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  • Building a Work-Shed

    DIY Questions and Answer May 31, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I’m building a work-shed supported by concrete blocks, but I live in a cold climate so I’d like to enclose the space beneath the floor to keep out drafts (and critters). What do you recommend I use that would be both economical and durable? A: You might try using some 1/2-in. thick cement boards attached to the sill beams. […]

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  • Dry Ice Cleaning

    DIY Questions and Answer May 31, 2017 Sonia

    Q: What is Dry Ice Cleaning? A: Dry Ice Cleaning (aka Dry Ice Blasting) is a process in which particles of solid carbon dioxide (dry ice grains) are shot out of a spray nozzle at high velocity to clean a surface. As dry ice penetrates the contaminant, it rapidly returns to its gas form, separating the contaminant from the surface […]

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  • Air Conditioner’s Condensation Pump

    DIY Questions and Answer May 31, 2017 Sonia

    Q: How can I prevent algae from growing in my air conditioner’s condensation pump? A: It’s a good idea to get rid of algae from a condensation pump because a buildup can block water flow and cause a leak inside your home. As water sits in the pan waiting to drain, algae has more time to grow, so empty the […]

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  • Leaky Garbage Disposal

    DIY Questions and Answer May 31, 2017 Sonia

    Q: How Do I Fix a Leaky Garbage Disposal? A: First step when working on a garbage disposal is to safely disconnect the electrical power supply. Garbage disposals have three junctions that are the most common source of leaks. The first two are the pipe connections on the side of the disposal (the drain pipe and dishwasher intake). These connections […]

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  • Planning To Build A Deck

    DIY Questions and Answer March 20, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I’m planning to build a deck attached to the rear of the house. It will be about 2 feet high. Is it necessary to connect the deck to the house ledger using the lateral load hold-down anchors that I’ve seen in your magazine? A: Always consult your municipal building department to determine local code requirements, but the lateral load […]

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  • How Do I Fix A Furnace Fan?

    DIY Questions and Answer March 20, 2017 Sonia

    Q: The fan to my furnace/AC system stays on after the furnace has finished its heating cycle. This causes it to blow unheated air non-stop, using up a lot of electricity unnecessarily. How do I fix it? A: A faulty thermostat might be the problem. While the fan is stuck running after the furnace has shut off, remove the face […]

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