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Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 12:57 am

Here’s how to repaint your fireplace

Dear Gene: We have a brick fireplace that was painted white but has become sooty and drab. We want to repaint it. I have had different opinions on whether I can use regular paint or must buy expensive...
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 02:32 pm

If you use the right sander, it’s not a chore

Dear Gene: We have older wood parquet floors that look shabby and need treatment. We have been told that we can “screen sand” them and refinish them easily. I have always heard that it is ...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 03:54 pm

Use a bleach-type cleaner

Dear Gene: Our deck is shaded and regularly turns green with algae. We have pressure-washed the wood twice in three years to remove the stuff. Is there a better way? You should be able to remove the ...
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 02:32 pm

Using your attic is a very bad idea

Dear Gene: I plan to vent my range hood into the attic. Is this a good idea, or is there a better way? It is definitely not a good idea. Ideally the range hood should be vented to the outside, usuall...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:58 am

High-quality paint can last up to a decade with proper care

Dear Gene: If we paint our siding, how long can we expect the paint job to last? It is impossible to say how long a given paint job will last, because so many variables are involved, but the question...
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 01:02 am

There’s a simple way to keep it from slamming shut

Dear Gene: Our front door won’t stay open. It keeps swinging shut on its own. What’s wrong, and how can we fix it? The door or its frame is slightly out of plumb (not perfectly vertical), ...
Thursday, July 13, 2006 02:33 pm

Don't live with a fading, deteriorating exterior

Dear Gene: My house has aluminum siding. The finish is faded and deteriorated. Can I successfully repaint the siding? — M.K. Aluminum siding can be successfully repainte...
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...


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