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Home & Garden
We recently added a cedar deck in our backyard. What would you suggest we apply...
Staining a Deck-2
I have a problem with my nine-year-old pressure-treated deck. It was never painted or stained,...
I plan to stain the spindles that form the wall on my backyard deck. Should...
Staining a Deck-1
Last week I installed a new deck in my backyard. How long should I wait...
Paint Spray Gun
I recently built some kitchen cabinets, which now have to be painted. I want to...
I built a pine bread box for my wife, which I protected with varathane. It...
I bought some unfinished, unstained pine furniture. I want to put a finish on the...
I have some ceramic tiles on my bathroom walls. Most of them are beige, with...
I recently bought an old house that has a sprayed-on stucco ceiling, complete with small...
My outside steps are made of painted wood. During the winter, the steps are considerably...
I live in a wooden house that was built in 1815. In the six years I...
Filling a Knothole
How do I fill a knothole in my deck railing so that it will last?
I moved into a house that was renovated by the previous owners. I think that...
I have had water leakage where the wall and the sliding door meet in my...
My cottage has pressed hardboard exterior walls that are beginning to flake, particularly on the...
Acrylic or Oil?
I have some wooden bookshelves on which I applied furniture oil. I want to paint...
Painting on Wallpaper
Can I paint directly over existing wallpaper or must it first be removed? If I...
I am renovating my bathroom this summer, and I would like to install tongue-and-groove pine...
Covering Oil With Latex
I dislike using oil paints because of the great difficulties using them. However, I live...
I want to apply a paint that will brighten my son's bedroom. Since my...
Acrylic Or Latex?
Other than the great difference in price, what are the differences between acrylic and latex paints?
Heating and Addition
I have a cantilevered addition to my house that extends out about 60 cm (2 ft). In...
I am having a problem with condensation on the windows in my living room. I...
I bought a house about two years ago. Over the last two winters I have...
I have a detached garage that I use as a workshop. I use an electric...
Heating and Flooring
In the winter, when the heat is on high, the cushioned flooring in my kitchen...
I live in a semi-detached house where the first-floor bathroom is directly above the furnace...
I recently bought a very old house. I am concerned that some of the insulation...
I have a water heating system in my 10-year-old house. Can I heat the garage...
I have a layer of insulation with a vapor barrier in my attic. I want...
The insulation in my basement runs only 75 cm (30 in.) down. I plan to finish the...
Types of Insulation
What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types of insulation?