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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...

A few weeks ago I had a leak in my roof which I had repaired. The problem started before the roof was fixed and I had water damage in the ceiling of one of the bedrooms.  Well, I used my Ryobi recip saw today to cut out the damaged drywall (5ft x 4 ft) and install a new piece.  The problem...

I have to replace my natural gas water heater but am concerned about the cost of the fuel.  Should I replace with another gas heater or electric?  phillib In the 10 years I have been answering home improvement questions on the radio, I never had anyone ask if electricity would actually be...

My contractor recently installed insulation directly on the inside of my roof. Does this make good sense? Should have he installed the material on the floor of the attic?murc98 - 10/15/06 11:44 AM Well, that depends.  If you are finishing your attic, then roof rafters is really the only place...

We have a Cape Cod styled home with attic vents on each end of the attic, along with a ridge vent.  The attic is insulated.  These vents are very helpful in the hot summer.  However, in the winter the upstairs is very cold.  I want to cover the vents in the winter when the air doesn't need to...

We bought a house with an attic fan that was improperly installed.   During a pounding rain storm water poured thru holes around the fan, across the ceiling joists, thru a heat duct and stained the ceiling below.  The blown-in insulation also got wet.  We put fans in the attic, dried out the...

Our shower upstairs is leaking down the wall to our basement. I've checked everywhere for leaks and it looks like it is in the plumbing somewhere between the shower and kitchen drain. I don't know what to do next except to start tearing the shower out and seeing if I can find the leak. What is...

The second floor of our home has some very loud squeaks that can wake the dead in the middle of the night.  Besides the noise, I'm concerned that these might mean our floors are weak.Shirley N., Lincoln, NE

Floor squeaks are annoying but rarely signal impending structural doom.  However, you...

We have an upstairs laundry room.  The hose came out of the washer and flooded the entire laundry room and caused water to drip through the lights of our kitchen, which is just below the laundry room.  To drain the water, we cut holes in the ceiling of the kitchen (a few small ones) and let them...