The Gurus of How-To

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Larry Ubell and Al Ubell, the Gurus of How-To, answers your questions about home repair. Call 212-433-9692 with your questions or leave a comment.


Al Ubell and Larry Ubell

Comments [17]

Amy from Manhattan

To Mary from Manhattan: Borax works well for mold. I don't know what concentration you need to clean bins & shelves, but you can search online for that info.

Aug. 11 2010 02:46 PM

Al & Larry,

Love the show. I could help in the plumbing area for you. It would be great if you could give me a call after the show or set up a time to speak. I have an internet site to help 516-922-7329.


Aug. 11 2010 01:58 PM
Kathy from Manhattan

Would you take a moment to address the bed bug problem? What can you advise for prevention.

Aug. 11 2010 01:54 PM
Lars from Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

We would like to lay marble tile on a hard-wood floor in a hallway. What's the correct way to lay it down? We've gotten all kinds of answers on this.

Aug. 11 2010 01:50 PM
Sally from NJ

I have a loose-brick patio that is repeatedly undermined with chipmunk tunnels. It has a thick gravel base topped with several inches of sand just below the brinks. I have had it redone twice, and it needs redoing again. What can be done to prevent the chipmunks from tunneling, but keeping the bricks?

Aug. 11 2010 01:46 PM
Rick Pettit from East Village

This year for the first time my 4 year old Friedrich through-the-window AC is gurgling. The pan fills up and the scroll fan splashes the water. What causes this and how can I fix it? Thanks. RP

Aug. 11 2010 01:44 PM
Jay from Norwalk ct

HELP!!! Is there a remedy for water pressure that's too low to properly flush a toilet???

Aug. 11 2010 01:41 PM
Mary from Manhattan

I am moving from an apartment with mold and mildew in the bathroom to an apartment without it. Do I have to discard the plastic storage bins and metal shelving in the old bathroom to avoid carrying the mold and mildew spores into the new bathroom, or is there some way to clean them?

Aug. 11 2010 01:41 PM
tina petillo from QUEENS

Answer to your question about the screw with different threads:
Is it by any chance "Rod Joist Hanger"?

Aug. 11 2010 01:40 PM
Lou Pinto from nj

What is your best resource(s) for products after they have been in the market for a number of years?

Aug. 11 2010 01:38 PM
Tara from manhattan

Hand rails
I just want to make a note of agreement regard Al and Larry's remark about how important handrails are. I live on the 6th floor of a walk-up apartment building, and am generally a fit and nimble individual. But, I have slipped on these stairs (more than once) and have been saved (more than once) by grabbing the handrail at the beginning of my fall. I was still hurt, as I fell with such force that my arm really got pulled hard from the force. Of course, I also hurt my bum where I hit, but all of this was better than toppling all the way down the flight.

Aug. 11 2010 01:37 PM

this episode about stairs and steps sounds like it was written by Andy Rooney.

Aug. 11 2010 01:33 PM
Ann from nyc

My bathtub/shower water doesn't drain. I snaked it but no hair or debris came out. I poured an unclogging liquid which helped but a week later it stopped draining again. What should I do?

Aug. 11 2010 01:30 PM
Bob Wilson from Brooklyn

I have an old oak parquet floor, thin strips (roughly ¼ inch thick) that is beginning to show some wear. It was refinished about 25 years ago with polyurethane (Fabulon) and does not have a lot of room left to refinish again. Parts of the floor may have been waxed. Rather than go through the expense of a new floor, can I get by with a good quality wax finish? If this is possible, what type of wax would you recommend? Thanks, Bob (Bob of Brooklyn)

Aug. 11 2010 01:17 PM
Katie from Englewood, NJ

My refrigerator keeps freezing especially on cold days. It's about 8 years old do I need to get a new refrigerator. I've tried cleaning underneath the refrigerator and even looked online how to clean but it's still freezing. I've wasted so much food and I don't know what to do.
Thank you

Aug. 11 2010 11:48 AM
Stuart from nyc and seaside park (not seaside heights !)

Someone neglected to properly drain our outdoor shower last fall when we closed the spigots under the house for the winter. When we turned it on a few weeks ago, water was shooting out of the pipes even though the shower was off. We have tried a few quick fixes using some sort of tape bought from one of the large home repair store chains, but there's still a small dripping leak when the shower is not in use. A local plumber in our small Jersey Shore town wants to charge 500 bucks to replace the metal plumbing with pvc, which I think is outrageous for a shower in a wooden shed so small that you can barely turn around in it. Can you make any suggestions? (p.s. - I was promised by the screeners that my problem would be discussed last month, and waited on hold during the entire segment, and now summer is half over...)

Aug. 11 2010 10:40 AM
jonn k. from Staten Island

I have maybe a simple question, it is not in my home it's in my car.
My ceiling fabric is starting to droop and peel away, right where the ceiling meets my windshield. It is get exacerbated by driving on the highway with the windows open.
I feel like maybe I should just glue it??
But I don't want to permanently mess it up?
Do you guys know a good method for taking care of this?


Aug. 11 2010 10:10 AM

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