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Garage Door Opener Problems

My garage door originally began going up and down at different intervals when opening and closing the door. Now it will only move about five inches and then return to its original position. I have attempted to ...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post June 6, 2011
insulated windows

We are selling our home, we have two upper panels in two different windows that have lost their seal. Some days they look cloudy but mostly it is just hazy. We have not replaced the windows because the...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post May 15, 2011
Garage Door Opener Problem

Hi, My garage door opener has started to loose power midway while openeing or closing. On occasion it will close and open normally. At times it will loose electrical power for a couple of seconds upto abou...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post August 21, 2014
Exterior paint vs. stain

My house is a two story combination vinly, brick, and wood trim on the exterior. It is 14 years old and has been restained 7 years ago. I am working with a painter who promotes painting versus staining...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post May 3, 2011
Thermal Tracking problem

I looked on the internet to research the black stains that are currently on my ceiling around the light fixtures, on any white plastic surfaces and containers, and streaks down the wall. Who would be th...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post March 30, 2011
Flooring

I am trying to find some kind of flooring to cover plywood. Could someone give me some ideas? No vinyl or tile, the area to be covered is high traffic and needs something that is going to hold up. It...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post March 14, 2011
Cast iron tub repair

I have a cast iron tub that has a section on the top rim with about a 3'"x 3'" section where the porcelein is missing. How can I repair that? Thanks...

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garage door

Because of climate, garage floors move with the frost and such. My garage door will not stay down... Can I unhook the sensor for now till spring when the floors go back to normal. That way the door would ...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post February 23, 2011
Septic gas smell

Our house is built on a slab. It is 30 years old. We have a septic tank and 300' of field lines. Three years ago, we had the field lines replaced. Lately every time it rains ( and sometimes when it...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post February 17, 2011
DO NOT HIRE GENERAL CONSTRUCTION CONCEPTS OR HIRE WAYNE BISHOP AND RANDY GRISDALE

We signed a contract on 11-24-08 with Randy Grisdell and Wayne Bishop, owners of General Construction Concepts, to tear down, and rebuild a Sunroom on the back of our house at 6791 South Washington ...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post August 6, 2015
Dirt floor refinishing

We have a dirt floor basement and a stone wall foundation. At times water seeps through the stone foundation. We have a drain to channel excessive water outside. Now we want to pour a cement floor in supprt of ...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post April 20, 2009
Hardwood Floors Hawaii

What are the most popular hardwood floors in Hawaii. Red oak, white oak, 5/16, 3/4, bamboo, laminate, prefinished? I would like to know how popular is hardwood floor no jus...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post February 19, 2009
Save Those Frozen Pipes

One of the rough things about winter is that external pipes can sometimes get frozen. This includes garden pipes that haven't been shut off or even pipes in the home where the insulation has fallen away. ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post August 5, 2014
Dryer Wisdom

The best way to dry clothes is in the open air. They smell great and on the average they last longer because the fibers don’t get scorched. In addition, the power bill is lower. The truth is, in our ...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post November 2, 2008
Electric Water Heater Replacement

Most water heaters in the country are heated by electricity but others use gas and oil, or the new tankless systems which provide hot water on demand. The useful life of a normal electric model is 8 to 12 y...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post October 8, 2008
Recaulking A Tub or Shower

It doesn't matter what kind of silicone you put on the joints of the tub and/or shower walls after a time it will begin to discolor. Mostly it is mold but the dye in shampoos will bleed into the sealer ...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post August 28, 2008
Hoseless Nailers

If you pass a construction site you expect the sound of hammering and the odd board being plunked down for measuring. However, for the last fifteen years the "bang" of the hammer has been replaced b...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post July 30, 2008
Melamine Paint - Diamond Over the Rough

Melamine is an amazing substance that many associate with cabinet finishes. In essence it is a white powder (triamino-triazine - C3N6H6), a carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen compound. Melamine i...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post July 20, 2008
Disguising a tear in the linoleum?

Is there any way to hide this at all? It's a clean cut which I suspect happened when the linoleum was originally being laid. The gap's about a quarter of an inch wide and twelve inches long. W...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post July 25, 2008
Cool That Attic

With energy costs going through the roof it is only prudent that we look to the roof for respite from huge air conditioning costs. The attic is like a huge pressure cooker in that it contains heat within a s...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post July 8, 2008
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