The Gurus of How-To On Weatherizing Your Home for Winter

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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. Now that winter's here, they'll offer tips on keeping your furnace in fine form, making sure your pipes don't freeze, and making sure you're home is heated and insulated efficiently.

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Al Ubell and Larry Ubell

Comments [15]

phil from nyc

centipedes noticed number over the warm months (10) Just found another in a duplex in NYC totally renovated apartment in old prewar building on west side. No one else has them. how to rid ourselves of these pests?

Dec. 11 2013 02:06 PM
Ruth from Queens

re. radiator banging:
does it cause any harm?
Mine bang just enough that I love it!
I feel like it's my old 1923 house speaking to me : )

Dec. 11 2013 01:53 PM
Tony from Canaries

Re the quiz: Quit making apses of yourselves, you naves.

Dec. 11 2013 01:46 PM
Carol from Staten Island

Why does my toilet whistle when it is flushed?

Dec. 11 2013 01:46 PM
Jeol from Westchester

I live in a 2-story co-op garden apartments 30 miles north of NYC. Many of the roofs face south. Question: what are the pros and cons of installing solar panels?

Dec. 11 2013 01:45 PM
Poppy Head from Brooklyn

Thanks, Lena. My name may be clever, but I can't take credit for it.

Dec. 11 2013 01:45 PM
Melissa from Manhattan

Leonard, the fruit fly trap that has always worked for me and friends is to put some red wine in a jar and create a paper funnel with a very small opening pointing down toward the wine then tape it onto the jar really well. Within 2-3 days it should have trapped many of your flies. I know it is similar to the solution you discussed, but the funnel and wine I think make a big difference!

Dec. 11 2013 01:44 PM
Kurt from East Village

I want to repaint my steam radiators. Does it really matter what kind of paint I use?

Dec. 11 2013 01:40 PM
Lena from Brooklyn

To Poppy Head from Brooklyn: Very clever name. Very clever, indeed!

Dec. 11 2013 01:37 PM

Answer to quiz: poppyhead

Dec. 11 2013 01:36 PM
Bob from Pelham, NY

What are the best ways to insulate a through-the-wall air conditioner for the winter?

Dec. 11 2013 01:34 PM
Poppy Head from Brooklyn

I want to convert my steam boiler from oil to gas. Are there any pitfalls I should look out for?

Dec. 11 2013 01:33 PM
Judy from Manhattan

I live in an old brownstone with old radiators. i can't open or close the valves. But my LL gives too much heat - my room temp goes past 90 degrees sometimes. What can I do?

Dec. 11 2013 01:32 PM
Concetta from Budd Lake NJ

I read that you shouldn't lower your thermostat if you have radiators. It doesn't save energy. Have you heard this? I have steam radiators.
Many thanks.

Dec. 11 2013 01:32 PM

Answer to quiz: Ogive

Dec. 11 2013 01:29 PM

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