I installed an electric furnace at the cottage and added a heat pump to provide air conditioning. I want to install the same system in my house, but have been advised to install a gas furnace with an air conditioner instead. What should I do?
I plan to remove a wall in my living room. I am concerned about my ventilation system because there is a vent on either side of the wall I plan to take down. What should I be concerned about, and how should I tackle the situation?
I have mold in my windows and in the corners of some of the rooms of my house. How dangerous is this stuff?
I have noticed some discoloration on the north wall in my house. The discoloration comes in streaks running vertically from the floor to the ceiling. What can I do to remove them?
I have a problem with excessive dust in my house, and I want to install an electronic air filter to tackle the problem. Which electronic air filter is considered the best and should it be installed to the supply air duct or to the return air duct?
I often feel unwell in my own home, but never when I am next door, house-sitting at my neighbor's. I have read about "sick building syndrome"; can a house be affected as well?
The north wall in our house is unusually cold yet it is full of insulation. What's wrong and what can I do to increase the heat?
We are thinking about moving to an area in British Columbia that has few brick houses but many stucco siding houses. I was told that new acrylic stucco siding, as opposed to wood or aluminum siding, requires little maintenance. This sounds a little fishy to me. What is the truth?
I want to change the color of the vinyl siding on my house with a coat of paint. What kind of paint should I be using, and is there any special method to applying it?
Can I paint my wooden lap siding with a brush or a roller?
The silicone caulking on the aluminum siding of my house needs to be replaced. What is the best way to remove it, and what kind of caulking should replace it?
What is the best way to repair rotten wooden lap siding?
I have made several attempts to clean the aluminum siding on my backyard workshed, without much luck. Is there a special trick to cleaning aluminum?
When I try cleaning the siding on my house, I always end up with ghostlike dirty streaks running vertically up the outside wall. What am I doing wrong?
I want to lay new asphalt shingles on my roof. How far should the shingles overhang the edge of the roof?
I have recently noticed some green mold on my shingled roof. What should I do to remove it, and what can I do to prevent its return?
I want to install new shingles on my roof. Which ones are the best to use, fiberglass or felt-based asphalt shingles? And is there any difference between three-tab and one-piece shingles?
How can I patch concrete steps so that the concrete won't chip and break off every spring?
I changed my standard brick fireplace to a gas one. I installed a liner on the inside of the chimney, but I am finding condensation between the liner and the chimney wall. It does not matter if it rains, or snows, or is dry, there is always condensation. Why has the liner not helped?
There are cracked mortar joints on the outside of my chimney. Can I use polyurethane to fill the cracks?