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Q&A: Blocking Nicotine Stained Walls

Question We just purchased a home from a smoker and have been cleaning it up. We have scrubbed it down, replaced the carpets, cleaned the ductwork and repainted every square inch of the home and, thankfully, the odor is gone. Unfortunately, we are now getting some...

Q&A: What Type of Light Bulbs Should I Use?

Question When it comes to replacing lightbulbs, there’s so many changes and so many choices. How do you compare watts to lumens? And what type of bulbs are the best to replace the traditional incandescent? Any advice to simplify shopping for light bulbs would be most...

Q&A: How to Properly Remove Snow From a Deck

Question We have a new wood deck, and with snow in the forecast, we need to know the best way to remove snow without causing damage. Also, what type of ice melt should we use for it? Answer Great questions! We will break this down into two separate categories, and the...

Q&A: When to Use a Nail or Screw?

Question How do you know when it’s better to use a nail or screw? Answer Ah, the eternal question! Unlike the Coke or Pepsi debate, nail or screw does have a correct answer – many correct answers because it depends on the context. In general, nails handle shear weight...

Q&A: Moldy Paint & Respiratory Ailments

Question Three weeks ago I repainted our bedroom walls using paint that was about 7 years old. It mixed well so I assumed it was fine to use. After applying the paint I noticed an odor unlike any smell I had ever experienced before. It was so strong that we...

Q&A: Silence Banging Water Pipes

QUESTION Recently, the pipes in our house bang when we turn on the water. It feels like hammering. What causes this? And to get rid of the noise, do we need to call a plumber or is there something we can do to fix it? ANSWER Your banging pipes – also known as...

Q&A: The Best Way to Clean Vinyl Siding

Question I have vinyl siding with black mold on it. Should I power wash it, or is there a simpler solution? Answer Without seeing your home, we suspect the moldy sections of your vinyl siding are on a part of the house that gets little or no direct sunlight, and the...