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Home Furnishings/Furniture: paint with latex over oil paint, oil base paint, latex paint
oil base paint, latex paint, paint surface: Any oil base paint surface must be scratched to create a bondable surface. Sanding or steel wool the surface before the primer. I will not be as good a bond and a raw surface, but it should stick for normal wear and tear. As for the Pergo...it is supposed...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: paint for Steel Siding, steel siding, paint work
steel siding, paint work, two coats: Hello Heather, You will need to power wash the siding to remove the peelings off then sand the edges of the peeling smooth. Then wash the house with TSP and rinse. Repete the TSP wash so all the chaulk is removed (very important). Then prime and two...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: How to paint a themed room, superman spiderman, thumb tack
superman spiderman, thumb tack, scketches: This sounds like fun..and alot of work. I would start with a craft paper use light colored stock. Hopefully you can get a roll of it...? lay out on the floor an approximate wall size and start your creativity. IN pencil or such. If you manage to get something...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: paint, sherwin william, dry climate
sherwin william, dry climate, old paint: Hello Hillory, Thanks for asking. All I use is Sherwin-William s Paints. I say this not because they pay me to, I am very happy with the products and service. Check out the new paint called Deration Home. Great stuff if you have kids marking up your walls....

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting, oil base paint, oil based paint
oil base paint, oil based paint, paint store: Let me strongly recommend against the oil base paint approach. Instead try using a spay apparatus. they can be rented from most any paint store. This is called an accoustic texture...most people hate it,,,it covers a great many flaws. The spray approach...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting, textured wall, fuzzies
textured wall, fuzzies, cleanup: Hello again Cheryl, Ok first you need to use joint compound instead of spackle. I belive you are down to the paper of the sheet rock. The fuzzies should look brown in color. You need to scrape off as much of the fuzzies as possable, even pick at it with...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting, base paints, latex base
base paints, latex base, textured wall: I am not real sure just where to tell you to start. Depending on where you are in the process.... I would suggest that after you get it prepared again...use a thin layer of joint compound over the entire area. Let that dry. If any areas bubble again...scrap/sand...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting, latex base, oil based paint
latex base, oil based paint, brush strokes: Normally a water base gloss paint is easy to scratch, and oil base is much harder. Water bases do not show brush strokes as bad as oils. The surface painted is a good clue. Metal is almost always oil base, wood is almost always water/latex base. Latex...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting awood bedroom suite, bedroom suite, lacquer
bedroom suite, lacquer, enamel: hi Sharon, Mostly I like to use lacquer,but an enamel or even a good latex will work provided you prepair the surface according to the instructions provided with the product you choose. Enamel and lacquer will both give you a harder surface and latex may...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting cabinets, airless equipment, latex paint
airless equipment, latex paint, kitchen cabinets: Hello Dave, Thanks for asking. Yes you can remove the stain and finish with paint striper then sanding. But this is very, very messy. You will need to protect the counter top, floor and walls. Wear a mask and vent the room. For spraying, rent a graivity...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting countertops, oil base paint, gold flecks
oil base paint, gold flecks, brush stroke: Most countertop finishes are designed to NOT stick to anything. I dont recommend the attempt. It would take severe sanding to get a surface that would allow paint to bond. Oil base paint at that. I would only attempt that with a spray apparatus for NON...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting doors, enamel paint, latex paint
enamel paint, latex paint, acrylic enamel: You are attempting to put a water base paint on and oil surface. It wont do well. Once the oil base was installed...it would need a good sanding for the latex paint to stick and go on easy. You have a bad situation and it needs to be reversed. If possible,...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting furniture, painting furniture, brohill
painting furniture, brohill, sofa table: This is a real project. You will need to get a gel stripper and remove all of the finish and stain that was used. Getting down to the raw wood to start over. The original finish will be a problem for a new finish if not totally removed and sanded off. ...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting tiles, inch tiles, tile store
inch tiles, tile store, jacuzzi tub: Hello Linda, I can answer all your questions as a yes you can. Maybe your tiles would look better if you die the grout. That can be bought at any tile store. If you paint, first sand the face of the tile to scratch so the primer will stick, use oil...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting over tobacco stained walls, nicotine stains, sponge mop
nicotine stains, sponge mop, trisodium phosphate: Hello again Mys! Ok now you have to use Kilz. It is oil base. I dont know were you live but here in Minnesota it is a little hard to get fresh air in the middle of winter. So you WILL need to use a mask. Not the paper ones. Use a resperator. Look for the one...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting vinyl, home improvement specialist, inch squares
home improvement specialist, inch squares, luck jim: Joan, There is a patching compound called embossing leveler and it is sold under various names i.e. webcrete, dap , etc. Ask for it at your hardware store or home improvement specialist. You can apply a skim coat of this the first time. Then...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting over wallpaper, kilz, excessive moisture
kilz, excessive moisture, wallboard: In the event that it has a sheen...give it a very light sanding. Next smear a thin layer of joint compound over the entire wall. This sticks to everything. Light sanding after it dries and its ready to paint. I would recommend that you use a primer such...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting wood table, oil base paint, sanded surface
oil base paint, sanded surface, painting wood: If it is a slightly decorative leg, you may need to use steel wool to get a good sanding of the finish. Normally the finish is oil base or lacquer, so you will need an oil base paint to put on the sanded surface. I think the easiest way to paint the irregular...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: painting, interior paint, color match
interior paint, color match, lowes: It is all computer generated color match... and very close. Depending on the ages of the paints they carry, sheens can vary as well as thickness. Glidden sheens are totally different from BEHR. The colors may end up the same... but the sheens can make...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: peel and stick tiles, glue residue, floor tiles
glue residue, floor tiles, delema: I would say anything to desuade you from using that tile. It is the worst product ever made. It is meant for floor repairs and rentals. Cheap way out of any delema. As for the walls.....it leaves a tremendous amount of glue residue when removed...more...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: pergo, hardwood floor sander, flooring system
hardwood floor sander, flooring system, aka www: Amy, I think you have hardwood parquet on the floor and not pergo , as that is a laminate flooring system. Parquet was popular in the late 60 s early 70 s. It was installed by special glues that make saving the floor underneath impossible; so forget...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: pillars, working in france, britany
working in france, britany, sqm: So sorry for the delay. I have been away on vacation since 18th. Can you apply a verticle lathe? Can you plaster a relatively smooth column. I am unaware of the term shuttering, but It may relate to plaster so I am assuming this. This may require...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: potlights for my kitchen, general lighting, task lighting
general lighting, task lighting, rule of thumb: General rules apply. You want them to look good geometricaly. You want them centered over YOUR work area. You want them at least 6 away from the cabinet face. Depending on the actuall bulbs used...you want the light area to overlap. Example...if the...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: pottery barn, customer service person, randy chapman
customer service person, randy chapman, modivation: Lisa, sorry I could not Understand the motivation for your question. I don t really know how you can find out without asking the store because there are so many copycat production lines out there. Once someone builds a design that catches on 10 or 15 companies...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: two questions (re-pave patio and window replacement), vague recollection, frame windows
vague recollection, frame windows, basement area: I think you will surprised about the cost of the window replacement. More like $300 each mat/labor and up. For the patio... 1/4 per ft is minimum but more is better. The slope should be a minimum of 24 away from the house. More is better. The idea of...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Re-filling sofas, furniture stores, sofas
furniture stores, sofas, pillows: It depends on the fill. If you are talking about the bean bag type fill, you can add as needed, if you know how to sew. (few have zippers) AS for a foam fill, there are stores that carry different grades of foam for pillows. It may be as simple and taking...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Redecorate Bungalow Kitchen, square tiles, tile backsplash
square tiles, tile backsplash, custom cabinets: The kitchen is the most expensive room in any home/bungalow. If money is a problem, so is the project. it sounds ok to me...unless the color is a problem, it will take majar monies to remodel. See if small changes make a difference. Lighting, counters,...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Refinish/Restoration, putty knives, thanks a million
putty knives, thanks a million, side tables: Depending on the amount of finish on the furniture, is sanding an option. If not, there are several types of strippers on the market that can handle it. Your choice depends on the amount of odor and work you can handle and the area you have to work on...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Remove wallpaper, best way to remove wallpaper, thin coat
best way to remove wallpaper, thin coat, sheetrock: The primary reason to use sizing on a wall prior to wallpaper is to make it removeable for change. If it was glued directly to the paper on the sheetrock.....it is not comeing off. Your best advantage is to peel off what will come and then smear a thin coat...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Renovation, new carpet, roof maintenance
new carpet, roof maintenance, kitchens: This is NOT a project to take on lightly. Renovations can take all your time and more money than expected. Baths and Kitchens are the largest and most needed remodels. Total baths...$6000. Total kitches...$5000 to $20000. Most rooms need paint and trimout....

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Reply to your response of 12/14/04, keeping pace, comfortex
keeping pace, comfortex, performance history: I wish I knew what kind of product you are refering too. I have not seen nor heard of this shade. Shedding any further light on the issue would be misrepresenting myself. I fully understand that there are alot of new products on the market that I am unaware...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Roof Trusses and Load bearing wll, load bearing wall, roof trusses
load bearing wall, roof trusses, lateral loads: If a wall runs parralel to the truss it cannot bear loads. If it runs perpendicular it can assist in carrying a lot, be it lateral or verticle. It some cases the trusses are braced from an interior wall, giving it a loaded clasification. So now the...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Rubber cement, rubber cement, luck jim
rubber cement, luck jim, carpet: Joyce, If you spilled rubber cement on carpet or other textile, you had best call a specialist to repair that section of the carpet. Hope you kept a scrap of the old; if not, you could take a piece from the closet. There is nothing that will desolve...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: A rather odd question about carpeting a home, wall to wall carpeting, pergo flooring
wall to wall carpeting, pergo flooring, color carpet: Robert, Sounds like you are talking about the house I am living in. I have a sunken living room, and a raised dining room. These rooms are separate from all other rooms. Currently I have a different color carpet in that area because i did not want to...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: getting ready to sell, kitchen and baths, finger prints
kitchen and baths, finger prints, fresh paint: To get Top Dollar...it has to be 100% ...or seems so. New paint anywhere/everywhere. The smell of fresh paint is really important. If you can smell up the house prior to showings...it pays. Go room by room...floor to ceiling....can you find a reason...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: refinishing brass bed, spray lacquer, thin coats
spray lacquer, thin coats, foot board: If the old lacquer is in good shape...just the steel wool to rough it up for the new lacquer. If the old is real bad....it will take alot more rubbing. If this is a brite brass finish..there is not mush you can do that wont scratch the heck out of it....

Home Furnishings/Furniture: remove formica sheeting from drywall, patching plaster, home depot
patching plaster, home depot, water mix: I would refer you to any dry mix patches...Fixall is one, patching plaster, or what we call 5 minute mud from Home Depot. It is a wallboard texture and tape product. It come in 5 minute, 10 minute and 20 minute varieties. Add water mix...use quickly and...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: removing several layers of vinyl flooring, linoleum floor, vinyl flooring
linoleum floor, vinyl flooring, aka www: AnnMarie, This is not a job you should do. You could be in danger of putting asbestos in to the air of your home. Contact professinals to do this, or completely cover the floor with a product like Pergo. Good Luck, Jim aka www.carpetguru.co...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: removing wallpaper border, removing wallpaper border, lacquer thinner
removing wallpaper border, lacquer thinner, wallpaper remover: It sounds like you have taken all the good ideas and put them to use. One small possibility after the vinyl if off... try goof off . It removes paint from most any surface and may soften whatever the glue is. Try it slowly... it may take off more than...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: repair/decorating an old house, leaded glass windows, downstairs floors
leaded glass windows, downstairs floors, capital gains taxes: This is kind of a simple fix Get some second opinions from friends. Explain that you want to sell...ask what they see as positive and negative and start with the simple stuff. Kitchen and baths....they sell the house. Bedrooms, if large, make an impression,...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: repairing wood leg on china cabinet, good ol days, gas piping
good ol days, gas piping, china cabinet: Without being hands on to see the piece, this is a shot in the dark. If you can get a floor flange for 1/2 black gas piping...and a black nipple to fit into it...you may be able to put in an invisible support behind the leg. It would be somewhat adjustable...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: replacing windows on house with aluminium siding, home improvments, replacment windows
home improvments, replacment windows, tom finney: The idea of replacement windows is that the original frame stays intact and the new window unit slides into that opening. It requires the manufacturer to send a rep out to measure your openings. It has a trim of about 2 wide to cover the existing frame....

Home Furnishings/Furniture: restaining cabinets, restaining cabinets, open grain
restaining cabinets, open grain, stain wood: Wood requires an open grain to take stain. Sanding and/or striping is required. In come cases you add stain to a finish, such a polyurethane and overcoat the wood and change its color a little. It is not a good process, but it can work for minor changes...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: rip rap stain, davis colors, drainage purposes
davis colors, drainage purposes, staining concrete: It is used in slurry mixes for freeway coatings. I used fair because the rocks have different absorbsion charateristics...so they will vary some. It will generally give a color Hue difference. And you still want some of the rock character to show thru...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: A SAFE TV STAND, mills fleet farm, dementions
mills fleet farm, dementions, table cart: Hello Carol, Thanks for asking but the safety issue I deal with is with painting (Ladders, sprayers,ect). I would call or visit a TV shop that deals with custom installs. Those are the guys to ask. They will need the make and model of the TV and the dementions....

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Saturated Cinderblock, water in the basement, cinderblock
water in the basement, cinderblock, musty smell: If this remains damp and discolored, flaky or corroding....you have a continuing water problem. You should try a heat lamp or other appliance to see if you can factually dry out the area. Weight a couple days and see if the marks return. Then look for...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Saving Cabinets, oil base paint, kitchen cabinets
oil base paint, kitchen cabinets, hello dave: It usually is quite simple to take cabinets down. Some screws into the wall and possibly screws side to side to hold groups together. Considering they have been hung...they would go back up quite easy. Most importantly....It is quite necessary to use OIL...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Shower floor repair, fibreglass repair, viet nam
fibreglass repair, viet nam, expanding foam: You may have difficulty in the matching the floor but it is a do able fix. The foam sounds good... but in fact will offer NO support. The reason for the cracking is lack of or loss of support. Address that issue first. In the effort, you may find need...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Slate table top, davis colors, color additives
davis colors, color additives, concrete color: Davis Colors are the most common. You can get it in liquid or dry mix. It is a very strong color, it will require a lot of water to thin into a stain for just a topical treatment. They have a web presence so you can see some of the stains available...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Small painting/mural start-up, interior paints, receipt system
interior paints, receipt system, basic painting: Hello Kat, Welcome to the world of self employment! Kat the hardest thing you will have to do is bid the job. I dont bid jobs on the phone because every wall is different. This is way you cant get someone to do that. I tried myself. There is no right...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Spilled paint removal, warm soapy water, mineral spirits
warm soapy water, mineral spirits, paint removal: Hello Barbara, Your friends water based paint is Latex. Keep it wet and blotting the area of the spill (keep rinsing your rag with warm soapy water). If this does not work try Goo Gone . You can buy this at a hardware store. And for a last resort...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Sunroom Design, dutch doors, lawn chairs
dutch doors, lawn chairs, metal tables: Sun rooms can be very tricky. If you cant keep the interior design flowing into the exterior feel of the outdoors....you may need an exterior them. Lawn chairs....metal tables etc. One real issue is furniture that will fade in sunlight. I think I would...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: sand painting, sand painting, aesthetic problems
sand painting, aesthetic problems, learning curve: Too much sand and not enough water will cause some serious aesthetic problems. You may need to start all over. It might be a good idea to practice on something to learn the technique and principles before putting it on a wall. There is a learning curve...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: small space decorating, small houseboat, bunk bed
small houseboat, bunk bed, lavatory: Lets say the area needs to be 3x10 for a so so bathroom. Tkhe toilet will take 30 in width and you might squease into it at 48 . Airplane style. If you can rig a lavatory into a compartment within a shower module....3 birds with 2 stones. As for sleeping,...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: sofa, blinds, style shades, fashion product
style shades, fashion product, morning sunrise: I have a feeling that the store will be replacing the sofa. Guarantees like to be honored in high fashion product. As for the window treatments, I like the Accordian style shades. You can lower from the top down, or raise from the bottom up. Home Depot...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: space conversion, open loft, partition walls
open loft, partition walls, space conversion: One really nice way to enhance and break up a room is with furniture. A couch and chairs can create a zone any where in the room. 2 3 and 4 partition walls can separate an art area. Ceiling compliments can suggest open separations. It is fun to separate...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: getting a spare freezer or refrigerator, frig, freezer
frig, freezer, refrigerator: When you throw in the word efficiently... you change the equation. It will work well enough... but it will use considerable electricity. Most of the people I know have a spare frig in the garage.(including me). We have 100+ most of the summer and it...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: staining french doors problem, nooks and crannies, glass panes
nooks and crannies, glass panes, lambs wool: You are talking about a new beginning. Down to raw oak again. You may need to use a stripper to pull some of the stain out of the grain. It is tricky to restain a door. Diligence....take your time. The nooks and crannies of those panes....a pain from...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: staining furniture, spray lacquer, staining furniture
spray lacquer, staining furniture, chest of drawers: It will take alot of work, but it will be beautiful. Mahogany is one of those woods that looks great when finish. You probably will save some time using a pain stripper first. Sanding is the final stage. Start with 100 grit and work you way down to 220...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: stripped drywall, gypsom, paper face
gypsom, paper face, my wife and kids: If all the paper came off, you have a problem. The paper face is the prtection from the gypsom of the wallboard. If the white gyp is exposed...in a large quantity...you will need to replace it. If it is only in small areas and some paper remains, then you...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Table Height, two chairs, tho
two chairs, tho, diameter: If you want a chair to fit under the table...the table must be taller than the chair. If you are refering to a side table...such as a lamp stand....they are typical at 24 for sundry use. IF you are refering to a catch all table in front of a couch...18...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: TILE, vinyl tile, aka www
vinyl tile, aka www, ceramic tile: Anita, If the tile are sound and grout stable, then you can level the floor with embossing leveler, and install vinyl or pergo. This is a professional project; not something you should attempt yourself. Good Luck, Jim aka www.carpetguru.co...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Travatine Dining Table, glossy surface, acrylic coating
glossy surface, acrylic coating, blotches: I was not aware that travertine was that old. I was under the impression, that it is only about 6 yr old now. Travertine is a man made product....easy to destroy. I dont know of a repair for it. You might try Johnsons Floor finish. It is an acrylic coating...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Tricks to make a small place big?, small apartment, blank wall
small apartment, blank wall, being an artist: Mirrors definitley help...but dont get carried away. Pastels....can give a room depths that it doesnt have. Being an artist...you have some real advantages. Unlike a faux finish..you can create depth and height with shades or shading. Create your room...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: can't settle on new sofa and loveseat!, reclining leather sofa, queen anne legs
reclining leather sofa, queen anne legs, rosemary sprig: Sorry about the doiley idea. Like I say, this is not an easy concept. The area rug is really do able. It lays well on carpet. It allows messes and then take it outside and clean it. Kids.... Dont be too concerned about how things look....you will be...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: teak dining table, damaged furniture, teak dining table
damaged furniture, teak dining table, costomers: There are many ways to restore sun and heat damaged furniture. But if it is very noticable you would probably want to consult a local repair tech at your nearest large furniture store. If they can t or won t do it they probably can give you some good leads...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: teenagers bedroom, latex paint, kilz
latex paint, kilz, paint surface: Hello Amanda....yes you can paint over wallpaper..as long as it is not a vinyl coated paper. I would suggest that the first coat be an oil base paint such as Kilz. If you use normal latex paint....it could soften the paper and cause some of it to unglue...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: We are thinking of putting..., cinder block wall, flooring laminate
cinder block wall, flooring laminate, mannington mills: Cindy, You could use a Portland Cement type product to skim the floor and float the difference in height. However, installing Pergo type flooring (laminate flooring) in a basement area is risky at best. The moisture from the concrete will cause the boards...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: toilet placement on ceramic floor, wax ring, ceramic floor
wax ring, ceramic floor, lowes: There is a white plastic ring for that purpose. Sometimes I find them in Home Depot, other times at Lowes. They come it 3/16 thick and 3/8 thickness. You add them to the current metal ring on the floor to effectively raise the floor to the toilet. It...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Two tone wall painting, wall painting, clear solution
wall painting, clear solution, paint store: Hello Carri, Sorry it took so long to answer you! I have been talking to the guys at the paint store about this and like I they dont know about a clear solution for making lines. If you cant make a sharp crisp line free handed, use tape. Paint your first...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Upholstery fabric cleaning, linen fabric, jane churchill
linen fabric, jane churchill, upholstery fabric: If you dont know already...cotton shrinks tremendously. The linen element will help in the reduction. It will restretch while wet. It will wrinkle bunches..but it will stretch. For maintaining a NEW look the manufacture expects dry clean. If you want...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Using Rust Converter, rust o leum, rust converter
rust o leum, rust converter, rust spots: I havent heard of a rust converter. I only know to knock it off, lightly sand and then repaint. I would recommend a good coat of Rust o leum as a primer for any color you intend to use. A wire scratch brush (hand held or drill mounted) is also a great way...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: unique size toilet seat, elongated toilet seat, plumbing hardware
elongated toilet seat, plumbing hardware, soap holder: I havent looked for it for a long....time...but. I recall a brass rod/hinge mechanism for toilet seats that was adjustable. You might look for that type arrangement and see if you can graft it into you plan. It was basically a brass rod that the bolt down...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: unshrinking cotton drapes, med heat, low iron
med heat, low iron, work shirts: Unless the manufactureres label guarantee pre shrunk, cotton will shrink, and shrink each time washed. It will however stretch back about half of what was lost...if you can find a way to evenly stretch the whole pabric. I have cotton work shirts that I wash,...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: upholsterer, ethan allan furniture, obtaining a business license
ethan allan furniture, obtaining a business license, livermore area: First off....anywhere in the Bay Area...you will get ripped off. Seondly I would seek the Pleasanton, Livermore area. Yellow pages and such. I cant remember where it was...but there were two shops in that area that did furniture repairs. Check in with...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Vinyl Siding, vinyl siding, insulation
vinyl siding, insulation, estimates: My history with vinyl siding goes back about 30 yrs. It wasnt that good. I would say that if the insulation is attached to the siding...that would be a good thing. It would aid in maintaining a more uniform look and less warpage possible. Vinyl side of...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: value of rug, fringe styles, winston salem nc
fringe styles, winston salem nc, ivory color: Hi Max, Thanks for emailing. The Winston-Salem store has been closed for many many years. It was run by one son and the shop here in Maryland is run by the other. We don t have the sales records or paperwork from the other store as the two were always...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: vapor barrier behind durarock, durarock, tile shower
durarock, tile shower, tile work: There is no vapor barrier requirement for durarock. It is water proof, ie water wont hurt it, but is will absorb water if needed. Your shower is going to be water tight on the living side...the vapor barrier would be for protection of moisture from inside...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: vinal floor tyles, basement floor, tiles
basement floor, tiles, rental properties: Please do not use peel and stick tiles. It is the worst product going. It is only for rental properties that get beat up. If you must use a similar tile, use VCT..they are 1/8 thick and use a wonderfully removeable glue. The glue will stick to the old...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: vinal floor, jim goddard, cement floor
jim goddard, cement floor, aka www: No type of paint will stick to the tiles, or the filler you may use to cover the tiles. This is because there is always a certain degree of moisture coming from the cement. You best bet is to install a carpet over a 40 ounce fiber pad. The pad will make...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: vinyl flooring, vinly flooring, vinyl flooring
vinly flooring, vinyl flooring, two coats: Stephanie, Don t paint the floor. The paint won t stick, and your landlord won t like it. Check out a new kind of vinyl flooring from Nairn that you can loose lay over the top of the old floor without damaging the old floor. It may require the services...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: vinyl flooring, vinyl flooring, luck jim
vinyl flooring, luck jim, electric hair: Denise, I hope the sound you are hearing is the action between the glue and the vinly and NOT the luan moving up and down when walked on. If the sound is the result of poor adhesive, then you can try the method you noted to repair the problem. Also, during...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: vinyl sideing, vinyl sideing, construction barrier
vinyl sideing, construction barrier, stud wall: You should apply a craft paper or a vapor barrier between the siding and the subsiding. It is a good place to add insulation if you add the foam board. Only drawback to that is the possiblility of waves when done. If you are applying directly to stud...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: vinyl siding, siding contractor, wood siding
siding contractor, wood siding, expansion and contraction: Personally and professionaly I do not like vinyl siding. The expansion and contraction allowance is extreme. It will get brittle in time. Wood siding is not that much better , but it is more maintainable....and requires more maintenance. The best thing...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Wall Air Conditioner Removal, replacement glass, pane of glass
replacement glass, pane of glass, c unit: You may need to contact a glass company to come and measure for a replacement pane of glass. This is hard to do with the A/C unit in place...which means finding someone to remove it on the same schedule as the replacement glass. You may be able to convince...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Wall Unit Modification for Flat Panel TV, home improvement question, elegant wall
home improvement question, elegant wall, wall unit: I think I have a good idea/solution. Home Depot or such hardware stores carry..... file cabinet type drawer glides. They carry tremendous weight in a file cabinet. Even if it required a pair on each end...they extend 24 . IF the corner of the TV were...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Wallpaper border removal, fabric softener, wallpaper border
fabric softener, wallpaper border, sheetrock: First, let me congratulate you on a Wonderfull Last Name. Now....as for the wallpaper. Since there is no easy way...have you thought about a vibrator sander with 100grit or 80grit paper. It will cut as fast as you want it to. After a few minutes, you will...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Wallpaper Removal, chemical stripper, fool proof
chemical stripper, fool proof, wallpaper removal: I dont know of any fool proof way of removing that stuff. If it was not installed in todays standards...it was meant to stay on the wall. You can try steam or a scrapper. That old glue was water based, it has the possibility of softening with steam...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Wallpaper repair,, hagood, seam
hagood, seam, seams: Consider this. Wallpaper is usually soaked in glue or water prior to going on the wall. Conversely if you can add moisture to the paper, say a light steam effect, make it limp, then add the glue behind/under and press to the wall....it may them be able to...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Walls- what to do, venetian plaster, ceiling texture
venetian plaster, ceiling texture, paint scraper: Paint scraper,,, body sander..planer, sharp putty knife, any of those will help. Joint compound is easy to use... takes time to dry, but it is forgiving if you mess up. You can apply one or more coats to level any surface. The bigger the trowel the smoother...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Water entering through small drill hole in basement floor., cement mortar, hydraulic cement
cement mortar, hydraulic cement, rain fall: Greetings! The best product to use would be a hydraulic cement. You can pick this up any most any hardware store. The cement is a quick-drying product that will fill the hole and prevent water from coming up through. Another suggestion I would recommend...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Waterbed Support, water beds, water bed
water beds, water bed, queen size: The typical water bed, using 1/2 plywood,(not OSB grade) needs floor support in a maximum of 2 x2 square areas. For instance, a 4 x5 5 frame with lateral supports would support queen size typical water bed. There are water beds that have interior supports...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Window shades or awnings, heat induction, window coatings
heat induction, window coatings, window shades: It is a basic principal...light is heat. The Sun will heat any object it shines on. If you do not allow the sun to shine into a room, to heat an object or the air....it remains un heated. It will heat the exterior, which is radiantly passed into the interior...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: Wood fireplace revision, convection heating, wood fireplace
convection heating, wood fireplace, heating ducts: Yes it will affect the fire place box, and no it will not meet building codes. It sounds like a heatilator type firebox that is manufactured to work under specific conditions. Any alteration would be against manufacturers warrantee and against building...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: wall mirrors cracking, mirror tiles, double sided foam tape
mirror tiles, double sided foam tape, sided foam tape: First and formost... carefully. Is the cause from the wall moving or the tiles moving.? The edges of glass with chip and shatter if the movement is facewise The double sided tape usually has enough give to prevent the wall from heaving to the shatter...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: water stain on waxed leather, obscure area, mineral spirits
obscure area, mineral spirits, virgin olive oil: I hate to say I have no idea what waxed leather is. I will suggest two or so possibilities. Diesel fuel or Mineral spirits. Similar products are used for dry cleaning . Virgin Olive oil is a prime ingredient for some boot polishes. You can take your...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: window caulking, ge silicone, removing caulk
ge silicone, removing caulk, exterior areas: There are different caulks for different purposes. Latex painters caulk work around exterior areas that will need painting. Latex with silicone for interior where it should be hidden but may show. GE silicone for water and weather tightness, mostly exterior...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: wood care, lacquer thinner, finished surfaces
lacquer thinner, finished surfaces, oil spots: I have always considered Orangeglow to be a safe product for finished surfaces. Was this raw wood, without a finish coat.? Lacquer thinner may be an option for removing the spot. Goof off could work, but it is very strong. Spot shot....a spot fixer....a...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: wood finish repair, home improvement centers, stain samples
home improvement centers, stain samples, varathane: some of the products that you might use yourself are available at most of your local home improvement centers such as Lowes, Home Depot, or Menards. They have wax pencils, fill sticks, stains,colored markers and several types of lacquers of different sheens...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: wool rug, stain repellant, pet urine
stain repellant, pet urine, wool rug: Hi Jackie, Thanks for emailing. I have yet to find a stain repellant that lives up to its claims, but it can t hurt. What you should do first is test a small area of your rug with the repellant to make sure that it has no effect on your carpet. Then, after...

Home Furnishings/Furniture: -------------------------..., modern art, home furnishings
modern art, home furnishings, home improvement: You will need to make a choice before going on. What are you favorite designs and colors. Paint, furniture, lighting, all this comes into play when decorating. Old antiques, modern art, classical, historical, all this makes the difference in your warm and...

Home Improvement--General: 1/2hp or 3/4hp Craftsman Garage door repair, craftsman garage door opener, garage door repair
craftsman garage door opener, garage door repair, overload relays: I would start with unplugging the unit for a 30 count. When you plug in back in it will reboot . If the sensor is blinking, you could have a bad connection. The alignment is really not that sensative...close counts. Disconnect the unit and make sure the...

Home Improvement--General: 1/4 round for window stop, horizontal molding, vertical piece
horizontal molding, vertical piece, picture frame: Mark, Think of the molding around the window as a picture frame. Lay the bottom or back of the molding flat on the chop saw table and cut outside miters like on a picture frame. 1/4 round can be confusing to cut because there is no up or down like casing...

Home Improvement--General: 100 amp service, amp electric service, hot water heater
amp electric service, hot water heater, water furnace: Thanks for the reply, Lynn. The important thing about the air conditioner is not the number of tons, it is the Running Load Amps. This number is required to be listed on the nameplate attached to the outdoor compressor unit. It is the number designated...

Home Improvement--General: 100+ year old Folk Victorian Renovation, careful inspection, two walls
careful inspection, two walls, joists: Some of this depends on how big the area is! It could be as simple as putting brace/boards on two walls and running joists across if the area is not too wide. The braces could run just below the pipes so you would still hide them. The cross pieces should be...

Home Improvement--General: 100 years of dust in the loft, free storage space, elbow grease
free storage space, elbow grease, loft space: Clean, clean, clean until it is gone. Soap and water, commercial dust cleaners. Basically good old fashioned elbow grease to get it clean. But then you face the bigger problem. Where is all the dust coming from? Is is just long term accumulation or is there...

Home Improvement--General: 11x13 Concrete Patio, control joints, concrete patio
control joints, concrete patio, concrete work: sounds like you got it. just use a rake to spread, the float should be long enough to reach all areas. you might be able to get away without joints but i would do one sawcut each way. your slabs will crack the joints just set where it cracks. ...

Home Improvement--General: 14 ft beam, ft span, concrete basement
ft span, concrete basement, floor joists: Hilton, At best it is marginal. Here s my suggestion. Sketch the layout and go to any building supply store that carries or can get LVLs. Ask them to size the LVLs for the span you want. It is likely they will be 16 or 18 LVLs and probably 2 ply....

Home Improvement--General: 1850 stone basement, lysol disinfectant, down spout
lysol disinfectant, down spout, ground slopes: The solution to the smell is to keep the basement dry. I do not recommend coating the wall with cement, thin or otherwise. I do recommend re-grading the exterior of the house such that the ground slopes away from the house with a slope of one inch...

Home Improvement--General: 1890's home, wall sheathing, hardwood flooring
wall sheathing, hardwood flooring, basement ceiling: Hello Mark, We still use a felt/kraft/or other paper between the finished floor and hardwood flooring. Its purpose can be twofold. One is to reduce squeeks and the other is to reduce the flow of air. Print on the paper can be from two places. One is the manufactures...

Home Improvement--General: 1920's basement, reinforced concrete slab, plastic piping
reinforced concrete slab, plastic piping, moisture migration: Rebecca, The best and most sound option is to pour a concrete floor in the basement, then proceed with adding finishes to whatever extent you want. If headroom is a problem this may entail the removal of several inches of soil first. Pour at least a...

Home Improvement--General: 1960s interior wall construction, yorba linda california, plaster board
yorba linda california, plaster board, gypsum board: TO KEITH RE: FOLLOW UP Keith-- from your 2nd. question this sounds like it s the old fashion thin coat plaster..That method consisted of a 3/8 in plaster board plus a 1/4in. thick layer cement coat, then 1/8 in coat of white plaster...The...

Home Improvement--General: 3/8 in Tempered glass shower door, pivot hinges, glass edges
pivot hinges, glass edges, sidelite: Hi Phil, Clear polished means that the edge of glass has been polished by machine so that it does not cut users. If you already have the glass, you may find it difficult to locate hinges that will effectively be allow you to install this as a door, because...

Home Improvement--General: 6 slope roof, slope roof, truses
slope roof, truses, restoration co: Hi Terry, I don t know where you are located. There are different rules for different places. The building codes differ from place to place due to loads. 12 ft no support looks like a little much to me, though. It also depends on the pitch of your...

Home Improvement--General: Alum. siding, aluminum siding, welcome dick
aluminum siding, welcome dick, doors windows: Welcome Dick, When applying aluminum siding on your home the first thing done in most cases is the J Bead around each door and window. You should apply a drip cap above each opening first and then the J Bead over that. The J Bead will butt the top and both...

Home Improvement--General: air leak from a window, formal dining room, weather seal
formal dining room, weather seal, weather shield: Lakshmi, The portion of the window where they meet is called the Meeting Rail or Interlock . Each sash has an L shaped piece that interlock with each other when they are closed. Inside this interlock is usually some type of weatherstripping that seals...

Home Improvement--General: Balcony leaking, plastic seal, roof water
plastic seal, roof water, foot sections: Indy, the leak may be more related to the door than the roof. Water may be getting in at the door bottom and leaking down instead of leaking at the roof line. Water could possibly be leaking around the brickmould of your door frame or leaking through the threshold...

Home Improvement--General: Basement insulation, basement insulation, wall cavity
basement insulation, wall cavity, stack effect: Dear Ms. Pat, I didn t notice that you were a woman, but thanks for noting that. It sounds like for your application and location, simply putting the insulation with the kraft paper on the inside securely nailed to the studs will work well for you. The...

Home Improvement--General: Basement repairs, foundation drainage system, wet basements
foundation drainage system, wet basements, basement repairs: Steve, I would say that water proofing over the stucco is the wrong thing to do unless you are not talking about the inside of the house. Plaster is an interior material and stucco is and exterior material. The nuclear solution for wet basements...

Home Improvement--General: Basement repairs, cement parging, cement layer
cement parging, cement layer, drainage improvement: Dear Steve, First, Happy New Year to you, and thanks for your question. To answer your question, I agree with the others that adding a waterproofing agent will do more harm than good. That is because such agents are only helpful if applied to the OUTSIDE...

Home Improvement--General: black lines along roof studs, household cleaning product, inexpensive candles
household cleaning product, inexpensive candles, roof joist: Dear John, This problem is usually caused by the use of inexpensive candles that result in variable deposition of soot on the ceiling. The rafters for the cathedral ceiling are slightly cooler and therefore receive a proportionally larger amount of soot,...

Home Improvement--General: Caulking Windows (Outside), dow corning, paper towels
dow corning, paper towels, page asp: Frank, I use Dow Corning Contractors Weatherproofing sealant. It is very flexible and performs the best under many lab tests and of course it works great in the field. It is flexible and stays that way... so as not to crack. I researched caulk up and down...

Home Improvement--General: Cement Block Basement Walls, cement block, drainage system
cement block, drainage system, sump pumps: TO GEORGE RE: WET BLOCK WALLS. George-You hit on one of my favorite subjects. concrete block make a lousy basement.. Concrete blocks have two major problems.. They are not waterproof and they buckle and bow inward..Then they crack in...

Home Improvement--General: Cement deck floor/garage ceiling leaks, modified bitumen roof, marble tiles
modified bitumen roof, marble tiles, roof leaks: Dear Paul, I have seen similar situations before, it is relatively common. You can cover the existing concrete deck and tiles with a membrane roof which would be in direct contact. The most common type is a modified bitumen roof which is torched down...

Home Improvement--General: Concete Driveway, concrete driveway, natural elements
concrete driveway, natural elements, rule of thumb: Hi Tracy, and thanks for your question! Although my expertise is in asphalt and not concrete, I can tell you what s happening. The contractor did not allow for enough fall for the water to drain from your driveway and it s finding the low spots to sit...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete Floor, water seepage, gravel bed
water seepage, gravel bed, tiny hairs: Dear Joe, If the powdery residue is white or mostly white or whitish yellow, it is probably efflorescence. This is a mineral, typically calcium based, that forms on a surface whenever the potential rate of evaporation exceeds the rate of actual water seepage,...

Home Improvement--General: Condensation, seal failure, double pane
seal failure, double pane, picture windows: Hi John, You didn t give me a whole lot of information to work with, but I ll take a stab at it. Considering this is a large window, you are best off contacting a glazier or a glass company locally and get some prices for a new sealed unit. The unit...

Home Improvement--General: Creeping doors, old timer, two doors
old timer, two doors, boat load: David, Here s a quick fix for the creeping doors. I learned this trick from an old timer about 30 years ago. It has never failed me yet. When a door moves on its own, it s caused by being out of level vertically. It s usually because the entire wall is...

Home Improvement--General: cathedral ceiling crack, settlement issue, probalby
settlement issue, probalby, foot ceiling: Sorry for the delay, been out of town. Sounds like a settlement issue. Sooner or later doing what your doing should be enough but it may be necessary to put some sort of trim across this line to cover. Crown mold probalby won t work because of the angles...

Home Improvement--General: ceiling repair, drywall screws, lime plaster
drywall screws, lime plaster, drywall compound: Dear Zhengrong, I apologize for not answering your question sooner. Thanks for your patience. The first step is to make sure you have prevented the pipe from freezing again in the future. This usually means permanently sealing up air leaks which allow...

Home Improvement--General: copper roof over bay window and leak..., roof sheathing, wall sheathing
roof sheathing, wall sheathing, copper roof: Clare, Yes, cracks in the stucco can easily result in leaks and in fact are very common. The problem with this type of leak is that in many cases the volume of water leaking in is not enough to become visible on the inside; it merely leaks in and rots...

Home Improvement--General: corner tape peeling, poor workmanship, gorgeous country
poor workmanship, gorgeous country, sheetrock: HI Kelly, This is normally caused by the sheetrock seams coming apart where they are taped together. It usually happens near the ceiling and can be due to the house shifting a little or poor workmanship on the original sheetrock installation. It s hard...

Home Improvement--General: cove base, paper face, home depot
paper face, home depot, trowel: All you need is Cove Base Adhesive. You ll need a trowel. The cans of adhesive are available at Lowes, Menards, Home Depot, Ace, etc.. The Cans Will Usually Say What Size / Type Of Trowel To Use. Depending On The Size Of The Job, Consider Replacing The Cove...

Home Improvement--General: cracks/separation, concrete curtain, roof insulation
concrete curtain, roof insulation, shed roof: You arent going to like this answer, but it can be several factors. Temperature can make wood expand and contract...Seasons, makes wood weep and sap runs....it moves. The Moon can have an affect on certain species of fir and pine. If the lumber was very...

Home Improvement--General: crawlspace/duct insulation., crawl space insulation, duct insulation
crawl space insulation, duct insulation, pergo flooring: Dear Ben, You ve got several things going on at the same time. Somewhere in the house you have a major unidentified heat loss. It may be the floor cavity or it may be somewhere else. Your furnace should be able to keep the entire house completely warm whenever...

Home Improvement--General: cut out for door hinges, power tool accessories, door hinge template
power tool accessories, door hinge template, door hinges: You need a router, door hinge template http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00925194000P?sbf=Brand&sbv=Craftsman&vName=Tools&cName=Power+Tool+Accessories&sName=Router+Tables+%26+Attachments , bushing set http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00925973000P?sbf=Brand&sbv=Craftsman&vName=Tools&cName=Power+Tool+Accessories&sName=Router+Tables+%26+Attachments...

Home Improvement--General: Dampness In Basement, drainage improvements, insulation board
drainage improvements, insulation board, drainage improvement: Dear John, The best approach in these situations is to first remove the specific materials you consider damaged, excessively stained, or ruined by moisture. Then you would undertake a systematic effort to control surface rain (or snow) runoff around the...

Home Improvement--General: Deck repair, deck repair, building permit
deck repair, building permit, front yard: If the deck is less than 12 off the ground, you have no rules except step size. If it is more than 12 you need a hand rail around the perimeter for safety. No building permit for 12 and less. Your building department may want to inspect if over 12 from...

Home Improvement--General: Front Door, home improvement center, eleanor wood
home improvement center, eleanor wood, weather strip: Eleanor, Wood doors do expand and contract with the hot and cold, humid and dry seasons. This will make the gap around the door a bit bigger or smaller. If the door is properly installed and weather stripped there would be no light showing around the...

Home Improvement--General: Dry wall seams, surface side, sorry bill
surface side, sorry bill, surface moisture: Roger, You can always get me at our website; tabletalkministries.org, you might even find my number there. It is good that you had no moisture there, (moisture on the surface side of the plastic indicates moisture in that surface, moisture on the room side...

Home Improvement--General: Drywall over Unfinished Cedar Wood, wood planks, cedar planks
wood planks, cedar planks, drywall ceiling: Laura, Being in the wood business I hate to see wood covered up. I d rather opt to prep the wood and finish it with good quality finish. Cedar, depending on which type can be beautiful when cleaned and finished. However, if you want to put drywall on...

Home Improvement--General: door jamb sizes, diameter logs, jambs
diameter logs, jambs, water entry: Jim, I presume, since you said your existing jambs are 9-1/4 , that the logs were tapered down to that size uniformly. If so, then yes, he can simply make the jamb extensions to extend the jamb 3/4 . If he thinks 3/4 is too small to work well you can...

Home Improvement--General: Entry doors, hollow core doors, entry doors
hollow core doors, entry doors, building inspector: There usually isn t one. The only entry door codes that I know of are ones that require them to be fire rated when separating the living space of a home from a garage. But, I d call your local city hall to make sure. Ask to speak to the building inspector....

Home Improvement--General: Exterior french door, astragals, astragal
astragals, astragal, diy store: Tony, The piece your talking about is called the Astragal . This piece houses the two Flushbolts which your referring to as sliding pins. If you need a new astragal, you ll have to find out who made the door. Most manufacturers have different thicknesses...

Home Improvement--General: egress windows, egress windows, egress window
egress windows, egress window, concrete: Todd, unfortunately I ve never had to cut an egress window in this type of wall. I d have it done by someone with a bigger bladed saw, like a diamond wheeled wet saw. I know they can cut through the thicker walls. Check at a local rental shop on a saw...

Home Improvement--General: electrician as general contractor, home improvement contractor, prime contractor
home improvement contractor, prime contractor, entire project: You can be your own General/prime contractor, but a subcontractor cannot be a General or Prime contractor. A general contractor is required to know all phases of construction to oversee all the subs and know everything is done correctly. You can be the general,...

Home Improvement--General: 3/8 in Tempered glass shower door, sq ft
Home Improvement--General: 3/8 in Tempered glass shower door, sq ft

Home Improvement--General: Cement Block Basement Walls, old paint, basement walls
Home Improvement--General: Cement Block Basement Walls, old paint, basement walls, new paint

Home Improvement--General: Creeping doors, doors, suggestion
Home Improvement--General: Creeping doors, doors, suggestion

Home Improvement--General: cathedral ceiling crack, rafters, nails
Home Improvement--General: cathedral ceiling crack, rafters, nails

Home Improvement--General: cut out for door hinges, door hinge templates, door hinge installation
Home Improvement--General: cut out for door hinges, door hinge templates, door hinge installation, router guide

Home Improvement--General: Drywall over Unfinished Cedar Wood, shame
Home Improvement--General: Drywall over Unfinished Cedar Wood, shame

Home Improvement--General: Insualtion of 100 year old house, ventilation air, right angles
Home Improvement--General: Insualtion of 100 year old house, ventilation air, right angles, air seal

Home Improvement--General: low headroom garage door, down position, cables
Home Improvement--General: low headroom garage door, down position, cables, big springs

Home Improvement--General: RO System is conatantly gurgling in the drain, air gap, ro unit
Home Improvement--General: RO System is conatantly gurgling in the drain, air gap, ro unit, 3 years

Home Improvement--General: Scratches in Hardwood floor, free reign, scratches
Home Improvement--General: Scratches in Hardwood floor, free reign, scratches

Home Improvement--General: tub surround, gypsum board, black fungus
Home Improvement--General: tub surround, gypsum board, black fungus, portland cement

Home Improvement--General: Gas Logs, ventless gas logs, outdoor bbq
ventless gas logs, outdoor bbq, gas fireplaces: Basically they are a concrete so any brand that will fit your opening will work. There are some choices, with the gas line going into the logs, or just under them. Lowe s sells facade gas fireplaces..with concrete logs for appearance. You might look for...

Home Improvement--General: Granite countertops, granite countertops, laminate countertops
granite countertops, laminate countertops, damaged materials: That will depend on the fabricator. A competent handyman should be able to salvage an appliance garage and remove a counter top. If you do not have a recommended source that you can trust you need to put your requirements in the purchase agreement. ...

Home Improvement--General: garage door remote, sears craftsman, hp unit
sears craftsman, hp unit, mechanical repair: Sue, Unfortunately, you have found the one thing I know very little about. Do you have any printed material for both? I would start with that. If not, you may be able to google it or check in the allexperts directory for someone more qualified in this...

Home Improvement--General: garage floor slope, minimum slope, ontario building code
minimum slope, ontario building code, residential garage: Hi Marcel, I had to ask one of my colleagues who is in that very business on this one and I was told for that size of floor he would be looking at a 3 slope towards the drain, the drain being in the middle of the floor. I am located in Quebec, so I...

Home Improvement--General: Very general drywall / insulation questions, drywall work, water condensation
drywall work, water condensation, wall insulation: Mark, It may take some time, but that s ok, a job not rushed is a well done job. It is not a problem to do any drywall work in the garage in the winter, you will be fine, keep the overhead closed and heat loss will be very minimal. Drywall has very very...

Home Improvement--General: grab bar, screws, studs
screws, studs, toilet: Dave, These are usually installed at an angle, BUT, if the person who will use it is available, I like to ask what would be best for their individual needs. Make sure your screws go into studs, if not use a suitable anchoring system rated for 1.5 times...

Home Improvement--General: Hanging decorative items on plaster walls, plaster wall, plaster walls
plaster wall, plaster walls, wall anchors: Dear Jill, Nails really don t work with older plaster walls. The plaster is either too strong or too brittle. The proper way to install a hanger in a plaster wall takes more time, but it is ultimately stronger than a nail would be. You must use a drill....

Home Improvement--General: Hardwood Flooring, gel stain, hardwood flooring
gel stain, hardwood flooring, minwax: Hi Jason, Boy is that frustrating - I know exactly what you are talking about! First of all I would encourage you to browse the Minwax web site (Minwax.com) There is a wealth of information at this site, including forums where people exchange information....

Home Improvement--General: hone lower level leak/drainage, windows doors, kroll
windows doors, kroll, puddles: Damarys, You have given me no information on which to analyze the problem. I have no idea where windows, doors, roofs, etc are in relation to the problem. All I can say based on what you gave me is there is obviously a leak above the stairs and door that...

Home Improvement--General: Insualtion of 100 year old house, knee walls, back porch
knee walls, back porch, attic vents: Kiss. You can add 2x6 ontop of your existing joists, and I would use a small nail plate, use some short screws, and let the plywood deck hold things in place. You should use batt insulation in the ceiling and the walls. A Kneewall is a really good idea..even...

Home Improvement--General: Insulation, central alberta canada, attic insulation
central alberta canada, attic insulation, unfinished interior: Kent, if I m understanding you right, your telling me you have a two car garage attached to your 1500 sqft home, with the attic open above the house all the way to the garage? This means you can stand in the garage and look into the attic above the house,...

Home Improvement--General: Insulation of basement ceiling and or rim joist, polystyrene insulation board, air infiltration
polystyrene insulation board, air infiltration, fiberglass insulation: Welcome Garreth, your uninsulated floor joist pockets is one of the most forgotten areas to insulate. The amount of heat lost through these voids can be phenomenal. I have had customers cut their heat bills back almost 35% - 45% after sealing these voids....

Home Improvement--General: Insulation / moisture barrier, rigid foam insulation, reflective insulation
rigid foam insulation, reflective insulation, fiberglass insulation: HI Mark, I see what you want to do .......You going in through the back way. Sure, that will work. Just tack the Reflectix to the studs, and fill in with insulation. If you can use tape after tacking the reflectix to ensure that no air gets between...

Home Improvement--General: Insulation & Vapor Barrier, revolutionary war period, insulation vapor barrier
revolutionary war period, insulation vapor barrier, fiberglass insulation: Sounds like a really nice project. Well...fiberglass insulation is not affected by water or any moisture at all. It is glass. Vapor barriers are placed as near the source of the moisture as possible. You could consider Hardi board siding. Cement based...

Home Improvement--General: How to insulate my crawlspace?, wood laminate floor, vent tubes
wood laminate floor, vent tubes, floor joists: Travis, The cold weather has been a nightmare lately for us who work outside all day. It s -14 (yes that s a minus sign) here in Minnesota this morning as I type this. Your attic vent tubes should be insulated. In most cases we use insulated vent tubes...

Home Improvement--General: Should I insulate and drywall a garage ceiling that has living space above it?, fire damper, fire dampers
fire damper, fire dampers, gas pipes: Dear Tom, Thanks for your question. First, the garage should not be heated. Since yours is, I suggest you add a fire damper in the heating duct near where it passes into the garage. Fire dampers are extremely common in commercial and multifamily housing,...

Home Improvement--General: insulation condensation, wall studs, ancient construction
wall studs, ancient construction, interior temperature: Dear Lee, Thanks for the question. It is a basic one that homeowners often need to consider. In ancient construction, this was never an issue, because the outer sheathing was too warm to form condensation (or frost, when it is really cold). Then insulation...

Home Improvement--General: insulation condensation, dead air space, exterior insulation
dead air space, exterior insulation, vapor barrier: If there is air movement, moisture can get anywhere, and the 50 degrees is probably very near the dew point to condense any moisture that penetrates. You have to either remove air movement, or increase it alot to more the moisture to the exterior. Insulation...

Home Improvement--General: Knotty pine, color accuracy, luck steve
color accuracy, luck steve, knotty pine: Hi Mari, In my opinion the only way to do it with any degree of color accuracy is to completely strip the walls of all varnish, sand and refinish. That s a lot of work but it s the only way that it will look right. Other methods might be able to get it...

Home Improvement--General: load bearing capacity of asphalt driveway, new asphalt driveway, gravel base
new asphalt driveway, gravel base, concrete truck: Hi Laurel! This is definitely a situation that most people have to encounter at least once in their lifetime, so you are not alone in having heavy trucks run over your asphalt. You are however, one of the people who care! It makes me feel better knowing...

Home Improvement--General: low headroom garage door, garage door operators, torsion spring
garage door operators, torsion spring, garage door opener: Kathy, I just want to clarify that I m understanding you properly....the springs that operate your door are hopefully Extension Springs . These run parallel to the door as it opens with one on each side of the overhead track. The other type of spring is...

Home Improvement--General: Main vent pipe, plumbing experts, vent pipe
plumbing experts, vent pipe, allexperts: Hi Larry, I don t see a problem with that but you should really run this one by one of our plumbing experts. This may violate some kind of code that I am not aware of. Their address is: http://allexperts.com/el/1735-9/Plumbing-Home/ Please let me know...

Home Improvement--General: Move washing maching to garage from inside laundry rm., water pipes, garage wall
water pipes, garage wall, drain field: This is kinda hard to picture, but lets say, you need 1/4 per foot of fall for the drain pipe. It is at or near the floor and you want to run the pipe around the wall. 14 The maximum distance for a 2 pipe to run horizontal without a vent is 3.5 . 4 ...

Home Improvement--General: moisture in the attic, pink panther insulation, insulation batts
pink panther insulation, insulation batts, heat convection: That fan has a constant airflow because it is a hole in the ceiling. If your interior air is more moisture laden currently, and the piping is just in the attic...the temperature change is sufficient to cause condensation of your interior air. If it were...

Home Improvement--General: moisture on baseboards after rain, hairline cracks, flooring tile
hairline cracks, flooring tile, tile floors: Dear Lynn, Your question is an interesting one. The first thing that occurred to me was that you might need to clean the gutters, because that is what happens at my house when I neglect to clean mine. Water runs down the outside of the house and eventually...

Home Improvement--General: New Windows, water vapor content, relative humidity
water vapor content, relative humidity, r factor: Steve, You ma want to look into a home energy audit. Make sure it s one that uses a blower door test to check for air infiltration. In most areas the fees are picked up by your energy supplier. Sounds like your having some circulation issues and possibly...

Home Improvement--General: new drywall cracks on old house, independent home inspector, horizontal cracks
independent home inspector, horizontal cracks, expansion and contraction: Dear Patti, It sounds like you might have a structural problem, but an in-person visit by an experienced independent home inspector or structural engineer is needed to find out what s going on, because there are too many possible phenomena happening to...

Home Improvement--General: Paint coming off in the basement, bricks, hot links
bricks, hot links, bubbles: Hi Maria, This problem is called efflorescence and it s caused by water passing through the bricks from the outside soil. I assume that this is an underground basement and that the other side is indeed earth. For information on how to treat this situation...

Home Improvement--General: Painting over drywall, painting the wall, trisodium phosphate
painting the wall, trisodium phosphate, drywall repair: Hi Trisha, Yes you should definitely wash and clean the walls prior to painting. Get some TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) from Lowes or Home Depot and follow the directions on the box. Make sure you rinse the walls with clean water and sponge after cleaning....

Home Improvement--General: Possible rain intrusion, rainwater intrusion, moorpark ca
rainwater intrusion, moorpark ca, weep holes: Hi Sam, Your patio door is leaking somewhere. Since the home is only three years old it could be a couple things. First thing to check is your track under the door. Get a big glass of water and pour it in the track under the operable sliding door panel. The...

Home Improvement--General: Problem with measuring fascia board, pencil marks, first timers
pencil marks, first timers, miters: Jerry, when you make a mitered cut you can do it two ways. The first method is the easiest for the first timers. You get a matching piece of wood longer than what you need. Miter off one end and go back to where it s destination will be. Lay the mitered end...

Home Improvement--General: 'painted' wood trim, crown moulding, paint stain
crown moulding, paint stain, closet doors: Hi Elayne, Boy, it s amazing what some people can do when left to their own devices (or lack of). I m all for DIY ers but I think you experienced the low end of the scale! It sounds to me like they tried to stain the wood but just left the stain on the...

Home Improvement--General: plumbing, cream makeup, american household
cream makeup, american household, goopy: Sharon, There is no telling what gets down the drain in the American household. It is too often used as a garbage can instead of a waste water outlet. big blobby bunch of gunk that resembled black/dark green goopy rubber Anything that is down a...

Home Improvement--General: pluming, soil pipe, septic tank
soil pipe, septic tank, pipes: Hi Robin, I m sorry you felt it necessary to give me such a low and negative rating for trying to help you. Everyone here is a volunteer and we donate our time to try and help people with their home repair issues. We receive no compensation or anything...

Home Improvement--General: front porch railings, front porch railings, humidity changes
front porch railings, humidity changes, quality paint: Hi Jeanne, Since you are already using a top quality primer and paint I don t know of anything else to do. The resin leakage is a factor of the wood swelling and contracting with temperature and humidity changes so there isn t much you can do to control...

Home Improvement--General: Question of fairness?, small claims court, bathroom remodel
small claims court, bathroom remodel, san marcos ca: TO MIKE RE: BATH TUB REPAIR. Mike-This tub problem is bad..Those clowns can t make a good repair even after 4 mistakes..Very bad!! For whats it s worth in this area, I ve seen many tub repairs and coatings on CI tubs that were v very...

Home Improvement--General: Refacing a fireplace, masonry chimney, fireplace fronts
masonry chimney, fireplace fronts, cement type: TO STEVEN RE; FIREPLACE REFINISHING.. Steven--Sorry about the delay in responding...Too much travel and hand surgery..Couldn t type!! If your dura rock is similar to the materials that I know of ,, then it can be used around fireplace...

Home Improvement--General: Remove small section of double top plate, right angle drill, vent stack
right angle drill, vent stack, plumbing books: TO FRED RE: PLATE CUTTING. Fred- ( A good name)-- First you have to be able to get at the plate..So holes in the walls and ceiling big enough to get proper access is necessary.. We almost always drilled holes in plates..Of course you need...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing Windows and Sliding Glass Patio Doors, sliding glass patio doors, glass patio doors
sliding glass patio doors, glass patio doors, sliding patio doors: Take a deep breath, relax. You are now an officially overwhelmed window shopper. Slow down on doing the project. You ve come to the right spot for advice. First of all, I did the math on what I would charge out here in expensive Chicago to replace 4 Double...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing Windows and Sliding Glass Patio Doors, sliding glass patio doors, glass patio doors
sliding glass patio doors, glass patio doors, sliding patio doors: Hi Steven, I am one of those people who know when something is just due, so if the windows are from back in 1972, I would indeed consider changing the whole window. I could spend hours telling you what you need to look at, but you will find that most...

Home Improvement--General: Reverse Osmosis cartridge replacement process, water storage tank, reverse osmosis water system
water storage tank, reverse osmosis water system, ro unit: Hi Phil, I couldn t ever find the specific information she wanted and also she didn t email me back?? AMTROL is the manufacturer of the blue water storage tank. The actual RO unit is manufactured by another company - there are many different ones. In any...

Home Improvement--General: RO System is conatantly gurgling in the drain, air gap, prevention device
air gap, prevention device, pressure reducer: Hi John, You are correct about the no air gap set up. As far as why it is running continuously, are you using a lot of water from the unit? If the answer to that is no then there is a problem in the unit. It should shut down when the tank is full. If...

Home Improvement--General: re: roof/fwall separation, fiberglass insulation, asphalt products
fiberglass insulation, asphalt products, air gap: I do not recommend you do a final fix until you have located the cause of the opening and closing joint. Condensation may be a parallel issue. Ventilate the top, furthest from the conditioned space, of the insulation not the sides. A dew point calculation...

Home Improvement--General: re:roof/wall seperation, toilet area, interior walls
toilet area, interior walls, r19: George, The picture of what you are describing is getting less clear. It sounds like the problem is not in the addition but localized to the bathroom and kitchen that reside in the addition. For there to be a 1/2 separation in the corner and for...

Home Improvement--General: repairing broken seal, double pane glass, low e glass
double pane glass, low e glass, molecular sieve: Hi Phil, You first have to realize that a sealed unit is a manufactured product. It is assembled in a controlled environment using specific sealants and includes a desiccant , either man-made molecular sieve which is 100% pure or a mix of silica gel/molecular...

Home Improvement--General: restoring logs, sandblaster, sikkens
sandblaster, sikkens, pressure washer: LeAnn, First, we usually clean logs with a pressure washer @ about 3000 psi or a little less. We use cold water. It may not be possible to use water in this circumstance and water may not get 100% of the paint off. The advantage is it is cheap, it is...

Home Improvement--General: roof/wall separation, concrete curtain, roof insulation
concrete curtain, roof insulation, shed roof: George, You are identifying a lot of information and it needs to be sorted through in order to get down to the cause. First please clarify where the 1/2 gap is. Does it run all around the intersection of the addition with the existing house (walls...

Home Improvement--General: Scratches in Hardwood floor, bruce hardwood flooring, light scratches
bruce hardwood flooring, light scratches, paint department: Hi Mike, As long as the scratches aren t too deep you can get a product from Minwax called a Blend-Fil pencil. They make these in many colors. Take a sample of your floor (hopefully you have one) to Home Depot or Lowes. In the Minwax section (usually...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing balcony cracks, rainwater intrusion, backer rod
rainwater intrusion, backer rod, concrete texture: Assuming The Balcony Is Concrete, Vulkem 116 Limestone Color Caulk Is Fantastic As It Is Limestone Color To Match Concrete. It Also Has A Concrete Texture To It. I Used To Buy It From ABC Supply And Later Found That Menards Stocks It For Half The Price. Definitely...

Home Improvement--General: Sealing balcony cracks, rainwater intrusion, concrete balcony
rainwater intrusion, concrete balcony, balcony construction: Dear Sam, Thanks for writing to All Experts. The answer to your question depends critically on the type of balcony you are talking about. If the balcony is the type that is totally supported on all four corners by permanent construction, then applying...

Home Improvement--General: Shower/tub stall problem, dense particle, water intrusion
dense particle, water intrusion, lumber yard: If you have Yellow pages...look for a Generic Lumber yard and call around looking for paneling. Tell them what you want...it is available. Home Depot is getting out of such NON trendy products. It is readily available in normal markets. It comes in many...

Home Improvement--General: Storm rain leakage into our house, help!, vinyl replacement window, california bay area
vinyl replacement window, california bay area, window sash: Peter, Agreed, any competent remodeler or home repair contractor can fix this type of damage and problem. First, if all of the evidence of water is from the window down I wouldn t worry about anything above the window level. Second, I would look at...

Home Improvement--General: sheetrock, ceiling joists, gallon buckets
ceiling joists, gallon buckets, water paper: Sorry I wasnt more complete. You can get gallon buckets of ready mix joint compound to fill little voids and smooth out some nasty bumps, but for large cracks you need some water paper Joint tape. This is not so easy to use. You need to smear on a consistant...

Home Improvement--General: Should I stud out plaster walls?, wood preservative, plumbing lines
wood preservative, plumbing lines, plaster walls: TO STEVE RE:STUD FOR WALLS. Steve-Don t waste time and money on 2x3s. They cost a much as 2x4s. They don t work nearly as well. For instance a standard 4 in. elec. box won t fit and drilled elec. holes take up too much of the wood in...

Home Improvement--General: tile woes, tile adhesive, glass tile
tile adhesive, glass tile, company spokesman: Hi Eli, The only solution I know if is to rip all the tile out. You can wait until they start to fall out and it could be several years because the grout will hold them in place, but they will eventually fail. I have seen this same mistake made quite a...

Home Improvement--General: tub surround, wavy appearance, greenboard
wavy appearance, greenboard, lowes: Hi Mary, I would try your idea about dribbling the glue down from the top first. The problem is going to be in holding the surround against the greenboard. If you can rig up some 2x4 s or something to brace the surround against the wall to hold it in place...

Home Improvement--General: turning stuck gasline valve, gas space heater, natural gas space heater
gas space heater, natural gas space heater, pipe wrench: It is a sealed fitting, that means it should not need oil or lubrications. It may be safer to replace it. Not a big deal. Get a matching valve, get a pipe wrench, loosen it. By hand, take it off, then put the new on. It takes less than 3 seconds of loss...

Home Improvement--General: under cabinet microwave, kitchen countertop, microwave oven
kitchen countertop, microwave oven, spacemaker: Dear Lynn, There seem to be some words missing from your description of the space above your stove. Perhaps you could send a follow up message describing this in more detail. The under cabinet microwave must be attached to a cabinet. If you have removed...

Home Improvement--General: An unusual question, silicone caulking, removing silicone
silicone caulking, removing silicone, sure what kind: Hi Connie, I don t know about all-around knowledgeable but I ll give it a shot. RTV and other kinds of silicone related sealants and adhesives are, by nature, extremely difficult to remove (as I m sure you have found out). I m not sure what kind of an...

Home Improvement--General: Water coming through top of window, steel lintel, brick wall
steel lintel, brick wall, three windows: Pete, Brick is porous. It absorbs water and, with enough, the water will pass through to the other side. A correctly detailed brick wall has flashing and weep holes to let out any water that makes it through the wall. It is possible that the window in...

Home Improvement--General: Water leak??, mold mildew, warm temperatures
mold mildew, warm temperatures, consistent flow: Jeremy, sorry to hear you have to start the new year on that kind of issue. Mold & Mildew need a consistent flow of moisture and warm temperatures to start the growth process. Your one time leakage will dry up and go away over time. Your not going to see any...

Home Improvement--General: Water Softener Leak, brine tank, clock mode
brine tank, clock mode, hr time: Eliminate the obvious..if the tank were leaking...it would be constant, if the elbow were leaking...it would only be during the cycle. If the hose is cracked...same timing. Bypass the softner for a short time....being sure it is in the loop when it leaks....

Home Improvement--General: Weatherstripping steel garage doors, steel garage doors, weather seals
steel garage doors, weather seals, polystyrene board: There are all types of weather seals to use around a garage door. The seals can be nailed or screwed in place. The inside of the door can be insulated with any type of solid insulation board. We just use a good polystyrene board and cut the pieces to fit inside...

Home Improvement--General: Well Water tank winter maintenance, diaphragm pumps, hot water heaters
diaphragm pumps, hot water heaters, pvc pipes: Hi Anne, I take it you don t use this tank in the winter? I am a little confused because I didn t think Berkeley manufactures a well water tank. I do know that they do make well water diaphragm pumps. It doesn t really matter who makes the tank (other...

Home Improvement--General: Wet Sheetrock, upstairs and downstairs, moisture situation
upstairs and downstairs, moisture situation, continuous moisture: Mold grows from a continuous moisture situation. If it was just an occurance, the mold will not be fed....it cant start. The sheetrock can absorb moisture and dry out ok. The cabinets cannot. If they are damaged..they are permanently damaged. The water...

Home Improvement--General: wall panels, thin wall, wall panels
thin wall, wall panels, lorne: Lorne, Didn t any of your teachers ever tell you that the only stupid question is the one you don t ask. If these panels are of a drywall type of texture, this will work. (If the panels are slick you ll be stuck with the decorative strip), Their thickness...

Home Improvement--General: wallboard/shelfs, wallboard, question thanks
wallboard, question thanks, posibility: I dont know of a bood that describes such a simple task, and even a simple task can get complicated. It is more a matter of think it thru...know what you want and maybe draw out what you expect to happen. Keep in mind, the posibility of finding a wire in...

Home Improvement--General: too much water, termite man, floor furnaces
termite man, floor furnaces, elderly mother: This not uncommon in the East. Sounds identical to what my Mom went thru. I cant really give you any good news...my brother had to trench around the house, but it a perferated drain pipe in stone, and put a drain under the house to collect and remove the...

Home Improvement--General: water in garage, storm sewers, storm drainage
storm sewers, storm drainage, foot pipe: Dear Cheryl, Without seeing a topographic plan of your yard, I can t give you too many specifics, but there are a few general principles which may help. If you live in an urban or suburban area, you may be in an area served by storm sewers. These systems...

Home Improvement--General: my water heater, gas water heater, chimney top
gas water heater, chimney top, broken bricks: TO KEVIN RE: BAD GAS FUMES Kevin-This whole scenario has the sound of the chimney is completely overloaded or clogged up.. This sounds like an older duplex, maybe 1930 or 1940 era,, the chimney is one of those old brick units that is...

Home Improvement--General: water well & Bladder tank, tire pressure gauge, bladder tank
tire pressure gauge, bladder tank, bicycle tire: Hi Jordan, It sounds to me like your bladder tank depressurized when you changed the well pump. Check the pressure on the bladder tank with a tire pressure gauge. If its less than the manufacturer recommends (should be 40-60psi) get a portable compressor...

Home Improvement--General: white pine walls, perma chink systems, pine lumber
perma chink systems, pine lumber, two coats: Colene, All wood products will darken over time. You can impede this process by using a high quality finish system that does not utilize polyurethane. It is the urethane that turns yellow over time. We use a system called Lifeline Interior; it is made...

Home Improvement--General: window replacement, brick dimension, brick exteriors
brick dimension, brick exteriors, brick house: Sharon, The awning window is still a very popular window and readily available by many manufacturers. You have a Stacked Triple . They can be all operable awning windows or an operable unit with two dead lights. They re available in any option you can think...

Home Improvement--General: wood paneling, lumber supplier, wood paneling
lumber supplier, wood paneling, texture 1: Dear Wayne, The material that was used most commonly was called T-1-11 or T-111, which was originally an abbreviation for Texture 1-11 but also became a name of its own. This link: http://www.phillipsbuildingsupply.com/Products/Siding/Plywood_Siding/body_plywood_siding.html...

Home Improvement--General: wood paneling, lodgepole pine, wood paneling
lodgepole pine, wood paneling, doug fir: Wayne, You didn t say what size you are looking for; length, width, thickness? If you are talking about 4x8 sheet stock, the only suggestion I would have is a salvage yard, and I don t think the odds are good. If you re talking about 1x boards, the 1970...

Home Improvement--General: wood paneling, wood paneling, reno
wood paneling, reno, job: Hi Wayne, Only thing I can think of is putting an ad out on the internet in view of finding someone who is renovating their house and is going to get rid of that stuff. Maybe get in touch with your local contractors to let them know what you are looking...

Home Improvement--General: wood paneling, wood paneling, lumber company
wood paneling, lumber company, darkened area: TO WAYNE RE: 1970 PANELING. Wayne-try the Internet,,could be lots there. Go to the big box home stores, they have lots of samples An old lumber company,,one thats been around since the 40s or 50s..They usually have some good men with good...

Home Improvement--General: wood paneling, wood paneling, lumber yards
wood paneling, lumber yards: Wayne, in most cases we re pulling the stuff out and updating the wall covering with something newer. I know there are some lumber yards that carry different types of paneling, but you may want to search the web for a Vintage Paneling Distributor . If I come...

Home Improvement--General: 80's "cake icing" mudding, plastering contractor, cake icing
plastering contractor, cake icing, concise answer: Hi Dale, There are too many variables for me to really give you a concise answer. I suggest that you ask a local drywall and plastering contractor to take a look at the walls in question. It may well be that another layer of drywall will give the best results....

Home Improvement--General: Additional Beam Support, bolts and nuts, floor joists
bolts and nuts, floor joists, order of magnitude: Fran, Boy, for that much, I d almost come from Indiana and do it myself. Shop around very thoroughly if you are going to hire a contractor. I have seen DIY ers do this very thing with great success. First build a temporary support wall on either side...

Home Improvement--General: Andersen window restoration, andersen casement windows, andersen window
andersen casement windows, andersen window, andersen windows: Hi Blue, For windows dating back that far I would contact an Andersen dealer, or the company itself and they would be able to tell you what models were on the market at that point in time in your area. A few pictures might help as well. With that info,...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt driveway, asphalt driveway, northeastern pennsylvania
asphalt driveway, northeastern pennsylvania, best bet: Hi Lou, There is not a chemical that you can apply to keep the driveway from freezing. Salt and/or cinders will be your best bet and just make sure that you sealcoat the driveway every other year. when you sealcoat, add 4 pounds of sand per gallon of sealer....

Home Improvement--General: Astragal for Stanley French Doors, west chester pennsylvania, astragal
west chester pennsylvania, astragal, dear don: Hi Judy, Sorry for the delay. These things take some time to research. I am doing what I can to find you a company that can offer you a replacement and will get back to you as soon as I have found something that is near you. regards, ...

Home Improvement--General: annoying sound, roof vent, housing inspector
roof vent, housing inspector, train engine: Sound is caused mostly by movement. Is there a water line in the area...a roof vent that is whistling, a reverb of an outside noise coming into a vent. Turn off both electricity, gas and water. Make the house dead. You may need a NON emergency fire Department...

Home Improvement--General: asphalt driveway, when can i use my new asphalt driveway?
when can i use my new asphalt driveway?: Hi Georgina, You can usually drive on your new asphalt driveway within 24 hours. My biggest tip for you is if you have to turn on your driveway: Make sure that your car is in motion when turning your wheels, as a sit-n-spin will scar your new asphalt....

Home Improvement--General: asphalt sealing, when to sealcoat, sealing new asphalt
when to sealcoat, sealing new asphalt, new pavement: Hi Darcy, The first thing I want to tell you is to not sealcoat the driveway for one year. New asphalt needs a chance to cure and sealcoating it too soon can compromise the curing process. So let the driveway sit for a year, without doing anything. ...

Home Improvement--General: attaching a deck, rim joist, bolts and nuts
rim joist, bolts and nuts, bolt holes: Chris, I am sure you have been informed of the proper installation of the deck in the first place, so we will depart from that; I am assuming that this is vinyl siding. so, I would use a spacer made of treated 1x4 s. next problem is, you can t just run...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Smell, odor killer, odor eliminator
odor killer, odor eliminator, plastic sheets: Damian, I have a close friend who is a coroner, he has told me on many occasions that the best odor eliminator he has found is massengil feminine powder. I know that sounds strange, but he is a coroner, you and I hopefully will not encounter odors as strong...

Home Improvement--General: Bay Window Gap, backer rod, expansion foam
backer rod, expansion foam, leakage problems: Jon, The gaps exist because the brick stops short of the window opening. Normally, brick mold is applied to the window so when it is inserted in the rough opening the brick mold fills the gap. Depending on the bay s construction and how it was installed...

Home Improvement--General: bathroom remodelling, bathroom wall tiles, bathroom tiles
bathroom wall tiles, bathroom tiles, floor tiles: Hello Spring, Are you talking about the bathroom wall tiles or floor tiles? Also, when you say painting them I m not sure what you mean. Normally the tiles are already painted and glazed in a kiln. Please explain what you mean. Get back to me with...

Home Improvement--General: blown in insulation, rewarding task, multipurpose room
rewarding task, multipurpose room, heating bills: This can be a daunting, but rewarding task. You will need at least 3 sets of holes per stud area. One lower 14 up...one mid...40 and one 13 down from top. In case you have fire blocking in the 40 to50 range. Be sure to completly cover receptacles and...

Home Improvement--General: brick construction issues, concrete block foundation, brick chimney
concrete block foundation, brick chimney, brick veneer: TO AALEX RE: LEAKS AROUND BAY WINDOWS.. Aalex--The problem sounds like just plain dumbbell design and/or workmanship.. Please excuse the delay.. My chest surgery has slowed me down.. If a joint has to rely on a caulk,, the caulk...

Home Improvement--General: Casement Windows, english tudor, replacing windows
english tudor, replacing windows, casement windows: Hi Alan, It s not uncommon to budget $500.00 each, labor and material when replacing windows and that number is based on going back in with vinyl windows. Considering that you re planning to use casements, the most expensive type of window, I don t find...

Home Improvement--General: COLD AIR RETURN, floor furnace, cold air return
floor furnace, cold air return, heat convection: If you have air flow to/into the floor furnace as part of the forced air system....if the fan is on...air flows into the furnace....then it must remain open to heat or cool. If you have separte systems...one heat..convection...one cooling forced air...then...

Home Improvement--General: Condensation drips from ceiling diffuser in Winter, ceiling diffusers, central air conditioning
ceiling diffusers, central air conditioning, year one: I would like to ask....is this condensation coming from the grill itself, or from the piping above? We think this is condensation right? If you get some cheap filters...cut peices to fit up into the box...air will pass thru and still prevent some of this...

Home Improvement--General: Condensation on "NEW WINDOWS", trane furnace, humidity level
trane furnace, humidity level, pella windows: Hi Raymond & Rachel, I would love to help you out, but you will have to give me a whole lot more information to do so. If you can answer the following questions for me, I will be able to give you an explanation. 1. Where are you located. 2. At...

Home Improvement--General: cold bedroom, thermostatic control, electric baseboard
thermostatic control, electric baseboard, guest bedrooms: Hi Jeff, Any additional insulation will help. Just how much is difficult to tell from the information you have provided. If you add it there is really no reason to use a vapor barrier under these circumstances. One suggestion you might want to think about....

Home Improvement--General: concrete against the house, concrete, paint
concrete, paint, garage: Dear Darci, You could use 100% solid epoxy to smooth the existing pitted concrete, or to replace it if it is all off the 4x4’s mentioned. If there is a lot of volume needed you could use a trowel unit which will mix up like penut butter and will adhere...

Home Improvement--General: concrete patio drainage, concrete, paint
concrete, paint, garage: Dear Guy, I have had good success with a berm along the edge of areas that I do not want water to run. You can purchase a molding shape from a Home Depot or similar company. I would use a 1/4 x 1-in. rectangle in white plastic piece of molding. The...

Home Improvement--General: crawl space access, tight closure, weather strip
tight closure, weather strip, bilco: Lori, If the door you made is adequate but only lacks tight closure why don t you simply screw the door securely to the frame with screws every 6-8 inches around its perimeter. Since you only open it twice a year, removing a handful of screws would not...

Home Improvement--General: Front Door with Full Sun & Moisture, sun and rain, storm door
sun and rain, storm door, steel door: Hi Darlene, The steel door in itself is fine, but when you put a storm door over it, the glass in the storm door heats the are up so much that it can affect the steel door. Up here in Canada, some manufacturers will not warranty a steel door if there is...

Home Improvement--General: Driveway Sealcoating, Do it yourself sealing, sealing new asphalt
Do it yourself sealing, sealing new asphalt: Hi G, No matter what anyone of your experts say, there is no way possible for water to be trapped in asphalt. Water does not travel upwards, it travels to the lowest point possible, therefore it will travel below the surface until eventually evaporating....

Home Improvement--General: Driveway sealer mishap, streaks on driveway, driveway streaks
streaks on driveway, driveway streaks, sealer streaks: Hey Mike! I am sorry about your mishap. We won t sealcoat if there is even a chance of rain, for that reason. But I can t tell you that we didn t find out the hard way... Unfortunately, there isn t too much you can do with the concrete sidewalk at this...

Home Improvement--General: doors & Windows, propane heat, doors windows
propane heat, doors windows, vinyl products: I have had great luck and confidence with the vinyl products. Pella is a great one to recommend. I did a replacement such as yours...4-3 to 3-4 s...it worked great. Keep in mind, that a 4 door is very heavy...it does not slide as easily at the 3 ...just...

Home Improvement--General: driveway/parking lot repair, asphalt binder, storm drains
asphalt binder, storm drains, repair question: Hi John, You could absolutely do an overlay, but the cracks from the old asphalt will reflect up through the new asphalt in a few years, causing another maintenance issue. But, it s definitely going to be less expensive than a complete removal and replacement....

Home Improvement--General: drywalling over brick, carbide drill bit, home repairs and improvements
carbide drill bit, home repairs and improvements, tapcons: I would suggest the red head connectors,,If i can describe them. Most are 1/4 and they vary in depth. I would suggest 1 1/2 and use 1x4 furring on the brick face. Imagine. a golf tee...1/4 diameter...and hole in the middle with a plunger. The plunger...

Home Improvement--General: Filling knot holes and cracks in cedar siding., perma chink systems, epoxy wood filler
perma chink systems, epoxy wood filler, knot holes: Judy, Abatron and Perma-Chink Systems both make an epoxy wood filler. This product will harden like wood and can be sawed, sanded, formed, scratched and roughed up to look like rough sawn cedar or tooled smooth to look like smooth cedar. It can be painted,...

Home Improvement--General: Flashing for new window install, protecto wrap, stucco supply
protecto wrap, stucco supply, careful workmanship: Hi Lawrence, Real stucco, which is what you apparently have, is part of a membrane drainage system. Your choice of block frame windows is the wrong one for your installation. The problem is that in order to install windows in a membrane drainage system...

Home Improvement--General: Flooring, floor leveling compound, laminate wood floor
floor leveling compound, laminate wood floor, plywood base: Hi Gregg, Sounds like you are on the right track to me. Before you put the plywood down it is imperative that you have the floor as flat as you can make it with the floor leveling compound. Once you are ready to put the plywood down you have several choices....

Home Improvement--General: Free inspections and discounted services, termite inspections, pest inspections
termite inspections, pest inspections, thanks in advance: SALLIE RE: FREE PEST INSPECTIONS.. Sallie-- These inspection are worth just about what the cost is,,Zero.. The last one I saw during one of my inspections,, They were supposed to do a free one,, It was deplorable.. I left the crawl...

Home Improvement--General: leaking bathtub system
Home Improvement--General: leaking bathtub system

Home Improvement--General: plexiglass coverings for porch windows, wwii bombers, lexan
Home Improvement--General: plexiglass coverings for porch windows, wwii bombers, lexan, sun exposure

Home Improvement--General: how to seal/ paint/ finish an asphalt floor, sheet vinyl, inch strips
Home Improvement--General: how to seal/ paint/ finish an asphalt floor, sheet vinyl, inch strips, varnish

Home Improvement--General: siding on house, moisture test, siding
Home Improvement--General: siding on house, moisture test, siding, len

Home Improvement--General: stucco problems, weep screed, sealant
Home Improvement--General: stucco problems, weep screed, sealant, gap

Home Improvement--General: foam insultation, wall insulation, r factor
wall insulation, r factor, hot knife: Phil, While this will work as insulation, the efficiency of it will depend upon, what part of the country your home is located, and the R factor of the styrofoam, regular wall insulation is a minimum of R-13. I would just use a hot-knife to cut it, should...

Home Improvement--General: Grout Seperation Repair, tile store, shower stall
tile store, shower stall, grouting: Glenn, It would take me too much time to describe the process in detail. Go to this site: http://doityourself.com/stry/regrouttile This is a good laymans explanation of re-grouting and covers all of the fine points very well. Follow their advice,...

Home Improvement--General: generators, propane tank, electricians
propane tank, electricians, generators: Moya, you might look at a propane powered model, you ll only have to fill the propane tank once every year or two, of course this is if you cannot get natural gas in your area. As for models, I have not looked that closely at them. Do plenty of research...

Home Improvement--General: Hardwood floor buckling, engineered hardwood flooring, customer efficiency
engineered hardwood flooring, customer efficiency, flooring product: Hi Paula, Is this an engineered hardwood flooring product? I hope you are taking all the legal actions that you can against the flooring installer. There is simply no excuse for that!! I mean that is hardwood floor installing 101 and everyone knows to...

Home Improvement--General: hardwood floors buckling, hard wood floors, humidity problems
hard wood floors, humidity problems, vice president level: Hi Donna, First of all I would contact Lowes. And not just someone in their customer service. You want to go to the Vice President level. Try to find out who the VP for sales or customer relations is and send them a letter similar to the one you sent me....

Home Improvement--General: hot water radiator, pipe heat loss, hot water radiator
pipe heat loss, hot water radiator, pink batts: TO LEE RE: HOT WATER HEATING LINES. Lee--Please excuse the delay in responding.. My chest surgery has slowed me down too much.. You better not let the crawl get cold in the winter. Or I ll be over with a stick for discipline.. Make...

Home Improvement--General: Indoor/Outdoor carpet removal, elbow grease, glue remover
elbow grease, glue remover, carpet removal: Hello Garth, We have had success with an adhesive Remover from Klean-Strip. You can find it at Lowes or Home Depot. Put it on, let it sit an hour and then scrape it off. It is made to remove the contact cement used on tile floors. Some places need 2 coats,...

Home Improvement--General: install trifold doors, louvered doors, bifold doors
louvered doors, bifold doors, bifolds: Hi Gil, You can always build up your own trifold doors by taking three louvered doors and connecting them with hinges. Three bifolds will limit your opening. At 72 , you can use bifolds. It s only 18 per door. Otherwise, see if you can find 6 x 12...

Home Improvement--General: insulating an attic, insulating an attic, urethane foam
insulating an attic, urethane foam, latex paint: TO KATHY RE: ATTIC INSULATION WITH FLOORING. Sorry about the delay.. Too much chest surgery slowing me down.. Kathy--The regular batts are just about impossible to push in and under the typical attic flooring.. You have to lift...

Home Improvement--General: insulation, cape cod style, style roof
cape cod style, style roof, temperature changes: Hi Earl, I am not a 100% sure of how exactly this is being done because I don;t have a visual on it, but I can tell you that you need to insulate any area that has exposure to outside temperatures and temperature changes. With that as a rule, you should...

Home Improvement--General: large 'sink' hole in driveway, root damage in driveway, sink holes in driveway
root damage in driveway, sink holes in driveway, driveway damage: Hi Arcadia, I have to start by saying that there is definitely something going on underneath your driveway that has to be fixed before you keep patching it with asphalt. And, it is definitely beyond the contractors control, and is not his fault. With...

Home Improvement--General: lath/plaster in historic home, lath plaster, lath and plaster
lath plaster, lath and plaster, minimal collateral: JR, A competent electrician can upgrade wiring with minimal collateral damage, removing only what is necessary to pull new wires. A competent plasterer can patch such damage and nail holes without cosmetic compromise. This is standard work for upgrade...

Home Improvement--General: leaking bathtub system, caulk gun, tub water
caulk gun, tub water, kitchen and bath: When two panels meet but just barely dont touch...it created capalary attraction..so water is drawn up hill to a point where it can escape. It can also travel sidways, in the unwanted directions. You need to seal the walls to the tub in a vertical seal....

Home Improvement--General: log home staining, pine logs, paint works
pine logs, paint works, premature failure: Babe, Painting is a mistake; paint works by forming a film on the substrate. Logs expand and contract continuously which will crack the film causing premature failure. Water will then get behind the paint and decay will start. You can stain with a...

Home Improvement--General: Mirrored closet doors, sliding mirrored closet doors, tapcon screws
sliding mirrored closet doors, tapcon screws, bottom frame: Hi Maria, I would use tapcon screws. First, it is best to cut a small square out of the carpet underneath the sill so that your drill bit does not pull the strands along and ruin it. You can also choose to use a plastic plug and screws. both ways will...

Home Improvement--General: marks in driveway, asphalt contractor, asphalt driveway
asphalt contractor, asphalt driveway, heat of the sun: Hi Jesse, This sounds like an issue that you want to make your asphalt contractor aware of. As asphalt will get warm to the touch, it should not reheat because of the heat of the sun/summer alone. It has to be caused by some other factor, ie: the base...

Home Improvement--General: mobile home tie downs, mobile home tie downs, hurricane areas
mobile home tie downs, hurricane areas, home tie: TO NONA RE: TIE DOWN FOR MOBILE HOMES... Nona-- The codes and/or standards vary from county to county.. The hurricane areas that I know about call for a strap every four feet.. I m not sure if even twice as many straps will save...

Home Improvement--General: New Asphalt driveway, new asphalt driveway, unsuspecting homeowners
new asphalt driveway, unsuspecting homeowners, bad mistake: Hi Grant! Well, I certainly can t blame you for wanting to save a bit of money. But unfortunately, it s bad contractors like that who give us good contractors a bad name. They probably didn t have extra asphalt, they probably got the asphalt purposely...

Home Improvement--General: New windows leak... I think, brick siding, brick side
brick siding, brick side, little gap: Hi Tanya, A window should not move at all. Also, they should not nail a window in but more so screw it in. Sides only. If they have nothing to nail to then they should fill the gap with foam and make sure that the window sits tight. When they fill with...

Home Improvement--General: OSB flooring, chalk lines, floor joist
chalk lines, floor joist, floor joists: Hello Mr. Kyle, The lines are there so when you lay the sheet down with one edge centered on a floor joist, you will know where the other floor joists are. That way, you can be confident that the nails or screws will be going into the joists underneath. Line...

Home Improvement--General: Porch ceiling tongue and groove install, porch ceiling, mildew growth
porch ceiling, mildew growth, tongue and groove: Hi Ginger Here is a great website that outlines your choices. I totally agree with the section on varnishes. I personally prefer Behr (Home Depot) but the other products are probably good. I just have a lot of experience with Behr. http://www.woodworking.org/WC/GArchive99/9_19mcnamara2A.html...

Home Improvement--General: painted log cabin, mineral spirits, paint stain
mineral spirits, paint stain, semi transparent stain: James, Practically, no there is nothing you can do except wipe up the pitch until the pitch pocket dries up. I would have thought 32 years would be long enough, but obviouly it isn t. You can wipe up the pitch with mineral spirits but it will just come...

Home Improvement--General: pier and beam homes and tile bathroom, tile shower, tile bathroom
tile shower, tile bathroom, pier and beam: Hi Beth, I don t have any way of knowing the answer to your question without a whole lot more information. I would suggest that you consult with a local engineer in your area. They can come out and inspect the situation personally. If you are concerned...

Home Improvement--General: plexiglass coverings for porch windows, minimum thickness, winter weather
minimum thickness, winter weather, adirondacks: Hi Pete, Call a few places and find out how much they sell 4mm (5/32 ) tempered glass for. That will last and is very difficult to break. The plexiglass would need to be 4mm or 5mm (5/32 or 3/16) to be useful. It will though with time become brittle...

Home Improvement--General: possible moisture rot problems when residing, hardy plank siding, masonite siding
hardy plank siding, masonite siding, moistop: Hi Kirk, Yeah that s a bunch of questions. First, I d like to apologize for taking so long to respond to your issues. I ve had a full weekend and frankly put your question on the back burner when I first saw it. I m training to be a motorcycle safety instructor...

Home Improvement--General: pressure tank problems, sediment filter, pressure tank
sediment filter, pressure tank, new tank: Hi Tim, Re: filter - not necessarily. Changes in pressure can greatly affect filters and if it s partially plugged it can react very differently at, say 20psi, as compared to 40psi. As far as the switch I totally understand why it would fill to 20 without...

Home Improvement--General: Re: fibreglass tub repairs, color match, jet tub
color match, jet tub, google: Hi Rob and Sandy, My opinion on this problem is that the tub wasn t set properly to begin with so the support base has a slight movement. So even if you repair it, it will keep cracking once your weight goes on it. Another problem is the color match -...

Home Improvement--General: Replacement of douible pane glass in wooden windows, double pane glass, wooden windows
double pane glass, wooden windows, glass on line: Harry, I recommend that you order these through your local home center instead of online, that way if there is a problem, you can get it taken care of easier. replacement is relatively easy, just remove the window stops at the sides, top and bottom of...

Home Improvement--General: Replacement windows, triple pane windows, heat mirror
triple pane windows, heat mirror, mirror windows: Hi John, I m wondering who can make an R10 triple pane window if it isn t with Heat Mirror. For a low-e composition, I would imagine that one would have to use a 1.75 inch unit to get that kind of performance. I know for a fact that Heat Mirror will...

Home Improvement--General: Replacing Asphalt Driveways (double width), Replacing old asphalt, new driveway
Replacing old asphalt, new driveway, vertical seams in asphalt: Hi Lois! Wow, let me first start by saying that you have obviously put a lot of time and thought into your driveway! I hope that I can provide you with some of the answers that you are looking for. I will address each of your concerns one at at a time:...

Home Improvement--General: resealing asphalt, heavy traffic, maintenance programs
heavy traffic, maintenance programs, parking spaces: Hi Julie, The recommendation for parking lots is to seal once every other year with 2 coats, or every year with one coat. Some companies even have maintenance programs that will save you money if you sign an agreement that will guarantee that they will perform...

Home Improvement--General: Sweat on Outside of Double Pane Window, double pane window, variable temperatures
double pane window, variable temperatures, temperate climates: Hi Pat, Congratulations....this is a good thing. The dew point is the issue. this occurs when the glass is cooler than the dew If you were getting this condensation on the inside, I would be worried. On the outside of the glass, it simply tells...

Home Improvement--General: how to seal/ paint/ finish an asphalt floor, asphalt sealer, vinyl flooring
asphalt sealer, vinyl flooring, maintenance issue: Hi Kari, The best solution for you is to replace the garage floor with concrete. Unfortunately, it is also going to be the most expensive right now--but will save you money in the long run. When you try and use an epoxy, or asphalt sealer, or paint...

Home Improvement--General: siding on house, roof overhang, galvanized nails
roof overhang, galvanized nails, cypress pine: Dave, I didin t address cleaning the stains because that is the easy part. I agree with the local guy, soap and water might work, but there are all kinds of vinyl cleaner available. Cleaning it without fixing the problem, I think, is worthless. I wouldn...

Home Improvement--General: silicone caulk, silicone caulk, caulking
silicone caulk, caulking, what the heck: Hello Deborah, It s probably one of two things. Either you didn t remove all of the moisture before you caulked and it s still wet or it s an old tube. Check the expiration date on the tube to see if it has expired. Whatever you do I would remove the current...

Home Improvement--General: soundproofing, sprayfoam, problem thanks
sprayfoam, problem thanks, joists: A better idea....add more studs in the wall, that will not be attached to the neighbor wall. Sound will not be picked up with the lack of connection. If you can have a 1/2 separation from the wall to the new 2x4 wall...no sound transfer. Your wall is now...

Home Improvement--General: spiral balance replacement for windows, window, spiral balance
window, spiral balance, replacement: Hi Steve, Normally, the screw would go through the tube and then into the window frame, not necessarily into the wall, but I don t see why it would hurt for it to fasten into the wall as well. Also, there are several different manufacturers of spiral...

Home Improvement--General: strange smell, pencil shavings, upstairs hallway
pencil shavings, upstairs hallway, wall cavity: TO MICHELLE TR: ODORS IN UP HALLWAY.. Michelle--The common source of odors in older houses is from dogs,, cats,, and/or Kids.. They leave bodily waste in places like your area. Get down on your hands and knees and your nose...

Home Improvement--General: stucco problems, weep screed, stucco patch
weep screed, stucco patch, stucco contractor: Hi Valerie, You have not told me if your stucco is directly adhered to a masonry structure or if your home is wood frame with stucco over it. In any case apparently the stucco at the foundation level, at least, is applied directly over masonry. Rather than...

Home Improvement--General: TSP stains on ceramic tile, TSP stains on ceramic tile
TSP stains on ceramic tile: Hi Paul, I have some bad news - there is no way (that I know of) to remove these stains and I have had some experience with this. The problem is that TSP is a very strong base (opposite of acid) and actually etches the ceramic glaze and leaves a stain on...

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl Window Replacement, frame installation, window frame
frame installation, window frame, vinyl window: Hi Jeff, Let s examine the reasons why someone would do an insert installation as opposed to a full frame. insert advantages: 1. price insert disadvantages 1. smaller window 2. using old casings 3. large flashing on outside frames. 4....

Home Improvement--General: Water in Basement, expansion foam, concrete supply
expansion foam, concrete supply, concrete tools: Alan, Normally, when you penetrate a foundation you need to seal the penetration ASAP with grout, epoxy, or any of several sealants that are available. This is usually done from the outside to stop water from getting past the outside perimeter. Unfortunately,...

Home Improvement--General: Water damage sheetrock, mold abatement, mold mildew
mold abatement, mold mildew, hot water heater: Hi Tim, How long was it wet? If it was only for a few days I would not replace it. Rather I would let it dry out and then cut a small opening that you can repair easily and examine the back side of the wall board. If you re really concerned and the area...

Home Improvement--General: Water damaged walls, vinyl wallpaper, water proof
vinyl wallpaper, water proof, surface coatings: If the plaster got sufficiently wet to transfer the water into the living space...the surface coatings of the plaster may all need to be removed. Plaster and lathe are water resistant, but not water proof. YOu just might have structural damage to the lathe....

Home Improvement--General: Water infiltration, removing caulk, brick veneer
removing caulk, brick veneer, water infiltration: Hi Alex, 1)Yes, the through the wall flashing should have been installed during initial construction. 2) More complicated answer! First of all, I assume that your construction is brick veneer over wood framing. Please verify this before we go further....

Home Improvement--General: Weep holes weeping, wind storms, severe storms
wind storms, severe storms, high wind: There is supposed to be flashing...both paper and metal behind those weep holes. Unless the metal has rotten out, and the paper has perferated....water should not be going down past the weep holes. I would definitly consider a leak well above the weeps...say...

Home Improvement--General: Winterizing the home, dryer exhaust, exterior doors
dryer exhaust, exterior doors, interior side: Create a second layer of film on the interior side of a window....to prevent airflow into the living space, Check all exterior doors to be sure they are nearly airtight...check the bath and dryer exhaust covers to see that the flaps are working properly. ...

Home Improvement--General: Winterizing the home, hot water tank, inefficient windows
hot water tank, inefficient windows, attic area: Hi Sallie, Caulking is a good start and there are a multitude of other things that can be done, such as: Check the weatherstripping on all doors and windows. Make sure your hot water tank is covered with a special insulating blanket. Keep the hot water...

Home Improvement--General: Wood Rot In window sash & sills, bottom sash, window sash
bottom sash, window sash, paint water: Hi John, Please accept my apology for being so late with my response but I was out of town most of last week on a job. When I m presented with a wood rot problem I generally have to decide whether I should try to rebuild the whole frame which ofter requires...

Home Improvement--General: wall removal, attic space, cathedral ceiling
attic space, cathedral ceiling, separate rooms: Steve, Cathedral trusses do use a vertical stud to separate rooms,(leaving one room with a cathedral ceiling and the other with a flat ceiling.) it is load bearing at that vertical point. You should be able to call out a reputable handyman to look at it...

Home Improvement--General: water condensation on upstair pipes leaking through ceiling, water condensation, foam insulation
water condensation, foam insulation, choice product: Kitty, I like the name, If you can get to those pipes, you can put some foam sleeves on them and that will cure the condensation problem. The fiberglass or foam is in my opinion, purely personal preference. Fiberglass will probably be less expensive, and...

Home Improvement--General: water infiltration through stucco vs. roof, mandatory mediation program, water infiltration
mandatory mediation program, water infiltration, drywall ceiling: Hi Mike, Your terminology not too far off. However I would need a set of drawings or at least a sketch to be sure I really understand your problem. Lacking that, I think I can help you by describing how the stucco and roofing are supposed to be interconnected....

Home Improvement--General: well water, well drillers, galvanic corrosion
well drillers, galvanic corrosion, copper lines: Hi Mike, I understand your issue now. I knew that the potential casing leak wasn t related to the corrosion but now I understand what they did. Thanks for clarifying that Mike. Do you even need a water softener? Many times I find that people have been...

Home Improvement--General: window frame installer, e mail address, silicon cement
e mail address, silicon cement, masonry cement: Hi Robert, Two ways of doing this. Casing up to the area where the unevenness starts and then in fill with masonry cement or a full frame coming out to the brick and then a casing with the width of your choice over the brick. If you give me an e-mail...

Home Improvement--General: window replacement, weather barrier, sloped sill
weather barrier, sloped sill, frame side: Hi Peter, If what your using is a retrofit window, you re needing a sloped sill adapter. Contact your window supplier. If you are completely replacing the window and frame you ll just have to trim it out. Make sure that the nail fin is outboard of the...

Home Improvement--General: windows, extreme temperature changes, low e glass
extreme temperature changes, low e glass, propane heat: Hi Dot, More important than the frame is the glass. Make sure you are using at least low-e glass with argon if it is available in your area. For your type of climate I also prefer aluminum because of its stability. PVC tends to expand and contract at...

Home Improvement--General: Aluminum siding over log home, aluminum siding, log walls
aluminum siding, log walls, wood materials: Jimmy, If the logs and other wood materials are properly treated, sealed and waterproofed the finish should last between 5 and 8 years. I am in the log home business and don t recommend covering up logs. There is no doubt aluminum siding will reguire...

Home Improvement--General: Attic Insulating, gable vent, chimney effect
gable vent, chimney effect, soffit vent: Al, A ridge vent has very little value is you don t have an equal net free vent area at the soffits. Adding a ridge vent without a soffit vent is like adding a tub drain without a faucet. The combination of soffit and ridge vents create, theorhetically,...

Home Improvement--General: air leaks between townhome units, air leaks, basement room
air leaks, basement room, finished wall: TO ERIC RE: SMOKE SMELLS. Eric--First I m sorry about the delay in responding.. It sounds like you have a unit that is part of a multiple building. 3-4 townhouses, ganged together.. In buildings like this it s very common to have...

Home Improvement--General: Basement floor refinish, concrete, paint
concrete, paint, garage: Dear Joseph, If you do a good preparation job you will not need to remove the old paint for your basement. If you go over the old finish you can some times see a hint of it under the new finish but the color and look is usually quite adequate. If you...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom fan venting, rim joists, rim joist
rim joists, rim joist, right angle drill: TO TONY RE: INSTALL BATH FAN.. Tony--The outer box or rim joist is the correct spot to make a hole for the fan exhaust. Do not try ot make a 4 in. hole with some ametuer tools like saws and/or bunch of little drills.. Go and get a good...

Home Improvement--General: basement walkout door, heighth, exterior door
heighth, exterior door, walkout: I hope I can make this sound simple. Lets use a 36 door for example. The door jamb needs 38 wide and 82 tall. If you want to attach stud work to the opening to make the door easier to hang...add 3 more in width.(1.5 in heighth.) 41 wide opening....MINIMUM...for...

Home Improvement--General: basement water problems, basement water problems, clay soil
basement water problems, clay soil, bottom block: Water will find a way in. It knows how. Unless you divert all exterior water in such as a french drain around the house and into an exterior trough... water will seep in via the soil. Basements were meant only for storage in those days. We really need...

Home Improvement--General: Care of septic tank, empty house, south central pennsylvania, tank additives
south central pennsylvania, tank additives, root killer: TO LINDA RE: CARE FOR A SEPTIC SYSTEM. Linda-- I would suggest getting the local the local pumping out company to do their cleaning.. All kinds of bad things can happen to a tank that sets idle.. They can freeze and split, or solidify...

Home Improvement--General: Cedar Inserts above Windows failing!, soft stream, temperature fluctuations
soft stream, temperature fluctuations, western co: Hi Angie, In order to repair that sort of problem you will have to remove enough stucco, wire lath and foam to get at the weather barrier and heal it up. The problem is that the false headers constituted holes in the weather barrier of the home. There is...

Home Improvement--General: Circular Saw, circular saw right or left handed
circular saw right or left handed: Hi Al, It is really a preference, although most right handed carpenters will use saws with the blade on the left and vice versa. For me it s easier to get a good line of sight with the blade on the left since I am right handed. Also, it s much easier to...

Home Improvement--General: Cost of fixing french door, french glass, ballpark estimate
french glass, ballpark estimate, pane of glass: Hi Shanti, It all depends if the door is of quality. A quality door will have glass stops on each of the panes that are easily removable, where as a door of lesser quality will have been mechanically assembled and the wood would have to be routered out...

Home Improvement--General: Crown moulding cracked, cracking crown molding
cracking crown molding: Hi Chris, Are you sure that it is actually splitting the crown molding or is the molding made of two pieces and it s just separating? It s not unusual for older homes to have 2 or even 3 piece crown moldings. In either event I wouldn t be too concerned...

Home Improvement--General: carpentry, mortar bed, straightforward job
mortar bed, straightforward job, whirlpool tub: Hi Del, Go to this site and it will show you much better than I can describe it to you. Be sure to note the information at the bottom of the page on oval tubs. It really is a straightforward job and not difficult at all. From experience I would be sure...

Home Improvement--General: carport, aluminum beams, steel beams
aluminum beams, steel beams, exact materials: Hi Rhonda, I definitely think you should find out if beam needs to be replaced before you stucco over it. It will save you quite a bit of money to get it done before the stucco is finished (if it needs to be replaced). Your carport is conventional...

Home Improvement--General: condensation on inside of frames, interior temperatures, weatherstriping
interior temperatures, weatherstriping, indoor humidity: Hi Joe, Without knowing where you live I cannot comment on what you should expect. You say you re running a dehumidifier, that s good. Rather than running your dehumidifier on over drive, I d like to hear about what sort of window coverings you have...

Home Improvement--General: convert trusses to rafters, design engineering company, truss joist
design engineering company, truss joist, truss company: TO RICHARD RE: TRUSS REWORKING.. Richard if I catch you cutting any truss chords or members I ll be over with a big stick.. Look up as to what happened to the I-35 bridge in Minnesota. Thats what happens to a truss when a part in cut out...

Home Improvement--General: crawl-space issues, hot water heater, spray on insulation
hot water heater, spray on insulation, electric hot water heater: Deb, There are varying answers to these questions, depending upon which expert you ask. The paper on the flooring insulation is ok, the paper is suppose to be toward the living space, but, the paper also, is only a vapor barrier, so, since you have cross...

Home Improvement--General: Drywall and Mold, drywall and mold
drywall and mold: Hi Patty, It s kind of hard for me to answer this without actually seeing the situation. However, I would tend to agree with the handyman. As long as the source of moisture has been permanently fixed and there is no more moisture in the area, the mold will...

Home Improvement--General: Dust in the half-basement, yellow dirt, rain water
yellow dirt, rain water, plastic sheeting: Makoto, You could start with putting plastic sheeting over the walls and see if that helps, then move on to the rat-floor. It may also just be the area you live in. I live in the mid-west and dust is a problem we just have to deal with, it comes from the...

Home Improvement--General: Effect of Heat and Water on Dry Wall, soffitt, vinyl siding
soffitt, vinyl siding, kilz: Sanjeev, I would not leave the dry wall on the walls. It will have a lasting odor that you won t completely eliminate. If it was subjected to water it is likely ruined and needs to be replaced. I would seal the framing after the drywall is removed with...

Home Improvement--General: engineered hardwood on stairs, newel posts, two stairs
newel posts, two stairs, bullnose: Hi Dave, I am having a problem following this one. When you say the bullnose has a groove, what do you mean? Can you send me a picture of the bullnose and the return piece. You can include pics on your return followup to me. I will wait to hear back from...

Home Improvement--General: epoxy/radon/sunp pump, concrete, paint
concrete, paint, garage: Dear Kiflyn, You can fix your odor and radon problem with a good epoxy floor seal if you do a good prep job. The class III laboratory floor you will achieve will not allow any radon or water thorough the epoxy film. The odors should go away because they...

Home Improvement--General: Faulty door, wooden toothpick, screw holes
wooden toothpick, screw holes, screw hole: Drew, I assume you are referring to the screw holes in the hinges? You can try two things, you can break off a wooden toothpick in the screw hole and put your crew in with the toothpick inside, that will usually tighten up these screws, you can use a larger...

Home Improvement--General: Final Inspection, faucets and drains, prince georges county
faucets and drains, prince georges county, interior doors: You are only responsible for work under the permit...and the codes involved with the date on the permit. The building department needs final on all electrical connections...with bulbs...final on all plumbing with faucets and drains...final on mechanical....all...

Home Improvement--General: Finishing Basements, hardi backer board, finishing basements
hardi backer board, finishing basements, greenboard: This may sound humorous.... Green board is required in a bathroom where tile may be installed. Green board is designed to deteriorate complete if you have a water leak...to pinpoint, or announce a leak. In case you were not aware. Most are going to the...

Home Improvement--General: Foundation/Sill plate Gap, silicone caulk, sherry sherry
silicone caulk, sherry sherry, contrete: Sherry, If it s that bad, the builder should be responsible for adequate repairs. This should be covered either under the contract or in the warranty. Aside from that, you can fill the gap most of the way with the silicone and then finish it off with the...

Home Improvement--General: carport, plate steel, steel plates
Home Improvement--General: carport, plate steel, steel plates, sag

Home Improvement--General: fix drywall to rehang curtain rod, curtain rod, wood member
curtain rod, wood member, home depot: If the curtain rod requires a solid hold...you may be forced to relocate your location to a wood member. There are anchors....that will screw in to sheetrock and give up to a 40lb load capacity. Maybe you can shift up or down from your current hole...

Home Improvement--General: frame needed for basement window ?, vinyl replacement window, expansion foam
vinyl replacement window, expansion foam, basement window: Hi Patrick, You can install it with the frame on top and bottom only if you must. Instead of a wood frame on the sides, use expanding foam to fill the gap. that should be strong enough to give it the required support. Just make sure you brace the window...

Home Improvement--General: friction held storm windows won't stay up, storm windows, metal frame
storm windows, metal frame, friction: Hi Cindy, Take one out and see what type of clip or other device is giving the friction. They may be used to the point where they don;t hold the windows up an more. I m sure they can be replaced. If this is not the case, get back to me and I ll find...

Home Improvement--General: Garage Door vs Garage Door Opener, garage door opener, weekend job
garage door opener, weekend job, question thanks: Jim, I don t think that is gonna change anything, it sounds like this door has seen better days. Actually, you might just try replacing the door first, I think this opener might work better with a new, straight door. You can always put in another opener...

Home Improvement--General: Garage door problems, exact part name, garage door opener
exact part name, garage door opener, travel distance: In my opinion..you, or your handyman...pull the plug. 5 minutes worth. Change all the settings..up/down travel and force. Make sure the travel distance is less in both directions. Then reset all limits. This can sometimes reset the motor and its functions,...

Home Improvement--General: HOME HEATING, sheet metal screws, arrow points
sheet metal screws, arrow points, expansion tank: TO VITO RE: BOILER PROBLEMS.. VITO-- Sorry about the delay in responding.. At 10 years I m guessing you have fin tube radiators and a nice small modern boiler. Guess you have 6 zone valves and not 6 pumps. Stop messing around with...

Home Improvement--General: Exhaust water leak - loose fitting, silicone caulk, cold winter day
silicone caulk, cold winter day, exhaust gases: TO VIKI RE FURNACE EXHAUST WATER.. Viki--Rust in those spots is always a bad sign.. Just make sure the furnace is not leaking any more.. These 90% furnaces can be really bad for water leaks.. Sounds like yours has it s share of leaks.....

Home Improvement--General: Insulating 100 year old farm house, perimeter insulation, air leaks
perimeter insulation, air leaks, polyurethane foam: Lisa, The greatest heat loss is normally through the roof, so this is the best place to start. This assumes the building is relatively air tight. So, you should also look at the obvious places for air leaks; these should be caulked, foamed or otherwise...

Home Improvement--General: Laminate Flooring, cut crown molding, chimney breast
cut crown molding, chimney breast, laminate flooring: Hi Jennie, I m not sure what kind of scotia trim molding you are using but I have a feeling you are dealing with the same problem you have with corners on crown molding, i.e. you have to think in 3-D instead of 2-D. Crown molding is one of the most difficult...

Home Improvement--General: Leaking Box Window, water path, careful inspection
water path, careful inspection, remodeler: Bill, You need to find a local handyman, remodeler, carpenter who is recommended by someone you trust. This is not a difficult repair; it needs careful inspection to find the source of the leak and to stop it from its origin. I can t tell what needs...

Home Improvement--General: Mirror sliding closet door wheels, sliding mirrored closet doors, replacement wheels
sliding mirrored closet doors, replacement wheels, knowing what type: Hi Lisa, It is hard to tell you without knowing what type of doors you have. Could you send a picture? Often, the wheels are encased in a metal casing and the casing /corner has to be taken out. It sometimes requires a little bit of bending or prying....

Home Improvement--General: Moisture behind basement insulation, batt insulation, basement insulation
batt insulation, basement insulation, cement wall: Hi James, You must NOT insulate below frost levels as you will continue to experience condensation. Remove any insulation that is located below frost level and your problem should be fixed. I would use a vapour barrier on the warm side of the wall after...

Home Improvement--General: mechanical ventlation in crall space, vent area, perimeter walls
vent area, perimeter walls, mechanical ventilation: Don, Mechanical ventilation is one of two methods required in unvented crawl spaces. This ventilation must be continuously operated at the rate of 1cfm for each 50 sq ft of crawlspace floor area AND this floor space must be covered with a continuous vapor...

Home Improvement--General: Noise in Wall, aluminum siding, perimeter wall
aluminum siding, perimeter wall, upstairs bedroom: Bill, I can only suggest a few things here to rule out. 1. water pipes will make noise because of air build up. 2. varmints; mice, squirrels, chipmunks, alligators and such. 3. most likely scenario; the siding is moving. Aluminum is not as bad as vinyl,...

Home Improvement--General: nailer recommendation, cordless nailers, nail holes
cordless nailers, nail holes, hardwood flooring: Hi Thad, I have found that the cordless nailers are just as good and in most cases better than the corded nailers. I only use Dewalt products and so I cannot speak to any other brands of nailers. Having said that, I rarely use pneumatics on hardwood floors....

Home Improvement--General: An oak stair railing, wrought iron railing, stair railing
wrought iron railing, stair railing, lag screws: Hi Bruce, I m sorry but I can t follow your question. Can you take a picture of it and send it to me? You can attach a digital picture to the return reply or you can send it to my email account: SAYoungWS@GMail.com. One thing I would say is that the problem...

Home Improvement--General: odd smell, framing material, flooring material
framing material, flooring material, cat spraying: Shelley, If the smell is from urine the only way to completely remove it would be to replace the flooring material. Both the finish floor material and the sub floor would need to be replaced. Additionally, I would suggest you paint all of the remaining...

Home Improvement--General: something oozing from nail hole, nail holes, answer library
nail holes, answer library, nail hole: Hi Bruce, Wow! You ve got me. That s pretty weird. The only things I can think of are sap from the wood or some glue that was used on the door or the molding but I don t know why it would still be oozable (I know that s not a word but you know what...

Home Improvement--General: popcorn ceiling painting, stain killer, ceiling painting
stain killer, ceiling painting, two coats: Sorry for the holiday delay. Did your painter use a stain killer like Kiltz before he painted? If he didn t that could be the reason for the return. If he did then it sounds like a moisture/mildew problem that maybe a dehumidifier could solve. Of course all...

Home Improvement--General: potential asbestos wall board and spiderwebbed plaster walls, hairline cracks, plaster repair
hairline cracks, plaster repair, plaster walls: You wont need to tape them, but I would use a very thin layer of joint compound...mostly to see if it dries without cracking...or if you need to use a latex caulking to seal the cracks. The other best method...using a dry mix joint compound....it does not...

Home Improvement--General: Raw Cedar Planks on Walls, perma chink systems, cedar planks
perma chink systems, cedar planks, insect infestation: Shirley, You didn t say whether the wood is inside or outside. There are a variety of wood cleaners available to brighten old wood. On exterior applications we use products made by Perma-Chink Systems: Log Wash, Wood Renew and Oxcon. The problem is...

Home Improvement--General: Removal of Elastomeric stucco product, rain in winter, conventional stucco
rain in winter, conventional stucco, stucco contractor: That elastomeric coating is a fantastic product. I am surprised with your dislike of it. It will prevent a bonding of any product to it. Removing it will not be pleasant. The good part is the stucco is still fresh....a better condition for the finish coat....

Home Improvement--General: Removing a wall and..., removing a wall, masterbedroom
removing a wall, masterbedroom, bill rodgers: Hi KC, While I ve never seen a bearing partition in a single wide mobile home, I m still loath to tell you it could never happen. I suggest that you try to contact some mobile home setup contractors that may have experience with that particular brand of...

Home Improvement--General: Replacement Wheels for Glass Sliding Doors, glass sliding doors, c r laurence
glass sliding doors, c r laurence, replacement wheels: Hi Andrew, Try your local glass & sundries shop. the usually install glass doors like that and they have access to suppliers for parts. C.R.Laurence is an example of a large company that has all kinds of parts like that. hope this helps, Don....

Home Improvement--General: removing linoleum, linoleum flooring, removing linoleum
linoleum flooring, removing linoleum, hammerzone: Hi Hannah, First of all PLEASE don t use a belt sander on a hardwood floor!! A belt sander is extremely difficult to use, even for an experienced woodworker, and to keep from gouging out crevices in the floor surface. There is virtually no way to use a...

Home Improvement--General: Sweaty windows, double paned windows, sweaty windows
double paned windows, sweaty windows, escrow account: TO SHIRLEY RE: FOGGED UP WINDOWS.. Shirley--I hate to tell you ,, but your windows are GONE .. There is supposedly a method to fix the cloudiness .. It requires the lifting the double glass panel out of the frame.. Next, two small...

Home Improvement--General: seams in walls, diy home improvement, pre fab home
diy home improvement, pre fab home, smooth wall: Molly, I repair a lot of different types of homes in my business, most of them from the early 1900 s, I don t recall ever seeing anything like this either. I think you have a few options here, 1. cover it with 3/8 drywall (best option) 2. cover it...

Home Improvement--General: sent wrong email last time on window ques., double hung window, weatherstriping
double hung window, weatherstriping, indoor humidity: Hi Joe, You said that there was a soft vinyl weatherstrip on the exterior side of the sash. If you open the sashes just a bit is the margin between the sash and the frame parallel? If it is, and you are experiencing condensation on the frames without having...

Home Improvement--General: sent wrong email last time on window ques., humidity levels, weatherstriping
humidity levels, weatherstriping, indoor humidity: HI Joe, With colder temperatures, you need to reduce your interior humidity levels. If your glass is only giving you an R-4, then I think 40% is where you need to be. As you heat the house, the humidity should be going down. Also, if the window has been...

Home Improvement--General: staircase reversal, happy thanksgiving, bottom step
happy thanksgiving, bottom step, coat closet: Hi Holly, Oh, I definitely think it s doable and I do not think it would ruin the stairs. The problem I have with trying to do it with pictures is that there are just so many things to consider and it would really be necessary to see the project...

Home Improvement--General: In what state is it the easiest to become a electrician, civil service test, right to work states
civil service test, right to work states, recession proof: TO KONG RE: ELECTRIC LICENSE.. Kong--You may be the most knowledgeable Electric person in the world,, but you will not be a true electrician until you get a license from some juristriction.. In most northern states and /or strong union states...

Home Improvement--General: stucco exterior, stucco exterior, dry climate
stucco exterior, dry climate, education time: Education time. Stucco is 7/8 to 1 thick concrete layer. EIFS is an exterior insulated finish system...this is not permitted in most states because of the possible mold issue. Nevada allows it. If you have any cushy feeling to it...it could be EIFS...iF...

Home Improvement--General: stucco exterior, interior wood surfaces, stucco exterior
interior wood surfaces, stucco exterior, test holes: TO JAMES RE: 1974 STUCCO ON A HOUSE James--I think the age is the most important factor in this case.. This is about the time when the newer stucco was getting started. In the northern areas both the old and new stucco both had some...

Home Improvement--General: stucco exterior, weep screed, stucco exterior
weep screed, stucco exterior, weather barrier: Hi James, Aridzona is responsible for at least as many water infiltration complaints as is Washington State. If you have real stucco your problems are not as bad as some other types of stucco. It s easy to determine if the stucco is over masonry, just...

Home Improvement--General: textured ceiling, latex paint, ceiling texture
latex paint, ceiling texture, acryl 60: TO JOSEPH RE: CEILING TEXTURE Joseph--Sorry about the delay.. YES under most conditions. The ceiling must be clean, no grease or smoke.. If it s dirty then a good coat of stain covering primer like KILZ or equiv. should be applied.....

Home Improvement--General: Vinyl replacement windows-leaking air, vinyl replacement windows, tilt sash
vinyl replacement windows, tilt sash, buffalo ny area: Hi Janice, I didn t see any photos. The fact that the chambers are empty is not an issue. PVC windows are made that way. The PVC itself is very resistant to cold. The number of chambers is an issue, though. The blue you speak of I am imagining is the...

Home Improvement--General: Water infiltration from windows, water infiltration, mold removal
water infiltration, mold removal, bill rodgers: Hi Sandra, I m sure that it s not your windows that are leaking. Rather it s either the installation of the windows or the flashing details at your bump out. First of all: Where do you live? Second: Can you determine what warranty was offered by the...

Home Improvement--General: Water leak from basement ceiling, ground slopes, drainage problem
ground slopes, drainage problem, metal pipes: Ravi, It sounds as though you are experiencing a drainage problem for one thing, the rain water is not draining away from the outside of your home, but rather towards it, you need to make sure the ground slopes away from the house to achieve proper run-off....

Home Improvement--General: Window Replacement, water infiltration, windows and doors
water infiltration, windows and doors, bill rodgers: Hi JZ, It s entirely possible that your contractor has sealed the window against water infiltration below the level of the siding. However I ve never heard of breather holes on the sides of a window. Sounds like your contractor just doesn t want to come...

Home Improvement--General: Window repair and brand name, replacement seals, leak air
replacement seals, leak air, model window: Hi Thad, One of the problems in the window industry is that many manufacturers are not proud enough of their products to put their name on them. this has been a problem for along time. Some manufacturers will identify themselves on their products, but...

Home Improvement--General: water leak bottom layer of manufactured home, water leak, bottom layer
water leak, bottom layer, manufactured home: Hi Richard, Although I am not aware of how trailers are put together, I would imagine that it would be required that you open up the lining area to verify which pipes or joints are leaking, after which you will most likely have to dry out the area. You...

Home Improvement--General: window air circulation, proper insulation, cross ventilation
proper insulation, cross ventilation, heat mirror: Hi Ann, Actually, the casement window option is fine depending on the composition/sizes and the model you choose. A two section casement has operating sashes on either side, thus it doesn t matter which way the wind blows. Some casements open wider than...

Home Improvement--General: 11,500 sewer bill, saint paul minnesota, water fees
saint paul minnesota, water fees, sewer bill: RHONDA RE: SEWER COST.. Rhonda-- Sorry about the delay in responding.. I would like to know more as to the length of the CI. line.. What was the lengths of the CI. pipe.. Was the CI. 5ft or 10 ft. long.. Did it have a rubber insert at the...

Home Improvement--General: Air infiltration, professional workmanship, air infiltration
professional workmanship, air infiltration, brand windows: The local State Contractors Board, is in charge of Professional Workmanship issues. If you put in a complaint...against the GC...they will make the determination of blame or fault. If they find in favor of the GC...and declare the windows inferior...then...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt/Cement sealant?, asphalt cement, kenseal
asphalt cement, kenseal, cement block: Hi Mike! You need a good caulk, such as Sikaflex. A great website to check out is: http://www.kenseal.com/section.cfm?id=1 There is a multitude of choices there, depending on your temperatures, the amount you need, the exact application, etc. Good...

Home Improvement--General: Asphalt driveway lifting in cold weather, new asphalt driveway lifting
new asphalt driveway lifting: Hi Jennifer! In answer to your questions, I will take them one by one: 1. Gravel or crushed concrete: Hard to say which is better. It s more determined by what is available in your area. I know contractors that use and swear by one or the other....

Home Improvement--General: Attic Moisture, eave vents, soffit vent
eave vents, soffit vent, entry holes: Seeing condensation in an attic is not good. It means the dew point is being reached. Either alot less air needs to get in, or alot more ventilation is needed to prevent static air. If you can get some fiberglass insulation to the eave vents...loosely...air...

Home Improvement--General: asphalt driveway, slippery driveway, steep driveway
slippery driveway, steep driveway: Hi Jen, Sorry for the delay in answering your question. The best thing that you can do right now is to use cinders whenever it snows to increase traction. You can use cinders in conjunction with the salt. Sealer cannot be applied under conditions...

Home Improvement--General: attaching ledger board to cinderblock, tapcon screws, lock washers
tapcon screws, lock washers, ledger board: TO KENNETH RE: ATTACHING A LEDGER TO THE HOUSE.. Kenneth--I assume you mean concrete blocks. This type material make a lousy basement wall.. They have very little resistance to a bending force. During the building of the deck and afterwards...

Home Improvement--General: building column around steam pipe, steam pipes, steam pipe
steam pipes, steam pipe, pipe surface: The first piece of info...what is the temperature of the pipe surface when hot. I would guess 110 degrees. Your column materials would depend on that heat factor, and the fact that you do what to receive heat from it. As for ways to control the affluent...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete driveway joins, concrete expansion joints
concrete expansion joints: Hi Trevor, For this type of application, you need a product called SikaFlex, or equivalent. Here is a pdf on the types of sealant that this particular company carries: http://www.sikacorp.com/app-cpd-Sealants-us.pdf Sometimes the local DIY stores...

Home Improvement--General: Concrete patio above garage, concrete, paint
concrete, paint, garage: Dear Erica, We have had good luck floating a coating of 100% solid epoxy over decks above garages. The coating comes in several colors and is class III laboratory qualified. That means that nothing can pass through it. Because your deck is exposed to...

Home Improvement--General: constructing column around heat pipe, tapcon screws, steam pipes
tapcon screws, steam pipes, steam heating: Susan, You can simply build a box around these and use drywall to cover the box. You can use 2x2 lumber for this, attach it to the concrete wall by using tapcon screws, drill a pilot hole in the concrete using a concrete bit, then drive the tapcons through...

Home Improvement--General: Door Opening Repair, mortar joints, time cracks
mortar joints, time cracks, 2x4 studs: Hi Alexei, Have you considered a wrap-around steel frame for each side with a lintel on top that can be laid in to support the blocks? U channel on each side, and a lintel for the top. Putting the cement in a trying to find some way to support the other...

Home Improvement--General: Drafty cold room, double pane windows, plantation shutters
double pane windows, plantation shutters, cozy bedroom: This may not be the answer you are looking for, but your house is still fully warranted for defects. If you can contact someone in the building department to find out who the builder is....you can submit a request for inspection of you drafty situation. ...

Home Improvement--General: Drying pine beams, timber frame construction, englemann spruce
timber frame construction, englemann spruce, pine beams: Keith, You need to be sure none of the timbers are dead packed, where they touch each other. Stickers for horizontal separation and space for vertical separation is all that is needed. Sticker the tin also so it doesn t rest on the top course of timbers...

Home Improvement--General: doors, wood chisel, two doors
wood chisel, two doors, hard job: Hi Dan, If the door is so wide that you need a saw to cut it, something is wrong. you need to have a door that is essentially the same size and if it is off a little bit, you need to use a plane to make the adjustments. Now, if you have a full wooden...

Home Improvement--General: drain pipe venting, concrete basement, basement wall
concrete basement, basement wall, original construction: Will, That will be according to the local building codes, I know that here in Indiana, a vent would make it usable, but the vent would have to be 16 inches above the roof line. You will just have to ask you local permit office. They should work well...

Home Improvement--General: Eave vents, eave vents, tiny slits
eave vents, tiny slits, home depot: Maria, We like to use fiberglass pink up here. The batts are easy to install, but make sure you use a mask and some gloves and glasses so you don t get the fibers in your eyes. You can add a plastic vapor barrier on the inside before you put up your sheetrock....

Home Improvement--General: electric dryer, amp breaker, heating coil
amp breaker, heating coil, electric dryer: Hi Rich, A 30 amp breaker is the norm. It isn t the breaker that will make a difference. Anything bigger will be unsafe. Anything smaller will simply pop as soon as you turn on the dryer. I think you may have a problem with your thermostat or your...

Home Improvement--General: exterior blistering under new paint on stucco, water seepage, bill rodgers
water seepage, bill rodgers, new paint: Hi Edie, There s no way for me to know the reason why your plaster came loose without at least seeing it. Yes after the unsound layers are removed new coats of exterior plaster (Stucco Mix) are used to reestablish the finished surface. Hope this...

Home Improvement--General: SEALING NEW BLACKTOP OR NOT, coal tar, ingrediant
Home Improvement--General: SEALING NEW BLACKTOP OR NOT, coal tar, ingrediant, sand and water

Home Improvement--General: final bill from contractor, poor supervision, employment checks
poor supervision, employment checks, exact hours: TO RON RE: POOR SUPERVISION OF CONTRACTOR.. Ron--Please excuse the delay in responding.. Ron--I think it is certainly worth a try.. You should have an exact diary of times, places, work done and the exact hours.. Get all the information...

Home Improvement--General: Hinged Shower Door Problem, aluminum channel, aluminum frame
aluminum channel, aluminum frame, glass section: hi Tom, The hinge may be attached to an aluminum channel that slips over the aluminum frame of the door itself and/or the framed glass panel that the door is attached to at the hinge side. Those channels usually have a couple of screws that are supposed...

Home Improvement--General: Home insulation for renters., home insulation, portable electric heater
home insulation, portable electric heater, renters rights: Angela, Sorry it took so long to get back to you. There are no special programs for renters in the area of home repair or insulation that I am aware of. However, that being said, there are renters rights and I would certainly check them out if I were you....

Home Improvement--General: Hot water heat, cast iron radiators, hot water heat
cast iron radiators, hot water heat, hot water heating: TO JEFF RE: OLDER HOT WATER SYSTEM.. Jeff--I am sorry about the delay in responding to your question,, please excuse. It sounds like you have the older upright cast iron radiators. These have an older style radiator valve on them.....

Home Improvement--General: high hat fixture, rare exceptions, high hat
rare exceptions, high hat, houseing: MOST fixtures are spring loaded, and the trim ring will pull down, then the houseing has 3 screws that hold the can in place. There are some RARE exceptions where they are fixed in place units. The electrical codes require an accessible junction box for...

Home Improvement--General: Icy windows, cold draft, humidistat
cold draft, humidistat, window manufacturer: Hi Scott, Would you be so kind as to tell me where you are located? It helps to understand the climate the windows are exposed to. Also, you mention that they are argon filled. that doesn t do very much for a sealed unit in itself. What s more important...

Home Improvement--General: Installing replacement windows, insulation foam, fiberglass insulation
insulation foam, fiberglass insulation, cold temperatures: Hi Greg, No problem as long as they keep everything nice and dry while they install. The caulking isn t a problem either, because it should be professional grade and have at least a 1500% elasticity rating which allows you to use it in any temperature....

Home Improvement--General: Insulate finished ceiling, expanding foam insulation, drywall ceiling
expanding foam insulation, drywall ceiling, insulation contractor: Hi John, Have you contacted an insulation contractor? They generally have ways of blowing insulation into spaces such as yours. Typically you will be left with a couple of small holes in each joist bay that will require patching. You could add a layer...

Home Improvement--General: Insulation Question, eastern ontario region, insulation problems
eastern ontario region, insulation problems, david answer: Hi David, Fiberglass Pink and a radiant barrier will be sufficient. For the exposed floor area you can install a radiant barrier type product on the joists and floor (wrap around without cutting it ) that is also vapor barrier and gives you an R5......Under...

Home Improvement--General: Insulation and radian barriers, wall cavity, monsoon season
wall cavity, monsoon season, roofing material: TO FAB. RE: INSULATION IN A NEW HOUSE. Fab-- Please excuse the delay in responding. The R-19 in the side walls indicates A 6IN.of material ,, I m not sure which one you are referring to. a 6 in. exterior wall. is this correct?? If...

Home Improvement--General: Interior Door, solid oak doors, particle board
solid oak doors, particle board, gel stain: Here are some door facts. The stiles are only 3/4 thick at the most. Taking 1 1/4 off will not leave a solid wood for either the door knob or hinges. It may be either a particle board core, or a finger jointed wood core. Your best bet...due to the extreme...

Home Improvement--General: Interior door, solid oak doors, gel stain
solid oak doors, gel stain, wood chips: Hi Sharon, Correct, many oak doors these days are made with veneer and presswood. Some manufacturers though make them so that you can cut them on both sides. I would spend more time trying to locate one. I think you may have trouble getting the...

Home Improvement--General: Interior insulation, plasterboard, battens
plasterboard, battens, batten: David, I have not heard of them, but, there are holders for non-faced insulation, you can ask for them at lowes or home depot, usually it s just a piece of wire that sticks between the studs to hold the battens until you get the drywall up. I would just...

Home Improvement--General: insulating garage floor joint, concrete, paint
concrete, paint, garage: You can probable fill the gap between the floor and the wall with an epoxy trowel mix. This will adhere well but may need to be done in two applications as the first one may settle into your gap a little before setting up. When you fill the gap you will...

Home Improvement--General: insulation/heat loss, temperature fluctuation, wall insulation
temperature fluctuation, wall insulation, temperature variation: Hi Kara, This is not uncommon. An 800 s.f.room is a big room. The difference you speak of is normal. What with windows, exterior walls, furniture and other components there is always a bit of difference of temperature in an area so large. A vaulted ceiling...

Home Improvement--General: interior knob/exterior door, brass knobs, handleset
brass knobs, handleset, entry doors: Hi Christopher, Unfortunately, the finish wouldn t last, nor would it be very secure. I cannot think of any manufacturer that makes a knob handleset for entry doors with a back plate, but if I had trouble finding one, I would look at taking a regular Weiser...

Home Improvement--General: Leaky door set on concrete, self leveling compound, concrete slab
self leveling compound, concrete slab, toil and trouble: Hi John, I don’t see why your shim method shouldn’t work, provided that: 1) The sealant you choose is capable of adhering to the concrete and the shim material. 2) The sealant that you put between the shim and the threshold was arranged to engage the...

Home Improvement--General: Moisture, drain tile installation, horizontal drains
drain tile installation, horizontal drains, tile system: Jerry, You didn t give me enough information to answer the question. When you say sweating do you mean condensation is forming on the block? What seals are you referring to? Moisture in a crawl space can be caused by several sources. The two most...

Home Improvement--General: missing subfloor under bathtub, wood floor joists, many blessings
wood floor joists, many blessings, echo problem: Hi Sarah, It s hard for me to answer this question without actually seeing the whole picture. Why didn t the contractor replace the subfloor? Was it for expense reasons or for a structural reason? One thing that I could suggest is that you have soundproofing...

Home Improvement--General: moisture on inside of windows, wood lath, moisture on inside of windows
wood lath, moisture on inside of windows, floor joists: Hi Dan, ...they have started to get moisture on the inside of the glass... Sounds like classic seal failure. If the frames are still in good condition they can be reglazed. ...if I insulate my floor in the crawl space does the paper facing go...

Home Improvement--General: New England: Need to determine best choice of insulation, including baffle venting around skylights., walkout basement, plaster ceiling
walkout basement, plaster ceiling, space asap: Hi Andy, Sorry for the delay, but it is the season to be taking care of the family..... Your roof ventilation should be fine as you described it. Just make sure that there is an easy flowthrough and that the baffles are installed properly. No insulation...

Home Improvement--General: New windows, humidity level, stock questions
humidity level, stock questions, heat vents: Hi David, I d put no stock by anyone whose services you re not paying for, mine excepted. Unless the manufacturer s representative removed some of the exterior cladding or trim there s no way he could have really known if the window was properly installed...

Home Improvement--General: overhead door opener, infrared sensors, antenna wire
infrared sensors, antenna wire, light path: TO WILLIAM RE: GARAGE DOOR OWNER.. William--I m sorry about the delay in responding. William--The opener should have a tension adjusting screw.. They are usually in the upper right corner of the housing.. You may need to remove the...

Home Improvement--General: front oversized doors, metal fire, furring
metal fire, furring, pease: TO JEFF RE: OVERSIZE DOOR.. Jeff--Start with the big box home stores. Some do have some versatility and can order specials. A few years back we had some big doors made by Therma Tru door Co. Pease or some of the other Co. can also help.....

Home Improvement--General: PVC piping for ductwork?, pvc piping, rust holes
pvc piping, rust holes, heat efficiency: TO BRANDON RE: CHANGING HEATING DUCTS.. Brandon--Please excuse the delay in responding, sorry about it.. You can change the ducts to anything you want.. The size should be equivalent to the existing duct runs or better, sized...

Home Improvement--General: partician wall interior/vaulted ceiling/ support?, vaulted ceiling, cathedral ceiling
vaulted ceiling, cathedral ceiling, grandmother: Letty, You can lag screw the end of the wall down to the floor, also, you can put a 45 degree brace (inside the wall) from the last stud down to the floor plate. Those will help some, but without some type of anchor at the top, it will always have some...

Home Improvement--General: pex for HW radiators, high efficiency boiler, rim joists
high efficiency boiler, rim joists, hot water heat: TO DREW RE: RADIATOR LEAK.. Drew--Sorry about the delay in responding.. If the fittings are threaded ,, then you can simply tighten with wrenches.. You will have to go back to or /on the piping and loosen a union or another part...

Home Improvement--General: plating or painting bathroom metal trim, copper tubing, sherwin williams
copper tubing, sherwin williams, generalist: Patty, I don t think you can plate it sucessfully on the first shot, plating involves the movement of material through water via an electrical current. I am sure that you should be able to paint these, I would suggest you go to a sherwin williams or dupont...

Home Improvement--General: probable roof leak, vent pipe, water leaks
vent pipe, water leaks, central beam: Well as for guess work. I have seen water running down a plumbing vent pipe because the flashing what not sealed to the pipe. IT can easily collect on the pipe and carry into the attic down the pipe...nearly invisible. If you have venting on the roof...that...

Home Improvement--General: Repainting driveway, concrete, paint
concrete, paint, garage: Dear Rebecca, If your driveway is asphalt you will need to use a coating that has no solvents in it. Solvents will dissolve part of the asphalt, which will then bleed into your finish. You will also need to be concerned with the finish being slippery...

Home Improvement--General: Replacement window installation in winter, urethane sealants, silicone sealants
urethane sealants, silicone sealants, technical data sheet: Hi Gregory, There are plenty of types of replacement windows. Let s assume you re speaking of vinyl windows. Are your windows to be installed inside of existing double hung frames, or are they to be new windows to be installed with nailfins, in place of...

Home Improvement--General: Rounded wall-board corners/edge, plaster board, corner bead
plaster board, corner bead, corner edge: Jim, The rounded corner bead you saw is the right product for this. Just staple it on, making sure to keep it straight on both sides, mud right up to it to cover the staples and paint it. It is very easy to use and looks really nice when finished. ...

Home Improvement--General: rain leak corner of floor, water seeps, deck railing
water seeps, deck railing, vinyl siding: TO ROY RE RAIN LEAK IN BEDROOM.. Roy-- I m sorry about the delay in responding.. Your problem is a leak from bad flashing or a seal someplace. It sounds like the second floor deck is the problem. I would like some more information...

Home Improvement--General: replacement thermal glass panes, glass panes, glass shops
glass panes, glass shops, don hi: Hi Don, Call any glazier or window/glass shop in your area, and they can usually find you the product you need. Glass shops usually service thermo panes and do replacements. Often manufacturers won t sell to individuals, so you have to go through...

Home Improvement--General: replcament external storm windows, corner pins, track storms
corner pins, track storms, window experts: Hi John, I have no idea where you are located, but you have to decide whether you are looking to patch or to upgrade. Triple storm windows are in my view a thing of the past. Inefficient at best. Old technology doesn t often make for added value to a...

Home Improvement--General: roof support, load bearing wall, collar ties
load bearing wall, collar ties, ceiling joists: Andy, Rafters with collar ties and ceiling joists generally will not need a structural ridge beam. This assumes the connections and fasteners at the juncture of the rafters, ties and joists are sound. We use trough bolts not nails at these connections....

Home Improvement--General: SEALING NEW BLACKTOP OR NOT, sealing your driveway, gilsonite
sealing your driveway, gilsonite, sealing new blacktop: Hi Ron! There is a very simple answer to your question: DON T SEAL YOUR NEW BLACKTOP UNTIL NEXT SUMMER! New asphalt needs time to cure, and sealcoating too soon could compromise your new asphalt. The recommendation is to wait one year. Sealcoat then,...

Home Improvement--General: Spider Cracks On New Home, luck jim, exterior walls
luck jim, exterior walls, stucco: This really isn t my area of expertise but I would think if they would re- texture coat the stucco over the whole house if there are cracks everywhere, that should do it. Maybe talk to a painting/re-coat contractor in your area first to get his professional...

Home Improvement--General: Storage room insulation, clear boxes, summer temperatures
clear boxes, summer temperatures, storage room: Hi Maria, As I thought initially. The only thing that could be looked at apart from ventilation is to increase the time required for the heat to come in in the first place. Perhaps insulation in the roof would help some. I mentioned in my initial answer...

Home Improvement--General: Sump Pump running every 10 seconds., tile maps, drainage tile
tile maps, drainage tile, tile drainage: TO BRIAN RE: BAD TILE DRAINAGE.. Brian-- Please excuse the delay in responding.. If you can get at the open end of the tile Just plug it up.. Use something like a wad of newspaper or any fibrous material that will stop the water...

Home Improvement--General: Sump pump question, farm drainage, drain tiles
farm drainage, drain tiles, drain tile: TO JAMIE RE: AS A FOLLOW UP.. Jamie--To have a collecting type of drain system it should to be higher than the bottom of the basement floor.. It should be high enough to collect the surface water before it gets down to the basement footer...

Home Improvement--General: Sweaty Windows, bathroom exhaust fans, condensation on windows
bathroom exhaust fans, condensation on windows, sweaty windows: ROB RE. CONDENSATION ON WINDOWS.. Rob--The amount of condensation on windows is a function of the amount of moisture in the house.. In the really cold weather almost all windows will sweat to varying degrees. You probably have a...

Home Improvement--General: sewer installation code, vitrified clay pipe, pvc pipe
vitrified clay pipe, pvc pipe, exact view: TO MIRIAM RE: SEWER PLUGGING.. Miriam--First,, please excuse the delay in responding.. To answer your question I d say YES . We always tried to keep the drive and the sewer separated..We tried to always keep the drive from going...

Home Improvement--General: steel front door adjustment, air gap, frame level
air gap, frame level, hinge: Hi Bob, I m not sure if it it the door that is misaligned in the frame, or if the frame is simply not leveled properly. I would take a look at that first. Often,by adding a screw into the frame, you can pull it just enough to make up the difference. I...

Home Improvement--General: Top floor excessively sweating windows, sweating windows, aluminum frame
sweating windows, aluminum frame, window seal: Hi Calvin, Can you inspect the attic space? Is it dry in there? Perhaps the installation of the recessed lighting actually resulted in holes through the insulation? Are you venting interior air into your attic at each recessed fixture? Don t know why that...

Home Improvement--General: vinyl window replacement options, argon gas, insulation value
argon gas, insulation value, heat mirror: Hi Richard, Just to clear things up, the R Value is an imperial measure and the U-Value is it s metric counterpart. R=1/U is the equation. I see that you reside in Texas, thus cold weather is not your issue as much as A/C, I would imagine. Up here,...

Home Improvement--General: Wood Interior Railing, wind shake, tiger maple
wind shake, tiger maple, cross grain: Handrails are made of layers of maple. It is NOT a solid one piece unit. It is very likely that a portion of the laminated rail was actually a cross grain section. Not in the absolute sense, but such as wind shake or other natural anomaly. Tiger strip...

Home Improvement--General: Wood Interior Railing, maple wood
maple wood: Hi Susan, I have seen maple like this and it was called Curly Maple and I have also seen maple that has those striations but not as pronounced that was just called maple. I m not sure if there is a certified grading system for the colors or variations...

Home Improvement--General: windows/vinyl siding, wood siding, vinyl siding
wood siding, vinyl siding, best energy: If you can afford the options....Remove and insulate the walls. Fires are not that relevant any more, but the insulation IN the walls would definitely Slow the movement of a fire....might help save the house. As for windows...any vinyl window is a major improvement...

Home Improvement--General: 2nd Floor Wxterior Wall, residential code, moisture barrier
residential code, moisture barrier, improper installation: Clarence, Stucco has been given a horrible tag over the past few years. I have a stucco home and wouldn t trade it for the world. The issues that have evolved over the past few years have mainly been associated with improper installation. I applaud your...

Home Improvement--General: Aluminum window flashing, aluminum window, inch space
aluminum window, inch space, exterior walls: Bonjour Diana, You can try to remove it, but you may have some trouble. Best way is to carefully cut the caulking and pull it off. If it is good stuff, it will act much like an elastic. If not, then it will be difficult and messy. You may want to consider...

Home Improvement--General: air in water line, well water systems, holding tank
well water systems, holding tank, air in water: Hi Mike, It sounds to me like there is a leak in your holding tank bladder. Most well water systems have a holding tank that maintains the water pressure and controls the well pump. There is a bladder at the air/water interface inside of the tank. When...

Home Improvement--General: anchoring materials for a loft bed attached to drywall, 2x4 lumber, metal studs
2x4 lumber, metal studs, loft bed: If your going to loft a bed your best option is to build it like a deck. By installing some type of ledger board across the wall to hold up the bed will make it much more sturdier and safe. Just cut some 2x4 lumber to mount horizontally across the wall where...

Home Improvement--General: Baseboards or not?, kitchen remodel, base cabinets
kitchen remodel, base cabinets, dishwashers: Hi Phil, It just depends - I have seen it both ways, and then some! There really is no norm or if there is, I don t know what it is. I never know what I am going to find when I start pulling stoves and dishwashers our for a remodel. You wouldn t believe...

Home Improvement--General: Basement Insulation, fiberglass batts, basement insulation
fiberglass batts, basement insulation, precast foundation: Dear Ben, If you plan to cover the walls with drywall at least 1/2 inch thick, which is in direct contact with the insulation, the foam is a better choice. Otherwise I recommend FSK (foil-scrim-kraft) faced insulation designed for basement walls, attached...

Home Improvement--General: Basement post removal, load bearing wall, lvl beams
load bearing wall, lvl beams, beam deflection: Dear Earl, I loved your question but unfortunately I can t answer it for a couple of reasons. The first one is I do not have the books or computer programs for analyzing LVL s. This is the specialty of engineering, and professional engineers have the necessary...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom remodeling, cement board, wall insulation
cement board, wall insulation, vapor barriers: Hi Mark, You can see all of the volunteers experience at the beginning of each section. I do this as a volunteer and in my spare time (what little I have!) as do all of our experts and we are not compensated in any way. I would be happy to answer a specific...

Home Improvement--General: Bathroom Window, seal failure, bottom rail
seal failure, bottom rail, reflective glass: Hi Audrey, The problem with these is that if you in any way finish this where you can t get at the sealed unit when it fails, you will have a major headache. you need to make sure that you allow yourself the ability to replace the glass if it experiences...

Home Improvement--General: balcony, pvc roofing, upstairs balcony
pvc roofing, upstairs balcony, pole barns: Peggy, I think you mean the decking itself, if so: I had the very same situation at our Church. Heres what I did. On the underneath side of the balcony, I mounted some pvc roofing used on porches and out-buildings, (looks just like the metal roofing on...

Home Improvement--General: Condensate Disposal, hvac unit, sump pit
hvac unit, sump pit, drain line: Ted, Without referring to the IBC: Condensate is supposed to be removed to the exterior of the house. If it is dumped into a sump pit then that pit needs to be drained to the exterior of the house. The pit in your case needs at a minimum a lid to contain...

Home Improvement--General: Condensation under corrugrated metal in cool storage room, insulation bats, vent holes
insulation bats, vent holes, concrete porch: Dear Len, I just answered this question for another person, and you can read my reply here: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Home-Improvement-General-688/2008/2/Porch-basement-insulation.htm The short answer is that what I recommended is the same as what...

Home Improvement--General: Cover ugly roof pipes?, brick chimney, metal chimney
brick chimney, metal chimney, flue pipes: Ron, I know exactly what your talking about. Unfortunately I don t have a supplier for what you need. My neighbor had one made for his house by a local welding shop. Have you searched them out on the web? I ll do a little research and see what I can find...

Home Improvement--General: Cracking noises in attic, pvc plumbing, plumbing pipes
pvc plumbing, plumbing pipes, pvc material: TO PAM RE: ATTIC NOISE. Pam-Try to call Bill Murray and his crew(Ghost Busters)..They can probably chase the noise makers out..YAA I know It s not very funny.. I would like to know what the sounds are like.. If it s like a squeaking like...

Home Improvement--General: Creating a shower in our current 1/2 bathroom, ranch bottom, concrete slab
ranch bottom, concrete slab, mood lighting: Yes - a shower has a lower fixture unit number than a tub so it should be possible. When you get your building permit your local building inspector will review the design to make sure it is sized and vented properly. They will also inspect the rough plumbing...

Home Improvement--General: Custom-sized interior door frame problem, ugly result, lowe s
ugly result, lowe s, r corner: Josh, Welcome to the life of a general contractor!! We have the same problems as you do, it s just that we find a good sales person and stick with them. Unfortunately the big box stores roll their staff over so quickly that they don t have reliable people...

Home Improvement--General: cedar siding, cedar siding, paint store
cedar siding, paint store, kroll: Lana, You can use Cabot s bleaching oil to start the greying process. Just follow the directions on the can. This also will serve as the finish; no other product us needed on top of this. It sells for about $35/gallon. It is often not stocked except...

Home Improvement--General: coloring putty in finish holes, air penetration, putty
air penetration, putty, sills: Hi Margaret, What you are experiencing is the reason that most people stain the wood - especially pine, because it will darken as it ages. While the poly finish slows it somewhat because it mitigates the weather and air penetration, it can t stop it completely....

Home Improvement--General: condensation, humidity in the home, frame components
humidity in the home, frame components, hello bill: Hi Maureen, I guess I m not clear what you mean by under his bay window... . I m willing to reach out a bit and assume that he has covered portions of the glass with some sort of insulation. Normally this will result in condensation forming on the glass...

Home Improvement--General: condensation, gypsum board, wall cavity
gypsum board, wall cavity, cement board: Condensation is caused by a smooth surface reaching the dew point. If you are in an unconditioned space...and the outside humidity is affecting the interior of this room....the foil apparently reached the dew point and condensed whatever moisture was in contact....

Home Improvement--General: crawlspace insulating, wood preservative, long nails
wood preservative, long nails, joise: TO BARB RE: WINDOW AIR LEAKS.. BARB __ Air leaks through or from windows,, depend on the age and type of windows.. Are they any of the metal windows ???. They are the worst..Metal casements or awnings leak very badly.. Any of the...

Home Improvement--General: crooked door, lumber yard, bill rodgers
lumber yard, bill rodgers, local contractor: Hi Octavia, I would start by asking your friends if they know a carpenter that they like to work with. Next Option: I would go to a local lumber yard and ask if they don t have one of those collections of business cards of local contractors from which...

Home Improvement--General: Drywall Crack Repair, drywall repair, mesh tape
drywall repair, mesh tape, paint brush: Agnes, I would use the mesh tape, it won t break as easy. You can buy smaller amounts of powdered drywall mud, just mix with water until you get a consistency of pudding. You should be able to find 2 or 3 pound bags. The texture, depends on how the original...

Home Improvement--General: Drywall Cracks, Attic/Wall Noises, hairline cracks, cement slab
hairline cracks, cement slab, rainfall down: Dear Susan, Without viewing the particulars of your situation with my eyes, I can t identify the exact cause of what you are experiencing, but it doesn t sound serious. In order to sleep better, I suggest you contact neighbors and others with similar...

Home Improvement--General: Drywall Dimples, steam equipment, flat paint
steam equipment, flat paint, ice dams: Roger, I do remember you, and first let me apologize to you and anyone else who may have been trying to get an answer from me, my Internet went down Friday and we just got back on a few minutes ago. These are nail set depressions, right? One of two things...

Home Improvement--General: how to deal with wet/damp crawl space, torrential downpour, damp crawl space
torrential downpour, damp crawl space, fiberglass insulation: Hi Tammy, OK, I will try to go through the questions in order: 1. I would remove the current vent and replace it with a door that will allow entry but that will not allow air, etc. 2. Yes, you should definitely get a sump pump. They are not that expensive...

Home Improvement--General: driveway expansion/widening, simple answer, leech
simple answer, leech, townships: Hi Bart and thanks for your question. The simple answer that I have for you is that all townships/municipalities are different. Go ahead and call your local township/municipality and make sure before you do anything. It s much better (and less expensive)...

Home Improvement--General: Exterior door leakage, vinyl extrusion, removable screens
vinyl extrusion, removable screens, haley john: John, There s nothing worse than having conflicting information about something your considering. It really makes the choice more difficult in life than it has to be. I ll break things down for you to make a good educated decision for yourself. Just take...

Home Improvement--General: Exterior French Door, double doors, wood interior
double doors, wood interior, french door: Ken, I d say hands down that Pella s new french double doors are the best. They have three point locking on each door with no manual flushbolts. These doors are the best I ve seen. This is just my opinion though, but I install at least three pair of double...

Home Improvement--General: Exterior wall / insulation, exterior wall insulation, exterior sheathing
exterior wall insulation, exterior sheathing, wall sheathing: TO MARK RE: GARAGE WALLS (2) Mark--The blown does a better job in the attic where there is a flat surface.. The blown get into some cracks and crevices and covers the joist.. The joist are not very insulation.. They also have gaps and...

Home Improvement--General: eccessive ice build up in attec, attic exhaust fans, wall cavity
attic exhaust fans, wall cavity, cold climates: Dear Alphons, Let s see if I got your question correctly. You have a house with not basement and no crawlspace. The house has additions on both ends of the original house. There are three attic exhaust fans installed in the roof, which I presume are...

Home Improvement--General: exterior door, mahogany doors, paint brushes
mahogany doors, paint brushes, mahogany wood: Hi Michelle, The everyday DIY er usually has no problem tearing out the old door and getting the new one back in the opening. It s the shimming and adjusting that causes the difficulties. Even us seasoned pro s have problems with squaring and plumbing a...

Home Improvement--General: Facelift for exterior, cement stucco, california stucco
cement stucco, california stucco, metal lath: You pretty much have it all figured out. The cracks and the bubbling of the stucco is caused by settlement and can be easily repaired by a competent stucco mason by cutting out the problem areas and reapplying the stucco. Be sure not to damage the moisture...

Home Improvement--General: How to Find Metal Telepost in Finished Wall, stud finders, proof method
stud finders, proof method, full proof: Bill, The only full proof method is to open the wall. You can make a guess by assuming the posts are spaced evenly. You can reduce repairs by doing all the damage in one wall surface so you are only buying one can of paint. You can drill 1/4 holes...