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Kristen almost got hit by a chunk of ice from her furnace exhaust pipe in Milford, CT. She's still alive to tell her story. Here it is: "Hi, Tim. I have a large ice pillar on my 3rd story/attic siding. I only noticed it when an arm-sized chunk of ice fell and nearly hit me. At […]

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Sharon's bathroom floor tile grout is cracking in her Anchorage, AK home. You're not going to believe the photos. Here's her story: "My master bath floor has cracked and chipping grout in more than 50 percent of the tiled area.  Some tiles sound hollow underneath. The sub-flooring is 3/4 in OSB with 3/8 inch interior plywood […]

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Anthony Biviano moved his family into a quiet home in Merrick, NY. But now everyone is having a tough time sleeping because the radiant baseboards are making NOISE! Here's his story: "Almost a year after we purchased our high ranch in Merrick, each time the heat comes on it sounds like a river is rushing through […]

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Larry Clifford had a humidifier install at his Richmond, KY home. He's now wondering if it was done wrong because it doesn't seem to be working right. Let Larry lay it on you: "I have a heat pump that came with the house. I am the original owner. A few years ago I had a HVAC […]

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A visitor to AsktheBuilder who'd rather remain anonymous and who lives in sunny, but sometimes cool, Phoenix, AZ, has two dogs he wants to be warm at night. Here's what he sent: "I need to keep my two dogs warm at night without heating the whole house.  Help! Even here in Phoenix, it gets cold in […]

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Barbara rents a house or apartment in Guilford, CT. But she's got a problem with her new furnace. "My landlord just installed a gas furnace. When it is running, cold air is leaking into the bathroom through the ceiling exhaust. When the furnace is at rest, no cold air is coming in. Why? and am […]

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Dale Hanson is thinking of purchasing a condo in Champaign, IL. His inspector may have given him bad advice: "I am purchasing a condo and the inspector said he could not find a return air duct in the basement. Is it necessary to have an air duct in the basement?" Dale, I assume you mean is it […]

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Bonnie Speeg lives in a chilly apartment in the gaslight district of Clifton in Cincinnati, OH. She reached out and here's her paraphrased situation: "Tim, my forced-air furnace comes on too often and it's driving me nuts. It's hard to sleep and it's annoying. My landlord says everything is fine and I'm under the impression I […]

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Stacey lives in a nice house that was built the same year I was born! It's in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada where it can get bitter cold. Let Stacey tell you what the problem is: "Hi. I'm in a 1,100 square foot one and one-half story house built in 1952. During the colder months I feel a draft […]

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Tim discusses new technology that alerts you when it's time to change your furnace or AC air filters. The notification can be via email. You can play the AsktheBuilder Filterscan Game. Just CLICK HERE to play. You could win prizes. (Prize deadline is November 17, 2014.)

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