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Rats! When your crawl space has critters

Encapsulating crawl spaces has gained favor among today’s energy-efficient builders.

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How to give cedar siding of various ages that uniform look

Contractor Rob Robillard offers tips on staining siding and exterior doors.

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Step-by-step instructions for removing window film

Contractor Rob Robillard gives step-by-step instructions on how to remove UV film without damaging your window.

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Tips for properly venting an attic

Learn the difference between gable, soffit, and ridge vents.

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What to do when bathroom fans and dormers drip

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles readers’ questions about a bathroom fan that drips water, attic fans, and more.

Rusted columns are common in basements.

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Tips on finishing, insulating basement floors

We plan to finish our family room in the basement. What is the best type of flooring to use there?

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Repairing a carport and slate roofs

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions on replacing rotted beams and slate shingles.

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Repairing wood beset by blotchy ‘blooms’

Sometimes moisture becomes trapped in the finish. Get out the mayo.

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Tips for a finished basement that’s mold-free

Contractor Rob Robillard explains why insulating a basement is far more complicated than insulating regular wood-framed walls.

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What to do when your doors won’t close

Contractor Rob Robillard comes to the aid of reader who owns an 1884 Victorian.

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Tips for selecting a tankless hot water heater

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers questions about water heaters and a malfunctioning shower.

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So you think there’s a dead animal in the wall

Contractor and carpenter Rob Robillard answers readers’ questions about pest removal and walkway repair.

2016 ADDRESS GIFT GUIDE

Great gifts for the DIYer

Cool tools for the crafty.

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How to get rid of the moss on your roof

Contractor Rob Robillard answers reader questions about what damage plants and debris can do to shingles.

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Choosing the right deck materials

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about composite, wood, and PVC decking and hears reader responses to his advice on frozen pipes and smelly sinks.

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How much insulation do you really need?

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers’ questions about wood-ceiling care and (here we go again) ice dams.

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When to replace your hot-water tank

When should you replace your tank?

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Tips to keep your pipes from freezing this winter

Rob Robillard answers readers questions about frozen pipes and raking snow off the roof.

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Sewer odor creates a stink in addition

Contractor Rob Robillard helps a reader whose bathtub is not draining properly.

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A step-by-step guide for home and garden winter prep

Winter is coming, and you know nothing of yon snow.

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In attic, roofing nails are a real head-scratcher

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers’ questions about attic dangers and insulation and deck care.

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Cool ways to add AC to an old home

Contractor Rob Robillard takes reader questions about adding air-conditioning and what to do about back steps that are pulling away from the house.

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Bounce back from rubber roof problems

Contractor Rob Robillard takes on reader questions about rubber roofs that won’t drain and don’t repel the heat.

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A slick trick to try when oil gets on your driveway

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles reader questions about oil stains on asphalt, wallpaper removal, and more.

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Tips on repairing composite deck scratches

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions on composite deck and hardwood floor repairs.

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Do gutter covers cause ice dams?

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers questions about mesh guards and a troublesome towel holder.

Tips for reducing noise in your apartment

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles a question from a reader happy with his new condo but not the noise coming from above.

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Thatch could be a match for a new roof look

Contractor Rob Robillard gets help from across The Pond for a question about thatch roofs and offers advice on how to remove a wallpaper border.

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Tips for improving your AC’s performance

Here’s what you can do to keep your air conditioning going strong, especially with the summer heat.

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Should you paint your deck?

Carpenter Rob Robillard tackles questions about painting a deck on the waterfront, maintenance contracts, and plaster ceiling repair.

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The ultimate guide for dealing with home contractors

A step-by-step guide on what to ask and how to protect yourself when you need work done on your home.

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Adding insulation? Do this first.

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers questions about insulation improvements, attic-heat loss, and patching hardwood floors.

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Should you paint your basement?

Contractor Rob Robillard offers advice on removing paint from brick and painting basements.

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How to keep your dishwasher from tipping

Contractor Rob Robillard looks at ways to keep an exterior drain from freezing, a dishwasher from tipping, and wainscot paint from cracking.

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In walkways, these bricks are path to disaster

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about reusing chimney bricks and countering moist basements.

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Pros, cons on installing solar cylinders

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers’ questions about solar tubes and rotting window trim.

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Rogue rouge: Get stains out of your concrete sink

Carpenter Rob Robillard takes on ugly questions: stained concrete and cheap linoleum.

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Finding a door-lock fix that sticks

Carpenter and contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about a door that won’t shut without a shove and laminate flooring.

The gap between the floor and a wall may be the result of a heavy door slamming shut.

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A sorrowful separation: Wall and floor are heading in different directions

Carpenter and contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about a floor that is separating from a wall and a leaky chimney.

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Will old water heater leave them in hot water?

Carpenter and contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about water heaters, stubborn vinyl siding stains, and masonry.

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The natural: Cedar is big hit for house siding

Contractor and carpenter Rob Robillard tackles questions about natural-looking siding and leaking showers.

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Sanding out seams takes determination, grit

Carpenter and contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about fireplace mantel seams and permanent marker on quartz.

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Does vinyl siding need replacing?

Contractor Rob Robillard offers advice on insulated vinyl siding.

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Can this hardwood floor be saved?

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about a damaged hardwood floor and cautions a landlord about safety and gas appliances.

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How to repair minor damage to a cinder-block wall

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles crumbling cinder block and tile sealing.

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An open and shut case on closed-cell insulation

Contractor Rob Robillard offers advice on the best way to insulate a home.

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Tips to make that rubberwood table bounce back

Carpenter Rob Robillard offers tips on how to refinish a rubberwood table and what to do if you need to replace a cabinet but the maker has gone out of business.

There are companies out there that will clean and kill roof algae safely without a pressure washer.

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They want to move out, but a fungus has moved in

The algae, fungus, and lichen on our roof will really detract from the curb appeal when we go to sell our house, reader says.

When removing wallpaper, always start with the least agressive method first.

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How to remove wallpaper safely from Sheetrock

Contractor Rob Robillard weighs in on whether steaming off wallpaper is the best option.

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When should you rake the snow off your roof?

Is it necessary to use your roof rake to brush off the snow after each storm?