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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...

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...