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Wood Floors and Water Don’t Mix

Q: While I was away on a business trip, my roommate decided to buy a couple of floor plants and put the containers directly onto the hardwood floor with nothing under them. By the time I got back, a couple of waterings later, water had run out of the pots Continue reading →

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Why Weather Stripping?

Q: What’s the point of adding weather stripping around doors and windows? Today’s homes are pretty well built already. — Jake in Denver A: It’s true that good quality, sturdy doors and windows are available these days, but not all homes have them installed: Maybe the builder went with cheaper Continue reading →

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Protecting Apartment from Bad Water Leak

Q: I heard a horror story from an old college friend about her apartment’s pipes springing a leak in the wintertime, and the maintenance crew not addressing it for days. I don’t know what I would do in the same situation. Do you have any advice? — Taysha L., Alexandria, Continue reading →

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Deodorizing Musty Closets

Q: The closets throughout our home are extremely musty-smelling, to the point that our clothes don’t stay fresh when hung up in them for over a day. I bought air fresheners for each of them, but they don’t work. Any suggestions? — Jay P., White Plains, N.Y. A: Dampness is Continue reading →