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Toppers: Tile over vinyl problematic
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments Bradley Burditt, Old Dominion Tile  Q: Can I put tile down over the vinyl flooring in my kitchen? Or should the vinyl be removed? What's the best way to prepare the floor surface?  A:...
Holy moly: Pests or pest killers?
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments Peter Warren, Virginia Cooperative Extension Q: What can I do about moles digging up my yard? Is this a good time to get rid of them?  A: First, a little bit about moles. Moles are solitary...
GIMME SHELTER- Heat it up: Solar panels make more sense
Published on Jan 19th, 2006
0 comments Galen Staengl  Staengl Engineering Q:  These fuel prices are killing me! I'm seriously considering a solar hot water heating system, but I don't know much about the technology. What are...
GIMME SHELTER- Plan-ting ahead: off-season gardening tips
Published on Jan 18th, 2006
0 comments Diane RelfHorticulture specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extention Q: With all the warm weather we've been having, I can't help thinking about the spring planting season. What can I do now to get...
Kitchen impossible: Search and destroy meal moths
Published on Jan 12th, 2006
0 comments Intrastate Pest Control, 295-6565  Q:  How do I get rid of those annoying bugs flying around my pantry? Where do they come from, anyway? A: Those are called Indian meal moths, and they're...
Solvents solved: From frat house to your house
Published on Jan 5th, 2006
0 comments Q: With the holidays finally over, how can I get my house sparkling after all the spinach dip dropped on the rug?  A: If you can't afford a cleaning service, a couple of quick tips can get your...
GIMME SHELTER- Plan-ting ahead: off-season gardening tips
Published on Jan 4th, 2006
0 comments Diane RelfHorticulture specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extention Q: With all the warm weather we've been having, I can help thinking about the spring planting season. What can I do now to get ready...
Toasty tootsies: Heat creeps up from below
Published on Dec 22nd, 2005
0 comments Virginia Tile, Inc.  Q.  I heard about this new product that warms your floors. Where do I get it? Can I install it myself?  A. Many homeowners are installing heated floors, which...
One good turn: Keep mattresses healthy
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments Mattress Gallery  Q.  I can't sleep on my mattress anymorethere are dust mites, body impressions, and wear and tear. Is my mattress salvageable?  A. There are many ways to keep your...
Batten down: Winterize pools carefully
Published on Dec 8th, 2005
0 comments Valley Pool & Spa  Q.  It's too cold to swim. Got any winter maintenance tips for my pool?  A. A farmer from Madison properly maintained his 18 x 34 swimming pool– season...
Neat heat: How to avoid the poorhouse
Published on Dec 1st, 2005
0 comments Beck Cohen  Q.  Baby, it's cold outside! How can I stay toasty this winter with my natural gas heater? –Frigid in Fluvanna  A: Natural gas is a popular form of heating in...
Black lungs: Easy to check for radon
Published on Nov 24th, 2005
0 comments Environmental Health Consultants, Inc.  Q.  I heard radon levels are high in the wintertime. How do I know if my home's radon levels are unhealthy?  A. With cold weather ahead, every...
Frozen pipes?: Torch the pipe, not the house
Published on Nov 17th, 2005
0 comments Speedy Rooter Plumbing  Q.  I am worried about frozen pipes this winter– how do I thaw my pipes during the winter chill?  A. If you have a crawl space, you need to take...
Roof cleaning: Don't 'leaf' it undone
Published on Nov 10th, 2005
0 comments Sentry Exteriors  Q.  Fall is here, and I'm concerned about leaf build-up on my roof. How do I clean my gutters?  A. It's important to clean your gutters in the fall when the leaves...
Just do it: Fall's the time for planting success
Published on Nov 3rd, 2005
0 comments Ivy Corner  Q. My yard is beginning to look lifeless as the colder weather approaches. How do I achieve planting success in the fall? A. Fall is a great time to rejuvenate your yard and garden...
Scary stuff: Watch wires, candles at Halloween
Published on Oct 27th, 2005
0 comments BECK COHEN  Q . What precautions should I take when putting up Halloween decorations?  A. There are many possible mishaps with Halloween decorations. Homeowners should be careful...
Cracked up: Repair old plaster carefully
Published on Oct 20th, 2005
0 comments 3rd Generation Painters PLUS  Q. My plaster walls are crumbling. Should I replace with dry wall or just maintain the plaster? A. To check if you have plaster or dry wall, look, feel and knock...
What lies beneath: Restoring wood floors
Published on Oct 13th, 2005
0 comments Shifflett Hardwood Floors  Q.  I own an older home with wood floors. How do I restore the floors to keep the wood looking good?  A. You may think your wood floors are black and old,...
Up on the roof: Chimney issues can be tricky
Published on Oct 6th, 2005
0 comments Country Chimney Service  Q. Winter is fast approaching, and my house is getting chillier by the night. I'd love nothing more than a roaring fire in my fireplace, but before I light up, can you...
GIMME SHELTER- Winter's coming: Get your windows ready
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments Window & Door Pros  Q. With colder weather ahead and gas prices so high, how do I get my windows and doors ready for winter? How do I repair my glass panes and caulk the doors? A. First...
A few bricks shy - Repointing pointers
Published on Sep 22nd, 2005
0 comments Allied Concrete Q. After a long summer, our brick is wearing, and pieces are falling out. How do I repoint the weathered bricks? A. The best way to repoint at home is with a trowel and a tuck-point...
Wood you help? Butcher-block imperfections
Published on Sep 15th, 2005
0 comments Furniture Medic of the Shenandoah Valley, LLC Q. My butcher-block countertops are older than I am. During my kitchen renovation, I kept noticing imperfections in the wood. How do I restore the...
Tanked: Septic system can tell tales
Published on Sep 8th, 2005
0 comments Absolute Plumbing Services  Q. I just moved to the County, and I'm pretty certain I have septic tank. What should I do?–D.K. A. Almost every county resident has one just beyond the back...
Up on the roof: Sweat the small stuff yourself
Published on Sep 2nd, 2005
0 comments A New Look roofing contractors  Q: How do I know when my shingle roof needs work? Can I safely perform my own minor repairs? A: Roof shingles are often damaged by heat, especially if your home...
Oh, baby: How to keep that infant safe
Published on Aug 25th, 2005
0 comments Manager of Ambulatory Care at UVA's Outpatient Clinic Q: My wife and I are expecting our first baby in about a month. What are the baby-proof basics?  A: Baby-proofing a home is something you...
The buzz on bees: Let someone else handle 'em
Published on Aug 18th, 2005
0 comments Holistic Pest Solutions Q: In addition to chirping crickets and croaking frogs, I've recently begun hearing another summertime noise– the dreaded drone of bees in my backyard. What can I do if...
Paint it black: Just not with china bristles
Published on Jul 28th, 2005
0 comments Q: I've finished up my spring cleaning and moved on to summer painting. Any words of advice from an expert to a novice?  A: Before you start an interior paint job, don't forget to clean and...
Wet threat: Out, out, damp spots!
Published on Jul 21st, 2005
0 comments Larry Sambrook Certified Indoor Environmentalist of Airflow Diagnostics Institute, LLC Q: I read all about mold problems in a recent issue of The Hook. What can I do to safeguard my own house...
Defeat the heat: Maintain unit to chill out
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments The heat this summer is unbearable. What can I do to make sure my air conditioning unit is working properly?–Dazed and Confused A: Since air conditioning units are often neglected, the air...
Spider man: Beasts in the basement
Published on Jun 30th, 2005
0 comments Foster's Pest Control Q: My children's playroom is in our partially finished basement, and I've noticed an ever-increasing number of spiders down there– some of them huge. What can I do to get...