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  • Not all concrete floors need to be sealed, but some do Mar 1, 2015 12:00 AM
    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 it now?

     
  • Mold removal could be a simple chore ... or a major hassle Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Q. I read your columns in the Daily Herald but never keep them around. You had a column a few weeks ago about a product to remove mold.

     
  • Booster fans could help make up for weak airflow Feb 24, 2015 7:35 PM
    Q. Do you recommend booster fans to push more air to rooms farthest away from the furnace? I’ve tried adjusting the dampers, but that doesn’t seem to solve the problem for the longest runs.

     
  • Source of persistant leak has yet to be found Feb 8, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. I have had a leak above my living room for about 15 years (the house is a one-and-a-half-story ranch). At least 30 contractors have come to try and fix the leak. Needless to say, it still leaks.

     
  • Cedar oil can be helpful if used properly Feb 1, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q. If you have answered this previously, please forgive me; I am guilty of not finding this in an earlier column of yours. (I went through at least 14 pages of your archives to no avail.)

     
  • Cutting countertop is best left to professional installers Jan 25, 2015 12:01 AM
    Our kitchen countertop overhangs the cabinets by a half-inch, and removing the half-inch will give us just the amount of space needed to install a 32-inch-wide refrigerator. My question is what is the best way to ensure a straight cut since I have only one shot at doing this right?

     
  • Wait for a warmer season before sealing driveway Jan 18, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q. My son moved down to Nashville a few weeks ago, and he keeps sending me messages saying how much warmer it is down there, but they received a bit of the arctic blast as well.

     
  • Kitchen exhaust is best vented downward Jan 11, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q. I have a stove vent that drips water when it gets cold out. It is angled up, is about 20 feet long and vents through the roof. I assume warm air rises into the vent pipe and condenses, causing the dripping.

     
  • Artillery fungus difficult to remove, but you can try Jan 4, 2015 8:51 AM
    Q. My daughter lives in the state of Georgia in a rental apartment attached to a horse barn.

     
  • ‘Sacrificial’ wood may be needed to combat woodpecker Dec 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Last week, a beautiful woodpecker had his (or her) fun on the corner boards of my 25-year-old cedar home. One of the two-story boards has 23 holes in it. Two others have deep gouges.

     
  • Passive attic venting systems are the most efficient Dec 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I am getting ready to re-roof, and each roofer I have gotten a bid from has suggested different exhaust vent options, even though I have no soffit/intake vents and no possibility of adding them without severely detracting from the aesthetics of the house.

     
  • Sometimes, there are no easy fixes for old windows Dec 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I need advice as to what I can do with my windows without having to replace them. They are 28-year-old Lincoln windows, and of the crank-out type.

     
  • Holiday gifts for your handy men and women Dec 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    Following my annual practice, here are holiday gift suggestions for the handy men and women in your life. At the top of my list this year are several tools for your shop or home toolbox.

     
  • Caulking top and sides of storm windows helps create seal Nov 30, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My 1,200-square-foot ranch built in the 1950s had wooden storm and screen windows when I moved in 10 years ago. I replaced them with stock aluminum storm/screen windows, which I purchased at Menards. The instructions advised to caulk the top and sides when installing.

     
  • ‘Miss Muffet’ strikes back against eight-legged pests Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We have lots of spiders on the outside of our house. A friend of ours told us that he used a special spray on the outside of his house, and it kept the spiders off for the summer. Do you know what this may have been?

     
  • Wet or moldy carpet pad could be the source of bad odor Nov 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I need help concerning a bad odor in the basement. We had a water line leak from the ceiling above about a year ago. A dehumidifier has been used for a year since the leak. We feel that the area is completely dried out. It didn’t smell much over the summer, but now with the heat on it smells bad again.

     
  • A special video camera can reveal condition of air ducts Nov 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I read your column in the Daily Herald. My house was built over the winter of 1962-’63 in northwest suburban Chicago. I have air ducts embedded in the concrete slab in my lower level.

     
  • White vinegar can remove deposits, but needs time to work Oct 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Can you tell me how I can remove mineral deposits from rubbed-oil bronze faucets? I have tried salt and vinegar, but I am afraid to leave it on too long.

     
  • Wet & forget products will kill moss and stop mold Oct 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. A couple of years ago, you mentioned in your column a method to spray shingles to get rid of moss. Moss is becoming quite apparent on an area about four feet wide by 10 feet long.

     
  • Oil-based driveway sealer exists, but its use is uncommon Oct 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My sister-in-law just had her driveway newly asphalted, after which the contractor immediately applied a sealer. You can imagine how alarmed we were when we read your reply to my previous email advising that it not be sealed for two years. So I called the contractor and requested his side of the story.

     
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