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Attack rust spots on metal with sanding, primer and paint

Sep 12 2014 | 12:17 pm - Q. We have a white metal garage door that’s about 20 years old. There are some rust spots showing on it and we’ve tried everything to remove it without success.

Shingle underlayment protects both structure and shingles

Sep 05 2014 | 2:15 pm - Q. Architectural shingles were installed over bare roof boards on our house four years ago. Will the absence of felt underlay affect the shingles’ life?

Handle aluminum gutter cleaner with care

Aug 29 2014 | 9:08 pm - Q. I enjoy your articles. A past article included a “recipe” for cleaning aluminum gutters. I’ve used it before but have misplaced it. I believe it included TSP and possibly another detergent. Could you forward the copy?

Unqualified contractor makes poor attic repairs

Aug 19 2014 | 3:50 pm - Q. We had bathroom vents incorrectly installed into the attic, rather than being vented outside. We had a contractor convince us it needed to be encapsulated with a special paint, rather than fixing the problem and letting dry conditions kill the...

Leave ‘professional installations’ to the professionals

Aug 12 2014 | 4:06 pm - Q. I wanted to let you know I installed 10 Magnetite windows — several were cut wrong and they sent me a YouTube installation video after my installation. I was looking for soundproofing and cold protection.

Seal off entry points to cut off insect invasion

Aug 11 2014 | 4:00 pm - Q. Bees and wasps are making our home theirs. How do we deter them from doing this? We’ve had D-Bug and Terminix come to no avail.

Additional insulation may not be worth it in some cases

Aug 01 2014 | 1:50 pm - Q. My house is a 50-year-old, two-story colonial. The attic already has blown-in insulation up to the top of the joists with an attic blanket over that. I have no trouble with ice dams, etc., on my roof. Should I blow foam into the walls?

Powerful odor is intermittent, difficult to pinpoint

Jul 21 2014 | 4:18 pm - Our problem is an odor that smells much like a dead animal outside, although sometimes a bit like propane. The odor began suddenly late last fall. The smell is intermittent and there seems to be no correlation between heat or cold, wet or dry. It is...

Aim to keep frost at bay when insulating basement walls

Jul 15 2014 | 4:08 pm - Q. I have a concrete block foundation that ranges from fully exposed to totally below grade. The basement area is dry, and I intend to finish the space. What method of insulation would you recommend for the walls, and would you recommend a vapor...

Chimney leaves black stains on bricks

Jul 11 2014 | 12:30 pm - Q. Please help! We have a wood-burning stove in our basement. Last fall, my husband put a chimney cap on and now we have creosote on our chimney brick and vinyl siding. What can we use to clean this off?

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