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I noticed some unsightly black stains on my shingles roof a few months ago.  I'm guessing they are the fungus/moss that grows on the north side of buildings and spreads from rooftop to rooftop.  What can I use to get rid of them?  Robert G. The best thing to do is to clean the roof with a 1/3...

I have seen a tub made completely of tile.  How does the tile hold water? I know that tile alone will hold water but grout won't.  I really want to make a tub like this but do you know how to make it waterproof?Sam T., Colorado Springs, CO You are correct that the grout will not hold water.  In...

After steaming & scraping off three layers of wallpaper on this wall, here's what I found: plaster unevenly meeting the wallboard where previous owners apparently covered a doorway. I'm not sure what to do.  I found it nearly impossible to remover paper from the plaster without ruing the...

We've had our dual chimneys inspected by 2 companies, and it appears that both have holes in the smoke chambers.  One company wants to reline both flues with stainless steel linings and install top sealing damper systems.   The estimate for this and a new crown is $4,000.  The 2nd company wants...