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Summer is heating up! The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, answer questions and give advice on how to repair and maintain your home or apartment.
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Two years ago our neighbor's apartment flooded. Water accumulated under our wood floors. We brought in industrial dehumidifiers and the problem seemed to take care of itself. We had our wood floors resanded and stained this winter, with some gaps filled in. Just this week one small portion of the floor is swollen. It makes a noise when walking over it.Could this be humidity? Or remaining water? We do not want to redo the floor. Please advise.
these are oriel windows.
This time every year, my wood doors don't close as they swell with the humidity. We tried sealing the unpainted tops and bottoms last fall, but the doors still don't close. Is it the wood framing? How do I fix this annual problem?
What are the best ways to determine if your home should be re-wired with updated wires and circuits?
How do I get rid of silverfish?
What humidity percentage should a basement dehumidifier be set at?
Can you talk generally about replacing windows? I have a modest home and need to replace my older vinyl windows. I'd like to get something better, but I think that really great wood windows might be an over-investment. Are there good vinyl windows? What kind of glass should I get?
I have a window that is way up the wall. The base of the window is about 12 feet off the floor. The window is about 42" by 96".
What kind of window treatment can I use on this? If a blind would it need a very long cord & wand? Or can I get a motorized one with a remote control?
Also, can I rent some kind of scaffolding to get there to install it?
Is it possible to use the same plaster for ornaments that can be find in brownstones etc. everywhere? Like in place of drywall? I would imagine it would keep the apt/house cool...
After Sandy, we contacted our insurance company to make sure our weekend house in Seaside Park was in good shape. The adjuster found that shingles were missing from the roof, and replacements were no longer being manufactured. Since there was an older roof on top of the present roof, it was explained to us that everything has to be torn off and done from scratch. We received a check for a new roof. What questions should we be asking prospective roofers?
My AIr conditioner when it is on it makes loud rattling and buzzing sounds. We had new windows installed and had the AC installed on top of window instead of the traditional on the window sill. Could this be the problem?
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