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Wednesday, July 5, 2006 10:14 pm

The belief that attic fans will help is widespread

Dear Gene: We live in a two-level house with most of the living space on the upper floor. The air-conditioner thermostat is on the upper floor, which gets very warm in hot weather. We are th...
Thursday, June 29, 2006 02:54 am

Whether to pick vinyl or wood

Dear Gene: We live in a condominium with a deck that has wood railings that are in need of replacement or repair. The condo association wants us to replace the wood railings with vinyl, which is suppo...
Thursday, June 22, 2006 11:56 pm

Get sound-control windows, build an earth berm, or move

Dear Gene: My home is close to a busy highway, and there is a lot of road noise. Are there special windows I can install to solve the noise problem? — M.M. Some windows...
Thursday, June 15, 2006 02:32 pm

When grout gets gross, you’ve got several options

Dear Gene: Some of the grout in my two-year-old ceramic-tile bathroom floor has acquired yellow stains. I haven’t been able to remove the stains with various household cleaners. Can yo...
Thursday, June 8, 2006 05:19 pm

The first thing to do: get a moisture meter

Dear Gene: I own a condominium that has a musty mold or mildew odor and also gets sticky residue on some surfaces. What can I do about this? — N.M. These symptoms, which...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 11:22 am

If you can get underneath, you have an advantage

Dear Gene: Our house has beat-up hardwood floors covered by wall-to-wall carpet. The floors squeak badly. Is there any way to fix this problem from the basement, without removing the carpeti...
Thursday, May 25, 2006 07:41 am

Some basic rules for freshening up the surface of your home

Dear Gene: Is it possible to paint vinyl siding? Will the paint eventually wash off? — A.L. Vinyl siding can be successfully painted if some basic rules are followed. An...
Thursday, May 18, 2006 08:28 pm

Nobody should have too many cracks

Dear Gene: How can we make lasting repairs to cracks in our plaster walls? Also, should plaster be primed before it is painted, and what primer should be used? — K.L. ...

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