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I'm planning to paint the outside of my home, in the near future.  I've never done it before, but I can not afford to pay to have it done, therefore I'm planning to do it myself can you give me some steps to follow? Here are some specifics to help guide me: -The outside of the home is of a...

We are having a serious problem selling our modular home.  It is not a manufactured home constructed on a metal frame, but a wood framed home that was stick built in a factory.  The problem began when someone made an offer on our house. The offer was $50,000 lower than our listing price. The...

I have a two-story house.  Recently, my 2nd floor shower stall developed a leak, as evidenced by water dripping from the first floor ceiling.  The leak is small, a few drops of water after every use, and I believe I have now fixed the source of the leak (failing, cracked grout).  I'm preparing...

Our patio and home are 43 years old. Over the years the patio has developed some uneven sections that have been corrected with mud-jacking. Now we are considering rejuvenating the look of the patio by having it professionally stenciled.  We've been told that they clean the patio, then spray the...

I recently redid my kitchen which included raising the ceiling to the roof and installing a large skylight. Since then the upstairs area of the kitchen and surrounding rooms seem colder. Could it be when the contractor did this construction he didn't insulate properly?? Is there a way to fix...

We are experiencing a roof leak in our 5 year old home and are about to replace the ceiling in my daughters room due leak damage.  The problem seems to occur when snow, which sits on top of a roofing vent, begins to melt, although I can not confirm this.  I've contacted our insurance agent who...

I have a 2-stage heating system that switches from an electric heat pump to a gas furnace when the outside temperature drops to 10 degrees or when the temperature differential (set/actual) is more than a few degrees. My question is this: is it worth it to program the thermostat to a lower...

I'm taking on some painting projects this winter and am looking for a safer paint.  Lately I seem to be more sensitive to working with paint.  I get an allergic reaction that makes my eyes water and leads to some nasty headaches.  Are there any options for a more environmentally friendly paint...

I discovered a water stain all around the ceiling in our small bathroom, and a few weeks later noticed a water stain in the shape of a circle more than a foot in circumference about 6" in from the water stain all around where the ceiling meets the walls. We had a plumber come in and he sawed a...

I found your podcast a couple of months ago and have been listening to it ever since.  Good stuff!  Moving on to my question, this year my wife and I bought our first house.  It's a 1910 bungalow and we love it; however there are a few things that we'd like to change around the house.  The...

I recently purchased an older home.  The home has plenty of kitchen cabinets, but the fronts have been badly abused.  What can I do to give them a new look? I love the look of wood, antique, etc.meemee 12-22-06 5:12am You have lots of options when it comes to refinishing your cabinets but first...

Can plumbing just "spring a leak" if there's been no stress on it?  My 30 year old townhouse has copper pipes and I noticed a wet spot in the ceiling in the basement last night.  Got the ladder out and peered up into the ceiling from the work room (could see the pipes going around the area of...

I plan on replacing the sheetrock walls in the bathroom using the Dens Armor drywall.  Will this product significantly reduce the noise caused when someone is showering or running water in the sink or flushing the toilet?  Also, is it feasible to insulate between the studs with fiberglass...

The holidays are here, and I am in desperate need of a way to stay organized!  I have coupons overflowing in my purse, gift ideas scribbled on scraps of paper on the fridge and even lost a party invitation for one of my daughter's recently.  Do you have any solutions that won't cost me a...

Ok, I am desperate and need some help. I have a short stair way that goes from our Mud Room to our Kitchen (7 treads) built during a remodel last year. We had the contractor build it with some pretty simple wood treads and risers. Well, he didn't put in any sort of trim molding on the stairs...

I'm experiencing a problem w/our copper waterlines/pipes corroding from the inside out.   I purchased this home back in April 2006.   So far the corrosion appears to be limited to just the Hot Water lines, but I'm afraid to take a look inside the cold water lines. What's happening is we keep...

I have very old and very drafty windows!  We do have storm windows but I am wondering if there is anything else I can do to tighten up the wood double-hung part that they cover to reduce drafts?  I don't want to go through the hassles and expense of tearing out my siding to install new...

Would you know how to get "blueish" stains out of linoleum, maybe caused from the rubber backing of a bathroom rug? joeearl 12/7/06 10:28pm Rubber-backed carpets can provide warmth and comfort in baths and kitchen.  Unfortunately, they can also permanently damage many vinyl and linoleum...

I have a heat pump. Last night the temperature dropped to 20 degrees outside.  The heat pump usually works pretty well.  I put a thermometer on the vent just to check the output temperature, since it didn't seem like the air was hot. The temperature was reading about 78 degrees coming out of...

I have photos of my children's baby pictures that have stuck to the glass of the frame. How can I get this photo out without ruining it? lindag

Wow that is one sticky problem!  The answer really depends on what type of photo you are trying to remove.  Surprisingly, the older the photo, the...