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Found 46 results for the keyword ‘Mystery’

  • How do you paint "faux grain"?

    I was amazed how easy it is to paint in "faux grain" using this funny little rubber tool.You just apply the wood stain and then drag the tool along, rocking forward and backward to open and close grain lines. It is amazingly realistic and surprisingly easy.It is called a "ZAR Graining Tool".The ...
  • Is R-24 paint for real?

    A while back Glidden Paints had begun marketing Ceramic InsulCoat paint in Canada, claiming R-24 insulation values for a coat of paint. Does this new high tech paint really provide the equivalent of an R-24 insulation value to your Canadian home?No! In Canada, even the best reflective paint wil...
  • Degenerating water heater dip tube

    Steven from Pierrefonds, Quebec isn't getting much hot water out of his tank these days, and has little white plastic beads collecting in the strainer of his faucets. He has heard about a problem with water heater dip tubes, so he did his homework and writes: "I understand this is a common prob...
  • Smoke alarms: testing and aging

    Most smoke alarms operate by allowing the smoke to get between a light source and a light sensitive target. When the light gets dim, the alarm goes off. If a spider passes in front of the light, or spins his web in front of the light, he may just set off the alarm. Vacuum out your smoke alarms...
  • Why do shingles cup and curl long before their warranty date? And what is CSA certification?

    Click here for the BP Class Action Suit relating to failing organic based asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles should be able to take a lot of heat and cold, over and over again. So why do some suddenly curl up, asks Craig from Point-Claire, Quebec?Cold climate shinglesProbably the first thing to u...
  • Is it good practice to eleminate the chipboard on the outside of the house?

    Wagish from Brampton, Ontario is worried about the ongoing construction of his new home as they have not put a wooden sheathing on the outside of the house. He asks: "Is the insulation value and strength of the wall compromised by not using the chipboard?".First things first. "Chipboard" should...
  • Bad noise in the pipes when the toilet flushes upstairs.

    Garth is complaining that his upstairs toilet has started making a lot of water noise as the flush flows down through the walls. What do to?If the noise was there from day one, about the only thing you can do is to open the wall and wrap the pipe in sound blanket insulation to muffle the sound. ...
  • Mysterious tracks in an attic.

    Dennis in Calgary, Alberta convinced me to come visit his attic which he was about to add ventilation to, but he had never been up in the attic.This was a very interesting attic, and an interesting home. The cellulose insulation was matted down a bit and had a very strange grid pattern in the to...
  • Tip -- Using a lamp as a stud finder.

    One viewer has sent in his tip that he can "see" the studs on his wall for hanging pictures by just holding a lamp close to the wall.It sounds fishy but it does work on some wall but not on others.It will not work on freshly painted, or well insulated walls.Actually he is not really seeing the st...
  • A bathroom fan switch in the downstairs hallway?

    Chris & Dorie from Richmond Hill, Ontario write: "Last summer we moved into our new home. About a month ago, I discovered that the mysterious switch in our front hall operates the fan in our second floor bathroom?! Is this a fire code regulation? Why did they not try to "hide" the switch i...