Tiernan O'Rourke was painting a window at his home in Athy, Ireland. The trouble is he proceeded to get paint on the window's weather stripping and then closed the window. Here's his full report: "Hey Tim, It's great service you have here and even better if you can help I've made an annoying mess of this […]
Terrie Baker is building a new home in Adrian, Oregon. She did the right thing to go visit the job site to see what was going on. "My husband and I are building a new house. When I went to check on the progress the other day, I discovered a cobbled up mess on our French […]
Amy, who lives in the quaint city of Martinsburg, WV, is creating lots of angst at her local Home Depot and Lowe's stores. Here's why: "I have not been able to get a clear answer from Lowe's or Home Depot about when a door may need to be re-stained or repainted (and how). I've been […]
Quick Column Summary: Problems with new house construction Correcting an off-center window Wood-burning stove exhaust stack not properly installed Checking to see if the contractor is on the run DEAR TIM: I'm having a house built and I've got some problems. It's still in the rough stage with just the rough framing pretty much complete […]
Quick Column Summary: Double paned windows with fogging between How to remove and clean it Have new insulated glass installed Video link Martin Gold, who's got a fogged window in Lakeport, NJ, has a great question: "I have a bow window double panes one pane has developed a film in between panes. Is there a […]
Quick Column Summary: Is dust in house coming from ductwork What is creating the dust Most dust gets in through air cracks near doors/windows Denis has a dusty house in California's Central Valley. He lives in Merced, CA. That's a clue by the way. Here's what Denis sent me: "Hey Tim, I have the dustiest […]
Quick Column Summary: Car windows developed film Film comes from plastic off-gassing Will come off with soap and water Streaks mean you did not clean it well Vicki Mead, who resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas, asked me with a tinge of smoker's guilt this question: "First of all: I don't smoke, so that is not an […]
Wood shims are used when installing a door for several reasons. The door shims allow minimal or no structural stress or pressure applied to doors or windows at any point. This allows the doors or windows to operate freely.
A window box has to be properly anchored to your house. Flower boxes with soil, flowers and water can weigh hundreds of pounds. Consider a French cleat to support your window boxes. French cleats work great and are hidden.