Today’s Homeowner Radio
Tom replaced 4 sets of outdoor floodlights with LED bulbs. Now, when the motion sensor is activated, he is experiencing the lights flashing instead of constant light.
Tom’s lights seem to have a mind of their own, one reason for that is his bulbs may have a bad diode.
Also, he could try switching the bulbs in each fixture to see if the problem is in the socket, then he would just need to switch out the sockets.
Edward wants to know if he needs open vents in the ceiling and a return filter in the attic. He just recently bought a 6-year-old home with a sealed attic and spray foam insulation.
The biggest advantage to applying spray foam insulation to the rafters in your attic is that you’ll be creating a more energy-efficient envelope around your home, which means you’ll be spending a lot less energy and dollars on heating and cooling.
Any gable, soffit, louver, or power vents in the attic will need to be removed or sealed shut. This is because the entire attic will be turned into a conditioned space.
Ventilation like a range or bathroom fans do still need to be pushed through to the outside.
Leanna’s sheetrock walls are taking daily beatings from her dogs. She wants to know if there is a protective paint product that can stand up to her pets.
We recommend Gold Bond Hi-Abuse XP board from National Gypsum. Hi-Abuse is mold and moisture resistant and features a specially formulated core to provide greater resistance to surface indentation and abuse.
Another option is to go with good quality paint. Eggshell paint is a more durable option, and a lot of folks tend to lean towards a semigloss finish to make the surface easier to clean.
Wainscotting on the walls would also provide protection from the dogs and enhance the style of the room. Click here to see three decorative designs.
Gloria replaced her 22-year-old wood siding 12-years ago. Now she’s noticing some of the wood is beginning to rot.
We always recommend to prime every surface of the wood. In Gloria’s situation water may be getting behind the boards, causing them to rot.
Gloria needs to reach out to a recommended local roofer. Having a professional come out and look at her roof should be inexpensive, and a trained eye should be able to identify the issue right away.
You can remove most carpet stains with ordinary shaving cream.
When tiling a floor, it’s important to set all the tiles flush and even to prevent a raised edge or lip that would be uncomfortable underfoot or possibly cause a tripping hazard. To ensure a flush installation, make a simple alignment tool from a 10- to a 12-in.-long piece of 2×6.
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