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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...

My house has cedar wood lap siding which looks good but the north side takes some pretty rough weather.  I don't want to repaint again and wonder if it would it be OK to put either vinyl or metal siding over it?  I'm thinking it might act as sound barrier if I kept the old siding on but I'd...

Why are my pipes in the wall making a knocking sound when I have turned on the hot water in the bathtub?  oklady 11/27/06 12:12pm There are two common causes of pipe noises.  The first is expansion and the second is what is known as "water hammer."  Because your noise occurs only when running...

I own a 19-year-old, 1200 sq ft, frame house that we rent out.  The home has polybutylene plumbing and has had two leaks recently. One required breaking into the concrete slab, the other into a wall for repairs.  The two bathrooms abut each other, and the kitchen and laundry area abut. What is...

The potatoes are mashed, the pumpkin pie is cooling and the turkey is ready to be carved; but what's a homeowner to do when the unpredictable happens? Here are solutions to some of the holidays' most common home repair hurdles:

Disposal Disaster: If your garbage disposal goes on the fritz...

I have a home with concrete driveway and walk - is concrete sealer recommended to seal the concrete from oil and water?  If so, which type of sealer is best for longevity and effectiveness?  I also have some areas that need repair.  Can I just patch them with mortar? BoppN  11-20-06  3:21pm   I...

We have a 60's style bathroom with dated but well maintained tile on the floors, lower walls and shower.  The shower tiles though are becoming cracked and difficult to keep clean.  I'd like to either cover the shower with a fitted plastic surface or rip out the tiles and redo the whole shower. ...

I recently realized that my second floor bathroom fan simply sends the moist humid air from my bathroom straight into my attic.  Would it work to run some rigid vent pipe to my soffits and vent it there?  Should I even worry about it?kcorey 11-11-06  8:53pm Yes, you should be concerned for a...

My home is under attack by woodpeckers!  They are pecking holes in the cedar shakes.  We built this house 45 years ago but this is an issue new to us. Any suggestions? TEB132 11-12-06 2:15pm

Unless you live in a brick home, siding, including wood shingles, shakes or clapboard, synthetic stucco...

We live in a New York City condo with a kitchen the size of most suburbanites' master bedroom closet.  We are constantly battling a shortage of space.  Can you suggest some ideas for freeing up some room in our overcrowded kitchen cabinets?margerz 11-9-06 3:35pm The way that cabinets are...

We just bought our first home a year ago and although we love every minute of it there are a few projects that need to be done. The previous owner was handicap and therefore certain rooms are adapted to his needs, one of them being a large shower stall that was designed for wheelchair access....

We're remodeling our family room and my husband is campaigning for hardwood floors.  I'm concerned about wear and tear as this room will receive a lot of traffic.  Will pre-finished floors stand up to the test of time? Carrob 8:49pm 11-7-06 Just a few years ago, I would have told you to skip...

My husband and I live in this old brick home that was built in 1950.  I love this old house but boy do we have a lot fixing up to do and very little cash.  In my kitchen I have pine cabinets which are fine but the counter top is not.  We can not afford a new one.  Do you have a trick for me that...

Our house was built in 1933. It is a wonderful old house and we are trying to restore it to its original beauty. The house is two stories and has some issues.  One of them has to do with my air conditioning system.  The first floor has central A/C but the top has window units which drip down the...

We may have an active carbon monoxide problem in our home.  What are possible sources of carbon monoxide in a house and how should they be vented?sulpolitix  10-31-06 7:12pm Carbon monoxide is the #1 cause of poisoning deaths in America and is very dangerous.  I'm not sure why you think you...

I have noticed these little mushroom type looking things growing in my attic where the water is seeping in. Fungus? Part of the mold family? Harmful? I have cleaned up the area with an antibacterial spray but how good is that and what is the proper thing to do to clean up mold? Thank You!...

I have lived in a 1960 single-family, split-home for about 5 years and during the fall/winter time, my house is extremely cold.  The walls are cold and I have already replaced just about every window in the home except one! We recently made a hole in the wall to find out if it had insulation. ...

I'm constantly feeling drafts around my windows.  The drafts are particularly bad when I sit in one chair that is near an east window.  I am not ready to go for new windows and am wondering what my alternatives might be.Meredith 10-26-06  10:18pm Drafty windows can be annoying but you don't have...

  My brother-in-law built a house that uses a tankless hot water system. The water takes 5-10 minutes to get hot. Is this normal, and if so is there a way to speed this warm-up period?

Tankless water heaters are a great way to deliver cost-effective hot water to your home.  They are energy...

About two years ago, I had noticed there was a leak coming through the ceiling in my bathroom which is connected to my bedroom.  My husband went up to the attic to see where the leak was coming from.  While he was up there, he fell through the ceiling in our dining room!  Undeterred, he thought...