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Henri de Marne

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Humid summer air could make ceiling repairs unnecessary

Apr 29 2015 | 12:12 pm - Q. I live in a small ranch built in 1989. Recently I’ve noticed nail pops in most of the rooms in my house. Are the nail pops on my ceiling more serious and will they get worse?

Two coats of stain for new wooden shakes

Apr 21 2015 | 4:14 pm - Q: I wrote to you last fall about what stain to use on my newly installed cedar shake shingles (No. 1 grade), and as per your response, I am going to use TWP 200. What I forgot to ask you is whether one coat is enough or would two coats be better?

Epoxy glue allows for easy fix of small driveway chips

Apr 14 2015 | 3:07 pm - Q. Our year-old concrete sidewalk has an egg-sized piece that is cracking and separating from the concrete. Can we glue that piece down with a special glue? Or should we try to fill in the hole with new cement?

Finding cause of ice dams is critical for protecting house

Apr 10 2015 | 4:50 pm - Q. I need help with my icicles. My home is a frame ranch built in the ‘50s. I have a one-car, unheated, attached garage. I have huge, some 3-foot-long, icicles around my entire house, including the garage. The attic had insulation blown in...

Let new homeowners make decision about roof replacement

Apr 01 2015 | 11:44 am - Q. We are about to put our house on the market and would again value your advice. Our 15-year-old shingles have serious algae stains. I’ve read your columns and understand the cause and remedy. Our question, though, is whether to replace the...

New home’s ‘noises’ won’t be easy to silence

Mar 27 2015 | 1:52 pm - Q. We live in a 16-month-old house. There are noises coming from pipes in two areas: the water heater — a few thumps happen each time water starts to flow; and the furnace — two pipes go from the furnace up through the ceiling, and...

Before leveling floors, find out what caused the problem

Mar 20 2015 | 2:22 pm - Q. We would like to level the concrete floors of our second-floor condo. The floor problem is characteristic of the 1870s building. The bedroom slants away from the door and falls three inches to the worst spot. Is there a cheaper filler we can use...

Staples may be a good alternative to some adhesives

Mar 13 2015 | 1:54 pm - Q. I put plastic lattice under my outside deck to dress it up. I tried to glue window screen on the back of the lattice to keep flying insects out, but the screening keeps coming loose.

When renovating, be sure to properly upgrade insulation

Mar 03 2015 | 5:25 pm - Q. We have a family room, originally a porch, that we now use year-round. It is a 3½-inch step down from our kitchen. We are thinking of raising the floor to be even with the kitchen, having insulation sprayed in, installing a subfloor and...

Not all concrete floors need to be sealed, but some do

Feb 24 2015 | 8:31 pm - Q: I regularly read your column in the Daily Herald and have been following with interest the recent inquiries about sealing concrete. We had our garage floor totally replaced with new concrete seven years ago. Is it too late or impractical to seal...

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