Q: I’m planning to do my own roofing job. Is it possible to do one side of the roof at a time, finish one part and then go to the next part. This way I can work on it over time. The house is a gable ranch style. I have done a lot of DIY work, and I don’t really […]
Q: Should I use pressure-treated lumber for the inside of a shed I’m building? A: Using pressure-treated lumber certainly wouldn’t harm anything, and it will always be more durable than non-treated lumber. You must used “ground-contact” PT lumber for any framing members that touch the ground. And use treated lumber for any exposed areas. Is the shed open or enclosed? […]
Q: Is there a standard height for base molding? And do you have any tips for installation on a new floor? A: You want to install the flooring first, and then install the baseboard, nailing into the wall studs. There’s no hard and fast rule about what the proper height is. There are a variety of baseboard profiles to choose […]
Q: When I turn on my air conditioner I smell a very bad odor, like sulfur or rotten eggs. The smell only lasts about 10 minutes when it’s first turned on. What causes this and how can I get rid of it? A: Most likely, the filter and/or pan is matted with dust or rotten algae. Changing the filter […]
Q: For a countertop, what are the advantages/disadvantages of 2-centimeter granite versus 3-centimeter granite? The 2-centimeter is cheaper, but I know you usually get what you pay for. A: The 2-centimeter granite is installed over a plywood rough top. The edge of the plywood is then hidden by an ogee trim or molding on the edge. You can easily […]
Q: When you’re laying sheathing on the roof, which way does it need to go, vertical or horizontal? We have it going horizontal and have been told it needs to go vertical. I’d really like to know before it is redone! A: According to APA—The Engineered Wood Association, wood panel sheathing should be oriented with their strength axis or face-grain […]
Q: A thunderstorm blew a few shingles off my roof. The roof is about 12 years old. I would like to replace the missing shingles with the same color shingle, but I can’t find any that match the old ones. How do I find a match? A: Your best bet would be to take a sample to a few roofing […]
I have a water stain on my hardwood floor from a leaky plant. Is there a way to remove this? Try using a vibrating palm sander with progressively finer grits. Try 100-grit first, move to 150-grit, and so forth until you achieve the desired smoothness. After removing the dust you’ll need to match the stain to the rest of floor. […]
IN A FIX, the new home-improvement show on the TLC Network, follows a team of remodelers who rescue homeowners from botched renovation projects.
Changing a vehicle’s engine oil and filter is sure to save motorists time and money from trips to the service station.