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  • Gas service is vital during home inspection Jan 24, 2014 12:02 AM
    Q. We are buying a foreclosed home from a bank, and the home inspection is scheduled for next week. Our Realtor says the bank is not willing to turn on the gas for the inspection, and she seems to think we should accept this refusal. Is it really OK to do a home inspection without gas service?

     
  • Wall-hung kitchen sink doesn’t offer storage space Jan 19, 2014 1:02 AM
    Q. I’m looking for a wall-hung kitchen sink and so far I’m having no luck finding serious information. Most people I’ve spoken with don’t understand what I want and move on to show me more standard kitchen sinks.

     
  • New kitchen is functional but set to entertain Jan 18, 2014 1:00 AM
    Cynthia and Jon live in a 1970s-era home that has been undergoing endless renovation. They’ve just about had it with home improvements, so we agreed to tackle one of the biggest projects on their list: the kitchen.

     
  • How many electrical outlets in a bedroom Jan 17, 2014 12:50 AM
    Q. What are the requirements for electrical outlets in a bedroom? We are renting a two-bedroom apartment, and the second bedroom (11-by-13 feet) has only one outlet in the entire room.

     
  • 3 fatal suburban fires show precautions the disabled, immobile must take Jan 11, 2014 8:00 AM
    It’s a tragic story that has replayed three times -- in Arlington Heights, Naperville and South Elgin -- in recent months. House fire strikes. Firefighters arrive. But low-mobility residents can’t make it out alive. Those with disabilities or decreased mobility can face challenges in trying to escape fire. “First of all, you need to prepare,” said Bill Sohn, assistant fire chief in South Elgin.

     
  • Toilet duel between dual-flush and single-flush option Jan 5, 2014 1:02 AM
    Q. My wife and I are in a disagreement over the new toilet we plan to purchase. We both want to install a high-efficiency toilet, but we have not decided on the flushing system.

     
  • Faulty information printed in real estate listing Jan 3, 2014 12:25 AM
    Q. We plan to sell our home and just discovered that it was misrepresented when we bought it three years ago. The listing on the Realtor’s website inflated the lot size by more than 10 percent. We contacted the listing agent to ask about these issues. She said the listing clearly states at the bottom that the Realtor is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on the listing. Do we have any recourse?

     
  • Ask the plumber: Shower bench could be the best seat in the house Dec 29, 2013 1:02 AM
    Q. We’re looking to install a larger shower stall in place of our bathtub. Since we’re still in the planning stages, what information can you give us about adding a bench to a larger shower stall?

     
  • Roof damage can go deeper than shingles Dec 21, 2013 1:00 AM
    Q. I had a tree limb fall on my roof, but I could not see any damage to the shingles. There wasn’t a leak in the last rains, but when I went into the attic I found some of the rafters were pulled loose.

     
  • Sellers afraid to disclose unpermitted addition Dec 19, 2013 10:07 AM
    Q. Six years ago, we enlarged our house without a building permit. The addition was built by a qualified contractor, but we knew that didn’t make it legal. Now we are planning to list our house for sale, but we are afraid to tell the Realtors about the illegal addition. How can we do this without stirring up trouble and without costing a fortune?

     
  • Choose a bath ‘hydrotherapy’ to match your lifestyle Dec 15, 2013 1:02 AM
    Years ago, your home hydrotherapy bath choices would have been very basic. But today’s fixtures offer a variety of tub styles and bathing experiences.

     
  • Gift ideas for the do-it-yourselfers Dec 14, 2013 1:00 AM
    - I’m a tool guy and a handyman, so I have a pretty good insight into what handy guys and girls need. Here are some ideas that can be purchased online or at a local home or hardware store.

     
  • Home inspector takes questionable position Dec 13, 2013 1:00 AM
    Q. My home is in escrow, and the deal is about to fall apart because of the buyers’ home inspector. The dispute involves four issues in the furnace closet. The inspector says he can be hired to make the repairs. He has put fear in the buyers, and they are about to cancel the deal. What do you think I should do?

     
  • What’s the next big thing in the kitchen Dec 8, 2013 1:00 AM
    Lou Lenzi, industrial design director at GE Appliances, was the guest recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

     
  • Bidet toilet seats are becoming more common Dec 8, 2013 1:02 AM
    Q. We are planning a bathroom renovation. I want to add a separate bidet plumbing fixture next to our toilet, but my wife says a bidet will take up too much space.

     
  • More on insulation and R-values Dec 7, 2013 2:00 AM
    Q. I recently read your story about insulating an attic room and you mentioned using materials with a high R-value. Can you tell me what the various R-values are for the different materials available?

     
  • Fraudulent home inspector revealed Dec 6, 2013 12:52 AM
    Q.My home inspection included environmental tests for radon, mold, and water analysis. No problems were reported. Recently, I contacted the laboratories whose names were on the inspection report. All of these companies sent letters stating they have no records of performing tests for my address.

     
  • Organizing your attics and basements Dec 1, 2013 1:00 AM
    Attics and basements are the obvious places to store seasonal, overflow and keepsake items. But before you shove a bunch of cardboard boxes into the dark attic or damp basement, consider how and where to store your items so they’ll be in good condition and easy to find.

     
  • Put your kitchen sink to work with these accessories Dec 1, 2013 1:02 AM
    Q. We’re replacing our counters and plan to install stone countertops with an under-mount-style sink. What current trends do you recommend we include with our new kitchen sink?

     
  • Damaged flooring around toilet may mean a leak Nov 30, 2013 1:00 AM
    Q. I recently noticed a stain on the vinyl flooring next to the toilet. I’ve tried to clean the stain, but it appears to be under the vinyl flooring. What causes this and how can it be treated?

     
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