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Problems with Well Pump Pressure Switch

Is it right that our well pump cycles every time we turn on our water?


Thanks for the inquiry – we can appreciate your concern.

If your well pump cycles every time you use water you most likely have an issue with your pressure tank or the pressure switch. The pressure switch is intended to cycle the pump on and off between pre-set pressure ranges.

Pressure tanks hold a volume of water under pressure to supply water to the house within those pre-set more

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Smelling Gas from Convection Oven

Should I smell gas when I use my oven in convection mode?


Thanks for the inquiry – we appreciate you!

You should not smell gas when a gas appliance is in operation – much less when it is not! The gas stove/convection oven is designed to combust the gas to produce heat, so there is an issue of gas being released, but not consumed if you can smell the gas.

In a convection oven, we are simply using a fan to circulate the more

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The New Superior Wall Foundation System

I’m in the planning stages of building a new home. What can you tell me about the Superior Wall Foundation System?


Thanks for a great question.

What is known as the “Superior Wall Foundation System” is a great product for new homes. It is a pre-cast concrete wall set on a stone footing and backfilled with well-drained material.

The concrete is a high-cement mix that provides excellent strength and resistance to water/moisture infiltration.

The wall panels are precast off-site and assembled on site such more

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Adding Comfort to Your Home Through Insulation

What would it take to add insulation and make my home comfortable?


Great question. After this summer’s intense heat and a lot of high bills for air conditioning, many homeowners are realizing proper insulation in the attic AND side-walls will make a difference!

A “typical” attic simply requiring an additional 10″ or so of insulation may run $1,200-1,500 for a good cellulose product. This does not include any potentially needed air sealing or vent reconfiguration or removal of old, potentially contaminated, insulation more

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Two issues: First – we have water coming through the wall that is adjacent to the driveway; and Secondly – in our north-facing downstairs bedroom, we have sticky, tea-colored spots on the ceiling.


Thank you.

Based on your description of the initial issue it would seem as though water is coming into the basement from the concrete drive adjacent to it. This is fairly common in situations where the concrete cannot shed water away from the home in heavy rains. If this more

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Preventing Dry Rot in My Log Cabin

Moisture in my log cabin is leading to dry rot. What can I do?


Thanks for the inquiry and for the kind words – both are appreciated.

You seem to have the diagnosis correct based on what you told us.

Your northern log cabin, built on a concrete slab, is subject to large amounts of moisture in the spring and this is leading to dry rot conditions of the wood and possibly worse.

Concrete will conduct a huge amount of moisture into house air, more

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Is it possible to hire a contractor to install products and materials I previously purchased?


Thank you for the inquiry – we appreciate you.

You are looking for a professional that will work with you to install product and materials you purchased.

We certainly understand why a homeowner would try to safe money by purchasing their own supplies, but the truth is they often spend more because professional contractors can usually buy better quality for less money. Those same contractors also tend to more

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Preventing Cracks and Nail Pops

My older home has several cracks and nail pops in the plaster and drywall.


Thanks for the inquiry.

Recurring cracks in plaster and drywall are extremely frustrating.

Such cracks and what we call “nail pops” are the result of the frame moving and/or drying out.

In an older home such as yours it seems reasonable to assume the frame is permanently “settled” and dried. But as we add insulation to these homes and seal them up, it is a common occurrence to have the more

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Water Softeners Defined

What can you tell me about salt softeners vs salt-free units?


Thanks for the inquiry.

The issue of salt softeners vs salt-free units becomes one of semantics as well as technology.

Salt-free units do not actually “soften” water in the sense of removing minerals. They use ion technology to keep minerals in the water in suspension so they do not adhere to pipes and fixtures, especially calcium which is the primary cause of “scale”….at least to a point. They may not prevent scale more

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Musty Smell in my House

My ranch home has a musty smell throughout.


Thank you for being a part of the show and for a very timely question – one that a lot of people have right now. You have a musty smell in the home but no indication of any active leak or water source…

“Musty Smells” indicate a higher concentration of mold spores in the air.

Molds require oxygen, food, proper temperature and moisture to proliferate. Since houses by their nature supply the first three, we more

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