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Home Improvement--General: Refinishing Concrete Steps, mexican tile, tight bond
mexican tile, tight bond, terazzo: Hi Shane, This isn t my area, but you have many overlays that could be used to dress up your steps. Off the top of my head I could see Mexican tile, terazzo or flagstone to do the dress up. All you need to do is to make sure that the steps are ready...

Home Improvement--General: Refinishing Concrete Steps, quarry tile, tile supplier
quarry tile, tile supplier, longivity: Hi Shane, Each tile whether it be ceramic, quarry, or other will require its own preperation of the surfaces. When purchasing this from a professional tile supplier, they will guide you to all the different items needed for your brand ,and type tile installation....

Home Improvement--General: Refinsh Popcorn Ceiling, drywall supply, popcorn balls
drywall supply, popcorn balls, home improvement store: Hi Heather, The good news is that you can of course remove the popcorn and refinishe the ceiling any way you choose. The bad, as you probably guessed is that it isn t painless. In general there are a few ways to approach this: a) scrape off the popcorn,...

Home Improvement--General: Refurbishing Brick, mortar joints, mainstream solutions
mortar joints, mainstream solutions, elbow grease: Hi CL Brown, I wish I had a quick fix for your problem, but paint on brick is hard to remove without damaging the brick. The two mainstream solutions are (1) sandblasting and chemical removal. Neither will remove 100% of the paint from the recesses,...

Home Improvement--General: Reinforce Second Floor Laundry, plywood subfloor, front load washer
plywood subfloor, front load washer, floor joists: Dear David, The problem is probably not with your floor but with the washer. When it is balanced properly, you will experience only very minor vibration. When it is shaking things off the shelf, it is either seriously out of balance or else there is a mechanical...

Home Improvement--General: Reinforcing Wobbly Newel Posts, newel posts, newel post
newel posts, newel post, l j smith: Sorry for the delay but, I ve been out of town attending my son s wedding. You should be able to set the toenails and preferably remove the post. If it s hollow you can attach a center piece to set the post over. If it s solid check out L. J. Smith for a...

Home Improvement--General: Reinforcing Wobbly Newel Posts, newel posts, lag screws
newel posts, lag screws, bottom post: Part of the problem is that the flooring beneath the post may be rotted. The right way to do this would be to take everything apart and rebuild it. I know that is a lot of work but that would be the most secure way. An alternative would be access from below;...

Home Improvement--General: Reinforcing Wobbly Newel Posts, newel posts, drywall screws
newel posts, drywall screws, pilot holes: James, Toe-nailed newel posts can be a nuisance. You don t say whether the post rests on the 1st tread or on the floor, but the method that requires the least amount of surgery is to install screws, toe-nail fashion. This sounds simple, but you must follow...

Home Improvement--General: Remodel Bath w/Plaster walls, wood lath, plaster walls
wood lath, plaster walls, tile walls: you got your hjands full removing it.some people knock the plaster off lath,then plaster or drywall over the wood lath.there could be 3 mesh on inside corners also.flat bar ,saw zall,and hammer,needed for removal.if all plaster is loose ,then it will knock...

Home Improvement--General: Remodel, dupont products, riverview drive
dupont products, riverview drive, jasper tn: Hello Kirk, Your selection of products are still many. It depends on the look you wish to achieve? You can insulate the entire ceiling space with sprayed foam. HD does not share this with the public this yet because they sell only foam sheathing, but the...

Home Improvement--General: Remodeling Bathrooms and Overcharging Contractors, bathtub shower, remodeling bathrooms
bathtub shower, remodeling bathrooms, ceramic tile: IN reverse...$200 is cheap for a paint job. There is alot of prep involved to keep it clean. For the contractor remodel in the kitchen...get everything in writing. Spell out when he will start the job, how many days he expects it to take....will he we on...

Home Improvement--General: Remodeling Powder Room, daisy chain, rule of thumb
daisy chain, rule of thumb, personal preference: Robert, The height is about 18 . But, to me it has always been personal preference. Before you cut the hole, hold the cabinet up, if it feels to high or to low move it to where you like it. Some people are taller and some are shorter. Make it the right...

Home Improvement--General: Remodeling problems/ roof and exterior trim, dormer window, drip edge
dormer window, drip edge, knowledgable folks: Without knowing how you hired your contractor, I m not sure. If he s reputable and came recommended by knowledgable folks, get a lawyer. If not get, a reputable contractor s opinion. One who can come and inspect the work. Involving a lawyer does not always...

Home Improvement--General: Remodelling, journal of light construction, granite countertop
journal of light construction, granite countertop, sf bay area: Hello Lucy, No, this is not normal, nor is it acceptible for a licensed contractor. Communication is key to delivering a well finished home. You might try contact a fellow expert in Martinez, CA. His name is Dick Siebert and his address is dseibertexpert(at)aol(dot)com...

Home Improvement--General: Remodling - what order should I plan?, slate shingles, vinyl siding
slate shingles, vinyl siding, metal roof: Good/bad. If he is NOT licensed.... stop all work... call the Contractors board and report him. He faces criminal actions and a possible FULL refund to you. He can perform work up to $500.00 that is a maximum. He is required to advertise his License...

Home Improvement--General: Remote Garage Door Opener, replacement remotes, garage door opener
replacement remotes, garage door opener, luck jim: Sorry about the delay but I was out of town on business and I forgot to check out. No, remote controls in general do not just stop working after some amount of time. If it s not the batteries (and I would try another fresh set just to make sure) then...

Home Improvement--General: Remote Garage Dorr Opener, tr300, universal model
tr300, universal model, garage opener: Making sure the door opener works from the wall switch, then unplug the unit, count to 30, plug it back in and test the remote. If that fails, check the dip switches to make sure they still corespond, check the battery, in case you have an LED indicator,...

Home Improvement--General: Removal of screws with damaged heads, tapping tool, phillips drive
tapping tool, phillips drive, screw head: Here are a couple of things you might try. Take a drill and drill a small hole in the center of the stripped screw. Use a punch to make a little indent first so the drill bit does not wander. Once the small hole is drilled you can, 1. Take the end of...

Home Improvement--General: Remove ceiling light fixture - no screws/bolts, ceiling light fixture, no screws
ceiling light fixture, no screws, ceiling fixture: I agree, for that age a standard round porcelain fixture was held up by two screws. Is it possible that someone caulked them over and painted them? Try taking a putty knife and tapping it around the edge to see if the paint lets it move...that might reveal...

Home Improvement--General: Remove a Load Bearing Wall, load bearing wall, floor joists
load bearing wall, floor joists, frame load: TO JAY :RE MAIN BEAM IN HOUSE 2nd Reply A cantilever main beam is not a good idea.. It needs support at the open or loose end.. Too many potential problem from this,, like, instability, shaking, bending, twisting and all the other bad things.....

Home Improvement--General: Remove Z-Brick from Plaster Walls, abatement industry, asbestos abatement
abatement industry, asbestos abatement, brick and mortar: Jed, I assume that you have tried the hammer and chisel technique. It is the most reliable method. If the z-bricks are adhered with a mastic (semi-flexible troweled glue, often tan or black) then the mastic can be dissolved, in some cases, with a mastic...

Home Improvement--General: Removeable pole, wet concrete, basketball goal
wet concrete, basketball goal, tennis balls: Sean. I would suggest finding a metal pole to attach the hitting practice (hit-a-way)to. Then I would find a piece of PVC to put into the ground and concrete around it. You can leave a little sticking above the concrete and then when it drys cut it even...

Home Improvement--General: Removing Bathroom Vanity, bathroom vanity, screw drivers
bathroom vanity, screw drivers, water pipes: list of likely tools, different vanities might call for different tools. screw drivers / drill adjustable wrench or wrench set jig saw / reciprocating saw ( only if vanity back has little room to get pipes through nail puller and hammer it depends...

Home Improvement--General: Removing bathroom sink/countertop/cabinet, silicone sealer, cabinet tops
silicone sealer, cabinet tops, chrome ring: Hi Linda, This could be a site made top on the cabinet. Shop or site made, it will disassemble similar. First disconnect waste, disconnect supply lines, and remove the sink. Next, remove the top. A sharp razor or hook knife run around and around the...

Home Improvement--General: Removing Ceramic Tile from Hardwood, ceramic tiles, sizable piece
ceramic tiles, sizable piece, sledge hammer: Rob, Thanks for your ratings. Noticing your comments, I do not know how the wood will be under the tile. The water used to activate the thinset curing process could have given the wood a bleached look. Sanding the remainder of the floor should help....

Home Improvement--General: Removing or deactivating live wires, bell circuits, bell ringer
bell circuits, bell ringer, additonal questions: Conor, Door bell circuits are almost always low voltage (6-12 volts) thus are not a safety hazard. They can cause minor sparking, though, so it is a good idea to cap them tightly with wire nuts. The best solution is to find your door bell transformer...

Home Improvement--General: Removing Fireplace Shelf, gas fireplace, mantel
gas fireplace, mantel, mantle: Hi Ann, Thanks for writing. I assume that when you say shelf you are referring to some kind of built in mantel. There are literally dozens of ways to attach and/or install a mantel and there is no way I can advise you without actually seeing the installation....

Home Improvement--General: Removing Hardwood Floor, ceramic tile, long edge
ceramic tile, long edge, hardwood floor: Rick, Sorry to say I know of no way to undo construction adhesive. I have seen PL pull a layer of concrete off during demolition. The subfloor is probably toast. I would cut through oak & sub with old blade in circ saw and put down new subfloor - T&G or...

Home Improvement--General: Removing an Interior wall, load bearing wall, penny nails
load bearing wall, penny nails, wall structure: Hello Teresa, No, and yes. No you can not expect it to not be a bearing wall, and no you can not expect it to remain without sagging or otherwise compromising the wall structure. Yes, you can probably remove a couple of studs without the wall collapsing....

Home Improvement--General: Removing an (interior) drywall wall, hot water heater, size hole
hot water heater, size hole, dust pan: Sal, Sledgehammer and a shovel for the clean up. Plus a broom and dust pan. No really you have to figure out what you want to take down, and start at the easiest place. I would suggest the door. First take the door off the hinges. Then start removing...

Home Improvement--General: Removing a Jalousie Window, aluminum siding, jalousie window
aluminum siding, jalousie window, vinyl siding: I m not familiar with a Jalousie window but the chances of being able to remove it from the inside are probably non-existent. Most likely there is a nailing flange on the outside that the window is fastened through. This is one of the down sides to aluminum...

Home Improvement--General: Removing a Jalousie Window, aluminum siding, jalousie window
aluminum siding, jalousie window, interior side: Richard, You need to remove the capping in order to remove the window. I assume the capping is made from aluminum, like the siding. Run a sharp utility knife into the capping where it meets the J-channel. Make repeated cuts until it comes off. Once...

Home Improvement--General: Removing Kitchen Wall, load bearing wall, vent pipe
load bearing wall, vent pipe, centerbeam: TO ERIC RE; KIT WALL REMOVE This sounds like a one story or ranch. You want to remove part of the centerwall to have a look or pass through.... In almost any regular wood frame house,,you can take out a wall or part of one any time.......

Home Improvement--General: Removing mirror glued on sheetrock wall., thin coats, mirror surface
thin coats, mirror surface, safety glasses: Carol, Well you are going to tear a little bit of the wall apart. Now just how much depends on you. You need to get a putty knife between the wall and the mirror and just work your way from one side to the other. The easiest thing to do is have someone...

Home Improvement--General: Removing mirrors, irs audits, favorite project
irs audits, favorite project, sheetrock: Barbara, Ah, probably my least favorite project. IRS audits are more fun. My last trip to the emergency room for a few stitches in a finger... Hire a pro and expect some damage to the surface of drywall. You may have to laminate a new layer of sheetrock...

Home Improvement--General: Removing a Support Post and adding Two in its Place, bottom flanges, floor joist
bottom flanges, floor joist, new footing: Dan, I can and I am happy to help, but the situation is too complex to do so from your explanation. I need a sketch of each floor with the bearing points, beams and walls so I can determine how you can accomplish your planned changes. Please call and...

Home Improvement--General: Removing sealer from pavers, brick pavers, whitish color
brick pavers, whitish color, home improvement store: Hi Scott and thanks for your question! The whitish color could be from a number of different things. More than likely, it is that the sealer pulled out and reacted with something in the brick--possibly a mineral of some sort--salt, limestone, etc. There...

Home Improvement--General: Removing tile backsplash, tile backsplash, drywall
tile backsplash, drywall, chisel: thats about all you can do,if it peels off from edge your in luck.you will tear off paper and some drywall,you will have to repair with fast set drywall mud,or new board when done,the tile and glue are stronger than the board,so the drywall will give way,ji...

Home Improvement--General: Removing Wallpaper, bristol bay area, removing wallpaper
bristol bay area, removing wallpaper, wallpaper removal: I am in Petersburg.... in Southeast down by Juneau. Here is a webpage on wallpaper removal; http://doityourself.com/wallpaper/howtoremovewallpaper.htm haven t done much of this myself and reading the process I am glad I haven t! hope this help...

Home Improvement--General: Repainting Walls, window sills, horrible condition
window sills, horrible condition, rough area: sand the rough area,then skim it out with either one time,or drywall mud.usg90 or similar,you will have to mix with water,and it sets in 90 minutes.you will need 2-3 skimmed areas to feather out these spots.then lightly sand these down,dosent take long ,but...

Home Improvement--General: Repair, wood panel doors, stud sensor
wood panel doors, stud sensor, closet system: Kelly, Without spending a lot of money on a new modular closet system, the best thing for you to do is brace what you have. Living in an apartment you should not have to spend money on fixing the old broken stuff. So here is my suggestions. If you have...

Home Improvement--General: Repair of Crank Windows, lumberyards, weathershield
lumberyards, weathershield, pella: Hello There is a really good chance youll be able to replace these crank mechanisms. First thing to start with is to see if there is a brand name on the window or the cranks. If so, thats going to be where you start with......example if they are an Anderson,...

Home Improvement--General: Repair drywall seams, self adhesive tape, latex paint
self adhesive tape, latex paint, stipling: was garage finished when new???otherwise fumes might have also gotten in board to cause mud to pop off. the mesh tape will not work in this circumstance,will hair line crack. the board might have to be screwed were cracking,along the joint,you should use...

Home Improvement--General: Repair drywall vs. replace, wallpaper room, plaster walls
wallpaper room, plaster walls, fabric softener: Terri, I ve done this both ways. The problem with skim-coating over defaced drywall is that you will sometimes get paper delamination and bubbling when you paint. If it is really impossible to remove the wallpaper without a lot of damage, I would...

Home Improvement--General: Repair of LP siding, lp siding, wall siding
lp siding, wall siding, composition board: Hi Todd, Regardless of what they say in the courtroom or in public, there is nothing wrong with LP or other composition board sidings. They only took the heat rather than re-educate all of the builders and remodeler around. When you see these sidings with...

Home Improvement--General: Repair opening between 2 rooms, door casing, wood frame
door casing, wood frame, butts: Julie, opening between 2 rooms - sounds to be a wood cased interior opening. when installing flooring, I cut away the bottom of the casing to bring the trim around it. - mistake - the base board trim butts into the door opening trim (casing?)....

Home Improvement--General: Repair sheetrock seams in unheated garage, self adhesive tape, mud cracks
self adhesive tape, mud cracks, vapor barrier paint: Hi Bill, I wish I had an answer for you. Someone else asked a similar question a while back and I wasn t really able to give them anything definative. I think the problem is the humidity...or if it s localized, maybe a leak etc., but water related one way...

Home Improvement--General: Repair the window's condensed, glass panes, water droplets
glass panes, water droplets, seal failure: The glass you have is what we call an Insulated Glass Unit (IGU). It s two pieces of glass with some type of spacer between the glass. The spacer used depends on the glass manufacturer. Some of these spacers are stainless and others are aluminum or another...

Home Improvement--General: Repair wood beam cracks, wood dries, outdoor humidity
wood dries, outdoor humidity, older construction: Dear Paul, Thanks for your question. Based on your description, these do not sound like true cracks but rather a phenomenon known as checking . This occurs when a large solid wood beam is allowed to dry out naturally from its very wet state inside...

Home Improvement--General: Repair, wood panel doors, closet companies
wood panel doors, closet companies, california closet: Hi Kelly, This is a little outside my area of expertise, but I think I may have a suggestion or two. First, there should at least be a stud in each corner of the closet side walls. You might be able to get a longer piece of 1 x 4 that would reach from...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing concrete steps, repairing concrete steps, smooth cement
repairing concrete steps, smooth cement, iron railing: TO SALLIE, RE IRON RAILING Sallie, this sounds like a typical steel railing that uses corner post that are made of square steel post about one and a quarter inch on each side... They are usually embedded in the concrete steps near a corner......

Home Improvement--General: Repairing concrete steps, repairing concrete steps, iron railing
repairing concrete steps, iron railing, broken corners: Dear Sallie, Thanks for your question. A lot of people have this problem. In my opinion, the best method depends on the type of damage, the age and condition of the stoop, and how much you want to spend. If the broken corners made a clean break,...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing damaged drywall after wall base removal, thin coats, loose paper
thin coats, loose paper, lowes: remove loose paper,you might have to cut with knife to get to good paper,then buy a setting drywall mud,like usg90,sheetrock 90.if you have a lowes or menards they carry it.you can mix up and skim coat bad ares2-3 thin coats and sand.this is stronger than...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing foundation and damage done, drywall work, clay content
drywall work, clay content, main beam: Shelly: Without knowing how extensive the foundation repair is and the intended solution a price does not mean anything. I would necessarily need to see the problem to get an idea of any intended solution. Jacking and stabilizing the foundation is going...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing loose stair railing, stair railing, handrail
stair railing, handrail, spindles: hi without knowing for sure if the handrail is loose or if there is some problem with the spindle, i will just give you some ideas.....first is if you lift the handrail there are not spindles to screw / turn. it would need to be reglued to be properly attached....

Home Improvement--General: Repairing Outside Wall, plywood sheathing, aluminum siding
plywood sheathing, aluminum siding, vinyl siding: Hello Gene, Install more insulation. Patch the drywall. Fill in the plywood sheathing. Place a piece of Tyvek over the plywood making sure it is installed to shed water just as if it were on the roof. Tape the Tyvek joints. Rob a piece of Aluminum siding...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing plaster walls, repairing plaster walls, e mail
repairing plaster walls, e mail, ready mix: Plaster paris is ok..but not my first choice. Ther are other dry mixes that I am liking better. Some are called 20 minute mud. Most hardware stores carry various brands and speeds. If you like ready mix compounds, you can add a bit of the dry mix products...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing / Restaining damaged cedar siding, siding stain, western exposures
siding stain, western exposures, cedar siding: Hi Kelly, First of all my hat s off to you for your great diy work! Putting up a 3 stage scaffolding by yourself is not an easy job! FYI before I answer your question: I recently bought the large version of the Wing Little Giant Ladder system and it is...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing rotted subfloor near exterior door, particle board, driving rain
particle board, driving rain, wood flooring: It is really no fun to replace rotten lumber under anything. It is mostly a matter of dig out what you can, from whatever vantange point you have, and then discover what manner of putting in a new piece will take. It can be slow and tedious, but patience...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing small holes in drywall, luck jim, boad
luck jim, boad, cutouts: you now have to screw or glue them in place.i would have to see the texture to comment on right way to do it complete..unfortanatly the cut lines need to be taped,or they will show and crack,the featherd out and new texture to blend in. i sometimes use a...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing small holes in drywall, hi chris, cutouts
hi chris, cutouts, drywall: Hi Chris, Wouldn t it be great if you could just pop em back in the holes they came out of and call it good? :) Won t work though. You can use them to plug the holes, but they ll need to skimmed and retextured. You ll also need to provide some wood...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing/Thru the wall A/c Hole, sheet metal screws, styrofoam insulation
sheet metal screws, styrofoam insulation, aluminum siding: Hello Jules, I don t know of a specific product to fix this type of hole in a trailer wall. What I would do is get sheet metal to match as close as possible, use sheet metal screws to attach it, but run a heavy bead of silicone caulking 1st. This will stop...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing a textured ceiling, pop corn, textured ceiling
pop corn, textured ceiling, sheetrock: Kim, Yes remove at least 6 inches on each side of the seam that needs tape/mud. Do not apply over the popcorn. Just scrape the popcorn off and sand lightly. You do not need to remove completely but the majority of the popcorn. The smoother that you make...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing textured ceilings., orange peel texture, orange peal
orange peel texture, orange peal, textured ceilings: Hi Luciano, Without being abe to see the ceilings myself, it s hard for me to tell you one way or the other. Orange peal texture doesn t involve any sort of troweling. So there shouldn t be marks of any kind in it. I can think of two possibilities here;...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing textured ceilings., orange peel texture, textured ceilings
orange peel texture, textured ceilings, trowel: You have a conflicting ceiling. The orange peel is merely a spray on application, the trowel marks are from a knock down application. One negates the other. If you wanted the orange peel...no trowel is used. If you want knock down it is not orange...

Home Improvement--General: Repairing textured ceilings., orange peel texture, textured ceilings
orange peel texture, textured ceilings, organge: Normally a organge peel is a spray texture only.if its a nock down then its sprayed ,and the tips knocked down.sounds like a bad job,and they should have to redo it.we wouldnt get paid for a job like that ,from the contractors we work for,sounds like they...

Home Improvement--General: Reparing, vertical posts, horizontal beam
vertical posts, horizontal beam, pressure treated wood: Anne, I can not give you structural advise without seeing the situation. That said, from what you say I have these comments. I can not tell from your description what the 6x6 posts are holding. It may be only horses but due care MUST be taken that failure...

Home Improvement--General: Repaving driveway, reputable companies, future plans
reputable companies, future plans, bbb: Hi Georgia, The best way is to look in the yellow pages. Most of the legitimate/larger/reputable companies will state whether they are insured/bonded or not. The license part is iffy state by state. To my knowledge, most states do not require subcontractors...

Home Improvement--General: Replace Brick Wall with beam, brick wall, brick walls
brick wall, brick walls, structural engineer: Mike, I can t fully envision the situation without seeing photos, but you are on the right track with steel angle and tension bolts. I posted a couple of sketches of how I would attempt this, and posted them on our website. Go to: http://www.stephenmajor.com/bricksupport.html...

Home Improvement--General: Replace Garage door with double walk through door, unfinished interior, garage door
unfinished interior, garage door, sealant: Bob, If you plan to use a manufactured pre-hung atrium door, then it will come with a sill/threshold as part of the unit. It can be installed as is. Be sure to apply an appropriate sealant between the concrete and the bottom of the sill, such as polyurethane...

Home Improvement--General: Replace sheetrock?, mountain desert, kilz
mountain desert, kilz, desert area: Hi Jim, I see no reason to replace the sheetrock. There are two main reasons to replace sheetrock after it gets wet. 1. Loss of structural integrity - sometimes when sheetrock gets very wet it will turn to mush and then when it does finally dry it just won...

Home Improvement--General: Replace siding, 5 gallon buckets, self leveling caulk
5 gallon buckets, self leveling caulk, instruction booklets: The DIY stores should have everything you need to side the shed. Almost every one of them have instruction booklets on how to install their product. They ll even have the vinyl soffit & fascia coverings you can cut-to-fit. It s very simple and easy as long...

Home Improvement--General: Replace siding, plywood sheathing, quikcrete
plywood sheathing, quikcrete, vinyl siding: Carol, You can fill the cracks with quikcrete, I think I would use an epoxy caulk for the smaller cracks, it will last longer. Once you strip the current siding of and have a decent surface to start with. 1. mark a level starting line all the way around...

Home Improvement--General: Replace siding, vinyl siding, fascia
vinyl siding, fascia, asbestos: Any method that you can fill the voids with is a great idea. As for the siding...the cap corners go on first and then the siding slips into the caps and then gets fastened. A building paper on the walls is also a good idea, if it is not already there...

Home Improvement--General: Replace windows, lap siding, frame sliders
lap siding, frame sliders, vinyl windows: Hi Dennis, The best way to do this is to step the siding back from the windows. Remove existing window. You can use new install instead of retro or replacement windows. Install sill flashing or pan to over housewrap. Set the window in place. Pull housewrap...

Home Improvement--General: Replacement of old decking materials, sutherlin oregon, fellow oregonian
sutherlin oregon, fellow oregonian, ft deck: Hi Dave, PT Hemlock has a lot of trouble in the sun now, DDeck is awesome yet slick, Cedar is good but cost more than DuraDeck. Composite material cost 3 or more times more than Cedar. With the requirements you need , the ideal solution is to run the...

Home Improvement--General: Replacement Windows, mark andersen, window manufacturer
mark andersen, window manufacturer, exterior applications: Hello Mark, Andersen, Pella, etc do not signify high quality since many window manufactures build to suite many markets now. The ASMI and other rating labeled on the edge tells the differences in all windows nowadays. In my opinion, good quality vinyl has...

Home Improvement--General: Replacement Windows, low e argon, composite windows
low e argon, composite windows, particle board: Experience tells me that double-hung vinyl windows are the best your money can buy, as far as windows go. They re easy to install, a breeze to clean, are available in an array of styles and colors, don t rot or warp, and can be purchased relatively cheap....

Home Improvement--General: Replacement Windows, dual pane windows, glass panes
dual pane windows, glass panes, argon gas: Richard, This is an article from the building sciences link that I sent you. It refers to your interested subject, windows. Window technology has improved dramatically in recent years, with the net result of lowering your energy bills. Some of the...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing basement flooring, cat odor remover, flooring material
cat odor remover, flooring material, resilient tile: If it were my house, I would scrub the concrete with some detergent and water, rinse it, allow it to dry thoroughly, and spray it with the cat odor neutralizing spray. Once it was thoroughly clean and dry, I would then spray-paint the affected area and allow...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing bathroom vanity/sink/cabinet, bathroom vanity, overtop
bathroom vanity, overtop, new cabinet: Hi Andrew, It would be fine to install the vanity right on top of the existing tile. As long as you are careful with the installation there will be no cracking. The only issue may be the level of the vanity if the tile doesn t extend all the way to the...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing Ceiling Fans, varibles, voltage meter
varibles, voltage meter, voltage drop: Hello Coy, If you have over 15 wall recepticles connected to these over head fans, it is a voltage drop problem. The breaker would not necessarily kick just because the voltage is low. To check, turn off every thing else on that circuit, and see how the fan...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing door knobs on french doors w/ gap, grey sheet, direct proportion
grey sheet, direct proportion, french doors: Rachel, You can add shim sheets behind the hinge flaps attached to the jamb. Shim - something used as a spacer between materials (think grey sheet card board). This will effectively reduce the gap between the doors in direct proportion to the thickness...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing a double-pane window, double pane window, double pane windows
double pane window, double pane windows, inert gas: Steve Sorry to hear about the window. But with the new double pane windows it is better to have a professional do it. It could be a DYI project with the right tools. The problem is you won t have the right tools. If you get any type of moisture in between...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing driveway, expansion joints, point concrete
expansion joints, point concrete, concrete job: Dave, Driveways can be a tricky job even for the most qualified. I have never poured concrete in an area that it snows so I can not answer what things they might be doing different in your area for concrete. Concrete expands and contracts with...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing hurricand damaged roof, collar ties, hurricane wind
collar ties, hurricane wind, wall ties: David, If I have all the numbers correct, and I think I do, because they all work out correctly, your ridge line will run east to west and be 67.5 above the bearing line at the top of the 11 north and south walls. ( 27 /2=13.5 x5 =67.5...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing a kitchen sink, sink drains, u tubes
sink drains, u tubes, vent pipe: To IAN JOLLEY RE: NEW KIT SINK. Ian--Whats a air lock gizmo ??? I think you mean one of the air vents.. They are now approved in a lot of code areas.. No,, you don t need one (the vent) if the old drain is coming out of the wall under...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing old caulk in my shower stalls, resistant silicone, neat job
resistant silicone, neat job, breaking the seal: It is sometimes amazing how we can mess up an easy job... Normally, a shower caulking job is fast a pretty, but...sometimes even us pro s can mess up. Put the mistake behind you and take another good look at the job. Think capilary attraction water...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing Purlins and Kickers with Kneewalls, span calculator, ceiling joists
span calculator, ceiling joists, sq ft area: Doug, You will need to fax some drawings so I m sure I follow what you described. My comments based on what I think you described follow. First, if the roof has a 6/12 pitch than the highest point would only be about 6 . If the proposed kneewalls...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing patio door, sliding glass doors, atrium doors
sliding glass doors, atrium doors, quality patio: Hello Dave, I no longer can reccomend Pella. Ordering from them has become so unreliable that local distributors are dropping them from their list of suppliers. Though I have no idea, this usally means they are going out of business or being bought out so...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing popcorn ceilings with T&G, popcorn ceilings, garden hoes
popcorn ceilings, garden hoes, tongue and groove cedar: Hello Linda, The popcorn texture needs to be scraped smoother so the cedar will lay flatter. We have used drywall knives, standard garden hoes, floor scrappers, etc for this task in the past. Tools with flat dull blades will be the best choices. Tip:...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing Shower Head in Acrylic Shower, ge silicone, silicone caulk
ge silicone, silicone caulk, acrylic shower: I would offer this suggestion...with better than average success, Use GE silicone caulk. A small dab, just enough to squeaze out of the base to stick the holder to the wall. It will take 12hrs for it so set enough to hold any weight. If that fails...I would...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing a support wall with LVL beam, grade beams, slab foundation
grade beams, slab foundation, educated guess: Chester, Can t answer without more information. I need to know the layout of the house so I can see the loads and their transfer to the foundation. I need to know what this beam will be carrying so the size can be determined. Here is a guess. If the...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing a window, bottom sash, silicon seal
bottom sash, silicon seal, glass piece: What brand are they? Are they vinyl or wood? How Old? Was It The Top Fixed Sash Or Bottom Sash? If They re vinyl, there s usually four pieces of vinyl holding the glass in and a silicon seal on the outside glass surface. It s relatively simple if it s vinyl....

Home Improvement--General: Replacing windows in a building with vinyl siding, vinyl siding, sized windows
vinyl siding, sized windows, replacing windows: To be honest not being fan of vinyl siding I don t have a lot of experience with it. But I can say to do this properly you ll need to locate some matching siding because the windows are usually installed before the siding. So removing the siding , installing...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing windows in my home., wood sash, sash windows
wood sash, sash windows, frame pieces: Hello Jim, If you are replacing metal windows, they are a real pain. After sash removal which is done by simply breaking it, pulling the cut in half frame pieces out is the concern. Minimizing damage makes it difficult. Wood sash replacements are breeze....

Home Improvement--General: Replacing wood rot in wooden windows, bottom piece, age matters
bottom piece, age matters, wood rot: I am going to assume that taking the whole window out is not in your plan, but would be alot easier if you could. Depending on the style of windows you have, and age matters, it is not going to be easy to remove just the rot, and you will probably hit some...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing wood, fiber cement, wood substitute
fiber cement, wood substitute, azek: Diana, The choice of a wood substitute depends on where and how the wood will be used. There are composite decking materials, fiber-cement sidings and trim, plastic and polymer trims and moldings, etc. More and more such products are developing all the...

Home Improvement--General: Replaement windows, vinyl replacement windows, jamb liners
vinyl replacement windows, jamb liners, energy effecient: Rocky, There are several types of replacement windows on the market. I need a little more information to answer this question. Please let me know if you will be using vinyl replacement windows (the most common type of replacement window), wood replacement...

Home Improvement--General: Resale homes, construction design standards, orange county california
construction design standards, orange county california, hud standards: Hello Kevin, When you hear builders say, we have never built a better home than we do now, it is true. The biggest difference is in the builders. If it has been remodeled, then the remodeler can also make a big difference. A DIY homeowner as well as any other...

Home Improvement--General: Residential HVAC, residential hvac, bedroom doors
residential hvac, bedroom doors, return ducts: Bev, I assume that this is a new home under construction and you are installing new ductwork. In Connecticut s climate, it is best to install smaller return ducts in each room (except bathrooms), rather than one large return. It requires more: work,...

Home Improvement--General: Restore Log Homes, log home restoration, cumberland county pa
log home restoration, cumberland county pa, home restorations: Jim, I don t know of such a list. There are a limited number of log home restoration companies, hence you may not find one in your area. We are a log home restoration company and we have and do work throughout the US. We have worked in CA, OH, WI,...

Home Improvement--General: Restoring oak door, lowe s, rain snow
lowe s, rain snow, interior side: With the interior being near perfect, the exterior may be an unrelated surface. Depending on the warpage...It may not be salvageable. This is one of those situation where it actually would need a visual physical inspection to see if salvage is truly an option....

Home Improvement--General: Retaining Wall - Weep holes and concrete speed blocks, mortar mix, weep holes
mortar mix, weep holes, vertical sides: Speed blocks are fun to lay up...fast. They are T&G so mortar is not wanted, or needed. You would only need weep holes if your grade is such that the water cannot easily flow from end to end. If the grade is too low...the weep hole would be a stop gap measure...

Home Improvement--General: Reverse Osmosis System, new faucet, kitchen faucet
new faucet, kitchen faucet, refrigerator ice: Hi Sydney, Please let me have your email address and I will send you a drawing of how to hook up your system. If you don t want to give out your email address send it to me at: sayoungws@gmail.com. Thanks, Stev...

Home Improvement--General: Rim joist connection, rim joist, rim joists
rim joist, rim joists, concrete footings: Hello Kevin, Yes, this design sounds much safer. Just for the sake of consistency, the beam end posts could be inset 1 from the end of the beam. As the eye viewed the corner, it would show this consistency. FYI: The new pressure treated lumber is NOT...

Home Improvement--General: Ringing is not in my ears, low pitch, radio phone
low pitch, radio phone, electronic source: TO KIMBERLEE RE: RINGING NOISE. Kimberlee--is the noise continuously,,once in a while,, when the furnace turns on,,when the toilet runs or when the wind blows... A steady,, continuos noise,,like a ringing is mostly from an electronic source..A...

Home Improvement--General: Ringing Noise coming form Bedroom, concrete slab, source of the sound
concrete slab, source of the sound, hazardous situation: Hi Dan, Unfortunately, no I don t. That is a real puzzler and I suspect the radiant heat system but it may be something entirely different. I also agree with you about having it checked soon. My suggestion is to call a good Home Inspector. These professionals...

Home Improvement--General: Rip down or redo, grand parents, lathen
grand parents, lathen, starting from scratch: you can go either way,if you want to insulate it,redo electrical wiring,and also plumbing,you might consider stripping it,its a mess but a good way to go,you are starting from scratch ps drywall is glue and screw into studs and joist over plaster.you...

Home Improvement--General: Ron,I have an electric hot..., hot water heater, electric hot water heater
hot water heater, electric hot water heater, coffee pot: Reggie, Hot water is something that we for some reason never have enough of. Being an electric heater it is fairly easy to replace. y first question is how old is your heater? More then 10 years? Don t know? Well it might be time to replace it. Let...

Home Improvement--General: Roof / attic ventillation, exhaust vent, porch roof
exhaust vent, porch roof, roof vent: hello scott, 100 degrees isn t that hot. do you go in the attic much? i wouldn t cover any vents. the vents in front help to allow a flow of air accros the attic as well. more vents the better. the porch roof likely doesn t need an exhaust vent....

Home Improvement--General: Roof Dormer Design and Support, roof rafter, intermediate posts
roof rafter, intermediate posts, dormer roof: Nathan, -A ridge beam could be used. It may reduce the floor to ceiling height under the beam. It also needs structural posts at each end that need to go to the foundation. -Intermediate posts might be installed to reduce beam depth and those posts need...

Home Improvement--General: Roof gutter nails, roof gutter, deck screws
roof gutter, deck screws, extra pressure: The biggest problem in this area is the constant flexing of the gutter. When the gutter becomes full of water it puts extra pressure on the fastener. Then the water is gone and it becomes light. Doing this over and over again can cause a pulling of the nail....

Home Improvement--General: Roof insulation, home improvement web, fiberglass insulation
home improvement web, fiberglass insulation, basement insulation: hello Chris, personal I d use fiberglass, yes it annoying but its something you just get it done and that s it. rigid foam is an option. it s bit more but less aluminum foil. not quite sure about your exact application but there is rolled fiberglass...

Home Improvement--General: Roof question..., asphalt shingles, roof shingle
asphalt shingles, roof shingle, liquid nails: You have pretty much solved your problem. I will tell you that if you get the old nails out....you can use a small pry bar to help nail the new shingle back on. I know you cant get a full swing on a nail under a shingle, but if you can stand the nail up....place...

Home Improvement--General: Roof question..., asphalt shingles, roof shingle
asphalt shingles, roof shingle, roof sealant: David, Yes you can nail it in place. Instead of the Liquid nails get some tar/asphalt/roof patch in a tube. Should be in the same place as the shingles in your local store. I have used it to seal a leaky side of my roof. But what you do is slide the...

Home Improvement--General: Roof Ventilators, roof ventilators, square inches
roof ventilators, square inches, shad: Hello Shad, In my area, the codes define the minimums for us. Manufactures will have the coresponding measurement for their products printed on the box, instructions inside the box, or on the vent itself. Somewhere around 34 square inches per thousand cubic...

Home Improvement--General: Roofing, roofing question, soffit vents
roofing question, soffit vents, gables ridge: Carole, Yes you can add a second return air vent, but it is the location of the vent that makes the critical difference. It must be on or next to the ceiling. The roofer sounds like he knows what he is doing...the extra insulation is optional. I think...

Home Improvement--General: Roofing, new shingles, cedar shingle
new shingles, cedar shingle, exact grade: Dear Paul, It would not look ridiculous to me, it would look very intelligent. Within a number of years, the new shingles will look very similar to the older shingles in the back and the other newer shingles. The main thing is that the shingles should...

Home Improvement--General: Roofing over screen enclosure, aluminum framing, aluminum screen
aluminum framing, aluminum screen, weather protection: Unfortunately this is a highly visual type question. Size matters. Access to your roof area is a concern. Being able to install the apparatus and remove as needed, could require some engineering if not enginuity. I would love to help, but being there...

Home Improvement--General: Roofing, asphalt shingles, new shingles
asphalt shingles, new shingles, ridge vent: Al: You raise a good question on how to apply asphalt shingles at the hip in a barn roof. One that never crossed my mine. I would assume how it is done would be dependent on how steep the change in angle is. The manufacturer s installation book I have does...

Home Improvement--General: Room finishing, k mart, finished basement
k mart, finished basement, water lines: TO HARRISON RE: BASEMENT FINISHING HARRISON. don t finish the room...It sound like you already have a finished basement...You need an unfinished area in a basement to look at the walls,,pipes, water lines, elec. lines ,furnace,,ceiling, bugs and...

Home Improvement--General: Room finishing, scope of work, finished basement
scope of work, finished basement, responsible party: Harrison, It depends on the exact scope of work but at face value the price does not sound out of line. Are you getting added outlets and flooring and paint ... ?. It is a good idea to get a permit so the contractor is on record as being the responsible...

Home Improvement--General: Rotten wood from leaky bathroom, tongue and groove flooring, tongue and groove
tongue and groove flooring, tongue and groove, rotten wood: Dear Ben, I can only hazard a guess, but I would say significant water damage (such as warping and cracking) occurs after two weeks, moderate decay in about 1 year, and rotting through in about 2-5 years, depending on the amount of moisture and the ability...

Home Improvement--General: Rotting wood trim and stucco panels repair, luck jim, reliable company
luck jim, reliable company, nearby area: i have repaired eifs for over 25years,and almost always it is water getting in from some point,.to get a good repair takes a good tradesmen,i run a crew of 15 plasters,and i only let one other guy besides myself do them,they are hard to blend in. you can...

Home Improvement--General: Rusted open manual gas shut-off valve, michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert
michael bruns, genuine allexperts expert, wd 40: Hello WD40 can soften up certain types of o-rings, so you have to be a little careful with it. However, once a shutoff valve has rusted open or shut like this it usually wont seal up completely or will rust again quickly. Best option is to actually replace...

Home Improvement--General: rain entering from windows, rain water, new homeowner
rain water, new homeowner, sliding windows: There are manufactured weep holes in the outside of the window at the base. Some times those get dirt in and clogged. Some times they put plastic inserts in to cover the hole...take them out. You should be able to pour water into the track and watch it...

Home Improvement--General: rain gutters on roof, rain gutters, talk radio show
rain gutters, talk radio show, gutter system: John, Yes a good gutter system is always best in an area that gets a lot of moisture. Be it snow or rain. If you live in a desert and only got a couple inches a year then I would say to take thm down and forget them. But with the amount or rain and snow...

Home Improvement--General: rain gutters on roof, leafguard gutters, rain gutters
leafguard gutters, rain gutters, talk radio show: Hello John, Yes, I believe gutters are necessary because it helps keep the moisture away from the home helping the prevention of molds and mildew. Englert Leafguard gutters are the best that I have seen for snow and leaves. They will clean them out for free...

Home Improvement--General: rain gutters on roof, rain gutters, talk radio show
rain gutters, talk radio show, drywall installation: Hi John, I think this is better directed to another expert...I m more familiar with interior drywall installation and finishing. I m sure that AllExperts has many volunteers who would be able to help with this question. Roofers, general contractors, remodeling...

Home Improvement--General: rain gutters, rain gutters, one peice
rain gutters, one peice, downspouts: i don t think you have to get the gutter before painting. what are you painting, the fassica? I d paint the fassica before caues it d be trick to do it after. what to ask about for quotes: what colour avalible for what prices? some colours are a premium...

Home Improvement--General: which random orbit sander?, random orbit sander, old furniture
random orbit sander, old furniture, dewalt tools: Hi Bill, This is the VS random orbit sander I use: http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/tool_detail.asp?productID=9434 and I absolutely love it. I must mention that I only use Dewalt tools - that is just a personal choice although I do believe they make the...

Home Improvement--General: range replacement, freestanding to slide in, metal backsplashes, slide in range
metal backsplashes, slide in range, ford c: C. Ford, Beings that you are not handy I would not recomend that you take this on. But here is what you have to do. I am really not sure what you have. I am going to assume that you have a range that stands on the floor and you want to put one in...

Home Improvement--General: re: Jantrol air--conditioner, fin tubes, central air conditioner
fin tubes, central air conditioner, compressor failure: Natalie, The best course of action depends on your goal. I can tell you how to do a simple test on the system, but it may be too late. A tripping circuit breaker is often an initial sign of compressor failure in a central air conditioner, but only...

Home Improvement--General: re problems: plaster skimmed and painted, mud man, bonding agent
mud man, bonding agent, man jim: i did answer ,and did not go through.if plaster is peeling,call plasterer.did he use plaster,or skim with drywall mud??? did he use bonding agent over paint.????you don t need bonding agent if drywall mud was used. if paint peels ,call painter,if mud peels...

Home Improvement--General: re-tile kitchen backsplash, tile kitchen backsplash, cement board
tile kitchen backsplash, cement board, ceramic tile: if ,its just the paper,skim with a setting dry wall mud,usg 20,or 45.other wise you will have to replace,the board,and if so then install a piece of cement board behind the tile,can be feathered with dry wall set mud also. so its skim coat ,or replace just...

Home Improvement--General: How to rebalnce garage door, loud bang, misalignment
loud bang, misalignment, garage door: If there is a misalignment with the door and the frame/track, it requires a complete disassembly of the mechanism to get a complete realignment and balance. There is no one point that can be adjusted, without removing all the tension on the spring and cables...

Home Improvement--General: recapping sidewalk next to house, mortar mix, lisbon ct
mortar mix, lisbon ct, temp ranges: If you want to attempt the same proceedure, you only need some minor modifications. With the bag mixes of the past, add some ready mixed mortar. This will add sand and extra bonding agents to the mix, and more cement. One bag concrete and one bag mortar...mix,...

Home Improvement--General: recessed light trim ring, comming, mud
comming, mud, texture: is the can down far enough.you could mark the ring and sand down some texture inside the mark.also some trim rings have extension on them that slide into the can to avoid light comming from around the ring.i see this more often on commercial jobs now.ji...

Home Improvement--General: recessed outlets with new wall covering, bic pens, light switches
bic pens, light switches, hollow tube: This might work for you...some Bic pens...take the pen out of the end,,,cut the hollow tube to whatever length you need....each...then put in longer screws....1 1/2 and use the hollow plastic tube to be the holder for the recepticles and switches. Hopefully...

Home Improvement--General: redesign, desgin, zillions
desgin, zillions, hgtv: Sandee:... I m sorry this is somewhat out of my fields...The last time I checked on this type of info,,, It was WRITE,,WRITE,,WRITE Then CALL,,CALL,,CALL and Email,,Email ,,,If your plans are in their interest they may call you... Good...

Home Improvement--General: redoing bathrooms, sheetrocking, work men
sheetrocking, work men, rough work: both the electrician and the plumber wil have work to do before and after the majority of your work, but the plumber has more work to do, so i would start with him. once the plumber and electrician do their rough work, then you can do all the rest of your...

Home Improvement--General: redoing steps, cement mix, fiber strands
cement mix, fiber strands, driveway coating: Mike, The reinforced cement has little fiber strands in the cement mix to give it a strong bond when dry. It will last longer on a patch job than the regular premix bags. I am not really sure what you are trying to do but it you are going to patch the...

Home Improvement--General: redwood deck, density of wood, weather exposure
density of wood, weather exposure, nail holes: Gabe: I do not have a specific redwood color in mind but it seems easy enough to pick the red you want or get a custom color mixed. Oil based paint: In the olden days outdoor porches were painted - it still works. The intent here is to seal the...

Home Improvement--General: redwood deck, auto body filler, redwood deck
auto body filler, redwood deck, wood filler: Hello Gabe, Sorry to hear of your mis match. We commonly use Black Magic auto body filler because it will be dark gray when stained. We try out a spot out of site if possible and see how it is going to work. When you have selected you new options, try them...

Home Improvement--General: redwood deck, benjiman moore, penatrol
benjiman moore, penatrol, semi transparent stain: Hello Gabe, Sounds like a tough one to me. No matter what you do with the transparent stain the patching and checking of the wood will still be visable to an extent. Did you know that real deck stain can t be 2nd coated either (deck stain soaks...

Home Improvement--General: refinishing floors, medium grit, gymnasium floor
medium grit, gymnasium floor, sanding screens: I have refinished a gymnasium floor....7 times. Normally you would start with a medium grit...120 to 150 and go over it very lightly. If your finish is just a little in need...you would probably start with a 200 grit or finer. It takes more sandpaper with...

Home Improvement--General: reinforcing 74" sagging shelf, finishing nail, shelfing
finishing nail, shelfing, floor space: Dawn, Without taking up floor space on a long run of shelfing you can add the support against the wall. Find a stud in the wall behind the drywall and attach a small 1 X2 board about 4 long. Being 74 long I would add three support boards one close (on...

Home Improvement--General: relevel a door, luck steve, straight answer
luck steve, straight answer, steve young: Hi Elsa, I am so sorry to hear about your pup. I am a dog lover too and I imagine you were devastated. If you live in an area that has swings in humidity and temperature (as I do here in North Carolina) doors and other wood will swell and contract with these...

Home Improvement--General: releveling an outside door, door hinge, carpentry skills
door hinge, carpentry skills, door hinges: Hi Karen, First of all check to make sure all of the screws in the door hinges are tightened. Carefully check the screws in the door as well as those going into the jamb. I have found that many times this simple repair is all it takes to fix a door that...

Home Improvement--General: remodel-lath and plaster, lath and plaster, plaster repairs
lath and plaster, plaster repairs, plaster walls: Kelli, If you are going to live in the house for a while and want to enjoy it, then it is best to remove the plaster. This will allow you to run new electrical circuits and install insulation. I have done many of these. Often it is possible to leave...

Home Improvement--General: remodeling advice, slate shingles, roof leaks
slate shingles, roof leaks, vinyl siding: Gary, Well you have made the biggest mistake in dealing with a contractor or any home repair person. Never and I mean Never pay them until services rendered. The most anyone should give up front is 10%. Then you pay for materials and labor as it happens...

Home Improvement--General: remodeling, load bearing wall, nail holes
load bearing wall, nail holes, hardwood flooring: Hi Lou, Place boards on the floor and ceiling to run you uprights on. The wider the spaces between your uprights, the thicker the boards on the floor and ceiling. If you are supporting a second story, you can use a 4x4 on the floor and ceiling with 4x4 studding...

Home Improvement--General: remodling old home, downstairs bedroom, shelving space
downstairs bedroom, shelving space, scrap pieces: You are talking about a structure designed and built prior to trusses and engineering. It is a bit difficult to advise you, but It is logical that all walls should be considered bearing walls, untill you can prove otherwise. 14 is about the longest span...

Home Improvement--General: removal of cork panels, texture drywall, drywall installation
texture drywall, drywall installation, face paper: Hi Carl, I may not be the best one to ask....I m more a drywall installation, tape and texture kinda guy. But I can tell you that virtually every time I ve worked on a remodel where paneling, mirrors, counter backsplashs, etc. have been glued to the wall,...

Home Improvement--General: removal of plaster lath walls, rock lath, wood lath
rock lath, wood lath, there some sort: i am not following your question,are you stripping the walls.sawzall with metal blade,for cutting.the mesh is aprox 3inches each side of corner.do you have rock lath or wood lath on wall???? as far as patching buy a bag of fast set drywall you mix with...

Home Improvement--General: how do I remove the bathroom countertop?, harvest gold, narrow shelf
harvest gold, narrow shelf, brakets: it s hard to guess. usually the counter are screwed from inside the cabinet to the under side of the counter. it could still be glued to the tile. and the shelf portion would need some sort of support. i d look for brakets and screws first. then the...

Home Improvement--General: how to remove rollers from glass sliding door, sliding door, rollers
sliding door, rollers, hardware store: M Burke, You need to remove the door from the track by lifting it up and pulling the bottom towards you then remove the upper part of the door. Lay the door on the ground, be careful it can be really really heavy. Once on the gorund there is a screw either...

Home Improvement--General: how to remove skim coat from brick walls, stucco walls, chizel
stucco walls, chizel, buffing wheel: A chizel, is a method, but a brickers hammer would be a bit easier. It has a long chizel like end on it. Once you get any area started...work from that point out. At some point you may want to use a wire buffing wheel on a drill to remove smaller sections...

Home Improvement--General: removing concrete patio, new footing, concrete saws
new footing, concrete saws, concrete slab: If your pation slab is part of the foundation,but not the whole foundation, you have a good possibily of removing the whole slab from under the wall and pouring a new footing under it to resupport it. If you are over the 50% point...cutting the slab would...

Home Improvement--General: removing a corian countertop, corian countertop, squirt bottle
corian countertop, squirt bottle, range tops: Hi Carol, The counter top is probably put on with silicone adhesive or construction adhesive. First remove any sinks or range tops and take out any drawers. That will help give you some access to the cleats and the top edge of the cabinet where the adhesive...

Home Improvement--General: removing a corian countertop, corian countertop, construction adhesives
corian countertop, construction adhesives, outer perimeter: TO CAROL RE: CORIAN TOP REMOVAL Carol,,, the most common method of securing a molded countertop is to glue it down.. The glue used is usually one of the construction adhesives...A common one would be like what s used to glue down a subfloor... ...

Home Improvement--General: removing drywall, shelving unit, finish carpenter
shelving unit, finish carpenter, cornerbead: Hi Isaac, Boy, not that I can think of. Drywall doesn t shave down very well and I guess you can t cut the shelving down to fit... There are two things I can think of and both involve removing the existing sheetrock. Stop reading now if that s not something...

Home Improvement--General: removing floor tiling, floor scraper, air hammer
floor scraper, air hammer, jack hammer: Hi Mike, Not necessarily. It depends entirely on how the tile was originally laid, from the type of mortar used to the surface the tile is laid on. Most of the time tile can be removed with a floor scraper without too much difficulty. In case you don t...

Home Improvement--General: removing island counter, laminate countertop, two doors
laminate countertop, two doors, bottom shelf: Miriam, To install a island, you bolt a 2X4 to the flooring then you anchor the cabinet to that with screws r nails. So to remove the island you need to find those pesky screws or nails. They are not under the bottom shelf, but they can be on the outside...

Home Improvement--General: removing island counter, laminate countertop, toe kick
laminate countertop, toe kick, two doors: The normal installation includes 2x4 s either glued to the floor or fastened to the floor and then the cabinet mounted to them. There could be nails, screws or glue holding it down. You may have a trim piece in the toe kick that prevents you from seeing the...

Home Improvement--General: removing island counter, laminate countertop, two doors
laminate countertop, two doors, delayed response: Sorry about the delayed response, I ve been out of the country. This is a situation where an actual inspection is necessary for me to make a recommendation. But it sounds like it was built in place originally. If you can t just pry the unit up intact, it may...

Home Improvement--General: removing old tile off drywall above bathroom vanity counter, vanity top, bathroom vanity
vanity top, bathroom vanity, putty knife: Jeff, You would be quite lucky to remove the tiles without damaging the drywall. The tiles could pop off if the glue was applied too thinly or is very old. Try gently prying them by tapping a putty knife behind. In most cases a section of drywall...

Home Improvement--General: removing paint from old brick, exterior latex paint, brick house
exterior latex paint, brick house, home depot: Yes, I am a master painter. Strip Eeze at Home Depot,this is a little expensive but works the best on old built up paint.This will take off the paint make sure outside temp is optimum for application,and follow manufacturer instructions.I have had the best...

Home Improvement--General: removing plaster and lath board, cleanup time, claw hammer
cleanup time, claw hammer, sledge hammer: By the way, it occurs to me that you might consider just installing new sheetrock over the plaster after the electricians have done their work. The new drywall will follow the underlying plaster, so if it s saggy and uneven, the drywall might not be as straight...

Home Improvement--General: removing plaster and lath-board, cleanup time, claw hammer
cleanup time, claw hammer, heating plumbing: George, The way that you are doing it is the way to do it. You could throw in a recipricating saw (sawsall) to take out big chunks but it will still make a mess and you have to be careful with a sawsall as not to cut through any heating, plumbing or sewer...

Home Improvement--General: removing plaster and lath-board, sponge mops, wheel barrows
sponge mops, wheel barrows, snow shovels: Hello George, You are on the correct path. It is hot and heavy during this plaster and lath demolition. The way to put it in your mind is to constantly think in bigger terms like a whole house wall to studs stripping. This means you want to focus on doing...

Home Improvement--General: removing plastic laminate, lacquer thinner, steam irons
lacquer thinner, steam irons, plastic laminate: Hi Valerie, Heat does work to get the contact cement to release. In a cabinet shop I worked at years ago we would use heat guns that were kinda like extra hot hair dryers. So an iron will probably work if you hold it position long enough for the heat to get...

Home Improvement--General: removing popcorn ceiling, fog water, pop corn
fog water, pop corn, mist spray: pop corn is a newer texture that does not have asbestos.is it posible that popcorn texture was added ,or sprayed on exsisting ceilings.there was acustic spray in 1968 that looks like popcorn spray but ,finer,that did have asbestos.if you scrape a small area...

Home Improvement--General: removing popcorn ceiling, popcorn ceilings, spray water
popcorn ceilings, spray water, water way: yes it is and is a mess.theres only two ways,sanding,(too much work),or scraping and sanding,wet other wise tape entire room off floors, wall,put one layer of blue tape 2 wide around ceiling,and tape to this.then i use hot water in a big sprayer,,1 gallon,...

Home Improvement--General: removing wall paint from prefinished trim, elbow grease, greasse
elbow grease, greasse, wall paint: Dee, You have to explain what you are refering to when you say prefinished trim , and prefinished stain. Removing paint spatters involves washing it off with soap and water and a lot of elbow greasse if it is a latex, or water based paint. If it...

Home Improvement--General: removing wallpaper from drywall, wallpaper steamer, paint dealer
wallpaper steamer, paint dealer, vinyl wallpaper: Angela, I recommend taht you stop what you are doing and obtain proper stripping equipment. You can rent a wallpaper steamer, or use a chemical product (from a good paint dealer). In either case you will need to rent or buy a perforator, which is a dangerous...

Home Improvement--General: removing window, brick yards, twinkle lights
brick yards, twinkle lights, new cabinets: Funny you should ask that question. I m debating that same issue on my 1956 rambler. I ve knocked a wall out of the back of my kitchen that used to be the laundry room. When I put an addition off the back of the house a couple years ago. I moved my laundry...

Home Improvement--General: renovation - dyrwall around rock fireplace, rock fireplace, five steps
rock fireplace, five steps, best of luck: Linda, Not a problem. I ve done this quite a number of times. The procedure is difficult to explain in text, so I posted a little series of slides for you on my website. Go to: http://www.stephenmajor.com/linda.html I believe there are five steps...

Home Improvement--General: renovations in a two family in NYC, carpentry work, plumbling
carpentry work, plumbling, scope of work: Hi Lori, Sorry I m from Maryland so I can t answer this question correctly. But I ll try to give some advise. First I would get some actual estimates from license contractors to compare prices and to make sure that your friend is doing what actually...

Home Improvement--General: repair of bathroom paint/dry wall, oil film, bonding agent
oil film, bonding agent, body oil: i cant give you a good answer with out seeing it.and a fan would really help,but the paint should not have come off like this any way,bad paint??,there are many homes with just latex,so its bad paint,or wall wasnt prepared before it was painted, will probably...

Home Improvement--General: repair of board and batten siding, board and batten siding, board and batten
board and batten siding, board and batten, rain splash: Linda, One method is to cut off the rotted siding and replace it with the same new material. The siding could be plywood or a Masonite-like fiberboard. The cut will need to be made carefully and straight. The new panel pieces need to be embedded in...

Home Improvement--General: repair porch flooring, stainless steel nails, tongue and groove porch flooring
stainless steel nails, tongue and groove porch flooring, tongue and groove: Hello Barbara, I fought this problem for years with my customers. The problem is that the original porches were constructed of native slow grow woods which lasted a long time. The fast growth woods used now, allow it to deteriorate too rapidly. If you use...

Home Improvement--General: repair of rotten wall, floor joists, couple feet
floor joists, couple feet, uniform support: normally what you would do is build a temporay wall couple feet away from exterior wall to hold the load of the 2nd floor or roof. the closer to the exterior wall the better. generall you want the wall couple feet longer then repair area so that it provides...

Home Improvement--General: repair to vinyl clad windows, vinyl clad windows, vinyl flooring
vinyl clad windows, vinyl flooring, commercial vinyl: Lee: There are too many variables to give clear answers to your questions. You need to first determine what it is worth to you to replace the windows. The cost of new windows varies by three digits per window and installation can vary on the order of...

Home Improvement--General: repair to vinyl siding, cold winter air, snap down
cold winter air, snap down, starter strip: Normally there are two methods of installation. ONe is a snap down procedure, the other is a snap UP proceedure. Not knowing which you have.... Snap down would require the lift and push method and the snap up would need push down and lift up. It is possible...

Home Improvement--General: repair vinyl siding, cold winter air, roofing siding
cold winter air, roofing siding, siding repair: Hi Michael, 1. A slick trick to anchoring the bottom of vinyl siding is to use a cedar roofing/siding underlay nailed onto the house. Flip up your siding, nail on the shingles where the bottom of your siding will hook over the bottom of the shingle underlay....

Home Improvement--General: repairing drywall, repairing drywall, repair job
repairing drywall, repair job, dry sand: some of it depends on how big teh hole is. you might be able to just use repair tape and put drywall mud over it to cover it and smooth it into the rest of the wall. if it is too large for thta method - best choice is cut out a piece big enough and squared...

Home Improvement--General: repairing drywall, fiberglass tape, sanding sponge
fiberglass tape, sanding sponge, repairing drywall: Hi Barbara, There are three ways to do this kind of repair. -Cut out the hole, back to the studs on either side and nail in a new piece of drywall (a rectangle about 1 high and the width of the stud bay will result). Tape the joints with fiberglass or...

Home Improvement--General: repairing drywall, screw screw, drywall supply
screw screw, drywall supply, screw gun: 1. theres more than one way to fill it, sounds like its big enough for board.you can use a small piece of wood,4 longer than hole and not as wide as hole,tie small string around wood board,in center,put through holeand pull string to hold and center it,and...

Home Improvement--General: repairing exterior wall after water and termite damage, cinder block, stucco exterior
cinder block, stucco exterior, hardie board: The Hardie board is a good choice, but keep it mind it will draw moisture from dirt. Be very sure you use a vapor barrier and make sure it is well sealed before you install any siding. There used to be a requirement for a layer of aluminum flashing between...

Home Improvement--General: repairing holes, paper tape, tight fit
paper tape, tight fit, drywall: if you drop the inside can down ,even with dry wall,you can use a setting drywall mud usg45 or similar and use the mud stiff,and pac it tight to can, once hard you then paper tape and finish it of with a couple of skim coats and sand,paint,then install the...

Home Improvement--General: repairing nail hole in metal door, body putty, kilz paint
body putty, kilz paint, nail holes: Jean. It s a very common problem with todays steel doors. I carry an automotive Spot Putty for those small holes. You can get it at any automotive supply chain. If the holes are any bigger I use a regular body putty like Bondo. The spot putty dries much...

Home Improvement--General: repairing settled porch, composite deck, deck surface
composite deck, deck surface, wood surface: Michelle: Does the house have any historic value or is it just old? Restoring is preferable for the former. Wood composit? Wood and what? Consider that a porch is going to be exposed to water and the composite needs to be designed with that in mind....

Home Improvement--General: repairing stucco ceiling, cement plaster, stucco ceiling
cement plaster, stucco ceiling, drywall tape: a few questions i need to know. is it stucco or drywall with texture,stucco is usually outside made with cement plaster , is it paper tape of fiber glass tape,stucco does not come in a can,but knock down or pop corn spray does needs to be retaped,fixed...

Home Improvement--General: repairing a toilet holdownwitha concrete floor, steven wolk, repairing a toilet
steven wolk, repairing a toilet, pvc plastic: TO STEVEN W: Toilet on concrete floor.. Plumbing and concrete floors can be a lot of FUN some times... Toilets are not connected to the floor,,they only -set- on the floor.. Toilets are bolted to the floor flange of the plumbing ...

Home Improvement--General: repairing a wall, question pool, medicine cabinet
question pool, medicine cabinet, sheetrock: Hi Gabrielle, I saw your question in the question pool so I m not sure if your question has been answered. I would like to help you. Can you tell me if the other part of the wall is sheetrock (drywall) or is it some other kind of material. Let me know...

Home Improvement--General: repairs, gypsum plaster, cement plaster
gypsum plaster, cement plaster, wood lath: usually not stucco ,then plaster,it is probably a old gypsum plaster,maybe even sand plaster.i doubt it has stucco or cement plaster over wood strip,called wood lath.i have know way to tell what you actually have with out seeing a piece of the mud,i have worked...

Home Improvement--General: replace bathroom floor in mobile home, exterior grade plywood, exterior plywood
exterior grade plywood, exterior plywood, finished flooring: You ll need to pull the toilet before removing the old particle board and reapplying the underlayment. Exterior grade plywood should be o.k. but it needs a smooth finish. Vinyl flooring on wood floors is not something we see much of around here so I d suggest...

Home Improvement--General: replace broken vinyl siding corner, vinyl siding products, siding nails
vinyl siding products, siding nails, new nails: Wendy, I m sorry but all vinyl siding products that I am aware of are installed in layers. The corner pieces go on first and are covered by the siding. Hopefully you saw the corners that have been removed to know how they are installed. I can only guess...

Home Improvement--General: replacement aluminum thermal windows, double panes, aluminum windows
double panes, aluminum windows, double glaze: The temperature on the interior glass should not reach a dew point. The interior temperature of the room should maintain above dew point. Call the installer and have the situation analyzed. It could be defective glass or an improper installation. You should...

Home Improvement--General: replacement of basement window, basement wall, basement window
basement wall, basement window, dummie: Tomas, I can t answer your question without more information. I need to know the size of the opening in the basement wall. What is on the outside surface of the basement. What is on the inside surface of the basement wall. What is the thickness of the...

Home Improvement--General: replacement windows, aluminum frames, old frame
aluminum frames, old frame, sashes: Darlene, Find a source for the windows you want - Home Depot or a local manufacturer. They can help you with what to actually measure. You may need to have windows made to fit your existing openings. It is unlikely that you can find sashes to fit the existing...

Home Improvement--General: replacement windows, aluminum frame, proper dimensions
aluminum frame, proper dimensions, shimming: Without seeing your openings everything I say is only hypothetical. I can t really give you a firm way without seeing your openings. I ll tell you what I d do if I was there and had to decide by the information you ve given me. The first thing you ll have...

Home Improvement--General: replacement windows, life time warranty, lbl windows
life time warranty, lbl windows, best buy: Do you want vinyl or wood windows? I have never heard of LBL. Sears and Hope Depot At Home Services windows are made by Simonton. I sell the same window for about half their prices! As far as going with a big retailer, I don t know if that s necessarily the...

Home Improvement--General: replacement windows with brick exterior, drywall plaster, brick veneer
drywall plaster, brick veneer, house bricks: I think I under the Question It s about the gap behind the brick veneer. I m sorry about the delay with this answer I THOUGHT I SENT IT OUT LAST WEEK. IT DIDNOT Fly out to you,, soi m doing it again. Replacement windows normally are installed from jamb or...

Home Improvement--General: replacement windows/exterior coating, lifetime warranty, exterior coatings
lifetime warranty, exterior coatings, doors and windows: Tina: The only life time coatings I know of for doors and windows are aluminum and vinyl. Depending on how well the door or window is designed and manufactured the coating may last a life time but the unit as a whole may fail. I do not provide manufacturer...

Home Improvement--General: replacement windows and siding, low e argon, apples and oranges
low e argon, apples and oranges, argon gas: First...stay away from the argon gas. It leaves the window in a few years. The low E is a film that can be put on the interior of the exterior pane...in South and West facing windows only. You will need to specify that only S and W face windows get Low...

Home Improvement--General: replacement windows, low e argon, air convection
low e argon, air convection, low e argon glass: Jim, I don t have a recommendation to give you. And yes everyone has the best window so look at the details. How is the frame made? Is it welded at the corners or is there an internal corner bracket. How does it attach to the rough opening? ...

Home Improvement--General: replacing baseboards, prybar, odus
prybar, odus, baseboard: Hello Ron, Use a beehive tool to remove the baseboard. Hyde makes one that looks like it, but it is not strong. I have never broken a beehive tool. It is a thin prybar that will slip in behind trim to remove it with minimum damage. Copy it all of this address...

Home Improvement--General: replacing basement window, window sash, wood shims
window sash, wood shims, basement window: I just did a replacement of this style window last week. Here s what I did. If the windows are like most in my area, there are stops on the top & sides. Then there is a dam/ stop on the bottom where the metal sash frame sits and pivots. I had vinyl windows...

Home Improvement--General: replacing cracked drawing table top, contact cement, drawing table
contact cement, drawing table, bad shape: Don, I have to think home repairs and outside the box to answer your question. First think that all you really need is a flat surface to draw on. Now is the underlay of the table in bad shape or just the drawing surface. If it is the drawing surface...

Home Improvement--General: replacing deck floor, grit sandpaper, vinyl railing
grit sandpaper, vinyl railing, orbit type: Dom, Start on the (hopefully) square outside and work you way toward the uneven house. I have yet to see a house that the walls are square and plumb. So it is better to start on the outside and place the first board so that it is square on both ends....

Home Improvement--General: replacing drop ceiling in basement with drywall, drywall screws, drywall ceiling
drywall screws, drywall ceiling, foot pieces: stagger 4 ft joints by two feet.if you but drywall ceiling to wall,you might not be able to screw into nailer.if walls are smooth and painted ,corner should be tapped on ceiling and walls.use drywall screws not nails.run drywall across ceiling joist not with...

Home Improvement--General: replacing floors in mobile homes, home repairman, accurate answer
home repairman, accurate answer, mobile homes: I will tell you that I know very little about mobile homes, so I would keep it as simple as possible. Remove only that which NEEDS to be removed and patch whats left. A new floor over top of any repaired floor is difficult to get right. If you can find...

Home Improvement--General: replacing foundation floor joists, termite infestation, dimensional lumber
termite infestation, dimensional lumber, true measurement: I hope you know the extent of the damages. It is near impossible to see the end of it, without tearing out all that is affected. There needs to be a minimum 18 separation from the joists to the subgrade. That is alot of dirt to move if you have some already...

Home Improvement--General: replacing glass in a window., drywall screws, putty knife
drywall screws, putty knife, lumber yard: These pieces of wood you are referring to are referred to as glazing bead . And they re probably on the inside of the house. Usually, depending on the age of the window, they come right out by using a rigid putty knife. Be careful not to mar the wood. If...

Home Improvement--General: replacing kitchen range, slide in range, vancouver washington
slide in range, vancouver washington, sawzall: Stephanie, The new one should come with a template to help you with the cutting diagram. At this point, the only tips I could think of would be to use a long blade sawzall with a fine tooth blade,(cut slowly) and put masking tape on the cabinet and counter...

Home Improvement--General: replacing a roof, groove siding, asphalt shingles
groove siding, asphalt shingles, lomanco: Hi Jim Mcdowell, While I could sound good, your local Lomanco Rep could be proficient at this for you area. See; lomanco.com He/she is more localized and specific. Basically, most homes in this country are ventilated wrong. We simply are underinformed on...

Home Improvement--General: replacing sealed unit glass on casement windows, donat flamand windows, finishing nails
donat flamand windows, finishing nails, glass unit: Hi Perry, I am assuming that the windows are casement and not sliders. If they are casements, then there will be a sash part of the window and on the inside, a glass stop should be visible on all 4 sides of the sash. These hold the glass in place. ...

Home Improvement--General: replacing sheetrock ceiling, wood lath, wall plaster
wood lath, wall plaster, acoustic tiles: need more information,on whats under the sheet rock,if there is plaster over wood lath,then you will not be able to braw it up flat as the plaster might have let go.they do make different metal furring also at dry wall,plaster supply house you could screw...

Home Improvement--General: replacing staircase, spiral staircase, vertical support
spiral staircase, vertical support, support beam: This is a question that I really need a visual inspection to answer. It sounds like you re o.k. You should have felt it if there was any download when you pulled the vertical. As long as the spiral staircase can hold any support load the old staircase had,...

Home Improvement--General: replacing vinyl siding corner, vinyl piece, hail storm
vinyl piece, hail storm, vinyl siding: Some are snap lock...after the siding is on you tap it up into place, the other is nailed on...the corner goes on first and the siding is pushed into it. For metal siding the corner goes on with the siding and a nail is in the top inside corner above the...

Home Improvement--General: replacing window sash cords, sash weights, true value hardware stores
sash weights, true value hardware stores, true value hardware: Hello Steve, We have done hundreds if not thousands of these. Many are different depending upon who manufactured them, which means they are not necessarily in the same place all of the time. If you are sure that no little lines or wood plugs exist after...

Home Improvement--General: replacing window sash cords, sash weight, window sash
sash weight, window sash, dear madam: I dont really think this will be of much help. I am not sure why you cannot access the weights and cords. If you take out the windows, they should be easily seen. They are in the wall with the cords on the window. COuld they have been removed totally and...

Home Improvement--General: replacing windows, window replacements, aluminum windows
window replacements, aluminum windows, replacing windows: Hi John, Before I can give you the proper information, I would need to know where your house is located? If you would be so kind as to answer that I will guide you through the process and give you a lot of details to help you out. Your location will...

Home Improvement--General: replacing windows on brick home, vinyl replacement windows, hurricane katrina
vinyl replacement windows, hurricane katrina, brick house: Jenny, Vinyl replacement windows. They mount inside the existing frame and seal against the outside of the house. This way you do not have to take the bricks down to replace the windows. You do have to do some cosmetic work on the inside because they...

Home Improvement--General: replacing wood flooring, wood flooring, cross members
wood flooring, cross members, floor joists: Jeff, The problem you are facing is the strength of the floor. The free floating floor is not going to provide you with any strength in the floor. So my first thought is to put down at least 3/4 plywood for strength. I do not like falling through the...

Home Improvement--General: request assistance, old colonial, request assistance
old colonial, request assistance, building inspector: I suggest that you have your contractor apply for a building permit and see if your plans are approved.... sorry it s election night and I am hoping for the best... if you don t have a contractor or a building inspector who reviews plans can you email...

Home Improvement--General: resin restoration/repair, lawn furniture, garage floors
lawn furniture, garage floors, oil base: I think that the epoxy containing paints will work. The epoxy is not of the oil base consistency and should bond to the plastic. I havent done alot of research on them yet, and I hope to, But Home Depot sells a paint for garage floors that contains epoxy...

Home Improvement--General: retaining wall foundation, wet weather spring, water seeps
wet weather spring, water seeps, perforated drain pipe: it could work, the gravel over drainage pipe isn t considered a proper base though. normally the wall is built with the drainage pipe at the base behind the wall. http://www.constructiondefects.com/gif/4ml.retain2.gif just a picture of typical...

Home Improvement--General: retractable attic staircase - pulley system, folding attic ladder, pulley system
folding attic ladder, pulley system, ladder systems: Kierstin, I believe you will be on your own to customize an old attic stair of that kind. I have never seen one in material manufacture literature. You may reconsider the current fold down attic stair packages. It would seem to be adequate for the...

Home Improvement--General: Getting rid of paneling, wood paneling, panneling
wood paneling, panneling, flake: pain either way.if you skim the panneling,it might flake off.not a good way to go, when removing the panneling,you will tear the paper,so you will need to repair the paper and cover the glue before skim coating for texture,all prep work needs to be done...

Home Improvement--General: right angle drill, right angle drive, right angle drills
right angle drive, right angle drills, right angle drill: http://www.mytoolstore.com/milwauke/3102-6.html Quality Tools at Discount Prices Over 40,000 Hand and Power Tools. Sales/Info 800-347-5096 Store Hours: M - F: 6:00am - 4:30pm (Pacific Time) FAX (702) 871-2815 MILWAUKEE 1/2 INCH RIGHT ANGLE DRILL...

Home Improvement--General: right angle drill, right angle drill, angle head
right angle drill, angle head, retainer: Hello Bob If it is some Milwaukee 1/2 drill, unscrew the chuck from the angle head, loosen the retainer on the angle head s connection to the drill motor body, and finally screw the chuck onto the drill motor body. Milwaukee HOLEHAWGS are different if the...

Home Improvement--General: rolling steel doors, steel doors, rolling steel
steel doors, rolling steel, home garage: Hi Conway, I have rarely seen them applied to a residential property, but I imagine that they can be fitted. I m pretty sure that a manufacturer can make one to fit your specs. Too find a manufacturer in your area, go to http://www.thomasnet.com/products/doors-rolling-steel-96013909-1.html...

Home Improvement--General: roof framing, rim joists, wall stud
rim joists, wall stud, framing members: Hello J.K., Barn: Use standard platform framing to the subfloor phase of the second floor. Layout side wall stud, and rafter with ceiling cord and rafters above on the floor. Chalk an outline of them. Tack in some blocking with some double heads. Stand...

Home Improvement--General: roof pitch, collar ties, roof pitch
collar ties, roof pitch, room thanks: Claudia, I can not say what will look okay without seeing it. A lot is dependent on the surroundings. Assuming that your rafters are sitting on the 48 long walls the height of the ridge is approximately ... (depending on rafter size and placement on...

Home Improvement--General: roof sag, tab shingles, collar ties
tab shingles, collar ties, time weeks: David: Interesting that the sag is only over the carport. Most of the time a sag as you describe it is due to undersized structure or maybe missing collar ties or damaged truss web. It may be possible to jack the rafters straight and reinforce them...

Home Improvement--General: roof sag, rafter construction, tab shingles
rafter construction, tab shingles, termite problem: Hello David, It sounds like the piers under the girder are settled probably from excessive moisture. If you have excessive moisture, you probably have a termite problem or could have one soon. If it needs fixing up, now is the time to raise the girder...

Home Improvement--General: roofing nails, roofing nails, insulation value
roofing nails, insulation value, nail points: Dear Jim, I appreciate the problem having inspected many attics and found that my head comes too close to the nail points. There is no best answer. You could use a small amount of insulation, such as r-13 fiberglass batts. You could still scratch your...

Home Improvement--General: roofing problems, asphalt ridge, plywood deck
asphalt ridge, plywood deck, architectural shingles: Tar: installation quality control - installers error installer s problem to fix depending on construction agreement. The only thing that is tarred high up on the roof are the exposed last nails on the last ridge shingle. Everything else would have best...

Home Improvement--General: roofing quotes, roofing company, phoenix az
roofing company, phoenix az: Not seeing exactly what they plan to do...yes, sometimes only half a roof needs it. Is the plan to remove and then replace, or roof over. A big difference in price. I would still agree that $5K is high. $3500 is closer to what I would have guessed...

Home Improvement--General: roofing and vinyl siding, chimney cap, drip edge
chimney cap, drip edge, vinyl siding: Sandy, This comes down to a matter of how your contract was written. If the contractor spelled out that he would do the vents that way, then he can. If not, then you have a complaint. Did you see any of his work before you hired him? Maybe that s how...

Home Improvement--General: rot in window sill/ concrete crack, water putty, concrete curbs
water putty, concrete curbs, window sills: Hi Bill, To repair your window sills, clean out all of the damaged wood completely including and dust and fill in with Durham s Rock Hard Water Putty http://www.waterputty.com/buy.htm It is a powder that mixes with water and goes in just like any regular...

Home Improvement--General: rotted floor joists, concrete block foundation, cross ventilation
concrete block foundation, cross ventilation, porous wood: Hi Jane, Most likely culprit is ground moisture rising and settling on the dry porous wood. The vents can actually work to your disadvantage in some instances, drawing in more moisture. To correct the water problem, a simple insertion of a 6 mil or better...

Home Improvement--General: rotted floor joists, evidence of termites, carpet pad
evidence of termites, carpet pad, black mold: Hi Jane, Place fans on the area to dry it out quickly. Then dry it some more. Mold does not like it too dry. Also dry out the crawl space under it. If you have foundation vents that do not have shrubs in front of them or other to block the movement of...

Home Improvement--General: rotted sill, carpenter ants, expert carpenter
carpenter ants, expert carpenter, old new england: Dear Judi, Thanks for your question. In your case, I believe I have good news. The type of repair you describe is relatively routine for an expert carpenter. Since you mentioned you can see the rotted area from the basement, I think that means you will...

Home Improvement--General: rotting outside window sills, circular saw jig, window sills
circular saw jig, window sills, chaulking: Bill, The proper way is to replace the rotting soft areas with new wood and then prime and paint. The way that I have done this most is to find the area where it turns from soft to hard wood, mark the hard area draw a line straight lines around the...

Home Improvement--General: rotting wood, floor joists, cement blocks
floor joists, cement blocks, square foundation: Hello Steven, I m glad AllExperts website is now working again... Yes, I understand now. We are talking about the floor over hanging the foundation blocks here. First, it should not rot because it is supposed to be protected from the elements by the floor...

Home Improvement--General: rust on concrete, rust stains, concrete porch
rust stains, concrete porch, rust spot: Dear Debbie, I am confident I can help you. I am presuming you have a concrete porch, since if it was wood you could just paint over the stain. The instructions below apply to a concrete porch. If your porch is not concrete, write back to me, the answer...

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 Ill include the answer here again, just in case its 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...