My garage roof has shingles that are worn and weathered. Under what conditions would it be advisable to lay a second layer of shingles over the existing layer? I would assume there are cost savings doing this. There is currently only one layer of shingles on the roof and no leaks in the building.
A ground fault occurs when an electrical current flowing through a wire or appliance unintentionally flows through an unintended path to the ground. A GFCI protects people and animals from accidental shocks or electrocution.
We just moved into a home with a very small powder room for one of the bathrooms. The toilet in this powder room has a short toilet bowl to allow the door to swing open. I would like a longer bowl toilet installed. Is it possible to fit a longer bowl toilet in this tight space?
Apron-front farmhouse sinks are the popular artist models for kitchen use because of the exposed front wall of the sink. The outside panel of the sink wall is a perfect area for adding accents and textures to help create the artist-edition look.
Years ago I wrote a column about critters like reptiles and rodents climbing into drain piping systems and ending up in toilets. After that I received lots of letters from homeowners sharing similar experiences. I recently stumbled across that long lost pile of letters and thought it would be fun to occasionally run some of these stories. So please enjoy Ed’s “Tails from the toilet.”
Put away the snowblower and tune up the lawn mower, because what passes for spring these days has arrived. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers some tips for proper and safe operation of all the things you need to keep your yard looking marvelous.
My house has a basement, and I can see the pipes under the floor, but I also have a water stain on my bathroom ceiling, and I can see icicles hanging from the roof’s overhang outside the bathroom window. Do I need a plumber?
I have a very old shower stall. It has the original single-handle mixing valve, which constantly leaks. The last plumber who looked at it said parts are no longer available and it needs to be replaced with a new mixing valve. To do this will I have to open up the wall? Any other repair ideas I can explore to solve this issue?
We live in a small home with very limited storage. We have a garage but can never get the car inside because of all the junk we have in there. We don’t have the yard area for a storage barn. I have been told that storage in the attic ruins whatever is put up there. Is this true?
Every heavy rain, we get water coming in from the top of the first-floor windows. We have had many contractors come out to do work. They have replaced some windows, replaced some roofing, and have caulked things nonstop.
I now have black mold growing in the cracks between the top of the bathtub and the tiles. I have tried mold-removal cleaners, bleach and other products, with only limited success. Any ideas how to remove this?
The sink does not fit tight against the underside of the granite, and it has to be caulked or it will leak. The contractor installed upright boards under the sink to hold it in place, but all that takes cabinet space and gets in the way.
Like anything else, you can get very fancy with custom brackets that need to be drilled into the shower walls or diverter valves for flow control to multiple shower heads. Or, you can just take a simple approach and install a shower cradle on the end of your shower arm pipe.