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Is My Carpet REALLY Clean?

Eric,

Thanks for being part of the show – we appreciate you!

Nothing worse than paying for a service – and NOT getting what you needed or wanted!

One of the difficulties with trying to clean carpets and the odors that accrue is that a lot of low budget services aren’t getting odors out of the floor beneath the carpet and pad – a very tough thing to accomplish.

A lot of pet odors as well as molds and mildews will create stains and ..read more

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I had my basement repaired and now am concerned about potential leaks.

Matt,

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It sounds as though the company you hired did everything as they should.

You are getting some signs of moisture in one spot at the base of the wall.

While this is not something we would hope for, this year has been out of the ordinary and a periodic bit of moisture – rather than active water – is not unexpected.

We ..read more

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Remodeling a Bathroom

Nievelyn,

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Every house needs a great bathroom or two – or even more!

Quality of life issues are certainly impacted by having nice, functional bathroom spaces where we can get away from the world and refresh.

The marketplace also places a high premium on good, well designed bathroom spaces, so your remodel project is a good one.

Too many people don’t work with a quality company on the design side of the project ..read more

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Clean Up My Air!

Jane,

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The system you heard us discussing is awesome. It is self contained  with a carbon filter – what we use to filter drinking water – a HEPA filter  – to remove extremely small particulate – and UV lights to kill bacteria and virus!!!

The unit also has a small blower integrated in it to keep low velocity air moving – and to keep cleaning that air so your furnace does ..read more

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Peggy,

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Your home is being re-built after a fire and one of the items you need to “shop” for is a quality window and doorwall.

The company your builder referred you to, Lincohn, is a good company that has built a solid product for a number of years. They offer a lot of design features that are attractive to homeowners and offer a wood window for customized staining.

You want to look at a ..read more

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Toilet Doesn’t Fill – Why?

Mary Anne,

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You have a  toilet that “is not filling up” – why?

A typical toilet has a tank or water closet attached to the bowl that holds the water used for flushing. The amount of water, by design, in this tank is what will be needed to completely flush the bowl after each use.

Inside the tank is a mechanism that allows water to flow out of the tank into the bowl, ..read more

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Window Repair Gone Bad

Niki,

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You hired a contractor to “repair” some windows – and based on what you sent us they did what they agreed to do with the windows.

Unfortunately, windows are far more than a sash and some trim and a sill and we would have suggested they remove the old frames and replace with entire new units.

This was not done.

Caulking is still considered an “approved” flashing material to divert ..read more

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Re-Caulking a Shower Door

Amy,

Thank you for listening to the Inside Outside Guys and for being a part of the show.

You need your shower door re-caulked – it may be a lot harder to find someone that can do this for you. How about a DIY project you can brag about?

First of all, caulk the frame and door on the inside of the shower only. There is no need to caulk both sides – in fact – if moisture somehow gets in/under the frame ..read more

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Preserving an Oak Threshold

Alice,

Bless your heart – don’t replace that old oak threshold if you don’t have to!

You might consider a light sanding with 220 or 320 grit paper – then a vacuum and tack clothe to get the dust off.

If it is in the condition you describe, the wood pores are probably open and ready to “accept” a preservative/treatment.

If you would like to keep the “natural” look, you might apply a mixture of linseed oil and tung oil – which should give ..read more

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What is an Exterior Threshold????

Alice,

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You would like to know what a “threshold” is called when it is “on the exterior of a building”.

The term comes from the word “thresh” meaning to separate grain from stalks – the early process of threshing literally consisted of gently beating or thrashing grains such as harvested wheat to force the grain to separate from the stem or stalks.

The remaining stalks came to be called thresh and were used as animal bedding ..read more

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