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  • Water: Your home's bete noire

    Water: Your home's bete noire
    Q. I was at a party this weekend and, of all the crazy things to talk about, a discussion started about what is the biggest danger to a house falling down. Wind, poor soil, bad foundation, poor construction, etc., were all debated heavily. I so wish you would have been there to settle the debate. What, in your opinion, is the biggest danger to a house? --Mike C., Bar Harbor, Me.
  • How to insulate your basement

    How to insulate your basement
    Q. I'm going to be remodeling my basement and want it to be toasty warm. How would you do insulation for a basement remodel like this? Would you use foam insulation or just the old standby fiberglass? What's the worst thing that can happen if you do the...

    Repair drywall like a pro

    Repair drywall like a pro
    Q. I've got several drywall defects in my home that must be repaired. A doorknob punched a hole in one spot, roughhousing children created another hole, and my husband stepped through the ceiling while in the attic. What are some tips you can share...

    Wood vs. steel I-beams: Is one better than the other?

    Wood vs. steel I-beams: Is one better than the other?
    DEAR TIM: I'm getting ready to build a large room addition that needs a beam to support the floor joists. I've been told that a wood beam will work, but I've always seen steel I-beams in other houses. Is it possible for wood to do the job? What are some...

    What is radiant heat?

    What is radiant heat?
    DEAR TIM: I'm looking to buy a house, and I've seen online descriptions saying a house has radiant heat. What in the world is that? The house I grew up in had hot air that blasted out of ducts. What are the pros and cons of radiant heating? Is it...