Find out how ceramic tile can be laid on mid-century crumbling linoleum or vinyl floor without first adding a cement floor, and when to check for asbestos content in the old floor.
Learn whether wood paneling – and the plaster lath beneath it – should come down before you hang drywall, and how to determine the thickness of the new Sheetrock.
Discover the pros and cons of letting a blower motor run constanty. Plus, get a rule-of-thumb for determining whether your HVAC system is short-cycling.
Few options exist for fixing chemical burns and stains on Jacuzzi plastic. Stop drain cleaners from causing damage in the future: Toss those potentially harmful chemical drain cleaners for a new drain cleaner that works more like a pressure washer.
It's generally advisable to remove old flooring and paint before adding new layers. But exceptions do exist. Learn how to determine whether layering floor types is acceptable or not. Plus, buyer beware: Discover the major pitfall of sheet vinyl flooring.
Learn how a steam room will affect your home's value, and which manufacturer is the go-to for steam room guidance and supplies.
Does your water take too long to heat up in your kicthen, bath or shower? Is your water heater the problem? Get the solution and learn how to stop wasting water waiting for it to get warm.
Discover options for cleaning inside bathroom sink overflow trap to eliminate odor-causing bacteria.
Ice dams, or the collection of ice at a roof's edge, are a common wintertime occurence that cause leaks – and the need for big repairs. Get advice for avoiding ice dams in the future. And while ice dams cause big headaches, there is some silver lining. Learn how to pursue insurance coverage for this hefty and unexpected expense.
Objectivity is key in a home energy auditor, who tests homes for efficiency and lets you know where hot and cold air are escaping – or getting in. Find out how to find an auditor that's independent, and isn't focused on selling services like weatherstripping and insulation. Also, learn which tests every home energy auditor should conduct.
Get helpful tips for using miter saws to make tricky angle cuts to fit handrails between posts.
Find out why bathroom drains can emit very strong odors due to biogass – and what to do about it.
Wallpaper removal is never easy, but removing it without damaging drywall is crucial. Learn which products can help ease wallpaper removal, and how to apply them. Also, get tips for priming and sanding walls once wallpaper is down.
Roof singles properly installed extend well over the gutter. But when they are cut short, a flashing technique can fix the problem without replacing the roof.
Find out whether a noisy breaker box is status normal or a sign of potential fire danger.
Inconsistent water temperature can be tough to diagnose. Learn the steps you can take to figure out what’s making your showers – or sink water – cold.
Tempting as it is to direct collected water into existing plumbing, find out why connecting a sump pump to a sewer line is a bad – and potentially messy – idea. Get tips, too, on advisable ways of discarding collected water.
Need to tear out and replace your old bathtub? You've got options when it comes time to install a new one!
Find out why near-identical toilet bowls in the same house, and from the same manufacturer, might stain differently. Also, tips for effectively cleaning the bowl’s reoccuring black ring.
Find out whether it's time to call an exterminator, or if indoor bug spray should do the trick. Also, short-term fixes for gathering and eliminating insects.
Find out whether it's safe to add insulation around gas lines and other exterior pipes to minimize the cold air drafts they bring into a house.
Find out how to restore the flow to low-flow showerheads. Get tips on what to look for before replacing showerheads, and how to determine showerhead manufacturers whose earth-friendly products are reliable.
Learn the purpose and benefits of argon gas between panes or glass in energy-efficient windows, and get additional tips on buying replacement windows for your home.
Learn affordable ways to minimize drafts when new windows aren't an option.