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Would you be good enough to advise me on who to contact about converting my T.V. to digital (I do not want cable), BUT I AM WILLING TO PURCHASE A NEW set IF THAT WOULD HELP. I bought a converter box, but it still does not work. Maybe recommend a store or a person who is knowledgable on this issue. Thanks.
I called the show about winterizing my side of a duplex (this will be my first Winter away) and Larry gave an email address that I apparently got wrong. Can you give me Larry (or Al) Ubell's correct email? Thanks
The mounds of dirt which appear daily in front of your caller's home sound like ant hills.
I recently purchased a dehumidifier for the basement of my home, but am finding conflicting information as to what humidity percentage I should set it at. What is your recommendation?
We bought a petite Victorian in Delaware county, NY 4 years ago. The house has many beautiful details, but it was sided with vinyl siding some 20 years ago. There is wood clapboard underneath. How practical is it to remove the siding? What would be involved in re-insulating the house? What other problems might we encounter?
I purchased a home in Brewster, NY about one year ago. Iam considering having the underground oil tank removed. Can you advise on the estimated cost for this operation? Are there any issues with which I should be aware of when looking for a contractor?
I live in an apartment building on the 9th floor. There is a mothball smell that comes through my living room windows on a daily basis. I do not smell mothballs on my floor. I went to the 8th floor and the smell is very strong. I wrote a note to both neighbors below me. Both denied they are using mothballs. The management is not willing to get involved. Do you have a recommendation for an agency or company that would test the air on the 8th floor as well as my apartment?
Conduction, convection, radiation
Answer to the puzzle: Convection, Conduction, Radiation
What is the best solution to fix a "rising" flag in a sidewalk (a tripping danger for our insurance company):add cement as a filler or scrape the small rising edge (less than one inch high).Thank you
Following the article in last week's NY Times magazine about upholstered furniture safety, I am wondering about testing the air and/or dust in my apartment for toxins/VOCs. Do you know if this is possible and how to go about it?
How I can determine where the leach field is for my septic system? I know where the access point to the tank is and I have a rough schematic of the system, but I do not know exactly where things are underground. I would love to plant some trees or a fence along the edge of my yard but am afraid of wrecking the system in the process. I've heard you can tell by seeing where the grass is thicker and greener, but mine seems pretty consistent. Do you have any thoughts on how I can determine this or anything else I need to consider before undertaking this project? If I do determine that there isn't enough room for trees, could I safely put a fence up over the field? Thanks.
I live in a rental in a pre-war building and have a very persistent squirrel who has chosen the outside casing of my in-the-wall air-conditioner as a storage unit for the fall. Any recommendations on avoiding nesting rodents in the city?
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