there was a problem with the site log-in. The old fashion solution to water hammer was to add a 12 vertical pipe filled with air at the end of the run (faucet) so that when the water cut off the flowing pressure would compress...

Home Improvement--General: plumbing fixtures, licenced plumber, plumbing supply
licenced plumber, plumbing supply, plumbing fixtures: There is a rule when shopping Home Depot. Never buy one of anything. It takes two or more to get a good one. I dont want to imply they only have seconds but I have not had to take any parts back to a plumbing supply house...but have taken MANY back to...

Home Improvement--General: plumbing out old walls, duplex house, fasterners
duplex house, fasterners, old walls: Gene, I have never seen a square plumb wall! But if they are way off you can always make shims that you nail to the studs to straighten the walls up a little. What I mean by shims are strips of wood that you nail to the studs to make the studs as straight...

Home Improvement--General: plumbing, hot water tank, bladder tanks
hot water tank, bladder tanks, bladder tank: TO ROY LEHMAN RE: plumb problems The water hammer can be reduced with the use of a bladder type holding tank...If you have one now,,then make sure the air adjustment is correct...Most bladder tanks call for the air pressure on the bladder,,...

Home Improvement--General: pocket door repair, wall sheathing, pocket doors
wall sheathing, pocket doors, member www: Hello, Yes you should be able to remove the doorstops and maybe some of the door jam to completely access the door itself and the door rollers. The track is another matter. Part of the wall sheathing/covering will probably have to be removed. See if Art...

Home Improvement--General: pocket door, pocket doors, repairman
pocket doors, repairman, jamb: Get another repairman. He truly does not know pocket doors. The trim around the entrance to the pocket comes off, the adjustment, if any is on the top of the door. If they have no adjustment, then the door can be removed to alter the hardware. For some...

Home Improvement--General: popcorn ceiling, soft ceilings, plaster sand
soft ceilings, plaster sand, wall plaster: if there is pop corn ,then its not asbestos. there are ceilings that look similar to a fine pop corn that were asbestos,the material will be soft and 1/2 thick,i have never seen asbestos plaster in a home,only commercial buildings,it was used for sound control,in...

Home Improvement--General: popcorn ceiling, popcorn ceilings, pop corn
popcorn ceilings, pop corn, lung surgery: i should have used a little more caution with that answer.i started the plastering trade in 1972 and two years latter they banned it.there were sprays made similar to popcorn texture that did have asbestos.these were acoustical sprays.it would have to be tested...

Home Improvement--General: popcorn ceiling removal, spray mist bottle, popcorn ceilings
spray mist bottle, popcorn ceilings, nail screw: Hi Hannah, If you haven t already, try wetting the areas with a spray/mist bottle and see if that doesn t make it easier. Unfortunately I always use a pole sander after all the scraping is done and the ceiling is dry again to remove the last remaining fuzz...

Home Improvement--General: popcorn ceiling, latex work, enamel paint
latex work, enamel paint, popcorn ceilings: the water idea works for the drywall mud or spray,no painted areas.with a large drywall knife or scraper ,you might be able to knock the balls or tips of them off,but real tought to do.also we never use a hose ,we use a garden sprayer with hot water and...

Home Improvement--General: popcorn ceilings, popcorn ceilings, crows foot
popcorn ceilings, crows foot, garden sprayer: tape off room,if it has not been painted,mist with garden sprayer with hot water,and big 12 drywall knife and scrape it off,its water soulable,you can tape the drywall knife to a broom handle to make it easy,we have special scrapers ,but this method works...

Home Improvement--General: popcorn ceilings, drywall supply, popcorn ceilings
drywall supply, popcorn ceilings, supply houses: for really small areas ,the plaster drywall supply houses carry touch up in a spray can.the one with the bumps has material in it to make it bumpy,if its is knocked down ,then its drywall mud sprayed and after setting 5 minutes it is knocked down.both are...

Home Improvement--General: popping noises in home, thermal expansion and contraction, roofing manufacturer
thermal expansion and contraction, roofing manufacturer, expansion and contraction: Dear Dawn, The noise you describe are most likely the result of thermal expansion and contraction of the exterior of your house structure or certain elements within that structure. When the daytime sun strikes the exterior of the house and the roof, they...

Home Improvement--General: popping noises, tile roof, contraction
tile roof, contraction, pings: Unfortunately there is no science to finding a noise and the direct cause for it. It is usually an expansion contraction of some sort in a location that is affected more than it should be. Some are also attributed to the moon. The moon can and does affect...

Home Improvement--General: porcelain tub finish is dull, porcelain tub, reply
porcelain tub, reply, attempts: First off I will appologize if somehow the answer was not received. I had it desplayed twice, so I sent a duplicate answer response. For a porcelain tub...no refinishing really works. I have seen several professional attempts...they did not turn out well,...

Home Improvement--General: porch door with window, double pane window, interseal
double pane window, interseal, hotmail: there is soem reason the frame is slipping and that is what you need to know first. it could be that the glass is too heavy for the frame. it could be the frame was not well constructed. if you take out the screws (which you probably have to do to fix the...

Home Improvement--General: powered roof vents, air changes per hour, roof ventilation
air changes per hour, roof ventilation, ventilation system: Sileshi: Your information is still incomplete. Why is your roof van ventilating the house? Is the attic a habitable space and are you using this as an alterantive to air conditioning? Have you confirmed the 115,000 cu. ft./ minute specification? ...

Home Improvement--General: pre-hung doors, pre hung doors, framing a wall
pre hung doors, framing a wall, exact measurement: Jay, If you indeed have the Rough Opening as provided by the manufacturer then you should be good to go. The Rough Opening would be for a wood framed opening and allow approximately 1/2 slack all around. Masonry Opening s allow typically 1/4 slack....

Home Improvement--General: pressure treated deck-sealer/preservative, shewin williams, pressure treated lumber
shewin williams, pressure treated lumber, professional suppliers: Hey Al, Yes, understood. The PTP is fast grown Pine which means the grains are further apart showing us the fast growth. The added sap wood allowed the woods to distort much more, so we observe waning, cupping, and warping more. Cracking/waning is normal....

Home Improvement--General: price?, asphalt sealer, fly by night
asphalt sealer, fly by night, two coats: Hi Jared! Thanks for asking and I am assuming that you are in a warm part of the US right now! We just had 6 of snow this week... Unfortunately there is not an average square foot price. There are a lot of factors in pricing when sealcoating is concerned....

Home Improvement--General: primer paints, paint dept, tile floor
paint dept, tile floor, paint primer: Neil, If the walls are a light color and you are going to another light color then you do not have to prime. It is better to prime when you are going from a dark color to a light color that way you do not have to use as many coats of expensive paint....

Home Improvement--General: primer paints, high school chemistry, primer paint
high school chemistry, primer paint, paint department: Neil, No is the simple answer. Be careful painting over stain. You need to do some prep work onthe material if you are going to get a good trouble free finish. Stain is heavy in oil and todays paints are no longer oil based. They are water based,...

Home Improvement--General: a problem, staten island new york, neighbor
staten island new york, neighbor, legal advice: TO BOBBY: RE: TREE PROBLEMS The old rule is---any thing, or part of a tree or bush,,,, that hangs over your property line is yours ... All of the apples that hang over the line, are yours... If you want you can trim,,cut off,,...

Home Improvement--General: Too many problems, rain gutters, cinder block
rain gutters, cinder block, extension pipe: Dear Naomi, Your situation is normal for a house that is not new. You should see my house! You are in luck, though. Unlike people, houses can still be made to look almost new after fifty years. Basements leaking in the corner are usually caused by water...

Home Improvement--General: proper atic ventilation, blown cellulose insulation, soffit vents
blown cellulose insulation, soffit vents, ridge ventilation: Dear Jerry, First, thanks for your questions. Concerning the soffit vents, they are not critical and there is no specific need to add them to an existing house which is otherwise functioning okay. If you do go to the trouble of adding soffit vents,...

Home Improvement--General: proper caulking techniques, bathtub, sponge
bathtub, sponge, latex: use a latex paintable caulk.this means it can be cleaed with water.also cut tube end on slight angle,and keep cut towards end to keep hole small.squezee and move gun so it flows in the area your caulking.then wet your finger next to tumb,it is round on the...

Home Improvement--General: protect wood, marine varnish, vintage boats
marine varnish, vintage boats, wood boats: Well Gabe, this one s a bit out of my league, but I ll give you the most logical answer I can. Any exterior wood product takes a beating from the elements. I d have to say the sun will be the biggest danger. The water you see in AZ isn t as big an issue...

Home Improvement--General: protect wood, benjamin moore paints, exterior latex paint
benjamin moore paints, exterior latex paint, gabe gabe: Gabe, There are several ways to protect the wood. There are two issues that need to be addressed: first, the wood has to be waterproofed; second, the wood has to be protected from UV light. There are many exterior finish products that can be used,...

Home Improvement--General: protecting asphalt driveway edges, asphalt driveway, easiest thing
asphalt driveway, easiest thing, leech: Hi Bob! This is a very common question and the easiest thing to do is to landscape the edges of the driveway. I am not talking about anything special, just bring the level of the dirt and grass up to the level of the top of the asphalt. The weight of...

Home Improvement--General: puddle in driveway, hot asphalt, new asphalt driveway
hot asphalt, new asphalt driveway, drilling holes: Hi Patsy! Well, first of all congratulations on your new asphalt driveway! Asphalt is expensive and it was a great investment that you made in your property! Unfortunately, it sounds like one of two things caused the puddle. One: the asphalt was rolled...

Home Improvement--General: Question about flooring, pet stains, sanding floors
pet stains, sanding floors, kilz: Hello,Yes, this is true! Any shellac based product will seal in odors ,primers are inherently made to stick better,if there is any possibility of sanding floors in future ,just seal it with straight shellac,it makes sanding possibilities a selling point...

Home Improvement--General: Question, michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert
michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert, wondering what products: Hello Actually no, nothing different is needed to hang ceramic tile on a painted or unpainted wall. As long as the paint is in good shape, no peeling or anything like that, just go ahead as planned. Good luck! Let me know how you do or if I can be of any...

Home Improvement--General: Quickcrete, wire mesh, vigin
wire mesh, vigin, strip down: Hello Chris, Yes, you can use Quickcrete, but it only has about 2500 PSI strength/crush rating. To solve this problem, mix in half a round point shovel of Portland per bag of Quickcrete. Score or saw the concrete every 8 so it will have a predetermined...

Home Improvement--General: quality of vinyl fencing products, vinyl fencing products, fencing material
vinyl fencing products, fencing material, titanium oxide: Hi Sue, I frequent this problem often since we are so broad based in the types of projects we do for our customers. Almost everyone knows we can always go to Consumer Affairs for decent information, see; http://www.consumeraffairs.com/ I rely upon product...

Home Improvement--General: quarry tile, quarry tile, independent seniors
quarry tile, independent seniors, low income housing: Hi Lindsey, There are many variables in the refinishing and regrouting of a quarry tile floor, i.e. overall condition, porosity of tile, existing finish, etc. It may turn out that it does not need to be regrouted. I can tell you that it will be much cheaper...

Home Improvement--General: quary tile, quarry tile, cracked tile
quarry tile, cracked tile, grout joints: TO LINDSEY RE: FOYER TILE Lindsey-- these types of tile are usually very strong and laid in a good bed of mortar like a cement.. The durability depends a lot on what s the tile are laid on... What s under the tile?? Is it a concrete slab...

Home Improvement--General: question about future redo, porch roof, html david
porch roof, html david, gable end: Hello David, If you can flash the window according to the window flashing details in the window flashing video on this link, it will work great. http://www.michigancodes.com/popup_m1.html If not, we need to seriously rethink of redesigning either the porch...

Home Improvement--General: question about future redo, water proof, old colonial
water proof, old colonial, goop: David: You can make it structurally sound. Though making it water proof will be difficult to impossible without a lot of goop. Not so good to look at from the inside. I can t think of a code violation unless the window is required for egress. If...

Home Improvement--General: question on log homes, general contracting firm, log home construction
general contracting firm, log home construction, log home kit: Damion, I would be interested. I own and operate three companies. Brentwood Log Homes which is a traditional log home kit supplier. We design, manufacture, and supply log home kits and associated products. Wood House Restorations which specializes...

Home Improvement--General: two questions - patio regrade and window replacement, vague recollection, sand and gravel
vague recollection, sand and gravel, frame windows: Rob, Definately go with the Double Pane vinyl windows. I have purchased vinyl double panes for all my houses and I love the way they keep the outside temperatures outside. Not to mention the niose level from the street is reduced by the double panes....

Home Improvement--General: quikcrete vs plaster of paris outside, pebbles and stones, pebbles stones
pebbles and stones, pebbles stones, plaster of paris: Ahhh to be 60 and still learning. I hope I can touch on all of this. Plaster of Paris is for indoor use, you got that wrong. Quickcrete and other such concrete bag mixes is the way to go. As for the poles...if you have a 2 diameter pole, the hole should...

Home Improvement--General: Radon gas, water seepage, radon tester
water seepage, radon tester, dryer vent: Because this is a random testing, I would suggest another such test. Be sure the testor is calabrated often. If it has not been calabrated recently, it will read incorrectly. Keep in mind that a house needs to breath. If you make the house too air tight...it...

Home Improvement--General: Radon gas, water seepage, radon tester
water seepage, radon tester, radon detectors: Doug: I can t help you with the quality of the radon detectors you are using and I am unstudied in radon remediation in general. I have got through exposure to the subject the idea that radon, as a gas, is eliminated from enclosed areas by ventilating...

Home Improvement--General: Radon gas, water seepage, radon tester
water seepage, radon tester, radon level: The first thing I would do is to get a third test performed - preferably by someone with top-end equipment. It doesn t seem to me that the radon level would increase over time so the third test would be the determining factor. You could also borrow your...

Home Improvement--General: Radon gas, vent stacks, vent stack
vent stacks, vent stack, water seepage: Hello Doug, With the two conflicting readings, I definitely would get the third reading from a radon instrument. As a practice, we ventilate basement floor slabs now with a minimum of two vent stacks. The idea is that one is intake and the other is exhaust....

Home Improvement--General: Rafter shadow lines on ceiling., drywall ceiling, muskegon michigan
drywall ceiling, muskegon michigan, ridge vent: you should be able to have a quality insullator from your area inspect it for you,i live in muskegon michigan.it is possible the foil faced insulation is holding moister between foil and drywall and causing shadowing,it has happened when people have used plastic...

Home Improvement--General: Rain leak makes the carpet leak, water slips, water infiltration
water slips, water infiltration, driven rain: Kyunghee, I would need much more information to help you. Water infiltration into a building requires a thorough inspection to find the source of the water. Since this leak seems to develop only with heavy rains it could indicate that wind driven rain...

Home Improvement--General: Rain water entering from windows, window cleaning company, window cleaning service
window cleaning company, window cleaning service, drain holes: Alex, If you point out to the window cleaning service what the problem is I think that they should be able to take care of it. A handyman is just going to overcharge you. It is really simple to do just take an old tooth brush and the water hose to...

Home Improvement--General: Raising a basement, horizontal joints, steel reinforcement
horizontal joints, steel reinforcement, concrete basement: TO DARCI RE: HOUSE RAISING.. Darci--The best people are the house movers..The good ones have a lot of experience in lifting houses.. This is the first step in house moving.. The usually have a lot of the steel beams,, jacks and pier building...

Home Improvement--General: Raising a ceiling, vinyl windows aluminum, aluminum siding
vinyl windows aluminum, aluminum siding, building an addition: I bought a house in a regular Joe neighborhood. My neighbors have vinyl windows, aluminum siding, etc. I have been nagged by everybody I know that I have put too much into my house... copper flashing, gutters. A stone front. Cedar post front porch, a custom...

Home Improvement--General: Raising an existing steel exterior door 3/4 ", bottom track, steel door
bottom track, steel door, exterior door: Paulette gee, Most doors interior and exterior have a way to make them fit in the frame. Most have to be cut on the bottom. I have never dealt with a steel door but I am almost positive that they can be adjusted from the bottom or top. They either...