Posts Tagged 'Wisconsin'

How do you get the film off a new tile floor?

I just had a new tile floor installed in my house. Even though the floors were sponged down after grouting, there is still a haze over the entire surface. How should I clean them?

Correct way to insulate your crawl space

My house was built in 1994. I already have unfaced insulation in my crawl space running North to South. Can I put more insulation running East to West over the existing insulation? If so, what kind should I purchase? I was told by one sales person at Lowes that I can get R-13 (faced) and install it over the existing insulation with the faced part down. Then on another day another sales person at Lowes told me that I should install a moisture barrier and then I could use non faced insulation. I do not have a moisture barrier under my house and now I'm confused to what to do. The ultimate goal is to insulate my crawl space properly. What is the proper way to do it to keep my energy cost very very low?

Removing Tile Flooring in Dining Room

The same ceramic tile that's in our kitchen extends into our dining room, which makes the dining room look too "kitcheny" to me. The kitchen and dining room are two steps down from the living room, which has beautiful hardwood floors. Must the tile flooring be removed to match the dining room flooring to the living room? The dining room is 10 x 12'. What's a rough cost for labor for removing tile and installing hardwood?

What type of sand should be used to make white mortar?

My builder used a light yellow sand and white cement to make white mortar for laying bricks. I asked for white mortar and now it looks yellow to me. He said there was no way to get a pure white, which I believe there is. I had a previous home and we used white sand. Advise on what to do next...thank you.

Is October too late to get my house sided?

I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's October, and the weather is starting to turn for the worst. Is it too late to install new siding. If it's not too late, what should I be aware of in starting a siding project.

Recreation Room Flooring Choice for Basement Remodeling

Our home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has a large, open basement that we want to remodel into a recreation room for our kids. It has a cement floor, but the finish isn't real smooth. Our kids love to roller blade. What are the relative costs of smoothing the cement floor versus installing some other tough floor for our basement remodeling?

Fences for Sound-Proofing

The back yard of our Waukesha, Wisconsin, home is near a very busy freeway. We can have a fence up to 6' high. Will any fencing material, at any cost, reduce the highway noise so we can enjoy the back yard more?

Sunrooms Increase or Reduce Energy Bills?

There's plenty of room outside our sunny south-facing living room in Madison, Wisconsin, to add a sunroom of about 6 x 14 feet. I'd like 4 x 6' well-insulated windows all along the 14-foot south side, and well insulated walls and ceiling. If left open onto the existing living room year 'round, do sunrooms like this increae, decrease, or not affect utility bills?

Thermofoil Kitchen Cabinets

I hadn't heard of thermofoil kitchen cabinets until recently. I know it's measured in the linear foot. Are there standardized grades of kitchen cabinet veneer and laminates? I'm looking for the middle range for each option for starters. Are they a good choice here in Milwaukee?

House Paint for Basements with Moisture

The funny thing about Wisconsin basements is how dank they always seem to be. We have plans to renovate our basement to make it a living area. We will be painting it, and I want to make sure I use a paint that will dry quickly and not be affected by the humidity that seems to exist downstairs. What do you recommend?

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