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Home Improvement--General: Saggin Roof Rafters, roof rafters, attic conversions
roof rafters, attic conversions, ceiling joists: This is a job for an OLD carpenter. Do not try using someone that has not done attic conversions. It needs to be assessed properly and managed in a group of rafter scenario. A good carpenter could take a whole day. Depending on the area of concern...2...

Home Improvement--General: Sagging Garage floor, slabjacking, rigid paper
slabjacking, rigid paper, lateral pressure: Sam, I am not 100% sure I understand your description. Garage slabs often slope to exterior. Your 3-4 gap under(?) the door sounds a bit much. You indicate frame, is that to say there is a 3-4 gap under the center of the door and the door is actually...

Home Improvement--General: Saging staircase, intire, stair case
intire, stair case, money pit: Kristin, Staircase sagging? All I can picture is the movie the Money Pit. No not really! What I would suggest is a short term fix and eventually you might want to put the money into a total rebuild. It is sagging because something is failing. Not sure...

Home Improvement--General: Saturated Cinderblock, water in the basement, cinderblock
water in the basement, cinderblock, french drain: Hi again Kevin, Interior application is fine if you will be satisfied doing it that way. I will give you suggestions how to correct the problem rather that patch them, I would be remiss in my calling if I did any other. On minor water intrusions,...

Home Improvement--General: Sauna, upper bench, sauna room
upper bench, sauna room, wood benches: Hi Dieter: First of all, the proper ceiling height in a sauna room is 7 H. This is to maximize the temperature on the upper bench. Generally there is a 100*F difference in temperature between the floor and the ceiling in a sauna room and the lower ceiling...

Home Improvement--General: Screen door stuck/ won't fit, sliding glass doors, deck work
sliding glass doors, deck work, neigbor: With the glass door working properly, I will suggest that the screen door is the cuprit. It may be binding on a wheel, in the track, on the top edges. It may need lube or grease to release a bind. It is hard to point to all the possibilites. Sometimes...

Home Improvement--General: Screw Head Broke Off, needle nose pliers, screw out
needle nose pliers, screw out, screw head: hi couple of things. if the hinge is the top one then one screw will be enough to hold the door as the bottom hinge takes the weight. if the hinge is ajacent to another cupboard onne you remove the old screw you could put a longer screw in so it bites on...

Home Improvement--General: Screwing down subflooring., screw down, hardwood flooring
screw down, hardwood flooring, inchs: Hello Luciano, Subfloor nailing patterns are one every six inchs on the ends and one every 8 inches into the joists in the field. Use subfloor adhesive to keep it from squeaking. When subflooring gets wet it expands. When it drys out, it shrinks so the that...

Home Improvement--General: Screwing down subflooring., plywood edges, deck screws
plywood edges, deck screws, screw down: Luciano: The procedure is to use deck screws at the same spacing as nails. 12 on center along supports and 6 along edges. All plywood edges need to be supported with blocking if not over a support. I do not understand the desire to install the screws...

Home Improvement--General: Screwing down subflooring., zurich insurance company, hardwood flooring
zurich insurance company, hardwood flooring, science seminar: Hi Luciano, I am not aware of any codes or manufactures recommended procedures including screwing down the subfloor from the underneath side. If the floor joists are I joist or trusses, it should work well. Toe tacking lumber in a little more difficult....

Home Improvement--General: Screwing down subflooring., screw down, hardwood flooring
screw down, hardwood flooring, plywood: The code calls for a 6d fastener spaced a minimum of 12 inches on center along each floor joist. Commonly you screw from the upperside down as that way the screw sucks the subfloor tight to the floor joist. (And besides it is so much easier!) The only...

Home Improvement--General: SEAL COATING, sandusky ohio, rubber content
sandusky ohio, rubber content, reputable manufacturers: Hi Ken! The squeegee I was referring to is 5 foot wide, not 5 . The rubber blade is about 2 in length. A 5 foot squeegee will cover a considerable amount of area in a short time--providing that you get the hang of using such a large hand tool. They are...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing Concrete Driveway, concrete driveway, concrete company
concrete driveway, concrete company, recommended product: I have never found a need to use any type of sealer on concrete - if concrete is properly installed it shouldn t need any sealant at all. But if you feel the need to apply a sealant I would suggest that to go to the largest concrete company in your area...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing a concrete floor to drywall, putty knife, irregular manner
putty knife, irregular manner, baseboard: Normally a gap is left between the drywall and the floor, and the primary purpose of the baseboard is to conceal that gap. However, if for some reason you want to seal the gap anyway, and the gap is less that 3/4 of an inch high, I suggest you get a bucket...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing concrete floor, quarts gallons, high humidity
quarts gallons, high humidity, car port: Generally I would say no. If water is coming up from below, it means that water will penetrate the bond of the concrete to whatever coating you try. However, I will suggest trying Johnsons Floor finish, as it is water base when wet and acrylic when dry....

Home Improvement--General: Sealing Knotholes, pan abode, knot hole
pan abode, knot hole, matching colors: Michael, We normally fill small voids with a product called E-Wood. If the void is unsound (loose materials, etc.) we first apply a product called M-Balm. M-Balm is a consolidator; it is a liquid made up of two parts, A and B. You can brush it on and...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing knots, loose knots, weather sun
loose knots, weather sun, pressure treated lumber: Bob, When you say seal knots I m not sure what you are asking. The entire board is pressure treated, including the knots so they are already sealed relative to rot. If you are asking how to seal the knots from absorbing water you would need to apply...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing limestone backspalsh & granite countertops, granite countertops, soap and water
granite countertops, soap and water, grout sealer: Alaka, Soap and water with a toothbrush if they are not too dirty. If they are really dirty then you made need to get some commercial grade grout cleaner. Sold in the same place that you are going to buy the grout sealer. I would wait at least...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing new driveway, vancouver bc canada, asphalt content
vancouver bc canada, asphalt content, rule of thumb: Hi Jennifer! Our rule of thumb here in PA is to wait one year before sealing brand new asphalt. So in my opinion, you should definitely wait until next year! Your new asphalt needs time to cure and release the gases that make up the asphalt content....

Home Improvement--General: Sealing Patio Brick, patio brick, brick patio
patio brick, brick patio, rubber membrane: Hello, Rubber membrane - most plumbing stores should have this material, i d use same stuff used for a concrete shower base. to attach to drain i d use a concrete show base drain. it clamps around the hole in the membrane directing water down the...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing under sliding doors, wall cavity, air infiltration
wall cavity, air infiltration, family dwellings: Shannon, I don t like to be in a position to criticize other trades people, but it sounds like you have found an unscrupulous builder. His comment that code requires you to not flash doors is virtually absurd. That s the same as saying code requires a...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing Vinyl Siding, vinyl siding, seal krete
vinyl siding, seal krete, couple references: Hi Beth, Since we each live in completely opposite climates, the way things are done in each location differ dramatically. I know there are different methods used down south to help with sun blockage. I ve heard of a sealant used on concrete being used on...

Home Improvement--General: Seam on countertop, rita rita, formica
rita rita, formica, seam: Rita, I have no information for you. It is hard to hide the seam in formica. I have not had much experience in trying to do it. So the best advice that I can give you is you need to keep the dirt out of it. The cleaner the seam the harder it is to see....

Home Improvement--General: Second story addition, bungalow style, space foundation
bungalow style, space foundation, story addition: Cindy, In general, most foundations will easily support the load from another floor being added. This is especially true in the case of accessible attics. But to know if your particular house is OK for this, you will need to have a licensed engineer or...

Home Improvement--General: Selecting a drywall finisher, drywall finisher, butt joints
drywall finisher, butt joints, partition walls: install longer board,less joints is less finishing,dont stop board on door corners to keep from cracking,go to center of door or cut out the door . use a router for cutting out boxes.if you glue and screw the sheets you will need less fasteners, hang ceilings...

Home Improvement--General: Separating roofing joists, roofing joists, brick bungalow
roofing joists, brick bungalow, natural geometry: This sounds like a case of spreading, a well known phenomenon that resembles what you are describing. Sometimes when alterations are made to a home or just errors in the original construction, the remote ends of the rafters are not tied in suffciently and...

Home Improvement--General: Separation between ceiling and wall, season changes, local contractor
season changes, local contractor, building inspector: This is not common in my area. I d suggest consulting with another local contractor or building inspector. If the gap comes and goes maybe crown mold would solve it. I d be interested in what you learn from someone s visual inspection. Sorry I can t be more...

Home Improvement--General: Septic tank, septic tank system, plumbing drains
septic tank system, plumbing drains, horrible smell: Dear Tricilla, You need an expert plumber who specializes in septic systems. This is not a problem that an amateur, a handyman, or a person on the internet can possibly solve for you. It is serious and may be a health hazard as well as smelling bad. ...

Home Improvement--General: Settling house noise, thermal expansion and contraction, expansion and contraction
thermal expansion and contraction, expansion and contraction, moderate temperature: Jerry, This sound is normally associated with thermal expansion and contraction. The tricky part may be determining which component is involved, but if you have nailed-on siding, that is a good first guess. It is supposed to be nailed slightly loose to...

Home Improvement--General: Sewer/toilet, e mail address, water seeps
e mail address, water seeps, bees wax: if the shut off for the toilet doesn t stop it and the main shut off does then, there must be a leak somewhere under the slab that is going to the toilet area and coming up. was there water in the drain when the wax ring was replaced. i assume none....

Home Improvement--General: Shadow lines on interior walls, insulation batts, ceiling joists
insulation batts, ceiling joists, candle flames: Dear Ted, Thanks for your question and for your expression of appreciation. This is a very common non-serious problem that does not require repairs. The problem is caused by the variable condensation of smoke on surfaces of different temperature....

Home Improvement--General: Shed concrete pad?, self leveling concrete, wire mesh
self leveling concrete, wire mesh, concrete pad: Don t know anything about self leveling concrete. You ll need to pour a minimum of two inches if you decide to cap your existing slab. You ll also need to put wire mesh of some kind(even chicken wire)in it to hold it together. I don t think I d try to grind...

Home Improvement--General: Sheet Rock and Flooring, paint spots, grit paper
paint spots, grit paper, sheetrock: Hello Sommer Spencer, sheet usually goes horizontal with joints overlapping. ie the joints make T not X . the hardwood can be sanded right away. get a large grit (80 grit) paper to remove the coating. then restain, sand (120 grit) , restain...

Home Improvement--General: Sheetrock Archway, corner bead, sheetrock
corner bead, sheetrock, drywall: hope your using the arch bead with the precut slots to make the arch.also when you framed it and drywalled it you had a good arch to start.now with good arch to add bead to ,you will have to visually install to arch,or make a form,for the bead to follow. ...

Home Improvement--General: Sheetrock ceiling, josts, moisture problem
josts, moisture problem, water stain: Hello,You seem to have water leaking and saturating your sheetrock ,cut a square out where it appears to be the worst, big enough to peer through and see tell tale signs of water stain on the under side of roof in atic crawl space.It sounds like you have ...

Home Improvement--General: Sheetrock for kitchen ceiling, drywall supply, kitchen ceiling
drywall supply, kitchen ceiling, sheetrock: you could .you must stagger all joints,ends and long ones,other wise you might get warping between joist.normally 1/2 inch 16inch centers,or use 5/8 board and use small shims as you get close to plaster,you might also want a control joint between the hallway...

Home Improvement--General: Sheetrock Repair, sheetrock repair, texturing sheetrock
sheetrock repair, texturing sheetrock, texas gulf coast: if its paper tape,its put on with wet all purpose drywall mud.then wipe tight. you would remove this tape and apply new tape to this area.after drying you would skim with 2 more coats and feather in each coat. the problem is depending on your texture how...

Home Improvement--General: Sheetrocking around windows, sheetrocking, corner bead
sheetrocking, corner bead, framer: pretty much similar to wood,but if you don t do the inside first,and hang the wall drywall first,the corner bead wont be wide enough if you shim inside last.you could end up with a large gap.that will have to be prefilled and might crack.this is what can be...

Home Improvement--General: Sheetrocking windows, vinly windows, scrap lumber
vinly windows, scrap lumber, cornerbead: Hi Steve, Actually it s very common around here and no big deal for the sheetrocker to do. You can drywall the window openings on all 4 sides or what s more typical, three sides (top and both sides) and add a wider wood sill to the bottom. As you note,...

Home Improvement--General: Shelves, drywall screws, bracketless shelves
drywall screws, bracketless shelves, bracketless shelf: Hello Dave, It must be a small shelf to be less than 14 wide so those pictures will have to be small. Drywall should support this, but install a winged or expanding type anchor that is rated for holding this weight. Read on the box or go to ACE or True...

Home Improvement--General: Shelves, bracketless shelves, drywall screws
bracketless shelves, drywall screws, bracketless shelf: Dave, Go for it. What is the worst that can happen? You have to repair the holes that you made and repaint. I am not sure how much that the bracketless shelves will hold. But the amount that you are planning on is not that much. I would Go for it. I would...

Home Improvement--General: How to Shore up Cracking Ceiling, joist hangers, mid span
joist hangers, mid span, ledger board: Jason, There are several ways to solve this problem. It sounds like you want to support the joists better where you beleive the ends of the joists are not properly supported. You might be surprised if you open up the ceiling. The joists may be attached...

Home Improvement--General: Shower ceiling drywall, plumbing leak, roof leak
plumbing leak, roof leak, exhaust fan: To JULIE RE: DRYWALL PROBLEMS Wheres the water coming from???...Julie,, when a drywall seam fails it s because its getting wet You either have a roof leak above,,Plumbing leak from the upper bath,,,Or the exhaust fan hose is going directly up...

Home Improvement--General: Shower door problem, shower doors, parrafin
shower doors, parrafin, stall shower: Judith, Yes, we have encountered this problem. That door was out of alignment catching on the bottom as it closed. The piano hinge, a continuous hinge, was bent. Unable to order a new hinge or door, we had to replace the door. The problem as it later turned...

Home Improvement--General: Shower enclosures, mold problems, horizontal support
mold problems, horizontal support, fan wall: Judi, We typically install shower heads at 6 -4 to the discharge point. This is much more comfortable for a tall person. The top of the shower door should ideally be close to this height, to catch any sideways misting from the spray. Unfortunately,...

Home Improvement--General: Shower Pan, hot showers, motar
hot showers, motar, shower pan: Victoria, Sorry but you either did not mix the motar correctly or got a bad batch. Or you did not wait long enough for it to set up before putting water on it. OR it could be that your drain is expanding and contracting when you use the shower causing...

Home Improvement--General: Shower pan/tile, shower pan liner, roofing paper
shower pan liner, roofing paper, mil pvc: This is a little tricky to describe, so I will try to spell it out. The top of the drain assembly needs to be at least 2 above the floor and 2 below the shower dam. The drain assembly (two pieces) separates...the lower section is the first gauge. A concrete...

Home Improvement--General: Shower Rod for Clawfoot Tub, conduit benders, curtain rod
conduit benders, curtain rod, electrical conduit: I would suggest using electrical conduit, because it is light weight and use plumbing floor flanges to fasten to the ceiling. You can rent conduit benders and make the curtain rod any dimension and design you want. It is not easy, but if you get some extra...

Home Improvement--General: Shower Rod Installation, plastic anchors, wall stud
plastic anchors, wall stud, drilling holes: Drilling tile requires a masonry bit. It usually also requuires a hammer drill of a sort to promote the tip to penetrate the ceramic surface. As for the mounting hardware, there are many sizes of plastic anchors for whatever size drill you use. I recommend...

Home Improvement--General: Shower Stall Repair, pin holder, luck steve
pin holder, luck steve, pin system: Hi Dave, Boy do I know what you mean. You would think they would figure out a way to build a better pin system. I have seen this one a lot - including at my own house. I would suggest that you contact a distributor of Neo-Angle directly. A company that...

Home Improvement--General: Shower stall Sealant, home improvement specialist, mold cleaner
home improvement specialist, mold cleaner, silicon sealant: Kiran, You need to find a home improvement specialist or a general contractor that does home improvement/remodeling work. From your brief description it sounds like there may be a leak in the wall. This may require opening up the wall to get to the plumbing....

Home Improvement--General: Shower Wall tiles, rubber gasket, brass screw
rubber gasket, brass screw, tile grout: I am refering to the drain assembly in the middle of the pan. There are a couple of different types. An all plastic model that breaks easily, a brass type with a tap in seal that leaks frequently and the brass screw compression type that lasts almost...

Home Improvement--General: Shower Walls, plaster systems, shower walls
plaster systems, shower walls, drywall: when our company does outside plaster systems,there is more than one process.we always make sure the owner realizes the different options,and possibilities.we always push the top of the line system,not because we make more money installing it,(we actually...

Home Improvement--General: Showr stall floor repair, cement paint, tile job
cement paint, tile job, seapage: Todd, What they normally use in a floor base is concrete that has no agragate (pebbles) in it. So this makes since as to what you found. So yes you can repour the concrete in the shower stall. You can paint the conrete and finish it off nice. But I would...

Home Improvement--General: Sidewalk Repair, sidewalk repair, concrete sidewalk
sidewalk repair, concrete sidewalk, patch job: The first thing to do is to wash it down with a diluted wash of Muratic acid. This will clean the concrete and allow another surface to bond. I would suggest a mixture of pour stone and appy it liberally then use a fine hair brush to give it a texture....

Home Improvement--General: Siding, broken bricks, siding
broken bricks, siding, robson: Timothy, Yes I have heard of it and it is fairly common. Why? Well what if you want to change the exterior look of your house. What if the bricks are in need of replacement and you do not want to replace all the bad chipped or broken bricks....

Home Improvement--General: Siding, masonry products, siding
masonry products, siding, brick: Hello Timothy, Yes. If someone would pressure wash the brick so that the exterior glaze breaks down, something would need to be done to solve the problem of the brick deteriorating, (face breaks off), everytime it froze and thawed. It is rumored, promised,...

Home Improvement--General: Siding, asbestos shingles, wood shingles
asbestos shingles, wood shingles, exterior siding: Jennifer, My guess would be asbestos shingles that someone has painted over. They were used 50 years ago and are thinner and larger than wood shingles. You should be able to paint them like the last guy did just determine if it is latex or oil based...

Home Improvement--General: Siding, exterior insulation, insulation value
exterior insulation, insulation value, lumber yard: There are varying thicknesses of T1-11 but the prefered is 3/4 . 5/8 is probably the most common, because it meets the minimum structural stantards. The Masonite brands are NON structural, and almost a particle board construction. They do not hold up well....

Home Improvement--General: Siding, vinyl sidings, plastic insulation
vinyl sidings, plastic insulation, brick top: Personally I dont like the vinyl sidings, because they have been known to be unstable. Alot of expansion and contraction. ONly certain areas of the country can cope well with that. Vinyl is light weight and easy to install. Hardi siding is permanent, durable,...

Home Improvement--General: Siding, air infiltration, mold growth
air infiltration, mold growth, time kris: Kris, Installing vinyl siding over Masonite-type siding is VERY commonplace. This fibrous material just doesn t hold up. Vinyl siding does allow some moisture to escape, because it is not a continuous impermeable barrier. Every joint, weep hole, and...

Home Improvement--General: Siding, siding types, hail storms
siding types, hail storms, siding company: When it comes to insulated siding, I only use Crane or Alcoa s Structure. These vinyl products have the foam insulation backer fused to the siding. It s not just a drop-in or insert, that slides around behind the vinyl siding. Having a backing like this helps...

Home Improvement--General: Siding, vent pipes, attic insulation
vent pipes, attic insulation, stack effect: Alcoa & Crane are upper end products with upper end prices. They do carry a bigger price tag. Your attic insulation is the bigger issue here. Most of the heat loss in a home built in the 60 s other than doors & windows goes straight up through your ceiling....

Home Improvement--General: Siding Contractors, perspective marketing, cedar shingles
perspective marketing, cedar shingles, window sills: Jeremy: RS Means Construction Cost Data. There are various editions for different types of construction. I believe there is one for Residential work. You need to be attentive to use of the manual. It is not as straight forward as a car Make, Model, Year...

Home Improvement--General: Siding over foundation?, rigid foam insulation, taco bell restaurants
rigid foam insulation, taco bell restaurants, wood siding: Andrew, I answered this question just a minute ago. You might have submitted you question in duplicate, but I’ll include the answer here again, just in case it’s an internal problem: The tar is virtually impossible to remove. It does, however, hold...

Home Improvement--General: Siding a mobile home, pot pouri, wood studs
pot pouri, wood studs, aluminum siding: I will gladly tell you that mobile homes have many different criteria. Some have NO studs in them and thus nothing to add siding to. Some have wood studs..unevenly spaced, some have metal studs...pot pouri. You would need to know the makeup of your structure...

Home Improvement--General: Siding question, vinyl siding, lawn mowers
vinyl siding, lawn mowers, chunk: Hello Paul, Yes vinyl siding usually has a warranty by the manufacture for a number of years. Contact your siding distributor of your brand of siding. There may be more than one local distributor, so if one does not work, try another. They will have contact...

Home Improvement--General: Siding, roofing, ventilation . . not sure what the problem is, cedar shingle siding, certain teed shingles
cedar shingle siding, certain teed shingles, cedar siding: Dear Janese, Thanks for your question. This is mostly a mystery, and I have had at least four different questioners report very loud noises coming from their homes, two this week. Since I have never experienced this among my friends or customers, I can...

Home Improvement--General: Siding for do it your selfer?, aluminum siding, inch aluminum
aluminum siding, inch aluminum, brick exterior: Mike: I can t help you with pricing. As a general rule take the cost of what you would pay for a contractor to do the work and multiple it by your tax rate and 25% (for your administration) to get actual cost compared to your time and materials. Doing...

Home Improvement--General: Siding / starter strip, diameter holes, starter strip
diameter holes, starter strip, windows and doors: RK I assume you are talking about vinyl siding. The only option I am aware of is to use a J channel as you would around windows and doors to close the open bottom edge. Drill some 1/16 diameter holes in the outside bottom edge to allow water to drain...

Home Improvement--General: Siding - vapor barrier, vapor control, hardiplank
vapor control, hardiplank, furring strips: I have never heard any complaints about Tyvek untill now. Its whole purpose is vapor control. I restricts, not stops. It allows some breathing of the structure. The hardiplank is a fairly good product. I havent used it much, but it was OK. The good part...

Home Improvement--General: Siding - vapor barrier, cedar siding, roll roofing
cedar siding, roll roofing, installation capabilities: Steve: I fall in line with the your framer and architect friends and exterior moisture and water underlayment - I use 15# asphalt saturated felt. Your siding choice will be determined by your desired appearance, maintenance, longevity, installation capabilities...

Home Improvement--General: Siding, siding problem, aluminum siding
siding problem, aluminum siding, vinyl siding: Hello Howard, To solve it properly, start at the top and remove until you reach where your problem siding is located. Reinstall the siding while it is properly relaxed. (with the heel of the hand sliding upward, pop it into place, and let it stand.) As you...

Home Improvement--General: Single pole switch wiring, romex wire, silver screw
romex wire, silver screw, fixture wire: Hi Wil, On 110 VAC, you have power, neutral, and ground wires for residential 110 VAC circuits. For a standard romex wire; wiring the switch: The black power leg coming into the junction box where the light fixture is wired through that box to power...

Home Improvement--General: Skim Coating Drywall, screw holes, excess dust
screw holes, excess dust, paper tape: you do not need to skim coat entire board.sometimes we will do a entire skim coat if it is written in spec books for that job,they call it a level 5 finish, before you primes take a damp cloth and wipe of excess dust,then prime your area. when skim coating...

Home Improvement--General: Skylights, stress cracks, 12 houses
stress cracks, 12 houses, skylite: TO LISA RE: Skylites The plastic skylites are for the most part JUNK,, TROUBLE,, BAD,, Then Awful... I put some in about 10-12 houses,, Nothing but trouble..I even used the best ones made of LEXAN(polycarbonate) all had problems.. ...

Home Improvement--General: Skylights, double pane window, dome skylights
double pane window, dome skylights, domed skylights: TO Brent. RE skylights Almost all plastic skylights have double layers,,so this not an issue.. most plastic skys leave a lot to be happy about... They discolor, fog up, pit, and are hard to keep clean or clear....Some of them also develop...

Home Improvement--General: Slate on Concrete, slate tiles, latex additive
slate tiles, latex additive, front porch: The basic application is thinset . In some cases they recommend a latex additive to increase adhesion. Depending on your weather conditions...it could be a good idea. The white thinset is a bit stronger but has less open time...needing to work faster....

Home Improvement--General: Sliding Door Leak & Repairing SubFloor, sliding glass doors, sill pan
sliding glass doors, sill pan, floor tile: Hello Arnita, Why not accent the entry area with a different entry accent on the floor tile? Or, buy extra tile to accomplish this later? Alas, I digress so moving along now to you answers... You can probably remove/replace the subfloor and underlayment...

Home Improvement--General: Sliding Door, sliding door, glass company
sliding door, glass company, rollers: The rollers on the bottom of the door are removable. Unfortunately it is not very easy to remove the door from the track to get to them. If you can get help.... the door lifts up and swings out at the bottom, then it can be laid on edge to see the rollers....

Home Improvement--General: Sliding glass door, good shape, sliding door
good shape, sliding door, sliding glass: Robin, Yes it is possible and it is not much work. First you have to remove the sliding door from the frame. Place it off to the side. It is really really heavy be very careful not to break the glass. You might need to adjust the wheels on the top...

Home Improvement--General: Sliding glass doors, sliding glass doors, anderson doors
sliding glass doors, anderson doors, glass door assemblies: I would think that Andersen would have a web site to inform you of all the options available to any of their products. MOST....sliding glass door assemblies do offer the option to go left/right or right/left by swaping the door and panel to opposite sides...

Home Improvement--General: Sliding Shed Door, rust proof, roller bearings
rust proof, roller bearings, barn doors: TO EMILY RE: BARN SLIDING DOORS. Emily--There are many types and styles of barn sliding doors.They have been in use for probably well over a hundred years.. Most of the big home supply stores have a lot of styles.. You may need to order...

Home Improvement--General: Slippery Driveway, steep driveways, front wheel drive
steep driveways, front wheel drive, two cars: Hi Alan! When the driveway was sealed last, there wasn t enough sand in the mix, and this is causing it to become slippery when wet. On steep driveways/roadways/parking lots/ we mix our sealer with more sand than normal for that reason. Sometimes, we...

Home Improvement--General: Slow leak from upstairs sink damaging basement ceiling, also previous smoker in house.., latex paint, quality latex
latex paint, quality latex, basement ceiling: Nick, For the leak, If the water is coming from above then you may have mold inside of the ceiling cavity or under the cabinet. Spraying will not help in these cases. I recommend removal of the wetted ceiling section, then cleaning as needed, followed...

Home Improvement--General: Smell from basement - on the first floor, automatic humidifier, dry basements
automatic humidifier, dry basements, mold spores: Hi Kristin. I m sorry you are having this problem. I can only offer clues about what to try. There are hundreds of possible odor sources, but my intuition tells me it is something with the air handler or the ducts. I have seen lots of homes of all...

Home Improvement--General: Smell in the house, pet stains, utraviolet
pet stains, utraviolet, jeff cohn: Great question and first don t feel bad this happens to many folks when they purchase a house. Ok here we go! First you have to be a detective. Get a black utraviolet light( hardware store) and when you turn off the lights you may see outlines of...

Home Improvement--General: Smell under three season porch, bleach 10, season porch
bleach 10, season porch, porch floor: Your brother is pretty close to what I would recommend. First...dilute the bleach 10/1 or so....then let it have it. You want to kill any bacteria that Might be decaying something. It will also sanitize this area in the event that a cause appears and needs...

Home Improvement--General: Smelly concrete floor, jeff cohn, water solution
jeff cohn, water solution, shellac: Easy, First clean concrete with with a vinegar water solution and mop. Urine when it dries leaves alkaline deposits that need acidic( vinegar) to nuetralize. Second seal with a clear shellac . That s it!!!! Jeff Cohn SI Restoration ...

Home Improvement--General: Smooth stomped ceiling, drywall supply, drywall contractors
drywall supply, drywall contractors, ace hardware: Hi Michelle, It can be done in a variety of ways....but it s hard for me to say exactly what will and won t work without being able to see it for myself. But in general, you can; a) remove the existing drywall and replace it (ceiling height would then remain...

Home Improvement--General: Smoothing material for concrete block pool, plastic cement, cement concrete
plastic cement, cement concrete, cure time: You are pretty close. If you can get Plastic cement to mix with sand, that is the base for stucco. Try to make it +- 1/4 thick. After that, I would use thinset mixed with an added amount of plastic cement to put on a fairly smooth coat. Keep in mind,...

Home Improvement--General: Smoothing textured plater walls, plaster walls, bonding agent
plaster walls, bonding agent, thin coat: could be skimmed over with a setting dry wall mud USG 45 or similar,but a plasterer could use a bonding agent,(this is a must)and replaster with thin coat plaster,either smooth or re texture to what you like,remodel because of floor coverings and more,could...

Home Improvement--General: Snow Removal from Wood Deck, winter thanks, pressure treated wood
winter thanks, pressure treated wood, little sun: Will, You didn t say what the deck is made of. If it is made from pressure treated wood it will resist any rot. It will however expand and contract with the absorption and release of water. This is what causes nails to pull and also eventually deteriorates...

Home Improvement--General: Soil subsidence, concrete walkway, drainage problem
concrete walkway, drainage problem, hollow space: First off I recommend you call your builder because something was definitely done wrong. Check to see what is causing the sinking. Is it eroding away? Then there is a drainage problem. Is it just settling? Then it wasn t compacted correctly. Let me...

Home Improvement--General: Solid hard wood floors., concrete leveling compound, cement slab
concrete leveling compound, cement slab, concrete slab: Phyllis, You can lay hard wood floors on concrete. Here s how we do it. First we use a liquid concrete sealer painted on the surface of the concrete slab. Then we lay 15# felt paper on the entire slab overlapped 4 and duct taped to seal completely....

Home Improvement--General: Sound insulation, cinder block wall, drywall panels
cinder block wall, drywall panels, sound insulation: a couple of ways you can go.add 3/4 furring and foam insulation,then plaster or drywall,or using a 1.5 metal stud wall,not attached to plastered wall,then insulate and hang board. most new condos ,or duplexes have 6 studs back to back with 1 air gap between...

Home Improvement--General: Sound proofing, irreversible changes, rental house
irreversible changes, rental house, single word: Hello Well this is kind of tough since you cant do anything permanent! Only thing I could thing of right off the top of my head is maybe to hand a decorative quilt on the wall in between the 2 units. What you need is something soft to block and absorb the...

Home Improvement--General: Sound proofing a room, sound proofing a room, egg carton
sound proofing a room, egg carton, plywood sheets: Hi Rob, I have an easy solution that has proven to work in the past. It s relatively cheap and can be done in a weekend by yourself and a friend or two. It consists of R-30 insulation, 1/4 plywood sheets, string (not Wire) and some sort on convoluted...

Home Improvement--General: Sound proofing, irreversible changes, impermanent
irreversible changes, impermanent, textured surface: George: You are in a bad spot. To block the ticking of the clock at night you stuff a pillow over your head. To block the noise coming throw the walls … well that s a big pillow. The principals for sound dampening work best on the sound generating...

Home Improvement--General: Soundproofing the Bird's Room, moluccan cockatoo, french doors
moluccan cockatoo, french doors, doors and windows: Lynda, To attenuate the noise from the bird you have to make the walls, doors, and windows thicker. For walls you can add the blown in insulation, add another layer of drywall, put up egg crates on the walls. Egg crates you ask? Let me explain noise travels...

Home Improvement--General: Soundproofing and existing bedroom, mollucan cockatoo, nail screw
mollucan cockatoo, nail screw, attic space: Danielle, You didn t leave me an option to reduce the noise level of the screaming pet. Without reducing the size of the room or by adding insulation. So here is what I would suggest to cut the noise of the pet. Duct tape!! Ok so that...

Home Improvement--General: Soundproofing and existing bedroom, mollucan cockatoo, insulation product
mollucan cockatoo, insulation product, foam insulation: Hey Danielle, Not a problem. Remove existing drywall wall coverings and fiberglass inslution if any. Install spray in wet cellulose or Icynene foam insulation product. Allow this to dry properly. USG has products too as well as GP. The cockatoo will...

Home Improvement--General: Soundproofing an existing bedroom, mollucan cockatoo, carpet squares
mollucan cockatoo, carpet squares, drummer friend: I have a drummer friend....as you can imagine...noise is an issue. He put carpet on the walls. The dead air in the carpet captured most of his sounds. It may need to be on the door as well. Possibly put some carpet squares on the ceilings?? This is an...

Home Improvement--General: Soundproofing Windows, soundproofing windows, snow shovel
soundproofing windows, snow shovel, ventilation requirements: Neal: You are going to be hard pressed to keep out noise that is just on the other side of the wall. I can t give you help with this as there are building codes that require maintaining egress from bedrooms and also light and ventilation requirements....

Home Improvement--General: Soundproofing, cannery workers, roxul
cannery workers, roxul, ceiling assembly: I built a dormatory for cannery workers once and we used something simular to Option C with good results. The hat channel prevents the direct transmission of sound through the floor/ceilng joists and the one layer of 5/8 type X sheetrock provides the...

Home Improvement--General: Sounds travelling through the AC vents, ac ducting, fiberglass board
ac ducting, fiberglass board, board material: Dear Jared, I m not an authority on this subject, but when I had a job assembling air handlers in 1972, we had a product known as sound off which was a tar-like substance that was brushed on the inside of the unit and then fiberglass board material was...

Home Improvement--General: SPR Tub Refinishing, fiberglass repair, suround
fiberglass repair, suround, waste of time: There are several fiberglass repair kits...they all will do a fair job....but it takes some waste of time and practice on someother object before you attempt to fix the tub. You can make it much worse...real fast if you dont practice on something else and...

Home Improvement--General: Space behind toliet tank and wall, paint oil, finished wall
paint oil, finished wall, oil base: TO LORENE RE: TOILET POSITION. Lorene--I d like to find the DUMBBELL that set the toilet in the first place.. There is no excuse for that type of poor work.. There are a lot of decorative cabinets that fit behind toilets.. The...

Home Improvement--General: Spackling, drywall job, crators
drywall job, crators, previous condition: That has some influence, but it is still a consistency issue. Sometimes spackle gets too dry, or open too long. Sometimes the area being spackled actually will draw the moisture out too quickly. It may help to sponge the area first to give a hint of moisture...

Home Improvement--General: Spilled Motor Oil, chain lube, drain pan
chain lube, drain pan, scrub brush: Phil, Get some simple green and coat the whole area. Use it straight do not dilute. Once coated take a scrub brush or a stiff broom and work the simple green into the area. Now wash it down and do it again wet. This should get most of the oil out as simple...

Home Improvement--General: Splice my sprinkler wires, luck steve, wooten
luck steve, wooten, sprinklers: Hi Elmer, Sorry to hear about that. This is outside my area of expertise and a question for a sprinkler expert. Please check under Home/Garden - Gardening - Landscaping - Irrigation Good luck. Steve Please note the revised path. There is an expert...

Home Improvement--General: Split In Beam, parallel cracks, structual engineer
parallel cracks, structual engineer, main beam: Hello Frank, If this is a split in the beam materials one inch high, it can be of tremendous concern. The beam could be failing. Questions needing answers are: How long has it had this split? Has the split grown in width or height? If it is a one inch...

Home Improvement--General: Sprinklers, trench digger, sprinkler lines
trench digger, sprinkler lines, top soil: Wayne, Get the sprinklers working first, then do the rototilling. Yes you can rototill around the sprinklers and pipes once you know how deep the pipe is. You had to dig some of it up to find out which way it runs. They should be at least 6 deep. Once...

Home Improvement--General: Stacking a Washer and Drier on the Second Floor, washer and drier, insurance replacements
washer and drier, insurance replacements, floor question: There is an appliance PAN that allows for a washing machice to be in a water basin with a drain that can be plumbed into a DWV assembly or to vented directly to an exterior wall. Keep in mind that if connected to a DWV line, a trap will need to be include...

Home Improvement--General: Staining antique furniture, flooring product, horrible mistake
flooring product, horrible mistake, muddy boots: Nelia, I am not a furniture expert, but I can tell you about two products I have used on furniture. These are products we use in our business all the time; one is a flooring finish product and the other is the sealer we use on our log productc on the...

Home Improvement--General: Staining treated wood, wood dries, cedar siding
wood dries, cedar siding, staining wood: Gary, You didn t say what stain is on the cedar house. My first suggestion is to find out if the manufacturer of the house stain makes a stain for treated wood. If they do, you should be able to get the color matched fairly well. Their instructions...

Home Improvement--General: Staining, expansion and contraction, wooden swing
expansion and contraction, wooden swing, horizontal applications: Barry, You sould clean the wood before staining, both the new and the old. If you pressure wash all of the surfaces the gray will be removed. However, the weathered wood, even after cleaning, will accept stain differently than new unweathered wood....

Home Improvement--General: Stainless steel sheet as shower surround?, stainless steel screws, stainless steel sheets
stainless steel screws, stainless steel sheets, stainless steel sheet: Hello Jodi, We constructed some showers similar to this in a jail we had contracts on some years ago. We used the mirror adhesive to adhere it to the wall with silicone adhesive on the lapped joints. They later welded these joints, but I do not know how they...

Home Improvement--General: Stains on roof, stains, shingles
stains, shingles, bleach: Hi David, The stains come from many factors, trees mostly, some from sap and some from just the shade allowing growth to form. Some causes eminate from the shingles themselves. The reasons that some parts of the roof will stain and others do not is a...

Home Improvement--General: Staircase boards, negative spaces, star patterns
negative spaces, star patterns, american houses: Hello Folks, When crafts in the past did this, it was normally to a secondary egress, so the impact could be lessened some. We used the negative space for our detail and implied the positive spaces of whatever we were copying. The star patterns were simply...

Home Improvement--General: Standing water in basement, sump pit, ouy
sump pit, ouy, unfinished basement: Dustin: With what I have seen in current standards of construciton 2 years could be 20. That aside if there are no water sources you see - what about the ones you don t see? Pets, children, wife? How long is the water there and how often? Thoma...

Home Improvement--General: Stanley Garage Door opener will not run properly, stanley garage door opener, garage door opener
stanley garage door opener, garage door opener, wall switch: Unplug the unit for 30 seconds. After you plug it in, try the motor without the door again. Sometimes 30 seconds is not valid,,,it may be 5 minutes.... This reboots the onboard computer for reseting all the limits again. It should run, unlimited till...

Home Improvement--General: Steam Bath, tile marble, marble granite
tile marble, marble granite, steam bath: Hi Bill - Any of the materials listed are fine for lining the interior of the steam bath - however there is a recommended process for the inside of the walls - please forward your email address or mailing address and I will send you a booklet on the architectural...

Home Improvement--General: Steam Baths, steam baths, steam bath
steam baths, steam bath, ready materials: I d be happy to send you the architectural guidelines that give you the simple specifics on building a steam bath. You must send me your direct email address or mailing address, as I can t send an attachment through All Experts. You can visit our...

Home Improvement--General: Steam Bench Material, mold and mildew, steam room
mold and mildew, steam room, wood material: Hi Kate - Thanks for asking about steam room benches. I don t recommend that you use wood at all. The steam room is a hot damp area and any kind of wood will have a hard time standing up in there. Wood can also develope mold and mildew. I recommend that...

Home Improvement--General: Steam Room Construction, granite bench, steam unit
granite bench, steam unit, steam bath: You will not need any venting in the steam room itself - infact you don t want it. It would just allow the steam to escape. If you d like, you could put a good quality bathroom type fan outside of the steam bath that could catch any steam that makes it s...

Home Improvement--General: Steam Room Design, steam baths, steam room
steam baths, steam room, steam bath: I think it s OK to put a shower in the steam room - it s done all the time. Most steam baths are in the master shower in a residential application. Infact, we recommend that you turn on the cold water to disipate the steam and heat. Client s often like...

Home Improvement--General: Steam Room, steam generators, steam room
steam generators, steam room, transum: Hi Mike - you will have to build out a shower enclosure with just a few modifications to make it work as a steam room as well. Yes, you could have a small bench at one end. Be sure to tile the whole room, floor walls and ceiling. Your ceiling will have...

Home Improvement--General: Steam room and shower in one, steam shower, steam room
steam shower, steam room, steam generator: Hi there, you can buy a prefab steam shower, but building a custom one can be so much nicer. i would go onto a plumbing website like kohler.com. they have very nice steam modules you can buy prefab, or you can just buy the steam generator, if you want to...

Home Improvement--General: Steel Entry Door Adjustment, stanley doors, plunge router
stanley doors, plunge router, bottom rail: Cutting a metal clad door is a very difficult endeavor. Even us tendered journeymen get a chill when we have to do this. The real question is whether or not you can even do it with the door you have. The old Stanley doors made changes to their doors before...

Home Improvement--General: Step flashing, poor craftsmanship, drip edge
poor craftsmanship, drip edge, horizontal window: With out being able to see the job it s hard to be critical of something. Step Flashing around a dormer, chimney or wall is a must. Some roofers will do it with a one piece tin where others use multiple pieces. Your best defense is the local building inspector....

Home Improvement--General: Steps from house to patio, rim joist, pressure treated lumber
rim joist, pressure treated lumber, proper dimensions: Soren, The first step below the door sill needs to be 5 11/16 below the door sill; the next step below the first step needs to be 5 11/16 below the first step. From that step you would step down 5 11/16 onto the patio. Door sill ________ ...

Home Improvement--General: Sticking sliding door, weather strip, sliding doors
weather strip, sliding doors, putty knife: Hi Kylent, If you lubricate the weather strip the product should not be petroleom based. Most sliding doors have little wheels on the inside bottom that ride on the rails. If the door is opened about half way it can be lifted right out of the frame...

Home Improvement--General: Stippled ceiling, flooring department, blade type
flooring department, blade type, right angles: I use a wall paper scrapper. Depending on the store... it may be in the paint department, the flooring department, or where ever. It is a razor blade type scrapper that is 4 wide on an 18 handle. I can scrape a room in 2 hrs. Clean, right to the sheetrock....

Home Improvement--General: Stomped Drywall Ceiling Repair, style ceilings, drywall ceiling
style ceilings, drywall ceiling, drywall contractor: if i could see a picture it would sure help, im puzzled as to why its falling out,bad mud??,did it freeze,loose board??? loose mud and tape need to be removed.prefill all bad areas,with usg45 or 90, or similar.screw all joints up tight before filling ,to...

Home Improvement--General: Stone foundations, stone foundations, drainage pipe
stone foundations, drainage pipe, water in the basement: 20,000 is a big bill, it would almost be better to replace the foundation. more money yet but a much better result. my thought was you could jack hammer the floor around the basement walls, dig out some of the fill then add gravel and a drain pipe which...

Home Improvement--General: Stones, drainage pipe, pea gravel
drainage pipe, pea gravel, pea stone: Hi Jan, I need a bit more info? Where do you live (state) Does the neighbors house have a basement? Around foundation? that’s at the finish grade level? ie not buried? at the footings? Stones are normally used to drain water and can...

Home Improvement--General: Storing paint, air tight container, paint cans
air tight container, paint cans, plastic containers: Hi Jerry, I m not sure because I have never used plastic containers. The only thing I can think of is to store them upside down. I do this with paint cans and it makes them last much longer - perhaps it will also work with plastic. Can t hurt anyway as...

Home Improvement--General: Storm door installation - needs buildout, wood screws, volunteer efforts
wood screws, volunteer efforts, dave thanks: If you have 2 , you only need 2 more. I would suggest some 2x2 pine stock. Use 2 1/2 screws to fasten it to the door frame. Keep in mind that you will need to predrill for the screws that hang the screen door. The 2x2 is solid, but can splinter if...

Home Improvement--General: Storm Windows, foam weather, air infiltration
foam weather, air infiltration, weep holes: Hi Ron, I think it is a great idea for economy approach for superior results. Infared tests reveal that is actually better insulation than many insulated window installations. Two items of interest come to mind here. Do not mount the storms metal to metal....

Home Improvement--General: Storm window repair, track windows, storm window
track windows, storm window, type manufacturer: Hi Patricia, First thing to do is to compare one that does stay up to the ones that do not stay up. You will notice that there are little latches/ handles on the left and right bottom of the windows that are supposed to allow you to set the window at a...

Home Improvement--General: Storm window replacement and condensation on inside side of window, screw holes, aluminum frame
screw holes, aluminum frame, fresh paint: Frank, Concerning the terminology, the sash is the part that goes up and down, and includes a narrow metal sash frame, the glass, the gasket between the glass and the sash frame, and latching hardware along the bottom of the sash. It may also include a...

Home Improvement--General: Strange smell in the bed room, oil and grease, strange smell
oil and grease, strange smell, attic area: You have one condition that is normally not acceptable. A carport is not a protected slab. Houses and some garage floors have the plastic vapor barrier. A carport would not have. If the carport was heavily used for mechanics..oil and grease works...it...

Home Improvement--General: Strange smell in room......, wall sconce, carbon monoxide detector
wall sconce, carbon monoxide detector, paint job: Lisa, So no mouse and a good landlord with stone cold plug covers? Wow! Okay here is where I would go. Get down to the plug level and smell each plug. If the smell get stronger I would suggest taking that plug cover off and looking at it. Other...

Home Improvement--General: Strange smell in room......, paint job, strange smell
paint job, strange smell, grilled meat: I am wondering why the previous owner ran the humidity up so high that it caused water to run down the wall... is there any signs of mold? Check out the mold information link here; http://home.gci.net/~croust/leadpage.htm Did the painter use any...

Home Improvement--General: Strange smell in room......, typical approaches, dryer sheet
typical approaches, dryer sheet, paint job: If you are a renter...call the landlord. Keep in mind, anything you do, you do to someone elses house. Your landlord wants to know about this problem. It may be a sign of something worse...or a problem they knew about and paid to have resolved...under a...

Home Improvement--General: Strength of Floor, maximum allowable weight, file cabinets
maximum allowable weight, file cabinets, load bearing walls: Dear Briana, The normal carrying capacity of a residential floor in a modern building is 40 pounds per square foot for the main level and until recently 30 pounds per square foot for the upper floors. Using these figures, your file cabinet could weigh 233...

Home Improvement--General: Strong odor in recently finished basement, septic systems work, roof runoff
septic systems work, roof runoff, underground tank: Dear HC, I won t be able to solve your problem over the internet but I can tell you some places to look. You will need to find a very knowledgeable and experienced plumber specializing in septic systems. Septic systems work by draining water downhill...

Home Improvement--General: Structo-lite over brick?, brick walls, poor shape
brick walls, poor shape, smooth wall: structo light can be used over brick,it is a base coat plaster,meaning it need a finish coat over it.Also the brick cannot be painted or will need a bonding agent. structo light is usually put on and straight edged to make straight and flat.then after setting...

Home Improvement--General: Structural Alteration - Ceiling Fan, fan blades, tall person
fan blades, tall person, air distribution: Most ceiling fans are designed to hang a certain distance below the ceiling (this distance is determined by the length of the down rod supplied with the fan). You would not effect it performance by lengthening the down rod, but what you re proposing would...

Home Improvement--General: Structural Alteration - Ceiling Fan, fan blades, tall person
fan blades, tall person, air distribution: never really heard of this, i m a big fan of customizing standard products to make them special and interesting. its hard to say about cutting cross beams i m guessing it d likely be ok but? without seeing it or better idea of ceiling. have you...

Home Improvement--General: Structural/Foundation, brick masonry, concrete piers
brick masonry, concrete piers, entrace: Chris: It would be a must see so I can not give you any solutions via e-mail. There are several reasons a house might sink and none right off, for a slab, that I can imagine an inexpensive fix for. If the ground is falling out under the house the...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco, household bleach, laundry detergent
household bleach, laundry detergent, trisodium phosphate: Rob, There are many commercial house cleaning products available. I would recommend you go to a local paint supply store that caters to contractors such as Benjamin Moore, Pittsburg Paints, Sherwin Williams, Porter Paints and ask them for a cleaner recommended...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco, airless sprayer, thinset
airless sprayer, thinset, stucco: The best way is an airless sprayer. If you can get Elastomeric paint... it is superior and lasts longer. It is harder to use tho. If you have areas that are crumbling...you need to fix soundly. You may need to use a more cementous mix like Thinset or pourstone...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco over deteriorating brick, brick chimney, plaster sand
brick chimney, plaster sand, silica sand: can you send a picture.How will you screw to brick or mortar.old stucco is galvanized lath nailed with cement nails.then first layer stucco is i bag Portland cement,1/3bag lime 14 shovels mortar or plaster sand.applied tight with trowel,scratched with plaster...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco and the gardener, cement stucco, neighborhood cats
cement stucco, neighborhood cats, stucco walls: a maintenance strip is what you have done with the small stone.(( we put a layer of pebbles to our small side yard because our neighborhood cats were using the dirt for their litterbox. We put a weedbarrier before laying the approximately 3 inches of pebbels)...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco product, two walls, landlord
two walls, landlord, brick: what is fake stucco,???? depending what they used over brick,might keep comming off.usually when it shows powerdy,usually meand water is getting behind finish to do this.if they used a interior mud out side ,it will keep doing it, you can scrape off loose,and...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco Replacement, metal lath, elastomeric paint
metal lath, elastomeric paint, cement stucco: here is web for sto,they also have a new paint,check the web http://www.stocorp.com/allweb.nsf/lotusanpage these materials have been developed in germany were stucco has been done for many many years.top of the line materials.we use this brand most,and...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco repair, home despot, correct ingredients
home despot, correct ingredients, color match: Josh, Sorry for the delay there was a problem with the site log-in. It is possible to repair stucco. The simple answer to your match question is - it is not likely. There are two types of coloring- 1) Integrally mixed color that is in the stucco...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco/siding, dew point calculations, plaster board
dew point calculations, plaster board, iowa winters: Marti: You can drill a hole in stucco like you can in plaster board. It would be more difficult to patch however. I hear say that blown in insulation settles over time leaving the hottest part of the wall (the top) uninsulated. It also does not get around...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco siding, colored mortar, roof overhangs
colored mortar, roof overhangs, masonry supply: David: I have not done any specific research into stucco and can only transpose to you what I have heard and learned by contact. Stucco is a portand cement (usually white) and sand mixture that is applied over lath to form a water resistant exterior...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco workmanship & Replacement Windows, weep screed, window sealant
weep screed, window sealant, stucco work: I forgot to mention that you should check to see if the contractor is licensed and bonded.... if he is that would be to your advantage. That is terrible worksmanship. I think you need to hire an attorney to sue the contractor. If he hired incomeptent...

Home Improvement--General: Stucco, stucco system, synthetic stucco
stucco system, synthetic stucco, silica sand: we use all synthetic stucco here.but i have done stucco going back to 32 years as i started my trade in it. clean block walls. email me back if you want sand finish,or texture look,what state,and if two thin layers will do it,also a plasters green float...

Home Improvement--General: Stuck Sliding Glass Door, valid solution, happy holidays
valid solution, happy holidays, sliding glass: Dear Samantha, I apologize for not getting in touch with you sooner. I was away from my office for a couple of weeks and I forgot to inform the all-experts staff. I am sorry to hear about the problems with your sliding door. If the problem is with first...

Home Improvement--General: Studding the corners of an angled wall, framing member, right angles
framing member, right angles, stud walls: Whatever you do you want a solid nailer at the corners... two methods come to mind; 1) take a larger framing member and run it though a table saw to match the angle of both sides of the corner... so if you have 2x4 stud walls take a 2x6 and cut the correct...

Home Improvement--General: Studor Vent, vent pipes, sewer gases
vent pipes, sewer gases, qualified plumber: Hi Cindy, The purpose of a studor vent is to allow air to enter the plumbing drainage waste and vent system and equalize pressure when water drains out of the system. It maintains the integrity of the water trap that prevents sewer gases from entering the...

Home Improvement--General: Studor Vents, dish rags, studor vent
dish rags, studor vent, sewer gases: TO CINDY RE: PLUMBING STUDOR VENTS. Cindy-- I don t think much good about these types of vents,,, I guess I m a little old fashion and still like a good vent that goes up and out through the roof... A lot of codes areas have allowed these...

Home Improvement--General: Stupid Shelves, bracketless shelves, plastic anchors
bracketless shelves, plastic anchors, lowes: i hate to say this but you needed to find the studs to hang from.if you have to mount in this location only with brackts,you might have to cut hole in drywall and install a stud piece horizontal between studs to mount into.you would lay it the 3.5 way facing...

Home Improvement--General: Subfloor Change, exterior plywood, particle board
exterior plywood, particle board, couple areas: Well, if you re looking for the long run fix, I d definately say to do the work and remove and replace your rotten floor. Covering it up will patch it for a year or two; However, wood rot is like cancer, and you ll just be doing it again, eventually. ...

Home Improvement--General: Subfloor of rolled asphalt tar paper, self leveling compound, tar paper
self leveling compound, tar paper, subfloor: Hi Laura, Boy, I have never heard of this one before! The self-leveling compound is out. It would take way too much of it and even then I doubt if would come out looking very good. I think you have to either pull up the existing tar paper or build another...

Home Improvement--General: Sump crock, drain tiles, drain tile
drain tiles, drain tile, shallow lake: Dear Steve, The sump crock should never have to be sealed at the bottom, since the whole purpose the system is to let water into the sump crock and thereby keep the water level below the floor level at all times. Sealing the bottom will have no effect;...

Home Improvement--General: Sump Pumps, dc volts, french drains
dc volts, french drains, sump pumps: There are two limitations. The amount of energy needed in DC volts to operate a transformer to convert to AC volt and the amperage needed. It can be done, but you need to get all the numbers together to find the balance. ie... 120 volts at 2 amps. vs 600...

Home Improvement--General: Sump Pumps, motomaster eliminator 1 200a powerbox, french drains
motomaster eliminator 1 200a powerbox, french drains, sump pumps: I live in canada, if I wanted a battery back up i d look into something like this: Motomaster Eliminator 1,200A PowerBox it s basically a battery on wheels, with plugs and extras. i m sure you d have something like this, just a quick search found:...

Home Improvement--General: Sump pump and block windows, question pool, pvc pipe
question pool, pvc pipe, block windows: Rob, I picked up this question from the question pool. It s unclear - are you referring to a glass block window or something else? If you could explain further it would help. If you need the sump long-term, you may be better off drilling a permanent...

Home Improvement--General: Sunken concrete driveway, concrete grinder, lumber yards
concrete grinder, lumber yards, concrete sawing: I am not sure if this qualifies as cheap or easy, but....you may be able to rent a concrete grinder, then cut a taper, at least 8 wide across the entire span of the step. There are some areas in Vegas where the Developer put in such a large dip for the...

Home Improvement--General: Swanstone shower base, rubber liner, water line
rubber liner, water line, flange: Hey Dirk, If you are going to this much trouble, why not do a tile base with rubber liner up 18 -24 on the walls under the tile? Otherwise, you are suggesting a 15 year ave. fiberglass base and a 50 year ave lifespan wall shower composition. As long as...

Home Improvement--General: Sweating Block Foundation, gutter downspout, time sandra
gutter downspout, time sandra, perforated drain pipe: Sandra, Sweating is either condensation formed when vapor comes in contact with a cold surface, or it is actually water penetrating the block. Since you say only one wall is sweating is it the wall where the outside grade is at its highest level. In...

Home Improvement--General: Sweeting Windows, water seepage, sling psychrometer
water seepage, sling psychrometer, window panes: Dear Phil, I presume by sweating you mean that there is a little condensation on the indoor-facing surface of the window panes. There a few possible causes. First the relative humidity in the house may be too high. I recommend that you aim for an indoor...

Home Improvement--General: Switching slide-in range to freestanding, slide in range, recepticle
slide in range, recepticle, countertop: Alot depends on whether it is gas or electric. In most cases you will only need to cut the bottom of the cabinet out to make room. In some cases you need 1/2 more to allow the gap for sliding. A slide in will rest on the countertop and the freestanding...

Home Improvement--General: System, foam strips, restoration work
foam strips, restoration work, different designs: Randy, As you probably know there are many log building systems in existence. Each has strong points and weak points relative to various issues. For example, different designs of the horizontal joinery can all work, but one may have advantages over the...

Home Improvement--General: sagging roof, tab shingles, bottom plane
tab shingles, bottom plane, ceiling joists: Hello Dave, Please read all before constructing. Once you get the picture in your mind, then construct. In short, build two stiffbacks and kick off of it to lift and hold in place. One stiffback is constructed on top of the ceiling joists, while the other...

Home Improvement--General: sand/joints, backer rod, wet sand
backer rod, wet sand, spray bottle: Fill it with dry mortar. Then use a spray bottle and dampen the top slowly...let it get hard. If you need to add more...you can. Better yet... mix the mortar with a very small amount of water....just enough to make a ball in your fist, then push that into...

Home Improvement--General: sandstone foundation, sandstone foundation, mortar joints
sandstone foundation, mortar joints, sand type: John: I have heard of deteriorating stone work but have not yet come across a method to stabilize the stone. I remember reading some articles on historic restoration projects where flaking stone was an issue. I would start my research there - stone, restoration,...

Home Improvement--General: sauna in cottage, e mail address, sauna room
e mail address, sauna room, amp service: Hi Arlene - that sounds like a nice idea. I think you will be fine. A sauna room requires very little maintenance. If you reply back with your e-mail address I can forward the care and operation instructions. I can t attach a document to this correspondence....

Home Improvement--General: scraping paint off log cabin, flaking paint, logical options
flaking paint, logical options, new paint: Patti, Without seeing the log I can t be sure what to recommend. Here are the most logical options. Pressure washing normally takes most finishes off. It can be somewhat hard on the logs, roughing them up and raising fibers that would than need a light...

Home Improvement--General: screen pool enclosure, pool screen enclosure, screen pool enclosure
pool screen enclosure, screen pool enclosure, aluminum screen: Nita, You may be talking about a different product. Trex is a composite decking and railing material, but it is not manufactured as a structural material (for overhead joists, for example). There are some companies that make vinyl screen rooms. Maybe...

Home Improvement--General: screened porch, aluminum screen, weather change
aluminum screen, weather change, snow drifting: Hi Katherine, I can share your mosquito concern as it seems to be our state bird here in MN. I can t complain to much about this past Summer though. Our dry Spring and Summer really kept them down. I m sure next year will bring normalcy back to reality. ...

Home Improvement--General: screened porch/concrete floor and brick repair, brick siding, brick repair
brick siding, brick repair, sensitive observations: Dear Katy, This is a question that requires a lot more information. I would need to know the layout of the yard, the location of the house, the local soil tendencies, types of wall construction, the shape of the crack, the directions of all inclines, dimensions...

Home Improvement--General: screening types for porches, insect screening, solar screening
insect screening, solar screening, flying insects: Hello Susan, Screen type depends on what you want or need. This is some information I had available for helping homeowners choose which screening they wish to use: Most screening is aluminum or fiberglass. Standard widths range from 24 to 48 , with 54...

Home Improvement--General: screening types for porches, solar screens, bug protection
solar screens, bug protection, high wind: This kinda depends on what you are trying to gain. Many screens are for solar reduction, some are for wind and bug protection but allow light, some a rated for high wind areas and plant growth.... Solar screens are the best allround. Normally a synthetic...

Home Improvement--General: screw anchors in wall, screw anchors, machine bolts
screw anchors, machine bolts, plastic screw: There are at least 3 different kinds of anchors. plastic screw ins....just unscrew them, machine bolts with wings in the wall..unscrew them and the wing falls off, expansion bolts....unscrew the bolt and tap it in a little, it shoul get loose enough to pull...

Home Improvement--General: when to seal driveway, jack of all trades, time ron
jack of all trades, time ron, rago: Don, Yes it is getting to late in the fall to think about applying a sealer. In the spring after all the rains is the best time to apply the sealer. So the time line is one spring you put the asphalt in and then the next do the sealer. I would follow...

Home Improvement--General: sealed driveway, 70s 80s, tire marks
70s 80s, tire marks, professional contractor: Hi Karen! Most people have no idea if the sealer is water or oil based, or what was used the last time it was sealed. Only a true trained expert would be able to tell the difference between the two. Although I have never heard of Wash Dust, I can...

Home Improvement--General: sealing the asphalt driveway, asphalt driveway, thin coats
asphalt driveway, thin coats, gallon containers: I would suggest the use of a window sqeagie. Tape or screw it to a broom handle and spread as evenly as you can. It will take a wee bit of practice to get the start you want....but with a helper pouring out the sealer ahead of you...done in minutes. Depending...

Home Improvement--General: sealing stucco and possable condinsation problems, elastomeric paints, jack of all trades
elastomeric paints, jack of all trades, possable: Out here in the West...all stucco is being painted, and the good jobs are being done with elastomeric paints. Water tight. If your sealer has any elastic qualities...it will work well. If it does not have elastic qualities...it may just aid in the stucco...

Home Improvement--General: sealing, squeegie, lowe s
squeegie, lowe s, sand and water: Hi Mike! I have been doing this for a lot of years and I have never heard of a gel sealant. Therefore, I can t really answer your question as to what is better. I can tell you that we use an asphalt based sealer that is mixed with sand and water, and...

Home Improvement--General: seams parting at eavs, synthetic rubber products, sashco sealants
synthetic rubber products, sashco sealants, plastic resin: Hi Kathy, I would recommend a synthetic rubber sealant. Solvent-based synthetic-rubber products adhere well to most substrates, can be applied in wet and cold weather, and resist mildew. But the qualities that set these sealants apart from the rest are the...

Home Improvement--General: second story addition, roofing shingles, roof trusses
roofing shingles, roof trusses, porch area: Is the roof (trusses) new or the roofing ( shingles)? its hard to say without seeing the house. 5 months is long, he s likely giving you a safe time frame. these things can take time. some one here at work is replacing entire roof, ceiling, everything....

Home Improvement--General: second story addition, concrete block foundation, adding a second story
concrete block foundation, adding a second story, foundation block: Bill, This too broad a question to answer usefully. I can give you some ideas that might be useful. I would recommend finding a reputable design/build contractor. He can inspect what exists now and do the design and specification in conjunction with...

Home Improvement--General: securing a dek, joist hanger, pilot hole
joist hanger, pilot hole, diagonal brace: Dear Arnie, This is a case of The leg bone s connected to the hip bone, etc. The 4X4 post must have proper holes drilled into it in the proper locations, usually on a diagonal pattern two inches apart. The depth of the screw must be such that it fully...

Home Improvement--General: sewer gas, sewer gas smell, new tin roof
sewer gas smell, new tin roof, vent pipes: Flora, The vent pipe does need to extend to the exterior of the home, that may be the cause of your problem. Also, there should be a vent near all fixtures, this will help them to drain properly. Vents can usually be tied together so that only one pipe...

Home Improvement--General: sewer gas fumes, air admittance valve, intake filter
air admittance valve, intake filter, gas fumes: Lynn: This sounds like a must see to chase it down so all I can do is make suppositions and ask questions. If the smell only occurs during spring and fall it may be that it is noticeable when the central air system is off. This may mean the smell is...

Home Improvement--General: sheet rock, wide span, fire rated drywall
wide span, fire rated drywall, holdup: TO HENRY RE; DRYWALL SAG.... Henry--1/2 drywall will sag if you breath hard on it..Were the ceiling joist really boards or were they trusses? A spread of 24in. is really at the limit for standard 1/2 drywall... It s done a lot in houses...

Home Improvement--General: sheet rock, kitchen ceilings, water situation
kitchen ceilings, water situation, double layer: not usually,but your code might require a longer fire ratting between the units.should be okay,was probably inspected before drywall was installed.the space above is heated so unfaced would work. double layer gave the ceiling a 1.5 hr ratting,jkim not...

Home Improvement--General: sheetrock water damage, upstairs bathroom, dining room table
upstairs bathroom, dining room table, all the right stuff: First you need to make sure that the drywall ,insulation and the area between the floor and celing is dry. A moisture meter will tell you if it is dry. Once it is dry then proceed with kilz and painting. I would replace any affected insulation. Good Luck...

Home Improvement--General: sheetrocking concrete cellar walls, 2x4 stud, electrical junction boxes
2x4 stud, electrical junction boxes, medicine cabinets: Tom, You will find experts disagree about this subject, perhaps more than we would on some other types of projects. My own opinion is to always use either 2X3 or 2X4 stud walls on the inside of the basement, ideally allowing about a one-inch air space...

Home Improvement--General: make-shift attic remodeling, usable floor space, window air conditioner
usable floor space, window air conditioner, sloped roofs: Donna, The first thing that I think about when I converting an attic to a bedroom is Was the place designed to hold the weight? Most of the time the answer is no, but it can be made to hold the weight. One might have to put a beam under it to support...

Home Improvement--General: shower in bathtub, ceramic tile walls, diamond core drill
ceramic tile walls, diamond core drill, diamond core drill bit: TO MILT RE: DRILLING CERAMIC TILE You indicated using a core drill...These types of drills should be used only with a water stream going through them... Assuming your using something like a 1/4 in. or slightly bigger... There are bigger core drills...

Home Improvement--General: shower curtain rod brackets, shower curtain rod, curtain rod brackets
shower curtain rod, curtain rod brackets, degree angle: You will not find a ready made bracket for that application. YOu will need to fabricate something for you needs. I would suggest some 1/2 or 3/4 EMT conduit. It can be bent to fit any angle and a large variety of fittings are available to get your angle...

Home Improvement--General: shower door track, personal observation, shower enclosures
personal observation, shower enclosures, chemical reaction: Hi ES, This isn t really an area of mine, but I have seen the problem on other surfaces, but never on shower enclosures. The blackish stains are a chemical reaction between two dissimiliar metals, usually aluminum and copper. In your case it may be a...

Home Improvement--General: shower installed incorrectly, roof leak, top edges
roof leak, top edges, shower enclosure: TO RACHEL RE: BAD PAINT PEEL SHOWER Rachel-- I need to know more about the shower..Plastic?? Size,,Type of faucet,, How high,, any fan,,Height of room,, Molded bottom with ceramic sides,, can the shower be used,, Does it drain,, are the top edges...

Home Improvement--General: shower leak, hairline cracks, shower leak
hairline cracks, shower leak, floor tiles: Hi Michael, My first guess would be that the leak may be coming from around the drain. 90% of leaks seem to be in this area. If that is the case clean the area well and caulk it with a premium water proof caulk. Also, I would not want to rely on sealing...

Home Improvement--General: shower pan, mortar mix, fiber mesh
mortar mix, fiber mesh, installing tile: The first pour is merely to develope a slope in the pan to drain to the middle of the assembly. Your description of the drain assembly is abit different than most, but I am sure that it is relative. The assemblies I use, are 2 piece. It has 3 bolts that...

Home Improvement--General: shower pan seam separation, al carrell, seam separation
al carrell, seam separation, masonry sealer: Hi Tina, I m not sure if your question has been answered but if it hasn t try this: 1. Clean the surface to be coated with 4 to 5 parts water and one part muriatic acid. Your home center, hardware or paint dealer will have it or check a swimming pool supplier....

Home Improvement--General: shower remodel, cement backer board, home improvement center
cement backer board, home improvement center, plastic sheathing: Hello Bill, There are so many different types of shower pans; I cannot be sure which shower pan you are trying to install. It could be all of the way from the one you construct, see: http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuilding/pages/h00125.asp , to an acrylic...

Home Improvement--General: shower stall stucco, wall putty, patching plaster
wall putty, patching plaster, cement mix: True plaster is also a cementuous (containting portland cement)mix. It was the only way to build in the early days. It gets hard....and doesnt crack until movement occurs. If you use a wire mess similar to stucco wire, but much smaller grid, it will decrease...

Home Improvement--General: shower wall seal, cement sealer, cement board
cement sealer, cement board, granite marble: Julie, No, you can not leave the cement board exposed to the water, it will deteriorate over time and fall apart. It is a backer to attach tile, granite, marble. If you don t want to use tile, etc. then you should build the shower framing to accept a...

Home Improvement--General: shower wall, cement board, stronge
cement board, stronge, tile: if you have that white shower board i don t think you ll want to try and stick concrete to it. it s likely to flexable and not strong enough to hold concrete properly. I think you ll have to take the white board off and put cement board up. it s stronge...

Home Improvement--General: showers, plastic cement, elastomeric paint
plastic cement, elastomeric paint, wooden walls: If I understand, you want to coat your wooden walls with a cementous mix for the wallcovering. Not a great idea, but doable. You will need to use Plastic cement in the mix for water tightness. You can the paint it with an Elastomeric paint...water proof...

Home Improvement--General: siding, hardboard lap siding, furring strips
hardboard lap siding, furring strips, viable option: If you could repair the siding, I think you would have already. The installation of new siding may be the more viable option since it appears the hardboard is no longer sound. I would suggest furring strips to make the new install that much easier. Be sure...

Home Improvement--General: siding, starter strip, vinyl siding
starter strip, vinyl siding, uneven ground: Jay, You will likely never be able to install a corner post correctly with the siding in place, unless by some miracle the vertical line of the siding is in exactly the correct position for fitting the new corner. But even then, attaching the corner would...

Home Improvement--General: siding, vinyl siding, size hole
vinyl siding, size hole, rule of thumb: Vinyl siding is one of the easiest replacements there is, if you have another matching piece. It s must faster and easier to remove the old piece and put in a new one, then trying to fix the hole. For around $5.00 you can get a Siding Removal Tool at any...

Home Improvement--General: siding?? Cement walls/tyvek, cement walls, siding
cement walls, siding, co worker: Hi Maureen, This all depends upon your climate region, and what has proven to work. Here is a link that will give you specifics; http://www.buildingscience.com/housesthatwork/ My preference is building a drainable wall. We install siding over firring strips...

Home Improvement--General: siding, aluminum roofing, roofing nails
aluminum roofing, roofing nails, wood siding: Hi Gadget, The fanfold insulation cures many ills when residing, the only thing you may have to do is to build up the thickness of the corners by the thickness of the installed fanfold to keep everything on an even plane. In my area, I have never...

Home Improvement--General: silicon caulk, silicone caulk, aluminum windows
silicone caulk, aluminum windows, razor blades: I am so sorry to hear of the mess. It is not an easy task to remove silicone caulk. Screw driver, razor blades, chizels, putty knife,,,whatever you have available. Patience is the only remover I would suggest. A wire scratch brush may be of some help...

Home Improvement--General: silicon rubber caulk, silicon rubber, tile wall
silicon rubber, tile wall, bottom edges: Joe, Use a utility knife to cut the top and bottom edges of the caulk to break it away from the tub and the wall. Then just take a putty knife and go to work pulling it off. Use the knife to get under where you cut and keep working along until you do...

Home Improvement--General: silicone concrete sealer, foam backer rod, elastomeric caulk
foam backer rod, elastomeric caulk, concrete sealer: Unfortunately I think you chose the wrong product for your situation. You have a bad choice to make. Remove all the siicone you can, and get either an elastomeric caulk, Such a PL concrete and driveway crack filler, or grey epoxy in tube form and fill the...

Home Improvement--General: my sister is replacing 2 windows..., energy star rating, lincoln windows
energy star rating, lincoln windows, energy ratings: Hi Steve, I have not heard of them. If the warranty is such, they probably are an inhouse manufactured window designed for their sales and installation. Our local one is named Champion Windows. Lincoln Windows are good as well as other manufactures. How...

Home Improvement--General: size of HVAC system, adequate insulation, poor insulation
adequate insulation, poor insulation, tight construction: Kristi, This is a fairly straightforward engineering problem. I will need a few critical pieces of information to answer it accurately: (1) Where is the house? (Your state and which part of state is OK). (2) Is the house old (drafty construction, poor...

Home Improvement--General: skim coat ceiling, light mud, result area
light mud, result area, textured ceiling: I would skim first coat with set mud,and next 1-2 coats with the topping.Use a good latex primer. If the area scraped had drywall spray that has scraped off,watch for dust build ,which will create mud popping off.might have to wipe down with damp towel,Ji...

Home Improvement--General: skim coat, glue remover, trowel
glue remover, trowel, usg: use wall paper glue remover,and after drying you could use a setting drywall mud to skim coat 2-3 tight coats.or texture it.USG 45 or similar.you have to mix with water,but it sets up. i can sfim coat these then apply a nice light trowel texture coat,ji...

Home Improvement--General: slab foundation, drainage pipe, slab foundation
drainage pipe, slab foundation, water trap: David, I can only guess. The toilet is connected to a vent on the roof that works to unlock air pressure in the drainage pipe. It is likely that the wind blowing over the pipe is creating a pressure differential that is moving the water in the water...

Home Improvement--General: slant on 2nd floor of my home, cement slab, slab foundation
cement slab, slab foundation, concrete slab: TO CINDY RE: HOUSE TILTING Cindy make sure your checking people look at the slab area also..The 2nd. floor does get it s support from the slab.. If it s only the 2nd. floor then the dumbbells really did some bad framing or use some...

Home Improvement--General: sliced/chipped solid surface counter top, solid surface counter top, serrated knife
solid surface counter top, serrated knife, solid surface counter: If I assume that it is Corian, it is repairable. You will need to contact an installer and get a pro to come and look at the repairs needed. Unfortunately I have no clue as to the cost...but it is repairable. If the countertop is formica...there is no repair...

Home Improvement--General: slide in vs freestanding range, hook ups, kitchen renovation
hook ups, kitchen renovation, freestanding ranges: Laura, I would say that the slide in are much harder to install. You have to have the cabinet the right height and width and try to figure out how to run the power/gas lines. Plus you need to level it while it is in the cabinet and then secure it to...

Home Improvement--General: sliding door, sliding door, swinging door
sliding door, swinging door, wallboard: Lucapsn: I do not get the complete picture from your description. Do you mean a pocket door? A sliding door needs as much of a frame as a swinging door and a pocket door much more still. I can only imagine that you are planning to build a wall...

Home Improvement--General: sliding doors, aluminum doors, sliding doors
aluminum doors, sliding doors, glass units: Hi Eric, There is a possibility of changing the mohair on the frame of the doors to reduce the draft. Mind you , if they are aluminum doors and only have single glazing, even that won t do a whole lot for you. If you do go for replacement, go with PVC...

Home Improvement--General: sliding glass door, sliding glass, rollers
sliding glass, rollers, screws: Rollers need to be replaced or oiled annually. Now who is going to tell you that. It is not easy to get the door up and out of its track, but a minimum amount of force will get it out. Lay it on its side and look for a long screw that holds things together....

Home Improvement--General: sliding glass doors, sliding glass doors, aluminum framing
sliding glass doors, aluminum framing, replacement wheels: Here s a couple of links from a supplier of mine. You can replace the parts if you an find them. It s a fairly simple task. It ll just take some research. Are there any marking on the door, manufacturer name, etc.? Maybe I can help you find the original manufacturer....

Home Improvement--General: sliding patio door removal., wrecking bar, patio door
wrecking bar, patio door, glass company: UNfortunately there are times when undo force is needed. I have had situations where it took a wrecking bar to remove a slider. You may not want to do this yourself....instead have a glass company do it...for their warrantee in the event of breakage...

Home Improvement--General: sliding screen of patio doors., abrasive pad, patio doors
abrasive pad, patio doors, possiblities: Kathleen: A can think of a few possiblities. The spray cleaner may have washed dirt into the sliding screen rollers or maybe washed out the lubricant or otherwise obstructed the track. There is also the possiblity the door is bent. In either case...

Home Improvement--General: sliding shed door, plastic brackets, screw hole
plastic brackets, screw hole, sliding doors: I would consider a shower door track. Its aluminum, which would survive the weather, the parts are replacable and mount with screws. You can make them bypass, or use two tracks to make the butt. Closet door hardware would be a second option...rollers on...

Home Improvement--General: small leak in basement, heavy rain, caulking gun
heavy rain, caulking gun, bob miller: When and if it gets dry enough, I would suggest a two part epoxy used for setting anchors in concrete. I bonds extremely strong and comes in a caulking gun applicator to make it pretty easy. It may be messy, but it sets in about 10 minutes, so a bit of diligence...

Home Improvement--General: smell in storage building, fire ant mounds, fiberglass shingle
fire ant mounds, fiberglass shingle, shingle roof: check out this also,jim http://hem.dis.anl.gov/eehem/01/010112.html check out this web site too http://www.rce.rutgers.edu/pubs/pdfs/fs833.pdf i work both drywall,plaster,and many stucco aplications.i prsume the wafer board is chip board...

Home Improvement--General: smelly basement, smelly basement, white vinegar
smelly basement, white vinegar, couple gallons: There is supposed to be a trap in the system to prevent gases from getting into living space. It may be broken and allowing water to leave and open the trap for vapor to travel. You may be advised to call a plumber and research this. It can become dangerous...

Home Improvement--General: smelly basement, tiny ants, smelly basement
tiny ants, smelly basement, muratic acid: Give the concrete an acid wash. 1/ 10 water and muratic acid. That should clean the concrete and kill some of the odor. Depending on the sizes of the cracks...fill them with cementous mixtures...or epoxy. You may want to paint the floor with elastomeric...

Home Improvement--General: smelly concrete floor, san joaquin county, odor abatement
san joaquin county, odor abatement, carpet shampoo: If you think the odor and bathroom are related, you might want to have the plumbing inspected. If there is a leak into the slab, that would need to be corrected before the odor abatement would haveany affect. Fabreeze is a wonderful deoderizer. Soda might...

Home Improvement--General: soffit and facia, soffit and facia, aluminum soffit
soffit and facia, aluminum soffit, siding contractors: Colleen i don;t think there is any problems technically doing that. putting the soffit over the vinyl isn t as nice a finish, you d likely hardly notice though. the main thing i think of is if you have to replace the vinyl you ll have to do the soffit...

Home Improvement--General: soffit repair, concrete foundation, concrete blocks
concrete foundation, concrete blocks, cement: Hello Steven, I do not have a clear picture of this in my mind. Please try explaining again so it creates a picture? I understand floors are cantileverred out over the foundation usually a maximum of 2 , but not a foundation just wandering around projecting...

Home Improvement--General: soffit, lt, peace
lt, peace: Bob: Removing one piece of soffit will depend on the soffit material. Most materials, both vinyl and wood, over lap making taking one piece out difficult. Depending on how they are overlapped you may be able to modify a section to go back in unobtrusively,...

Home Improvement--General: soot smell from fireplace, chimney flue, becoming a firefighter
chimney flue, becoming a firefighter, chimney sweep: I m a bit concerned about the smell coming back into your home. A fireplace is suppose to draft air up the chimney and out of the home. My days of fighting fires for the local fire department have ended, but many of the things I ve learned about fires and...

Home Improvement--General: sound deadening, aluminum skin, rigid block
aluminum skin, rigid block, networking problems: Hi Jesse, Sorry for the long wait, but I ve been experiencing some networking problems. I would recommend rigid block styrofoam that can be found at any Home and Garden center in the insulation section. It is used to insulate, but has amazing sound...

Home Improvement--General: sound insulation, sound insulation, foam co
sound insulation, foam co, sound proof: That plan it excessive. The sound is being received by the exterior solid wall. If you can put 1/2 styro on that exterior surface, between the studs, that will remove the ability to vibrate into the dead air of the wall. The studs will transfer some sound,...

Home Improvement--General: sound proofing bulliten boards, mildew resistance, mold and mildew
mildew resistance, mold and mildew, push pins: OK Gail, I will venture out on this one. Sprayed foam is or can be an answer for you. Mass that does not transfer sound is the answer. The list shall include sound deading products such as a cellulose and foam. Space does not transfer sound. We have constructed...

Home Improvement--General: sound proofing a wall, vocal music teacher, sound proofing a wall
vocal music teacher, sound proofing a wall, sound insulation: depends what your options are.might need two walls with air space between,we are band parents,and that sound travels.mobil units would be hard place to be on opposite sides of walls as sound is carrying through the wall,and probably through through and above...

Home Improvement--General: spackle cracking off where screws are located, screw heads, tightend
screw heads, tightend, sheetrock: if screws are set to deep they might not be holding well if glue on backside of drywall is letting go.try screwing another screw about a inch from it and see if board tightend up some.you can also push on the drywall were the screw is poping to see if the...

Home Improvement--General: Back splash on butcher block counter tops, butcher block counter tops, window sealing
butcher block counter tops, window sealing, counter top: Hello Philip, Here is a rule for you; if the materials adjoining are dissimilar, provide a flexible and if necessary sealing joint material compatible with both materials to be adjoining. The reason is that they expand and contract at differing rates as the...

Home Improvement--General: split level or two-story, flight of stairs, stair case
flight of stairs, stair case, split level: Shawn, You don t explain why the house is non conforming. Are you referring to building codes? The changes made by the previous owners are odd, and the house will likely feel better being put back as it was. Talk with an experienced realtor to get...

Home Improvement--General: squeaking stairs, hardwood stairs, relative novice
hardwood stairs, relative novice, hello bill: Hello Bill, If the edges of the treads are exposed on three sides, you may be able to use construction adhesive to very carefully fill in the spaces between the bottom of the tread and the risers and stringers? If not, the treads can be screwed down, plugged,...

Home Improvement--General: squeaky hardwood floors, squeaky hardwood floors, joist
squeaky hardwood floors, joist, squeak: Maybe this can be fixed. It is not always easy to find the squeak and get to the cause. Sometimes it requires a finish nail to be driven thru the top to get to the joist below. Then putty that hole. When it is the second story,,,,,sometimes you can get...

Home Improvement--General: stain, water based stains, fence material
water based stains, fence material, cedar fence: Jo, As an aside, I can t believe a painter would do something like that. They are in the cosmetic or appearance business. Unfortunately fresh stain is very hard to remove. After it has weathered for a few years it gets easier to remove. Removal...

Home Improvement--General: stains on unsealed interlock driveway, rust stains, asphalt sealer
rust stains, asphalt sealer, oil stains: Hi Micheline! Seeing as though I am not an expert on interlocking pavers (only on true asphalt and asphalt sealer), I am going to give you the best advice I can: I do know that there are products that will take the oil and rust stains off of your driveway--it...

Home Improvement--General: stairs creak.., construction lumber, deck screws
construction lumber, deck screws, wooden stairs: TO DAVID RE: STAIR SQUEAKS David-- getting squeaks out of an older stairway is usually a tough job... The old carpenters never used a good construction glue between the treads and the the stair bucks.. The wood shrinks and the nails all get loose...

Home Improvement--General: stairs creak, flooring nails, wooden stairs
flooring nails, wooden stairs, wood glue: Hi DW, Here is what I recommend: For stair squeaks at the front of a tread, where it meets the riser below it, drive pairs of spiral flooring nails, angled toward each other in a V, across the tread and into the top of the riser. Countersink the nail heads...

Home Improvement--General: stairs, stringers, stairs
stringers, stairs, math: Hello Keith, Yes, I wish there was an easy way for every thing too. Unfortunately, it will not be that simple for you this time around. The math just does not work. When you sell the home, you will have a known pre existing condition. Sorry, just make and...

Home Improvement--General: stairtreads, hammer, stairtreads
hammer, stairtreads: You may need to take the worst one, take a hammer or screwdriver or such and pry it up to see what is wrong. It can be renailed into place after you find the problem. If you have trim boards on the sides to hold it down, you may need to find a way to get...

Home Improvement--General: stalling wood floors on stairs, how to install hardwood floors, colored floors
how to install hardwood floors, colored floors, color blends: Hi Kerri, Unfortunately this space is too small for me to go into how to install hardwood floors - particularly on stairs. I would recommend that you purchase a good How To book to help guide you through the installation. A really good reference book...

Home Improvement--General: Where to start with repaving, asphalt concrete, hot asphalt
asphalt concrete, hot asphalt, brick pavers: Hi Laura! Before I go into great detail, I need clarification on what exactly you are looking to do. Are you talking about re-paving with hot asphalt (black stuff)or with brick pavers (making a pattern)? Also, what is your driveway made of right now? Asphalt?...

Home Improvement--General: how do I start?, time is on your side, time ron
time is on your side, time ron, can of worms: Mark, The easiest thing to do is pick a room. Set a budget for that room. Make a list of all the things that you would like to do. Put a price on all those projects in that room. Put them in order from what needs to be done first to last. (you do not paint...

Home Improvement--General: starter strip vinyl siding, aluminum siding, starter strip
aluminum siding, starter strip, aluminum coil: Julie, A common situation - one solution is to use aluminum coil stock or luan plywood rips as starter strip base or extension. The top of this starter base is nailed to the sheathing all the way around the house for consistent thickness and the bottom edge...

Home Improvement--General: steam bath, building a sauna, steam bath
building a sauna, steam bath, cement block: Hi Maria - thanks for contacting me regarding your steam bath construction. If you reply with your full name and address, I will send you a small booklet about building a steam bath. I really don t know anything about using copper in a shower or steambath....

Home Improvement--General: steamroom, stainless steel roof, thinset mortar
stainless steel roof, thinset mortar, roof nails: Andrew, Removing grout is a difficult and tedious job. It is typically done by hand with a carbide-crusted grout saw. View this link: http://www.milcoequipment.com/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=539 They come in different widths. Go to a tile wholesaler...

Home Improvement--General: steamroom!, steam generator, steam room
steam generator, steam room, paint manufacturer: HI Ronnie, Any room can be made into a steam room, with a generator to create the steam and a door to keep the steam in. What you need to check is with the paint manufacturer regarding their paint tolerances for high heat/high moisture atmosphere... i do not...

Home Improvement--General: steel door or wood door?, 84 lumber, residential doors
84 lumber, residential doors, back doors: Hello Ruth, You surely are shopping at the wrong places or not communicating to the supplier what you are wanting. The wood would be much higher with more differences. If you have a Lowes, 84 Lumber, or Home Depot available, or hey even your local lumberyard,...

Home Improvement--General: steel pier & beam foundation, swamp ditch, steel piers
swamp ditch, steel piers, concrete piers: TO MARCIA RE:BAD LEVELING OF HOUSE Marcia-- Lets start with what that contractor is saying... Yes almost any house can be jacked up and leveled... HOW MUCH!!! How soon to start,, and how soon to finish...You get a good attorney to write up a...

Home Improvement--General: steep driveway can't get out when it snows, asphalt milling, steep driveways
asphalt milling, steep driveways, kia sedona: Hi Debra! Unfortunately, this is a problem that lots of people with steep driveways have! Here are a few suggestions: 1. The only way to do radiant heat would be to remove the old asphalt and install concrete, as the radiant heat coils will melt if...

Home Improvement--General: steps to basement, granny unit, spiral staircase
granny unit, spiral staircase, master bedroom bath: Gail, The rules for stairways are quite specific, detailed and complex. The relatively new International Residential Code applies; however it is not being enforced everywhere. Here is what is required: Clear width of the stairway must be 36 Maximum...

Home Improvement--General: stipled ceiling and walls, mud pan, swatting flies
mud pan, swatting flies, metal blade: Hi Margaret, It s always hard to know what to advise unless I can see the actual texture myself. But, for the most part it can probably be scraped off. At least the biggest portion. Wetting with water (like from a spray bottle) as you scrape will make...

Home Improvement--General: stomped ceilings, garden sprayer, scrape
garden sprayer, scrape, drywall: cant you restomp the bad areas,if the stomp hasnt been painted it is water soulable,which means water breaks it down,test small area with hot water misting bottle by spraying small area,then let set 2-4 minutes,and scrape with drywall knife 6 or 8 . if that...

Home Improvement--General: stone basement, soil surface, clay content
soil surface, clay content, discharge points: Dear David, I am presuming you are referring to stone walls for the basement, since that was a standard method of construction in the 1850 s. (if instead you mean a stone floor, write back to me and explain...the answer is different) Containing the...

Home Improvement--General: stone chimney on log home, backer rod, stone chimney
backer rod, stone chimney, chimney repair: Rich, We usually repair such gaps by inserting appropriate backer rod then chink over the backer with synthetic chinking. If the gap is too big but uniform enough to insert a trim board to lessen the gap we would do that first then add backer rod and...

Home Improvement--General: storing wood - attic?, raw lumber, continuous load
raw lumber, continuous load, structure stability: It is a Great idea to use that storage space. Keep in mind a 40lb rule. 40lb per square ft is the maximum the trusses or joist are rated to carry. (refering to a continuous load) Also keep in mind the heat, humidity, temperature changes with climates..all...

Home Improvement--General: storm door installation, correct elevation, dual piston
correct elevation, dual piston, hanging doors: Hanging doors can be very easy...it can take hours. One of the best ways is to get a platform ready to put the door at the correct elevation for the installation. If you can dry fit the door and take as many measurements as possible, you can actually predrill...

Home Improvement--General: Front storm door trouble, donna maher, brushed gold
donna maher, brushed gold, home depot: Adjusting either one or both is the first answer. Hoping that one is enough, you may only need to adjust one. It can be difficult to adjust 2 closers to the same tension. If that fails..you can install a surface mount closer from any hardware store. You...

Home Improvement--General: storm door, storm door, interior door
storm door, interior door, sand paper: John, Yep that is what is causing your problem. When wood gets moist it expands and when it drys it shrinks. When a house is built most of the wood is moist and drys over time. This is what causing the house settling noises. So to fix your problem...

Home Improvement--General: storm window won't stay up, glass panes, storm window
glass panes, storm window, screen windows: Yes, the spring can be changed. It rests on a sort of a burr on the aluminum which stops it from moving away from the side of the latch. It may have passed that point of no return. I would first take out the window, and study the reason why the spring isn...

Home Improvement--General: storm window, claim victory, storm window
claim victory, storm window, window pane: Hi, I m afraid I would need a good picture of the window to tell you exactly how to do it. I can t really get a feel from your description where the pane may have gone wrong. It could have been pushed up too far and now has to be worked on to get it back...

Home Improvement--General: storm windows, vinyl replacement windows, seal failure
vinyl replacement windows, seal failure, risk situation: Storm windows could damage the windows. A lot of heat build up can occur in this situation. I think that, mostly, many Window people believe it will cause premature seal failure. But I have seen 20 year old wood windows having double pane insulated glass...

Home Improvement--General: straight holes, swing set, drill bit
swing set, drill bit, holes: My best suggestion would be to mark both sides of the 4x4 at the same point the holes need to enter/exit. Drill a 1/4 hole in from both sides. When they meet they should give a pretty staight guide point for the hole saw to follow. It might be a good Idea...

Home Improvement--General: strand sound in home, professional home inspector, floor joists
professional home inspector, floor joists, progressive failure: Jun, A P.E. is a professional engineer. Although they are trained and certified in structural engineering you need to find one that is proficient in residential construction framing. It should be easy to find such a P.E. There are many, but each has...

Home Improvement--General: street noise, double pane windows, sound proof glass
double pane windows, sound proof glass, drywall suppliers: Hello Don, You obviously did not use cellulose or a foam spray insulation in those walls. They are great to kill the sound. My experience proves fiberglass insulation does little good. Drywall suppliers have soundproof board for you to hang on those walls....

Home Improvement--General: stress crack in brick above crawlspace, google image search, brick lintel
google image search, brick lintel, steel lintel: Kathy, The best way to support that opening is with a steel lintel. A lintel is length of angle iron that is longer than the opening, and is installed into the brickwork on either side of the opening, spanning it. The bricks above sit on the flat of the...

Home Improvement--General: string level, clear plastic tubing, string level
clear plastic tubing, string level, absolute accuracy: Hi Bob, String levels are just too unreliable. String levels have to be in the center of the string to compensate for the sag in the stringline. A slight breeze can also be the cause of inaccuracies. I was burned once when I did not notice a slight breeze....

Home Improvement--General: strong musty odor in basement, ground slopes, mold inspection
ground slopes, mold inspection, laundry area: Dear Cathy, There are several things you can do. The most important one is to make sure no water is coming into the basement behind the walls. This means making sure that the ground slopes away from the foundation on the outside, and that the gutter discharge...

Home Improvement--General: structo lite over drywall, gypsum plaster, family room addition
gypsum plaster, family room addition, cracked plaster: they should have told you to use a setting drywall mud ,like usg 45,that sets in 45 minutes,made to go over drywall board.then texture the mud . it is difficult to explain what to do.the plaster can be damped sprayed down with water,it will actually help...

Home Improvement--General: structural repair, structural engineer, roller coaster
structural engineer, roller coaster, wheter: Simpson J/JP floor levlers. I would not use these to do the jacking, but as intermediate supports as you go. They come in several different sizes, which may come in handy for your situation. I would use 10 ton hydraulic floor jacks to do the lift....placed...

Home Improvement--General: stucco, stucco contractor, expansion joints
stucco contractor, expansion joints, caulk: I work on $2-$3 Million dollar homes that have developed stucco cracks. I am a window and door contractor, so I had nothing to do the stucco job. I only witnessed it. If the substrate (What s beneath the stucco) is not masonry... commonly referred to as CMU...

Home Improvement--General: stucco, stucco exterior, dollar job
stucco exterior, dollar job, concrete section: Hello Andy, Are you sure your foundation is not settling causing the stucco to crack? Is water draining toward your home? If so, you have a settling issue. Fix the grade of the yard. Is this something I can patch up myself? Yes With what? More stucco....

Home Improvement--General: stucked windows, sash window, resort idea
sash window, resort idea, old paint: if you have already tried cleaning out the paint,and it is still stuck, the next thing to try is to tap gently on the wood part with a hammer and try to wiggle it loose. you also need to clean out well at the bottom. it s difficult, but you can use a crow...

Home Improvement--General: stud finder, stud finders, wall studs
stud finders, wall studs, stud finder: Hi Joseph, There are basically two types of studfinders on the market. (well actually three if you count the girls at corner bars) :) There s the magnetic and the electronic. The magnetic will detect metal through sheetrock, but unfortunately it doesn...

Home Improvement--General: studs in old plaster walls, drywall screw, wood lath
drywall screw, wood lath, plaster walls: thats a tough one,you must have wood lath and plastered walls,and i have repaired these for years. you probably know most older wall are on 16 centers.i would start from a corner and mark off 16 centers,close to were you are trying to find the stud ,if...

Home Improvement--General: subfloor, subfloor, plywood
subfloor, plywood, seams: Hi Cameron, I would use the 3/8 b/c plywood. If floor height is an issue you could actually use 1/4 b/c although the height difference isn t much. You definitely don t want to use the OSB though. Good luck and let me know if I can help out in any other...

Home Improvement--General: no subfloor in old house, proper strength, subfloor
proper strength, subfloor, minimum thickness: Hi Again Vicki, Hey, this is not critical. At first I suspected framing/the supporting members. Use the pine 1x4 T&G as your subfloor, and place your new floor on top after the current floor is screwed down good to prevent squeaking. This floor system will...

Home Improvement--General: sump pump, ditch creek, mighty mite
ditch creek, mighty mite, staten island ny: TO PAUL RE: SUMP PUMP IN NEW HOUSE Paul-- most of the time a good sump pump is a good thing to have...They are a big help in heavy rain times.. Most political areas started(states,cities,counties) requiring a sump pump in new subdivisions..This...

Home Improvement--General: sump pump holes at bottom, drainage tile, drain tile
drainage tile, drain tile, water infiltration: You had a plumber give you some incorrect information along with a bad remedy. You ll need to pull the concrete out and expose those slots or get a new crock. In most cases the slots in the bottom lead to a secondary holding pit. Once the water fills that...

Home Improvement--General: sump pump makes outlet pop oout, won't run, pvc male adapter, discharge pipe
pvc male adapter, discharge pipe, basement floor: TO karen RE: SUMP PUMP I m sorry about the delay in answering for you, too much travel...I think you have two problems... One do not plug a sump pump into a GFI plug or duplex outlet.... Use only a standard single outlet plug ,,usually a round plug...

Home Improvement--General: sump pump outside in a crock, mighty mite, drain tile
mighty mite, drain tile, fiberglass inground pool: TO LINDA RE: BAD SUMP PUMP CROCK.. Yes,, Send the sheriff out after those dumbbell pool people... Get them back to install a regular crock, that s made for a sump pump... The standard crocks are about 24in diameter at the top and about 30in.deep......

Home Improvement--General: sump pump, down spouts, good rain
down spouts, good rain, wet lands: TO ALLY RE SUMP PUMP PROBLEMS... The sump pump is doing what it s supposed to...It s job is to get rid of the water that flows into the crock...Make sure it turns or before the water reaches the drain or footer tile...The pump s job is to force...

Home Improvement--General: sun damage to pine panneling, uv lamps, uv effects
uv lamps, uv effects, safe procedures: Jennifer, Unfortunately this can only be remedied by time. Short of painting or some kind of refinishing, there is not much you can easily do to change the lighter areas. Common sense suggests that you could try to block the darker areas and expose...

Home Improvement--General: superglue, nail polish remover, clothing fabrics
nail polish remover, clothing fabrics, acrylic nails: Super Glue is renowned the world over for the strength of its bonds, it versatility of use, and easy application. Whether a hole needs a seal or a crack needs repairing, Super Glue is the first thing that craftspersons, hobbyists, and contractors use for all...

Home Improvement--General: support beam, metal posts, catastrophic damage
metal posts, catastrophic damage, wall components: This is not something that you can do yourself. It requires the services of an engineer or advanced architect. This is a long span and the critical dimension is the height of the existing beam components, namely 10 inches. The fact that there are four thicknesses...

Home Improvement--General: support for main floor fireplace, brick hearth, house bricks
brick hearth, house bricks, jack posts: Dear Stephen, If you are saying that the top of the projecting hearth extension is sloping down 1/4 inch from the back to the front, then I would not normally recommend the repair you propose. Wood shrinkage and floor sag are typical conditions, and a change...

Home Improvement--General: swanstone shower base, everyday occurance, bet bet
everyday occurance, bet bet, mortar mix: Bet, Not having the opportunity to see the circumstances makes it a bit difficult to assess the situation. Let me answer your question generically. Most preformed shower bases can be set directly on a sound sub floor; some manufacturers recommend a thin...

Home Improvement--General: swanstone shower base, wall tile, swanstone shower base
wall tile, swanstone shower base: Bet, The contractor is admitting it is installed wrong. ... too hard to remove it and make it right. Instruct him to fix it before he puts in the wall tile. Inform him it would certainly have been easier to install it correctly the first time. It will...

Home Improvement--General: swanstone shower base, pvc plumbing, floor joist
pvc plumbing, floor joist, cast iron tub: To BET: RE Shower base.. The Swanstone bases in our area are a manmade stone product..They don t have a lot flexure resistance and can crack if allowed to bend...Get on your hands and knees with a strong light and check the base for any cracks or...

Home Improvement--General: swanstone shower base, swanstone shower base, tileing
swanstone shower base, tileing, wall tile: hi this happens with these type of shower bases sometimes, its not a problem if you don t mind the noises. if it bothers you then i suggest getting it sorted now before you tile otherwise it will mean ripping out all the tileing to rectified the problem....

Home Improvement--General: switch Wiring, aluminum wire, neutral wire
aluminum wire, neutral wire, switch wiring: Dear William, Electrical repairs and changes must be done by a qualified person who has been professionally trained. The danger of electrocution or fire is real, and I am not in a position to assess a reader s level of skill to determine whether they can...

Home Improvement--General: Table saw, craftsman model, jigs and fixtures
craftsman model, jigs and fixtures, norm abrams: Hi Randy, One thing I learned years ago, there are not any dumb questions, only dumb mistakes. Apparently, you are new to table saws. 1) Never cross your arms while makeing a cut. 2) Never stand in front of the path the blade spins, always off to one...

Home Improvement--General: Taking down plaster, corner beads, chimney flue
corner beads, chimney flue, metal mesh: all inside and outside have 3 mesh,inside called corner rite,and outside called corner beads.it is possible to chip off,but if the bond is real good,it might come off real hard.why cant you put a layer of 1/4 over the wall. also you would have to make sure...

Home Improvement--General: Tapcon Installation in masonry., tapcons, hammer drill
tapcons, hammer drill, stupid thing: John, If I remember right Tapcons are reversable and should be able to be backed out. You might need a stronger drill to do this because of them being HAMMERed on the hole. If they can not be removed then you can recover by seeing of you can drive them...

Home Improvement--General: Tape and texture over press board?, workshop room, basement workshop
workshop room, basement workshop, remodel project: depends whats on the surface of the board,otherwise to mud will flake off,you can use 1/4 drywall too.you would have to try a test piece of board 2ftx2ft,and see if the mud bonds to it,try scraping it off.also plaster supply houses cary a bonding agent you...

Home Improvement--General: Tearing down a wall..., chalange, celling
chalange, celling, worth the risk: if house has engineered trusses,then the walls are not load bearing,but if the trusses are home made then some one needs to check if the wall is load bearing.you should have a carpenter,stop by and check for this,its not worth the risk.have some one help you...

Home Improvement--General: Textured Ceiling and Remodeling, ceiling texture, steel studs
ceiling texture, steel studs, wood framing: Hi Dave, I m not too much of a structural kind of guy (building walls), more installing the drywall and finishing it, but I can offer a few suggestions. You might consider building the wall out of steel studs. The top and bottom plates are installed on...

Home Improvement--General: Textured ceiling removal, tongue and groove ceiling, textured ceiling removal
tongue and groove ceiling, textured ceiling removal, textured ceilings: I use a wallpaper scrapper. It is a steel blade attached to a wand of about 18 . The blade is 4 wide. It has a very slight cup to it, so depending on the ceiling smoothness, the cup will teach you which way to use it. It will clean right down to the paper...

Home Improvement--General: Textured Drywall Ceiling, skip trowel, drywall ceiling
skip trowel, drywall ceiling, nail screw: Hi Heather, Probably not. No matter how thick the texture is, you ll usually need to get the joints, nail/screw heads, etc fairly flush with the surface for them to cover. That means at least one good coat of joint compound and probably two as the compound...

Home Improvement--General: Texturing, nail holes, flat areas
nail holes, flat areas, nock: you should get the texture match first,im trying to determine if you have a fine texture spray finish,or hand applied.some also do a nock down, you should sand the little nail repairs flat,then add texture,what does it can on the can,what kind of texture???...

Home Improvement--General: Texturing, even fog, sanding sponge
even fog, sanding sponge, wet sponge: Hi Ryan, I ve had pretty good luck using the texture in a can stuff. First, make sure that the edges of the patch are blended down into the existing texture. A wet sponge is a good way to do this (although sanding with a dry sanding sponge will work as...

Home Improvement--General: Thank you, jim walters homes, rafters
jim walters homes, rafters, rafter: Hello Dave, The system explained to you on how to straighten your rafters was originally adapted from the Jim Walters Homes rafter systems. We used to build a few of these filling in to keep every one busy when we built new homes. They always gave us structurally...

Home Improvement--General: TILE GROUT, tile surface, tile setter
tile surface, tile setter, putty knife: Take away my options will ya. You might try a small putty knife and some water/sponge to keep it soft and reduce dust. It will require friction, your choice. Normally the grout takes a week to set and become firm. You have waited a bit long to start...

Home Improvement--General: Tightening screws, wood pegs, wood cabinets
wood pegs, wood cabinets, cabinet doors: Still depends on exactly what you are doing - but you might be able to just use wood filler in the holes and start over. Or you can redesign slightly - add a piece to cover the old holes - some kind of trim and use it to put screws into. Or cut off the edge...

Home Improvement--General: Tiles, paper towel holder, tile backsplash
paper towel holder, tile backsplash, carbide tip: Most people take that handle off. It gets in the way. If your drill is a hammer drill, there should be a label somewhere to tell you how to set it to hammer as it drills. If you get that right...it will easily go thru the tile. Some part of the drill will...

Home Improvement--General: Tiling, cement backer board, cementitious backer
cement backer board, cementitious backer, water infiltration: Jeff, Tile-over-drywall showers will generally fail because of water infiltration. You are much better off using a cement backer board such as Wonderboard . These products retain their integrity even when wet. If you are using a heavy tile and a...

Home Improvement--General: Tiling, spackling, tiles
spackling, tiles, drywall: Margaret, If the gap is bigger then 1/4 of the tile then I would replace that section. If it is only 1/4 of a tile or less then it might have been put there on purpose. I know they leave a gap in the drywall around a tub for expansion and settling. It...

Home Improvement--General: Tinted waterseal, quality sealants, chemical stripper
quality sealants, chemical stripper, waterseal: Tracy, The only practical thing you can do is use a stripper. Being such a recent application no other method will work. In fact, you may find the stripper to be ineffective to some degree because of the newness of the sealant. That will depend on...

Home Improvement--General: Tired old house..., survay, sorry cant
survay, sorry cant, noticable difference: hi sounds like you need to have foundations looked at. you will need a survay done on the foundations. they might sugest underpinning, hpe this helps sorry cant be moor help but without actually seeing i cant give any propper advice. but get a survay they...

Home Improvement--General: Tired old house..., noticable difference, telltales
noticable difference, telltales, old houses: Dear Christina, Thanks for your question. I advise you to get a very experienced home inspector to come to your house to help you understand why your house is changing or changed in the past. The number of visual clues and telltales (numbering in the thousands)...

Home Improvement--General: Tired old house..., noticable difference, old houses
noticable difference, old houses, concrete block: Hi. Unfortunately with older homes, there s never an easy way to do things. Most people just keep patching and hiding over the years, until someone gets caught holding the bag. Sounds like you need a structural overhaul. I know it sounds pricey, and...

Home Improvement--General: Toilet Issue, overflow tube, toilet problems
overflow tube, toilet problems, plumbing problems: TO MANDA RE TOILET PROBLEMS. Manda--These sluggish toilet are a REAL PAIN.. I m guessing you got the toy truck stuck up inside the toilet trap.. The low water level is simply the reaction of the toilet draining slowly..It s trying to...

Home Improvement--General: Toilet Odor, soil pipe, floor bathroom
soil pipe, floor bathroom, peice: does the soil pipe go through the wall to the outside? if so is the soil pipe outside higher than the roof line. if not the smell could be coming from there i have seen this a few times where there is no breather pipe above the roof line. if the pipe just...

Home Improvement--General: Toilet Question?, caulking, gasket
caulking, gasket, flange: Hi Chris don t caulk over it. remove the old caulking and replace the wax gasket, they are only $1 and have to get replaced almost every time to take the toilet off. this should fix your problem. the wax gaskets make a seal with plumbing flange...

Home Improvement--General: Toilet smell, sewer gases, wax rings
sewer gases, wax rings, vent pipe: TO TOM: RE TOILET SMELL. Tom--It s highly unlikely that your odor is coming from the toilet bottom area.. Just in case,,try these things... Is the wax ring tall enough to reach from the flange to the bottom of the toilet..Is there really...

Home Improvement--General: Toilet tank hardware adjustment, flapper valve, toilet tank
flapper valve, toilet tank, tank hardware: Good ole Mansfield. That is a built in feature to save water. It may be wearing out on the sleeve itself if it releases prematurely. It is easy to replace...$ 5.00 or so. There are no adjustments to either the floppy method or the Mansfield method. ...

Home Improvement--General: Tools, nylon cap, exercise bike
nylon cap, exercise bike, what the heck: This is where my job gets fun. You know what it is....just cant remember. I have that happen alot. It is a socket from a socket set . You may need the metric of 15....hard to tell at this point. Take the nut to the store and find out. It would also...

Home Improvement--General: Towel Rack/drywall problem, molly bolt, drywall screw
molly bolt, drywall screw, towel rack: There is a way, I hate them, but this is there best purpose. It is called a Molly bolt. It is a long bolt with a wing that pops thru the wall that you can tighten up and hold anything. They only work once as the wing would fall into the wall after unscrewed...

Home Improvement--General: TREE HOUSE, weeping willow tree, ebay
weeping willow tree, ebay, amazon: Hi Steve, I m not sure what your definition of simple is. I would recommend that you purchase a good treehouse book and read up on treehouse construction and other related issues. An excellent book that I recommend is: Tree Houses You Can Actually Build:...

Home Improvement--General: Tree stump debrie, tree stump, mulch
tree stump, mulch, dries: Hello Tim, Yes, this can be used as mulch. The grindings on top of the stump s origin will never be enough to replace the hole that will be there later. It will heat up greatly at first and then gradually the heat will slow down as it deteriorates further....

Home Improvement--General: Trex Decking, deck applications, saw blade
deck applications, saw blade, deck floor: I will recommend a cutoff saw with 40+ teeth of carbide. It will cut faster leaving less chance to melt. I would suggest predrilling the holes, but the most important thing is to drill a countersink for screw heads. Some deck applications actually use a...

Home Improvement--General: A Troubled Person, workmanship standards, garage remodel
workmanship standards, garage remodel, troubled person: You have two hard choices. Contact the Contractors board and inform them of your problem. The will act on your behalf and fully investigate your claim of faulty workmanship. It is time consuming, but either you take the high road and get satisfaction, or...

Home Improvement--General: Trusses, open cathedral ceiling, collar ties
open cathedral ceiling, collar ties, wall ties: Don, Let s not bog down in the intricacies of structural engineering. Go back to the point I made of using adequately sized rafters and ridge beam. If the ridge beam is sized to carry the load of the roof collar ties are unnecessary. If the rafter...

Home Improvement--General: Trusses, ridge beam, truss company
ridge beam, truss company, manufacturers specifications: Trusses are engineered to support the roof load and they should be installed per the manufacturers specifications. If you are going to alter the design you either need to have the truss company design the trusses to support the new loads or you should get...

Home Improvement--General: Tub surround, fiberglass units, acrylic material
fiberglass units, acrylic material, thick sheet: Hi Nancy, This is a common question with a relatively easy answer. acrylic and fiberglass can look very similar on display and right out of the box, but price and durability are very different. fiberglass units are of molded fiberglass with a thin sprayed...

Home Improvement--General: Type of Drywall to Use for Bathroom/Bedroom Combo, cement backerboard, aquaboard
cement backerboard, aquaboard, toilet area: i would not,not, put poly on the ceiling,you are trapping the moisture in your room,even though you have moisture board the is some breathing going on,and proper atic ventalion is to remove the moisture.im from michian,and i have seen ceilings rot of from...

Home Improvement--General: Type of drywall for bathroom, drywall tape, tile line
drywall tape, tile line, cement board: always use green board in high moisture areas,install same size cement board as drywall,tape the joint.make sure joint is below tile line.so run the tile 2 on the drywall.i would use a fast set drywall mud,and pre fill areas before taping.usg45 or 90,you...

Home Improvement--General: Typical construction method for Sump Pits, drain tile, sump pumps
drain tile, sump pumps, residential application: Dear Kaya, Thanks for your question. A residence commonly will have two sump pits if there is a large basement. They are normally placed in opposite corners, or in what is proposed to be inconspicuous locations far away from each other. If there is perceived...

Home Improvement--General: Tyvek vs. Foam Insulation, foam insulation, vinyl siding
foam insulation, vinyl siding, vapor barrier: Tyvek adds a minimal advantage. I dont think the added cost is actually beneficial. It is not a bad thing, it will add to the insulation and vapor barrier and quiet the outside noises, but I wouldnt give it a 10% additional feature, so you make the $$$ call...

Home Improvement--General: taping cracks in plaster wall, plaster wall, plaster walls
plaster wall, plaster walls, time element: You may be at the age of plaster walls. In that case...the mud is drying way too fast. You may need to add some water to the mix. It usually takes more, thinner mud over plaster. I would prefer to use the 20 minute dry mix mud that does not shrink....

Home Improvement--General: taping cracks in plaster wall, plaster wall, couple inches
plaster wall, couple inches, paper tape: thin mud down,and go 2-3 wider than tape ,leave enough on to push it out when wiping tape down, you either do not have all mud behind tape or its drying out,any bubbling is from lack of mud,or dry tape.better too much,then wipe tape tight,and let dry.use...

Home Improvement--General: taping, smooth curve, corner bead
smooth curve, corner bead, flexible vinyl: Hi again, Well you learn something new every day if you re lucky. I went down to the drywall yad where I buy my materials today and lo and behold...I found vinyl corner bead. Called No-Coat, it doesn t have holes along the flanges, but is probably similar...

Home Improvement--General: telephone problems, busy signal, dial tone
busy signal, dial tone, screw: It is a bad connection, normally in the utiliy box. loosen and tighten each screw just a bit. If that fails, you will need to pull each phone jack apart and test with a normal phone. Wiggling any one wire can make a bad connection work. If you get static....that...

Home Improvement--General: teleposts/beams, year drought, unstable ground
year drought, unstable ground, humid summer: Brad: It is not at all usual to adjust the structure of a house for different seasons. If the ground is unstable under the house it would likely be breaking apart after 47 years. Many doors, windows and floors can swell during the humid summer season...

Home Improvement--General: temperature change/drywall cracking, nw ontario canada, control joints
nw ontario canada, control joints, double stud: once the mud is dry and hard it will take the cold,when you heat up a very cold room,you might get some cracking from sudden heat change.you could install a few control joints,that will allow for movement.you would have double stud or joist.leaving board 3/8...

Home Improvement--General: tension beam, roof rafters, mail photos
roof rafters, mail photos, e mail: Alex, Unfortunately this is a difficult question to answer without seeing the site or at least photos and/or drawings of the situation. From your description it seems that you could at least raise the header the additional 10 , but this probably isn...

Home Improvement--General: termites and infested wall, pest control business, construction thanks
pest control business, construction thanks, exterminators: Dear Zygi, All reputable exterminators in this area offer a good warrantee. If the termites come back within a year, they re-treat the house for free. They keep treating until the problem is solved. You definitely do not want to try to exterminate on...

Home Improvement--General: termites and infested wall, pest control business, pest control company
pest control business, pest control company, construction thanks: I can feel your worry. I have done alot of termite damage repairs in the San Francisco and related areas. The ONLY way to resolve the issues are to tear out any and all termite damaged and related debris. It can be very very extensive, or concentrated in...

Home Improvement--General: termites, termite swarms, termite inspection
termite swarms, termite inspection, prevention program: You need to get a termite inspection done very soon and have an extensive prevention program set up. You have a large infestation to be found and corrected. All your work will be in vain,,,,if the swarm is not destroyed and prevention NOT put into place....soon....

Home Improvement--General: How can I get a texture effect for my garage wall?, drywall plaster, plaster board
drywall plaster, plaster board, steve walls: walls need to be finished first,either plaster or drywall.plaster is usually done in two coats,base coat,then finish,using different kinds of plaster to get finish preferred. also using a setting drywall mud,you can put a texture over smoothed walls.there...

Home Improvement--General: textured ceilings, textured ceilings, spray tanks
textured ceilings, spray tanks, orange peel: what you should have been told was they could not guarantee the match ,for you to decide what to do.you should have been told to make the ceiling new,this is what needed to be done a this cost.also orange peel doesn t have aggregate in it,spray texture does.we...

Home Improvement--General: textured walls, old walls, textured walls
old walls, textured walls, break point: Hi Tony, Sorry, I guess it s taken a while for me to get your question. Don t know why this happens sometimes, but it does. I ve always found it easier to texture the new walls to match the old ones than to remove the old texture...especially when the old...

Home Improvement--General: texturing over paneling, luck jim, paneling
luck jim, paneling, dilema: its not a good idea to go over panneling,your putting mud on it ,and will probably keep comming off. yes you can scape it off ,and redo,but results will very,good luck,at least your not paying to have it done,so if it holds up great,but i would not go over...

Home Improvement--General: when to throw out a drill bit, proper eye protection, carbide tip
proper eye protection, carbide tip, silica dust: Schlomo, I don t know of any way to determine this by visual inspection of the bit. I have seen bits which were badly discolored which still performed very well, and others which looked good were no longer usable. The only criterion I know of to discard...

Home Improvement--General: tile floor, installing ceramic tile, tile floor
installing ceramic tile, tile floor, grout: Eden, Go to your closest home center and price the tiles and the grout and the underlayment. Then ask them how much it would cost to install in a 16X10 area. I would get more them one quote. I usually suggest 5 or more. If the contractor gives you...

Home Improvement--General: tile grout, tile walls, tile grout
tile walls, tile grout, extra insurance: For a good bonding, yes..the old grout needs to be removed and/or roughed up a bit for the new to have something clean to stick too. As extra insurance, there is a latex bonding agent that you use instead of water...makes a sticky batch and a bit harder...

Home Improvement--General: tile instllation on my duroc already installed., tile man, tile company
tile man, tile company, glass pan: In many cases I request 50% upon commencement of work to be sure the contract is in force. With no money down, no implied contract. 10% down is ok if the work is to start at a later date. Keep in mind...we dont have alot of money to invest into someones...

Home Improvement--General: tile in shower, tile backer board, shower tub enclosure
tile backer board, shower tub enclosure, thinset: I have not heard of blueboard. Greenboard is the typical tile backer board for showers. Thinset is not recommended for either green board or blueboard . Thinset is an adhesive for cemetuous/concrete boards. As for options....1/4 hardibacker is another...

Home Improvement--General: tile and stone in shower, marble and granite, hardiboard
marble and granite, hardiboard, j b weld: I am thinking that the shelves are for soap and shampoo, which means that not a lot of weight and not large shelves. I think you have a good plan. When you grout in the walls, you may want a little bit of grout around the shelf for added surface area of...

Home Improvement--General: tile, wall tile, floor tile
wall tile, floor tile, grout lines: Hello Jack, Yes, I usually can. If in doubt, I take it to a supplier who will many times recognize the tile. Your best bet is to take some of the tile to a supplier. Let that supplier make the decision. If they can not, you have someone inexperienced or...

Home Improvement--General: tilt up steam room bench, steam room, amerec
steam room, amerec, wall material: Hi Cathy - Instead of reinventing the wheel ... a company by the name of Amerec makes the fold down seat that you are looking for. You can go to Amerec.com to look it at on line. It comes in a variety of finishes. I hope this helps - best of luck. ...

Home Improvement--General: timber floor renovation, floor renovation, finish carpenter
floor renovation, finish carpenter, tongue and groove: Judy, Unfortunately, the tannins in oak are highly reactive with urine, etc., and these stains can go deep. I can make three recommendations: (1) Replace the stained boards with new ones. If they are tongue-and-groove this can be tricky, but a good...

Home Improvement--General: tired old house, poor shape, noticable difference
poor shape, noticable difference, frame house: TO CHRISTINA RE: poor shape of house I m not seeing your house from the description... Also--I m sorry about the delay in answering to you,,Too much travel... Some EMail photos would be a big help... Any house of that age in Florida...

Home Improvement--General: tissue paper holder, glass drill bits, contrary to popular opinion
glass drill bits, contrary to popular opinion, quality carbide: Hi Stephanie, Use a glass or ceramic drill bit to drill a lot of holes in the Tissue paper holder. Then when it is structurally unsound, crack it so that you can easily cause it to collapse If you can not find glass drill bits, use very expensive higher...

Home Improvement--General: In today's Minneapolis Star..., minneapolis star tribune, plumbing pipes
minneapolis star tribune, plumbing pipes, high humidity: Your problem has several causes. lack of ventilation, or air movement is the biggest. High humidity and cold glass is the physical reason. If you could put a fan on the glass, the moisture would not build. When you raise the temperature in the room, you...

Home Improvement--General: toilets, rust stains, steel wool pad
rust stains, steel wool pad, pipe dope: TO MR. JANITOR RE: FIX RUST IN TOILETS... I ve seen rust stains like these before..Most of time the stain is like a rusty slime or grease.. It congeals on the porcelain surface because of a temperature change in the fresh water into bowl ...

Home Improvement--General: trash, trash removal, pop stores
trash removal, pop stores, handy man: Hi Michelle, My best advice would be to try your local hardware store. Most of the smaller Mom and Pop stores will have a board with business cards of their customers. There is always several that will take on just about any job, including trash removal....

Home Improvement--General: treated wood, stainless steel nails, floor joists
stainless steel nails, floor joists, open fireplace: Hello EJ, Do not burn treated wood in your open fireplace. I am not aware of any restrictions using it on the interiors. We do, and our code requires us to use treated floor joists if we are less than 18 to the soil in crawl space earth below. I doubt...

Home Improvement--General: tree root overgrown in driveway, nitrogen fertilizer, root killer
nitrogen fertilizer, root killer, tree roots: Hello I-Shin Wen, It can take years for the tree roots to rot out. The stump killer only kills the stump and its roots. Liquid high nitrogen fertilizer helps speed up the process greatly, but still it might be five years before it rots out. Obviously, the...

Home Improvement--General: putting up trim, prehung doors, miters
prehung doors, miters, door jambs: Valerie, In this case you will probably want to scribe the casing. It is very time consuming, though, and I feel for you if you have a lot of doors to do. First, I would mill a relief cut lengthwise into the back of all of the casings, about 1/4 ...

Home Improvement--General: trouble with interior paint finish, eggshell paint, color paint
eggshell paint, color paint, interior paint: It sounds like you over did it abit. Is if possible that you didnt give sufficient dry time between coats and created a buildup that will require a great deal more drying time.? I think I would try something different. For that wall...use a different color...

Home Improvement--General: truss built ranch, jim richards, truss design
jim richards, truss design, trusses: Did you get a building permit for the house? If so then the Building Department may have a truss design sheet for the trusses on file with the building plans for your dwelling. If not - are these manufactured trusses or made on site? If they are manufactured...

Home Improvement--General: I am trying to hang up some..., sheet metal screw, sheet metal screws
sheet metal screw, sheet metal screws, curtain rods: Joyce, Metal is good. That mean the kids, cat, dog husband, mother in law, or whomever will not be able to pull the curtain rods down. But the normal hardware that came with the curtain rods as you found out will not help you put the rods up. So what...

Home Improvement--General: tub/shower installation, expanding foam, hi bob
expanding foam, hi bob, little at a time: hi bob creaking is common in most tubs, yes you can use the spray, but be carefull as to the amount you spray under. what i would do is spray a little at a time and wait till its expanded to its fullest, then repeat. be carefull not to spray to much as this...

Home Improvement--General: tub surround, sheetrock, drywall
sheetrock, drywall, slides: Lisa, If the surround is attached to the tub, then is is structural and does not need drywall behind it. We have developed a very good method for installing these, that results in very flush, straight drywall above the surround. Please go to our website...

Home Improvement--General: type of asphalt to use on steep driveway, asphalt contractor, steep driveway
asphalt contractor, steep driveway, shale: Hi Dave! That is a pretty good spec, and should give you traction. If you find that you need more, you can broadcast Black Beauty Sand over the bottom of the driveway, and that will help. Good luck and thanks for asking! Sarah Leech ASAP Asphalt...

Home Improvement--General: types of screws for drywall, masonry screws, brick fireplace
masonry screws, brick fireplace, horizontal joints: No, certainly they are not as hot as a wood fire. They put out some heat, but I think drywall will work as a covering for bricks on the front face of the gas log fireplace. If it scorches, chars, discolors, or degrades over time, replace it with something...

Home Improvement--General: types, duct tape, alix
duct tape, alix, mascot: Alix, The answer to your question will vary depending on which person you ask. My favorite brand is Manco. They re the brand that has the duck for their mascot. I like Manco s duct tape the best because it tears easily, but not too easily. It doesn t smell...

Home Improvement--General: Uneven Deck Joists, dimensional lumber, deck joists
dimensional lumber, deck joists, shimming: Kevin, It would have been easier to shim up the joist to level. Now what I would suggest is to not place a screw in the joist that is low. It will still provide support to the top but will not be holding the top. I am hoping that it is one in the middle...

Home Improvement--General: Uneven Joists, deck screws, dimensional lumber
deck screws, dimensional lumber, uniform support: If you are using deck screws to install your decking...the screws will pull up the joists that are seemingly to low, and conversely it will pull down the joists that are too high. To a large extent, the decking will level out the entire area. If you are...

Home Improvement--General: Unidentifiable odor, master bedroom downstairs, daughters room
master bedroom downstairs, daughters room, foul smell: This might work... next time the smell occurs remove the trap on the bathroom sink and smell the fitting where the trap enters the pipe in the wall. If the smell is stronger in this pipe then I would suspect that the vent to your bathroom remodel is leaking...

Home Improvement--General: Unknown house smell, carpet odors, fabreeze
carpet odors, fabreeze, baking soda: Obviously I cant tell you what it is. I can tell you that Clorox diluted will kill fungus, if related, Fabreeze will help mask pet odors, Lysol will kill germs from pets, baking soda will clean carpet odors, dryer sheets will cure some odors. If it is something...

Home Improvement--General: Unknown Ringing Noise, radiant floor heat, copper tubes
radiant floor heat, copper tubes, sure what kind: TO DAN RE: HOUSE NOISES. Dan-- Noises can be very difficult to trace.. The ringing type noise I d suggest you look for plumbing source.. One more idea would be to look for any wind blown object close by..Young boys can be very creative about doing...

Home Improvement--General: Upgrading 60 amp to 100 amp, amp fuse, copper cables
amp fuse, copper cables, fuse boxes: FOLLOW UP: I got your comment, thanks, Jason You really must hire an electrician anyway, because if not, you could definitely electrocute yourself or burn the house down due to a simple miscalculation or a tiny slip of the hand. In general, electrical...

Home Improvement--General: Upper window sliding down, spiral balance, window slides
spiral balance, window slides, transferable warranty: Matt, Your doublehungs have a Balance System that keeps them held in place. The first thing you have to do is figure out what spring system you have. There are three types that are the most common. The first type is the Block & Tackle style which is...

Home Improvement--General: Upstairs very warm during summer, exact solution, exhaust fan
exact solution, exhaust fan, building inspector: Dear Patrick, I am confident I can help you. Since every house is different with regard to air conditioning problems, the exact solution to your problem cannot be judged with certainty without more information and perhaps a site visit. But there are...

Home Improvement--General: Use a water heater blanket?, gas water heater, hot water supply
gas water heater, hot water supply, hot water heater: Seeing how the expected life of a water heater is 8 - 10 years I would put a garden hose on the spigot on the bottom of the tank and flush the sediment out. I haven t heard about this causing leaks. If somehow it does cause a leak however the tank is due...

Home Improvement--General: Using Drywall for Insulation, plumbing lines, steam heat
plumbing lines, steam heat, water problems: if you put small layer of foam,you cant glue the board.this is a lot of work,not much heat cost savings,as you are only adding small amount of insulation,but if your going to sell it will make the rooms look beter.still this most cost recovery over time is...

Home Improvement--General: Using Laminate, gypsum wallboard, wilsonart laminate
gypsum wallboard, wilsonart laminate, foot sheets: According to the manufacturer, Basic Limitations, Wilsonart® Laminate is for interior use only and is not recommended for direct application to plaster, concrete walls, or gypsum wallboard. and, Do not subject Wilsonart® Laminate to extremes...

Home Improvement--General: Using a roller or brush to "fog coat" Stucco, fog coat, coat stucco
fog coat, coat stucco, application method: Roy, Fog coating can be applied with a roller, and I suppose a brush if you really need to. Remember, though, that the final appearance will be a little different for each application method. Skillful spraying will yield the most even-looking appearance....

Home Improvement--General: Do u know much on FHA homes?, fha homes, conformations
fha homes, conformations, martinsville: Hello Stacie, Twice the length of the block for the width of the foundation is minimum or below minimum. It worked for me in Martinsville as well as Peru for forty homes built in IN. There are many different conformations that are acceptable. In IN based...

Home Improvement--General: ugly textured wall, plaster of paris, guaging
plaster of paris, guaging, textured wall: for a plasterer ,its not a hard job,for a do it yourself ,(very) a plasterer would use structo lite over it for the base coat,and lime with guaging for smooth coat. i would recommend if brick are flat hanging new drywall over it and then finish it,you...

Home Improvement--General: ugly wood paneling, fabric wallpaper, wood paneling
fabric wallpaper, wood paneling, western louisiana: Leslie, The mud method will probably not work over the long term, since the paneling will expand and contract too much in your climate. I lived in, and completely renovated, a house in western Louisiana, so I know what you are up against in your part of...

Home Improvement--General: under cabinet light placement, bottom frame, valance
bottom frame, valance, cabinets: Bryan: I assume you are installing the typical fixture that has a 90 degree, plus, sweep. It is to be mounted up against the front, valance, bottom frame of the cabinet. The light lense faces the wall illuminating the area under the cabinets. Thoma...

Home Improvement--General: under cabinet lighting, flourescent lights, cabinet lighting
flourescent lights, cabinet lighting, professional specialists: Hi Bryan, At this point in the building process, it is esthetics for the most part. If your choice of light looks good toward the front, do it. If it does not, move it a couple of inches back. For instance our customer went with ‘ze-non’ under...

Home Improvement--General: unexplainable noise, vent fan, loud bang
vent fan, loud bang, air duct: There are several possibilities. You may have a loose vent in the attic that is banging with the wind. It can be heat/cold related metal movement such as expansion contraction of a joint. It can be a baffle in an air duct or vent fan. It is not impossible...

Home Improvement--General: unexplainable noise, plumbing pipes, expansion and contraction
plumbing pipes, expansion and contraction, water hammer: Hello Drew, It could be water hammer in plumbing pipes. This is the result of expansion and contraction of probably metal A good place to start looking is your HVAC venting. The heating unit runs till the thermostat turns it off. The venting cools rapidly...

Home Improvement--General: unknown odor, flue gas leakage, heating technician
flue gas leakage, heating technician, central air conditioning: Bob, The most common biting odor with gas heat is aldehydes, a by-product of combustion. If you are smelling this, you must have your system serviced immediately by a qualified heating technician, because it indicates a possible flue gas leakage which is...

Home Improvement--General: unlevel floor, room thanks, outer walls
room thanks, outer walls, crawl space: That is the most severe out of level problem I have ever heard of. Anything beyond an inch....I would recommend calling an engineer out to calculate the scenario. You have a two fold problem. One, the addition of concrete to fill in the valley would be...

Home Improvement--General: upgrade service????, panel replacements, amp breaker
panel replacements, amp breaker, amp service: Dear Jim, Thanks for your question. There are several determining factors affecting your installation. If this is the electric service for a dwelling, in most areas 100 amps is considered the minimum acceptable service for panel replacements, and so...

Home Improvement--General: Am using a hand held texturing..., air presure, drywalls
air presure, drywalls, orange peel: are you doing orange peel,knock down or spray texture in a bag.your looking at a malt not to thick when you pour it.if you have to shake it to pour in the hopper then to thick,it has to be able to pour out,the thinner the mud the finner the texture,also is...

Home Improvement--General: using steel I-Beam for header-overhead garage door, design wind speeds, garage door header
design wind speeds, garage door header, lvl beams: Dear Marion, Thanks for your question. To be honest, I can t answer your question directly. The correct answer requires access to engineering books I don t have, and would require a more detailed knowledge of the existing construction, the length of...

Home Improvement--General: V Support, stainless steel bolts, excessive corrosion
stainless steel bolts, excessive corrosion, treated lumber: Hello Pam These braces actually reach out and pick up the load transferring it to the posts. This also reduces the span length of the beam supporting the roof. Additionally, they provide horizontal support from wind, and help the stability of the structure....

Home Improvement--General: Vanity Tearout, base cabinets, bottom of the top
base cabinets, bottom of the top, countertops: It usually takes very little effort to pry the counter top off the base. Start at a front corner or center and using a pry bar or such, put tension on the countertop and tap it with a hammer to break a section free. If you have access to the bottom of the...

Home Improvement--General: Vanity Tearout, vanity cabinets, screw driver
vanity cabinets, screw driver, base cabinet: Neal, The Tops should be screwed from the bottom. They might have applied a slight amount of adhesive but that should be fairly easy to pry away. Start at one section and work your way to the other. Do not be in a hurry because if you are then you might...

Home Improvement--General: Vapor Barrier Missing, climate zone, vapor barrier
climate zone, vapor barrier, insulation: Hello Sandy. I would like to address your question, but the answer would be highly climate-dependent, so if you could tell me what location or climate zone you are located in, then I could be of more help. Also, you mentioned that it was blown-in insulation....

Home Improvement--General: Vapor Barrier, breathing ability, vapor barrier
breathing ability, vapor barrier, tyvek housewrap: Hello Mark, 6 mil thick plastic is proper vapor barrier for covering the ground in a crawlspace. If you splice, overlap one foot and seal with a sealant for this use. The black material is a asphalt impregnanted sheathing board that we used to see on...

Home Improvement--General: Vapor barrier needed?, contradictory explanations, termite inspector
contradictory explanations, termite inspector, pristine heart: Dear Terry, Thanks for your question and I apologize for not answering in a timely manner. I was away from my office for a couple of weeks and forgot to inform the allexperts staff. The only purpose of the vapor barrier, also called a vapor retarder,...

Home Improvement--General: Vaulted Ceiling Crack, drywall screws, wet mud
drywall screws, wet mud, fiberglass model: if ceiling and wall are smooth then make sure drywall is tight,putting a few drywall screws in the corner.i would use paper tape ,and a setting drywall mud,like usg 45 or usg90.imbed the tape in wet mud and wipe it down tight and clean.After it set up,then...

Home Improvement--General: Vaulted Ceiling, crack/separation at ceiling joint, latex caulk, hairline crack
latex caulk, hairline crack, smooth area: if its smooth ,then make sure board is tight by drywall screwing it,then retape and finish it,other wise if its small hairline crack use a small paintable latex caulk over the crack ,glaze with damp finger to smooth out crack.this is for smooth area,ji...

Home Improvement--General: Ventilation under the house, cement mortar, plastic cement
cement mortar, plastic cement, wet soil: You could be in a proximity to an under ground spring or high water table. You may want to remove as much of this soil as possible and then smear a coat of cement/mortar over it to seal it. Plastic cement may work better than plain portland cement as it...

Home Improvement--General: Venting a bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, exhaust fans
bathroom exhaust fan, exhaust fans, tech support: Hi Bill, there are many manufacturers of exhaust fans, and many varieties from each manufacturer. you must check in the installation instructions for your model, or call the manufacturers tech support number to be sure if you can vent into the attic or not.......

Home Improvement--General: Vine Clean Up, rain gutter, black widows
rain gutter, black widows, lumber yard: HI John, Sounds like work no matter what. Try this; Get one of those adjustable brass nozzles for the garden hose and set it for a high pressure blast. For the bricks aim at different angles targeting the vine residue ( I can picture a whole bunch...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Flooring Seams, seam sealer, vinyl flooring
seam sealer, vinyl flooring, wood columns: Hi Mike, Thank you. We also develop websites that can be found, but that is yet another world for me. Unfortunately, sheet vinyl floor covering with curl in them are indications that it is time to replace that floor covering. If you have a scap piece that...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Siding, expansion and contraction, wood siding
expansion and contraction, wood siding, driven rain: Hello Jim, First, you will have no problem installing the vinyl siding if you will always allow for expansion and contraction because it expands and contracts at a much different rate that the surfaces underneath it. Next, think of it as a leaky roof that...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Siding, siding company, vinyl siding
siding company, vinyl siding, back door: Josh, You should cover the exposed area with a fitted board (cedar or pressure-treated) or with aluminum (as is used by the siding company). Be sure to caulk the sill/threshold of the door when finished. Good luck and let me know if you need additional...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Siding, vinyl siding, luck frank
vinyl siding, luck frank, application details: Hi Josh, Yes, I would apply a simple repair here. Start by squaring off the foam using a utility knife and remove in a manner that you can replace it with a board nearest the same thickness of foam (likely a 1 board). After attaching the board wrap with...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Siding Melting, ground glass appearance, metal siding
ground glass appearance, metal siding, vinyl siding: Dear Dan, You probably can t do this without reducing the skylight s transparency. You could sand the surface of the skylight glass with alundum (aluminum oxide sandpaper) provided it is not tempered glass which would immediately be destroyed. This will...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Siding, vinyl siding, little space
vinyl siding, little space, removal tool: Sorry maybe I wasn t very clear. Ideally your would replace the whole 10 piece but you can replace a section of it as long as you have a one inch lap on each side of the panel. I would consider using a half a panel but I wouldn t go much less than that...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl shutters & entry door, vinyl shutters, exterior shutters
vinyl shutters, exterior shutters, williamsburg blue: Neil, You may not have a big choice in paint color but KRYLON spray paint makes a spray can paint for plastic that will work on all plastics. It should work on vinyl. I would try a small section that is not noticeable to start with. If it does not STICK...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl siding, tyvek house wrap, aluminum siding
tyvek house wrap, aluminum siding, cedar planks: Hello Tom, The best way is to strip the siding down to the T & G sheathing. Have Icynene foam insulation placed in the wall cavities, and wrap the house with Tyvek house wrap systems using the flashings around the windows and doors too. Go here and research...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl siding, maintenance siding, term durability
maintenance siding, term durability, paint application: Mike: Painting vinyl siding defeats the purpose of having a no maintenance siding - and not having to paint it. Vinyl does not hold typical paints well. I would expect latex will peep off and oil will crack and flake off. You can look into a specialty...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl siding, dew point calculation, air intrusion
dew point calculation, air intrusion, water intrusion: Barb: The big stuff: Insulating old buildings needs special attention. Older buildings have cracks and air leaks as the standard of construction. When insulation is added and ventilation reduced, moisture problems can develop as well as decreasing indoor...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl siding, exterior paint colour, dry hope
exterior paint colour, dry hope, vinyl siding: Hello T. Buyer Yes, when you go to buy the paint be sure to tell the sales associate its for vinyl sididng. you require a 100% acrylic exterior paint. colour wise you need to be concerned about how dark it is. if its darker then current colour...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cedar planks
aluminum siding, cedar planks, rigid insulation: Tom: It sounds like the house has a few years on it. I assume you mean sheathing when you say facing but I would be surprised is sheathing were tongue and groove. I would take down the existing siding to a solid flat surface. That may be the sheathing....

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl tile for bathroom, vinyl tile, vinyl adhesive
vinyl tile, vinyl adhesive, commercial floors: If you dont mind a little more work, you can use VCT or the 1/8 tiles you see in commercial floors. They are pennies more, the prep is harder and you glue the floor, but the result is far better. You can wax it and keep it durable with very little effort....

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Windows, condensation problems, deadspace
condensation problems, deadspace, wood windows: Don: The difference will be equivalent to the insulating value of what is put into the frame - expanded foam or other. The frame in respect to the entire wall is not a big percentage. So your decision is based on the cost of getting the frame insulated,...

Home Improvement--General: vanity, grease pencil, vanity top
grease pencil, vanity top, tile cutter: Randy, I would suggest a professional. Most counter tops are cut to order. So you are getting a good deal on this 49 top and thought you would make it fit? Ok if you still want to cut it what I would do is buy a new tile cutting blade and go rent...

Home Improvement--General: varnish on woodwork, voc s, coverage rate
voc s, coverage rate, perma chink systems: Emma, I would have no idea what caused the problem; it could be any number of chemicals. However, no matter what caused it, fixing it will take the same procedure. First, you should wash it all with a mild household wood cleaner to be sure whatever...

Home Improvement--General: vaulting a flat ceiling, popcorn ceilings, half the distance
popcorn ceilings, half the distance, rafters: It is not as hard as you would imagine. Consider that you only want to vault about half the distance, to maintain an insulation space, craw space and access to the attic above. Lets say for instance you put a 4x10 bean the length of your ceiling...then cut...

Home Improvement--General: venetian plaster, venetian plaster, skilled tradespeople
venetian plaster, skilled tradespeople, smooth wall: Peter, I believe that the removal by scraping may be very difficult. However, every job is different so it is best to have a plasterer look at it to see if it is possible. Replacing the blueboard (or drywall) backing is a small percentage of the total...

Home Improvement--General: venetian plaster, venetian plaster, foot ceilings
venetian plaster, foot ceilings, paint store: ceiling can be left,the texture should be done on wall,the color washed or toned.inside you can use drywall set mud,outside you would use a stucco product. if room is not textured,you need to do this or hire done.check with a good paint store on color washes,or...

Home Improvement--General: vent pipe, water boxes, vent pipe
water boxes, vent pipe, wax ring: Johnny, First, make sure it is the toilet; to be sure seal the drains on the other fixtures in the room and see if the odor remains. This eliminates other possible sources. Next, seal the toilet to see if the odor disappears. If it does then its a...

Home Improvement--General: ventilation baffles, roof nails, roof sheathing
roof nails, roof sheathing, rafters: Mike, I m not 100% clear on what you are doing. I sounds like you are trying to put in a spacer to allow the 2 gap between insulation and roof sheathing for air movement. I have only seen the foam (baffles) spacers. I m afraid you are stuck with...

Home Improvement--General: ventilation baffles, roof nails, sofits
roof nails, sofits, rafters: Mark, Sorry but I am not much help with real snow problems. If the house is 15 years old it survived a lot of snow on the roof. So all I can suggest is you could try some roof heaters like http://www.improvementscatalog.com/Parent.asp?product=123398x&dept%5Fid=12400&subdept%5Fid=12450...

Home Improvement--General: vibrations on 2nd story room addition, earthquake standards, vibration problem
earthquake standards, vibration problem, cross braces: TO ROGER WHEELLOCK RE: HOUSE VIBRATIONS.. Roger-- It s very possible to have a building that is sensitive to harmonics...The crazy things will vibrate along with some exterior sound or motion source... As far as your building methods...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl floor removal from concrete, asbestos removal contractors, concrete floor
asbestos removal contractors, concrete floor, vinyl floor: ew, This type of work is rarely easy. Asbestos removal contractors who do this work routinely use chemical softening agents. A quick web search pulled up these products: http://www.citrusdepot.net/info_mastic.html http://www.paintremoval.com/Qstore/p000044.htm...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl replacement windows, vinyl replacement windows, deadspace
vinyl replacement windows, deadspace, wood windows: Hello Chi town Don, Sealed air space is not nothing compared to foam. Think of it this way? Stop the movement of air! It the answer expanded foam? Yes, or it just could be cellulose too. The object here is to stop the flow of air, to hell with R or other...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl replacement windows, vinyl replacement windows, double paned windows
vinyl replacement windows, double paned windows, climate regions: Joe, Hey, it is confusing out there for sure. While we used to refer to those brands familiar in our areas as good, better, and best, we must now look to ratings from industry standards for our specific areas. Building scientist have divided our country...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding, vinyl corners, vinyl siding
vinyl corners, vinyl siding, time and patience: Hi Again Norm, The J channel will be the corner as it will be the last of the vinyl. There is no practical way for you to try and amend the standard corner to look decent. The J is secured to the end of the run and receives the siding in place of...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding, cedar siding, wall cavity
cedar siding, wall cavity, vinyl siding: Jason: The big concern in what you propose is trapping moisture in the wall. I am unfamiliar with your reference to plastispan or vinyl siding insulation so I can t comment on their use. If I were going to insulate and side a house I would remove...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding, silicone glue, michael bruns
silicone glue, michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert: Hello Hopefully you have some extra siding in the garage! You can either replace that piece of siding, you cut a square out of a spare piece say 2 s square and using a little silicone glue it over the cracked area. If its in a less noticeable spot this...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding, framing carpenters, sill pan
framing carpenters, sill pan, vinyl siding: Hello Matt, Caulk seals only good for about a 1 1/2. You need a sill pan. If using Tyvek flashing, use the flexwrap. Soldered sheet metal works too. You can use the 4 straight flashing for the sides. Watch the video; http://www.michigancodes.com/popup_m1.html...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding, class action suits, vinyl siding
class action suits, vinyl siding, humidity levels: Hello Marq, I better believe in old carpenters. I are one with 40 years of this. The differences are that I was forced by our employees to go forward and learn even more. Sorry, just the way it worked out. So my jobs have been train them, learn more to...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding, siding panels, vinyl siding
siding panels, vinyl siding, snap lock: If I assume you can get matching siding, I would think that it is 4 hrs work. The trick is to get the snap lock portion to release without breaking more siding. After you get it released, you will have access to the fasteners and be able to pull them...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding, siding company, vinyl siding
siding company, vinyl siding, selective cutting: Lisa, The best way to do this is to patch in with long pieces of siding (6 plus). You will need to take off the siding immediately around the hole and then re-install using a combination of longer pieces and selective cutting of the existing siding. ...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding accessories, siding accessories, dryer vent
siding accessories, dryer vent, vinyl siding: For regular items like pipes or a four-inch dryer duct vent cover, it is usual to cut a circular hole in the siding and then caulk around the circumference of the seam with adhesive caulking that is roughly similar in color to the siding. If the inside wall...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding repairs, cold winter air, siding repair
cold winter air, siding repair, vinyl siding: Hello As far as reanchoring the siding into the channel, you may have to punch it to get the siding to grip. You use a tool such as this: http://www.mtdbuildingsupplies.com/snaplockpunch.html This will make the projections in the siding that you need...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl siding, fanfold insulation, cedar shingles
fanfold insulation, cedar shingles, insulation board: Hi Norm, If the shingles are in good shape and not rotting or curled, you can go right over them. I would suggest that you use the fanfold insulation and I m assuming you are referring to the 1/4 accordion board. This will serve to smooth over the small...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl tiles, michael bruns, drywall compound
michael bruns, drywall compound, vinyl tiles: Hello This is a tough one! About the only thing you can try is an actual adhesive remover made for floor tiles. Its a thick liquid which youll brush onto the remaining adhesive and let it soak a little. With any luck it will soften the adhesive enough to...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl windows, dead air space, argon gas
dead air space, argon gas, insulation values: First off, dont waste your money on the ARGON gas. It dissipates in 3 years and its gone. For insulation values...the more the better. If you have concerns, you can either use a mastic caulk that makes the space air and water tight, or the spray foam that...

Home Improvement--General: visible seams in dry wall, visible seams, steam equipment
visible seams, steam equipment, wall studs: Roger, there is probably not enough moisture in the walls to cause any damage. that type of damage would already have been clearly visible, (ie; drywall coming apart). I m not sure what your insurance will cover, your adjuster is not a qualified home inspector,...

Home Improvement--General: WATER IN BASEMENT, storm drain system, drain tile
storm drain system, drain tile, rain water: Carol, Here s my guess based on these assumptions. I assume you applied drylock to the exterior surface of the foundation that is above ground. If so, I would guess you sealed the sandstone so that rain water that hits the foundation now is not absorbed...

Home Improvement--General: Wainscoting vs. tile in bathroom, nearby gas station, pedestal sink
nearby gas station, pedestal sink, wainscot: Chris, You will end up with a much better looking wall if you skim coat all damaged portions prior to priming. Use an 8 mud knife with standard drywall joint compound and skim on a thin broad coat everywhere that the paint has lifted. Pull the mud tight,...

Home Improvement--General: Walkup basement and belco doors, proper excavation, local home builders
proper excavation, local home builders, drain tiles: Sandya, It is not difficult to add a Bilco door to an existing basement. Any legitimate excavator can do the proper excavation to prepare the area to accept the Bilco well. There is always a risk of damage when you dig around an existing foundation....

Home Improvement--General: Wall and ceiling cracks, professional drywall, ceiling cracks
professional drywall, ceiling cracks, sewer replacement: You would be surprised at the houses out there that have these little annoying cracks. Since your house was built in the 50 s we can t blame it on settling. Most houses settle completely after around 10 years. What your seeing is a crack that probably appears...

Home Improvement--General: Wall grout cracking, hairline cracks, wall tiles
hairline cracks, wall tiles, rotozip: Adam, There are probably some products that can be applied to fill the hairline cracks, but I would recommend replacement. The existence of cracks of any size says the substrate is moving or the grout is failing for any number of reasons. I would want...

Home Improvement--General: Wall Insulation, loose cellulose, weather factor
loose cellulose, weather factor, wall insulation: Hello Fred, I strongly recommend the move South. My former lead carpenter was from Pontiac, MI. Since you want it inserted into the wall cavities, foam is the best. It does not settle and cellulose does. I do hope you put loose cellulose in the attic....

Home Improvement--General: Wall removal, floor joists, laminated beam
floor joists, laminated beam, lumber yard: Hello Elizabeth, (Glad I discovered this sitting on about.coms server.) The studs nailed together as you discribe do indicate they are bearig studs for a beam or other above. Therefore; this is most likely a bearing wall too. Meaning, the single studding...

Home Improvement--General: Wall repair due to water, drywall tape, paint department
drywall tape, paint department, tape job: Irvia, 2 by 1 rectangle and a bubble? Interesting. I would call a plumber immediatly. No just kidding. Only call the plumber if you have seen water on the floor, heard water running without using any, or if your hand goes through that area of the wall...

Home Improvement--General: Wall Texturing, veneer plaster, drywall supply
veneer plaster, drywall supply, store person: Hi Eric, This may be a little beyond my ability to answer completely, but I ll do what I can. From your description, here s what I m thinking; a) since this is a public place, you probably don t want a surface that s too rough to the touch, but is hard...

Home Improvement--General: Wallboard problems, mud pan, thin coats
mud pan, thin coats, face paper: Hi Kaci, Sorry for the delay getting back to you. I ve tried to send this a few times over the past few days and AllExperts system has been having a problem accepting it and forwarding it to you. Anyway, sorry again that it s taken so long. I think it...

Home Improvement--General: Warm spot on floor, concrete slab, heater valve
concrete slab, heater valve, water line: You have a broken hot water line. Turn the water heater valve off for couple of hours, the floor will cool. Now you have to decide if you want all the demolition to find and fix the leak or the demolition to run the hot water line overhead and keep it accessible...

Home Improvement--General: Washer/Dryer Installation, allstate insurance companies, hook ups
allstate insurance companies, hook ups, laundry area: Hey Sherri, I am not sure if any message preceeded this one... From what I read, you are good too go on the basement laundry plan. I am not seeing a concern with your information provided. You should be able to have the bath and the laundry in the basement....

Home Improvement--General: Water in Basement, ft strip, rent a center
ft strip, rent a center, home depot: Hi Shane, How are you? Make sure you have actual carpet fans and go to Home Depot or a rent a center and get a commercial dehumidifier. Then take out the pad and throw it away. Buy new padding don t reuse the old one( to long explain) . Then re-install...

Home Improvement--General: Water in basement, vacuum pump, luck steve
vacuum pump, luck steve, wet dry vac: Ted, Use a wet-dry vac with a squeegee head in combination with a dehumidifier. The vac will get most of the water, the dehumidifier will take care of the rest. The rate of removal is based on the size of the vacuum, the roughness of the floor, and...

Home Improvement--General: Water in the basement, dry basements, lucky charms
dry basements, lucky charms, water in the basement: Hi Michele, Yes I have heard of this problem. In fact I have lived it. We had a very similar thing happen to us about 5 years ago. We decided on a French Drain. It works great!! We have not had any more water in our basement. After it rains really...

Home Improvement--General: Water in basement, cinder block walls, cement floors
cinder block walls, cement floors, pre fab home: I would still recommend the wall removal and start digging into the slab for the source of water. If this is ground water seeping up thru the crack you caused with the nail, you are in for hard times. If the water table is approaching the concrete...you...

Home Improvement--General: Water in my crawl space, french drains, septic tank
french drains, septic tank, crawl space: The easy way is not the best way. It may require a pipe and gravel treatment. Dig a trench at least half way down, put in a 4 perferated pipe in a bed a large gravel. Stay 2 away from your foundation to prevent that draw a water from seeking the wall...

Home Improvement--General: Water Damage to ceiling / floors, water stains, story condo
water stains, story condo, kroll: Dustin, It is likely that the drywall has been damaged. Mold is a distinct probability, particularly in a closed area that doesn t get ventilation. You didn t say if the floor was wood. If it is you may see some buckling at the edges and some lifting...

Home Improvement--General: Water damage to wood along foundation sill, sill pan, speck house
sill pan, speck house, amount of rainfall: Hi Jeff, See if you have sill pan flashing, and flashing over the door. If they only caulked, this is the reason for the leaks. (Note: my terminology may differ from that of Maine s common terms used.) If the flashings are improperly installed over the...

Home Improvement--General: Water damaged wall repair, cracked plaster, wet sponge
cracked plaster, wet sponge, putty knife: Hi Sandy, I m sorry it s taken me a while to respond. I should have put my status as on vacation for the past couple of days but I forgot to do so. Sorry again. You ll need just a few things to fix the water damage. A 5 or 6 putty knife, a piece of...

Home Improvement--General: Water dripping problem.., broken pipes, drain line
broken pipes, drain line, laundry room: Hello, Sounds like an air conditioner drain line issue to me. If the A/C unit is in the attic check it carefully, paying particular attention to the drain line and the drain pan if it has one. It may be overflowing. That s the only thing I can think of...

Home Improvement--General: Water on garage floor, window sealant, garage floor
window sealant, garage floor, detached garage: I hope this is an easy enough solution for you. Depending on the distance, a tube or two of PL window sealant caulk will seal the area completely water tight. It is not a painters caulk, it cannot be painted, it is effectively Rubber. It takes 6 or more...

Home Improvement--General: Water Infiltration thru windows, south louisiana area, water infiltration
south louisiana area, water infiltration, hurricane rita: I don t know of anyone down that way. Your local gas or electric supplier may be able to steer you towards someone. I ll do some research into finding someone down that way. Here s a couple things I need to try and evaluate your leaking. 1) A picture...

Home Improvement--General: Water leak under sliding doors-slab foundation, foundation drainage system, slab foundation
foundation drainage system, slab foundation, northern summit: I feel bad that your going through this. I can t believe they didn t install a drain tile & pump system to clear water. Usually the builders are required to install a drain tile foundation drainage system. This is almost as elementary as it gets in todays...

Home Improvement--General: Water leaking through the box window, aluminum siding, logical processes
aluminum siding, logical processes, horizontal tab: Kevin, The proper way to flash the finished roofing on the bay roof is: if the finished roofing is shingles: step flashing should be used which is bent with the same pitch as the roof. the horizontal tab of each step flashing should be laced between...

Home Improvement--General: Water leaks at top of basement windows, water leaks, 3 faces
water leaks, 3 faces, basement windows: Creating a weatherproof flashing joint against masonry can be challenging, but is essential to seal off areas around your windows. The sides of windows can be sealed with caulking, but you will need flashing across the top since this area is most exposed to...

Home Improvement--General: Water seepage, waterproofing basements, gutter downspouts
waterproofing basements, gutter downspouts, water seepage: My answer depends on the circumstances of timing and cost factors, use of the space and the type of seepage observed. If an existing house is showing occasional water seepage, I always recommend making a systematic attempt to adjust the drainage on the...

Home Improvement--General: Water seeping into my garage, gale force wind, collections system
gale force wind, collections system, vinyl strip: Hi Kim, Yes, the threshold rubber or vinyl strip would or could be helpful in elminating this problem. Predominantly, three different methods deal with these types of downhill driveways. One has a collections system build into a gutter with grate on top...

Home Improvement--General: Water softener/Resin, Still good?, water softener resin, resin bed
water softener resin, resin bed, iron rust: Hi Leo, This is a tough one to answer. Because I have no idea how old the resin is I can t really give you an answer. Running a softener on circulation is not a good idea for extended periods. It will overload the resin and make it more susceptible to...

Home Improvement--General: Water Treatment, ph acidity, sediment filter
ph acidity, sediment filter, homer ny: John, A pH (acidity) of 6.5 is not a real worry.It s only 0.5 less than 7 (neutral). However, since you have iron in the water your treatment contractor may recommend a different media in the softener/conditioner that works at this particular pH level....

Home Improvement--General: Water treatment, e coli bacteria, volatile organic compounds
e coli bacteria, volatile organic compounds, whole house water filter: Hello Gayle, First of all I would recommend that you have a complete water analysis performed on your water. Make sure the analysis includes the following: Total suspended solids, total dissolved solids, iron, total hardness. While your at it have the...

Home Improvement--General: Water in Window Wells, drain tile, pea gravel
drain tile, pea gravel, proper drainage: Dear Tim, Nice to hear from you. 1.) I don t agree with the contractor s suggestions. They are all valid, but I prefer more permanent solutions. 2.) I don t think it would be feasible to clear out the drain. 3.) If it was my house I wouldn t...