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Home & Garden
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 12:00 am

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
Home & Garden
Thursday, June 29, 2006 12:00 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
Home & Garden
Thursday, June 22, 2006 12:00 am

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
Home & Garden
Thursday, June 15, 2006 12:00 am

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
Home & Garden
Thursday, June 8, 2006 12:00 am

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
Home & Garden
Thursday, June 1, 2006 12:00 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
Home & Garden
Thursday, May 25, 2006 12:00 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
Home & Garden
Thursday, May 18, 2006 12:00 am

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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