I’m purchasing a two-story home, and its floors are bowed in the hall, but the tile is not cracked. I placed a straight edge on the floor, and it has a slight hump. Should I walk away from a house like this?
Knob and tube is the earliest electrical wiring, basically designed to power light bulbs between 1880 and 1930. Its presence in houses has become an issue for many lenders and home insurers, and it causes delays in real estate transactions until large amounts of money are spent to replace it.
Our old vanity bathroom sink needs to be replaced, and I want to replace it with a pedestal sink. Since I am the one who insists on this style, can you please tell me some nice features to look for when choosing a pedestal sink? This way I can make everyone in my family happy with the choice.
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.