I live in IL, and my house has two layers of brick covered with a layer of 1" clay tile and plaster. There is no insulation whatsoever. There is no gap between the layers to blow in insulation or foam. My home is only 895 sq. ft. but I pay more than a 2,500 sq. ft. home in utilities. I've put new windows and doors in and two layers of R-30 insulation in the attic. Please, please, please help with any and all suggestions.
My house is 3/4 crawl space foundation 1/4 slab from a garage conversion. The center of the crawl space portion is sinking and we have been having problems with the wooden subfloor rotting in the rooms along it. How do we stop this from happening? We also found a shower problem that we fixed.
We will eventually add on an addition to our home. Due to the cost of an addition, we would like to first have a patio poured. Would the contractor be able to set the addition foundation up against this slab? Pouring the slab to the house probably doesn't make sense.
My house is only three years old. Over that time, the countertop has progressively pulled away from the wall. There is currently about 1/2 inch between the countertop and the drywall. I noticed today that the upper cabinet is now pulling away from the wall, too. I also found while cleaning today that there is an area where the hard wood floor is separating. Why would this be happening and how do I fix it?
Should you hang drywall in a new home before you pour the basement floor?
I recently remodeled my kitchen and noticed when we took the cabinets down that the previous owners installed the oven's electrical cord wrong. It goes from behind the oven, up the wall, and through the wall - not the ceiling - and now it's just hanging over my cabinets. I don't have soffits, and I have no idea how to go about getting rid of this cord. What do you suggest?
I have a curved sunroom with plastic panels on top. I need to replace the panels and can't find them anywhere. I don't even know what the material is called. Could you please tell me what kind of plastic is used, and where I can get new panels?
Our wood front door faces directly into the sun. We recently re-painted it red using latex based paint and primer. We have since come to understand that this paint can bubble due to heat. I am looking for any and all suggestions so this does not happen again when we strip and re-paint the door short of changing the color - my wife is dead-set on red. Thanks!
Can a two-story house that's rotted inside and out be fixed up? It would need new walls, new floors, new everything. Is it possible to replace everything to the point where it can be lived in again?
I want to hang a hammock on my lanai/porch, but the walls are cement block covered with stucco. Will cement block hold that much weight (2 people = 300 lbs) safely? Can you recommend the best way to do this if so?
I'm re-insulating my attic and was wondering about the reflective foil barriers put on the underside of the roof. While I know they're good for preventing downward heat, does this pose any problem for the roof in terms of making it hotter and causing it to prematurely age?
- Dan M.
I installed new floor tile on our kitchen floor on Sunday; today is Wednesday and there are fine pieces of sand coming off. Not sure if I did not have enough water in the mix - I thought I did. Is my only option to scrape out the existing grout then try again?
I've heard that there is a new type of underlayment that replaces the old black tar paper. From what I understand, it's some sort of a membrane and you heat the overlaps. Is that correct?
I went to replace the ceiling exhaust fan in our laundry room and noticed the dead fan and the area around it was warm and moist. When I took the fan out I felt the dryer exhaust coming through. The dryer was running. Is that normal for a ceiling exhaust fan to be connected in any way with the dryer?
Should I use woven wire mesh on the inside or outside of a split rail fence?
Brendan Fowler owns and operates Fowler Construction, a general contracting business located in Nevada City, California.
Brett Kulina is a builder and real estate developer in Missoula, Montana. He writes from his historic farm on the Bitterroot River.
Jeffrey Anderson works in home building, remodeling, and commercial construction. He lives in Virginia with his three dogs.
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