November 1, 2002
A poorly designed bathroom is no better than a leaky roof; an experienced bath designer tells where the worst problems occur and how to prevent them
January 1, 2002
Q: I’ve been working on a two-story addition to my Chicago home for the better part of a year. I don’t have the roof on the structure, and I’m concerned that rain…
November 1, 2001
When water is scarce, collecting rain in a cistern and pumping it into your house make good sense
Once limited to spas, steam showers at home are good for relaxing, easing a cold or impressing the neighbors
September 1, 2001
Flexible caulk joints combined with a drainage path for moisture keep vulnerable trim elements rot-free
July 1, 2000
Why are so many of today's homes plagued by rot, mildew and stale air, and what can we do about it?
January 1, 2000
Q: I recently remodeled my home using scissor trusses to create a cathedral-roof section. The trusses terminate at a beam on each side. I’ve just started to notice moisture soaking through…
September 1, 1999
Drying the foundation and sealing air leaks make houses durable and healthy
July 1, 1999
The drawing shows how I get rid of the 20 gal. of paint-tinged water that it takes to clean an airless sprayer. Of course, I could haul the sprayer through…
May 1, 1999
Q: When I built my home four years ago, the HVAC contractor substantially oversized the system. From May to October, the air conditioner runs only five minutes to ten minutes an…
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