Roof leaks are associated with problems in the roof covering, but we have various vents disrupting this surface. Plumbing vents are one of those penetrations. Older lead flashing on plumbing vents are giving way to the new plastic vents, which may not be so great.
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A further question to ask is should I insulate a home built the 1920s? There are different schools of thought to this question, so let us explore the reasoning behind why you will hear different contractors make various suggestions.
Your air conditioner was working fine, but then it stopped without notice. One reason may lie with the evaporator coil and its drain lines.
The following is a guest post about when building a kit home handy skills to have include being able to follow detailed plans, having some knowledge of construction and being able to ask for help when you need it.
Older furnaces can cost you money, so find out what you need to know when buying a new furnace.
Window manufacturers are always making slight improvements that we may not notice. Drainage holes for windows is one such innovation. But why do we need them?
Commercial equipment in residential buildings happens. In fact most innovations begin in commercial buildings, but we may want to consider if we really want them in our homes. A toilet may be an example of this idea.
Keeping wall joints and wall penetrations caulked keep moisture problems down, and caulking helps with energy efficiency. If you caulk once, do you need to caulk again?
Do you hear a gulping noise coming from your plumbing? You may think that this is a clogged drain, but it may be something in the opposite direction.
Having access to water through a hose bib is a convenience, so adding a water faucet in an extra location can help.
Have you seen holes appearing in your walls? Holes in other doors? A simple doorstop can prevent so much damage, and yet we forget to maintain them.
When looking at a foreclosure, or at a home where the appliances have not been switched out, I find signs of grease fires. Often these may not be dangerous, but you can take steps to avoid them, since these fires can go out of control.
Lawn sprinklers can be of great use to the homeowner. You can set your watering schedule, and not have to worry about your yard; however, there a few common problems which can be easily remedied by the homeowner.
There is a struggle for space in your attic, outside of your home, the utility room, and the garage. It may not seem important to you now, but not having enough workspace can make jobs more difficult.
Stucco may look nice, but you do have to be careful with this wall covering.
To have better energy efficiency we need insulation. For design reasons, we want a recessed light. These two things do not always go together.
We want bigger homes. To improve the square footage of an older home, we add onto the space with new rooms that require new roofs.
A popular retrofit for older homes is new windows, but you may not be installing them correctly. Proper flashing is one concern.
A few photographs at the plumbing in the bathroom when fixtures, like the toilet and sink, are not in place.
When homes are being built, buyers forget that they have to choose each detail they want, or they do not realize why one detail is important. Gutters frequently are not standard on the rear of homes, so you have to choose them.
Brick exteriors are quite popular, but did you builder take the time to consider leak problems with brick window sills?
One problem that can be seen often on water heaters is the corrosion that occurs around the water inlet and outlet fittings.
Controlling the amount of moisture in your home is achieved through vents in the bathrooms, utility room, and kitchen, as well as opening windows. The ducts for the mechanical vents are often not in the best of shape during home inspections, since they are easy to forget.
If you have a window or door that sits flush or proud of the wall, you probably then have trim sitting on the wall. This can be a problem area for moisture.
Windows pose a problem area for homeowners. Gaps, holes, or cracks can lead to leaks as well as being spots where your energy efficiency can be lost.
Guest post describing the benefits of metal roofing.
A guest post from a satellite dish installation company explaining how to go onto a roof without damaging the gutter.
Part of your plumbing system penetrates the roof. These are the vents, and they could be a source of leaks in the home.
Being on your roof during our hot Houston summer may cause damage to the roof, but it may hurt you too.
Originally from the forum: repairing a pane of glass in a window
Originally published in the forum: advice on how to paint
Air conditioning can be problematic in a Houston summer, and units can run all day long without ever really cooling to your desired temperature.
Electrical safety advances by making outlets a little better. TR stands for tamper resistant, and WR stands for weather resistant.
Can I install a gas range or oven? Are there safety concerns with gas cooktops that I should be aware of? What concerns should I have when it comes to a range, oven, or cooktop?
When you begin to seal and insulate your home, moisture can become a bigger problem. A constant supply of moisture can lead to mold, but non-constant moisture can lead to problems with wall coverings and more.
In newer homes in the Houston area, you will see forced hot air systems in bathrooms; however, gas bathroom heaters and electric bathroom heaters were common at one time.
How do you get heavy equipment into a building, when you cannot get it up the stairs? A deadman’s door is the solution.
From lead based paint to flood insurance, homeowners may not be too happy with some actions by our government.
To make his home air tight, one homeowner used foam insulation from a can, but did not realize that he may have been creating a fire hazard.
Water prices are rising; to save money while helping the environment, you may want to reduce your water usage. Dual flush toilets are a step in that direction.