September 1, 2003
Q: To dry out my crawlspace, I recently laid a plastic vapor barrier over its dirt floor. However, last winter, the 1920s-vintage house developed gaps in the hardwood floors and warped…
March 1, 2003
All you really need is a length of plastic tubing and a bucket of water
Close the vents and let a heavy-duty vapor barrier keep moisture, mold and radon out of the living space
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…
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