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  • home value up with home improvements
    Deducting Interest on Home-Improvement Loans

    Since the tax reform act of 1986, one of the biggest deductions that a homeowner has is the interest on loans secured by his residence. A new kitchen, bath or added space will add comfort to a...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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    Buying Your Dream Home

    I think you’ll agree Jed Clampett and his family didn’t do a very good job of house hunting in Beverly Hills. Their home was too big and not their style. It didn’t suit their needs or any...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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    Stucco Problems

    I am concerned about a series of cracks in the stuccoed exterior surface on three sides of my newly built home. The vertical cracks run all the way around at an average of about two feet apart....

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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    Removing Adhesives

    How can we remove the Selfix type fixtures which are held to our mirror and to our drywall without ruining the mirror or the wall? LWD Solution We can’t guarantee that you will be able to save...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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  • Non-Skid Stickers

    In one of your previous columns you suggested using a sharp razor blade to remove adhesive bound appliqués from bathtubs. Perhaps you are not aware of a product called DE-SOLV-IT. This is sold in grocery stores along...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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  • fountain leak
    Fountain Crack

    We have a crack forming on our cement fountain. It does show both inside & outside the bowl. It doesn’t leak yet. How can I seal it before we spring a leak!! Barbara Solution First, drain the...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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  • pvc pipe noise
    Stopping Bathroom Noise

    Our house has back-to-back bathrooms, one of which adjoins our bedroom. When guests use this bathroom the sound of running water and toilet flushing is so loud it can awaken us from sleep. How can we deaden...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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  • noise reduction
    Noise-Reducing Walls

    I live in a townhouse that has a wall that I share with my neighbor next door. Can I inject blown insulation into the wall space between our dwellings to reduce noise from one space to the...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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  • window sill repair
    How To Repair A Damaged Window Sill

    Recently my daughter visited with her puppy, who promptly gnawed off an area around the corner of two wooden windowsills in the bedroom. How can I repair these without replacing the whole sill? They are wood with...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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  • Downing the Drainpipe

    We have a 3″ schedule 40 PVC drain from a bathroom that runs about eight feet down through the basement. When hot water is draining from the bath, there is a loud cracking sound generated in the...

    • Posted January 24, 2014
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