All posts by onthehouse

  • Asbestos
    Asbestos

    I live in a 35-year-old house that has forced-air furnace pipes covered with asbestos. There are no breaks in the asbestos, but I wonder if I can cover them (wearing a mask) with duct tape? Beatrice No!...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • Quickrete and Concrete
    Fixing a Leaky Concrete Fish Pond

    The place we bought has a concrete fishpond in the back that leaks. It is oval in shape (5 1/2 feet x 6 1/2 feet) with sloped sides and is about 16 inches deep. It was built...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • Shingle-Roof
    Dutch Gutters

    Our stucco and frame house was built in the mid-1940s by a contractor for his family. It has Dutch gutters. Since that time a leak on the north side has apparently plagued every owner. The previous owners...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • soundproof wall
    Adding Wallboard

    My Eichler home has wood on the walls, and there is no drywall. I would like to sound-proof some of the walls. Is there drywall that can be used for sound-proofing? Janice ANSWER Drywall is far more...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • Pullman Sleeping Cars
    2 in 1 Room Double Usage

    On this day in 1858, George Pullman invented the first railroad sleeping car. It had foldout upper and lower berths that brought comfort and luxury to train travel. Today, you can add a bit of Pullman-style comfort...

    • Posted December 12, 2013
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  • CDs for the garden
    A new use for CDs

    Have you been getting lots of CDs for online service in the mail? And, have you been tossing them? Not so fast. Today you’ll learn how CDs can save plants and trees. There is something useful you...

    • Posted December 12, 2013
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  • blow-in insulation
    Adding Blown Insulation

    Are you planning to add insulation when you remodel, but want to avoid outside holes where it’s blown in? Today you’ll learn how to increase insulation while reducing cosmetic frustration. Here’s how: Extra insulation is an investment...

    • Posted December 12, 2013
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  • Art of Fixing Things
    A Terrific Book: The Art of Fixing Things

    The paperback publication’s cover boasts of tips on home repair, car maintenance, appliance repair as well as a tool guide. It’s all true. Even though crude and in black and white, photographs simplify the understanding of each...

    • Posted December 12, 2013
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  • Are You Garage-parking Challenged?

    On this day in 1932, Babe Ruth pointed to center field in the fifth inning of game three of the World Series; he then parked a home run right where pointed. If you’re always pulling into your...

    • Posted December 12, 2013
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  • Wet and Forget

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