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When state legislators in Florida, Pennsylvania and California convene for the next session, they may want to take a close look at the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) state ranking of the best and worst home inspection regulation laws in the United States.  In the last 10 years, 28...

What can I do about squeaky floors?  My house is about 20 years old, built over a crawl space.  The floor covering is vinyl in the kitchen and baths, and carpeting over the sub-flooring in the rest of the house.  The  squeaking occurs in both the vinyl & carpeted areas; e. g., when I installed...

My 18 year old wood roof shingles have algae here in Northern NJ. I got several quotes and they were all very costly (about $5,000) to clean the roof using diluted bleach.  Should I wait until need a new roof and replace with long life shingles?dsaks 12-9-07 8:31pm Algae and fungus on your roof...

I recently applied BEHR Premium 2-Part Epoxy Garage Floor Coating in my garage which looks terrific, but I would prefer a glossier finish.  Can I apply Behr Wet Look Sealer as a top coat or will this damage the integrity of the epoxy coating?  Do you have any suggestions?crwines 11-28-07 ...

With help from AARP, my co-host Leslie Segrete and I completed a home makeover project that delivered both safety and style for house that is home to three generations of a family in Miller Place, NY.  Check out cool before/after video of improvements to the kitchen, bath, foyer and get some...

I bought my first house a little over 2 months ago. During the home inspection the heat pump was old but operational. We had the seller purchase a Home Warranty. Our heat pump ran for a half a month as an air conditioner and worked for about a month and a half as a heater but just recently...

What is the best way to remove & replace the caulking around sliding shower doors, as well as a tub? Can you explain this step-by-step? plobbezoo 11-17-07 9:28am

Caulking is an easy home improvement project that can deliver very attractive results.  But that is the easy part!  Removing the old...

Hi Tom!  We are about to begin remodeling our kitchen and need some advice on flooring. We now have 8 x 8 ceramic tile but it is 19 years old and looks old and out of date.  What would you suggest for a floor?  We have white washed color oak cabinets, which we recently had refinished and they...

I'm a new listener going through all the podcasts.  I just bought a house built in 1921 and there are few things I want to change.  The previous owners painted the front entryway brick white. The only other brick on the house is the chimney. The chimney is red brick so I assume underneath the...

I adore your radio show and listen as often as I can.  Please help me with this question. I am planning on purchasing an additional refrigerator to put in my garage (I do a great deal of entertaining).  I have been told that I cannot do so as the garage is not insulated and my appliance will not...

Please help me with this.  When showering, if my husband flushes the toilet or runs water elsewhere, the temperature of the water changes.  What to do?ghall 10-19-07 10:28am There's nothing like receiving an unexpected blast of cold or hot water while showering to carve a knick into your...

I went to put on heat first time and got no heat from my gas powered boiler (water baseboard heating).  What is did get was water dripping from a pipe that is opened on the bottom with a bell shaped valve on top.  There is water all over floor.  Do you have any trouble-shooting tips for a non...

A friend is trying to interest my husband in a new process of building homes out of foam boards coated with thin layers of concrete.  Do you have any information and comments on this type of construction? joyceonwardh 9-8-07 5:19pm

It sounds like you are talking about Exterior Insulated Finish...

Hello Tom, love the show.  My problem is mice and rats are coming in from the street sewer system.  Thought I fixed the problem 8 years ago by cementing a certain area but seems to be another opening somewhere. Do you have any suggestions?  strum9 8-26-07 9:09am If you've ever thought you could...

I have been reading that metal roofs are about the same price as a good asphalt shingle roof. The advantage to metal roofs is they reflect the sun better and thus are more effective in reducing heating and cooling costs?  Please give me some advice on this subject.Lonnie 8-22-07 1:57pm Metal...

Tags: roof repair, roof replacement, roof layers, second layer, asphalt shingles, fiberglass shingles, tom kraeutler, the money pit

I am going to reshingle my roof. I have one layer of shingles down and was going to reshingle over top of them. Someone told me that when you put new shingles...

I have a major moisture problem with a home that is one block from Lake Michigan in South Haven, MI. I have a working sump pump below ground level and am still having rotting problems with the floor joists. A local contractor wants to staple plastic to the joists or lay it on the ground. Would...

We are remodeling our kitchen/pantry/laundry room.  Does it make sense to replace our electric clothes dryer with a natural gas dryer? We could have the plumber extend the gas line into the laundry room while the walls are opened up. Kjklax 7-24-07 7:30AM This makes total sense.  In general,...

We're planning a kitchen remodel this fall and have been having a hard time locating a contractor we were totally comfortable with.  The estimates are all over the block and we can't seem to be able to compare and contrast because every contractor has their own set of product selections,...

Hi!  About 4 years ago I completely remodeled the bathroom and picked a floor tile that I am not happy with.  Why? Because it has a flat -or non glossy- type finish and it shows every shoe scuff & gets dirty very quickly! Plus the color is an off-white which displays dirt easily and the color...