How To Repair Door Drafts With New Weather Stripping

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    A friend asks about their front door and wants to know how difficult it would be to replace the weather stripping thats going bad. Unfortunately these things go unnoticed until it starts getting really cold out and then its really not optimal to remove a door to replace the weather stripping.

    If the problem is bad enough it really is worth doing even if you are going to end up getting the whole house cold for …

    How To Kill And Remove Mold Found During A Bathroom Remodeling Project

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      A friend is remodeling their bathroom and found some mold that they need to kill and remove. Unlike most mold that people are worried about this mold is white but that does not mean it isn’t dangerous. So, what precautions should they take and how do they go about removing it?

      Mold will occur anywhere there is warmth, food and moisture. Because mold spores are constantly on everything including our bodies we have to take precautions …

      How To Clean Out Your Main Plumbing Waste Line

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        For many people cleaning plumbing clogs is not something the want to get involved with but if you have worked with basic plumbing before this is a job that you can perform on your own and save yourself a large amount of money.

        Normally when pipes clog in your home it will happen in the trap area. This is a piece of pipe that is U shaped and the easiest place to see one is under …

        How To Choose The Best Skylight For Your Home

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          A friend is getting their roof resurfaced with new shingles and they are going to replace their aging skylights at the same time so that they don’t fail in a few years and cause a problem. They are wondering what shape skylight they should get and are hoping that the flat flush mount glass skylights will fit their needs. Their home has a rather flat roof and at parts it is only 12/3 or …

          How To Know If Wall Cracks Are Pointing To Foundation Problems

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            A friend asks about a new home they just bought. It is a 1950’s home that was built on cement block and the home is in general good condition for its age. Obviously there needs to be a lot of upgrades performed to bring it up to today’s standards but it is livable and most of the upgrades will be performed as time allows and not because they are required.

            The problem they are having is …

            How To Pour A New Concrete Slab Over An Older Damage Slab

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              A friend asks about their garage floor that they are using as an exercise room and is wondering what is the best method they can use to level the floor with a new slab placed on top of it. The existing job was performed maybe 40 years ago along with deterioration there are many cracks and unlevel areas. They are also wondering about a smooth vs brushed finish for the floor. They have talked with …

              How To Find The Best Place To Rent or Own

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                A lot of people ask me this question and I always have this one saying I tell them when they ask how to find the best place to live.

                No matter where you live there is always a better place that costs less and has more features than where you’re living now.

                And for the most part this is always going to be a true statement. No matter where you live because things change. Your neighborhood could …

                How To Fix A Dangerous Problem of an Oil Heater and Wood Stove Sharing a Chimney

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                  In this how to a friend is asking about a problem they are having with their oil heater however the problem is much worse than they really understand. The situation is that they live in a home with Oil Heat and over the past few years the cost of Oil has been astronomical. To the point that some people replace their oil heaters with gas heat if available and others end up replacing older oil …

                  How To Removing Linoleum Tile From Wood

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                    A friend that is remodeling their kitchen wants to remove their old linoleum flooring from wood wood floor that is under it. At that point they will make a decision if the wood floor is worth saving or if they will need to go with something else.

                    Unfortunately removing old linoleum can be a difficult task because the tar based mastic that was used to attach it to the substraight many years ago is a really …

                    How To Considering Building a Dog Door into Exterior Wall

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                      One of our friends asks about building a dog door on an exterior wall. They live in a suburban community and have a medium sized dog. Their rear yard is fenced in and they are considering a dog door to allow the dog more freedom.

                      They are asking if it is a bad idea or a really bad idea to put a dog door in an existing wall.

                      Most of the time dog doors are cut into …

                      How To What You Need To Know Before You Consider Van Dwelling

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                        In this How To we will look at some of the things you need to know before you jump into living in a converted van. This has become a popular option for many people and it is more likely that people in your area are doing this if the rents are high but there is also a good availability of jobs.

                        This is really the trade off many people choose van dwelling as a conscious decision …

                        How To Pour A Concrete Slab For Your Trashcans

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                          One of my final fall projects is to pour a small concrete slab for my trashcans to sit on. Until now I have been placing them in the same spot that the slab will go but once winter comes I will need something more substantial to place them on and I will also need some type of fencing to hold them in place during the harsh winter winds.

                          Probably the hardest thing about this project has …