Handyman

Only you can prevent a dryer fire

Clothes dryers cause 2,900 fires in residential buildings each year, resulting in five deaths and $35 million in property damage. The majority are a result of lint buildup inside the dryer or the pipe that vents it to the outside.

Handyman

Skirted toilets are attractive but pricey

Even though both toilets may be able to use the same rough-in piping, a skirted toilet usually requires “extra” labor since it mounts differently to the toilet flange. Plus, the fixture itself is can cost more than a standard toilet.

Handyman

Is there recourse for rain damage in basement?

My son and daughter-in-law purchased a twin ranch home with a finished basement in the Northeast in September. Recent heavy rains invaded their home and caused a great deal of damage to the back wall in both the basement and the bedroom above. They called an adjuster, who cut out the damaged walls and removed carpet, and brought in fans and a dehumidifier.

Handyman

Can garage with bowing walls be salvaged?

The concrete floor of an older detached garage is in good shape and has a new door. But the walls have started bowing due to high winds. The owner’s next project is to add a new roof, but he doesn’t want to invest too much in it if the walls can’t be fixed.

Handyman

High-tech toilets can be a high-end item

They’ve been getting a lot of attention lately, partly due to new technology allowing you to link up your smart phone with your smart toiletm which lets you to play your favorite music through the built-in toilet stereo sound system. Staying plugged in is just one of the many advantages of a smart toilet.