DonV

 
Member Since March 6, 2008 , From Pasadena, United States
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Don has been the "head homeboy" at HomeTips.com since founding it in 1996. He has written or produced more than 30 home improvement books, including Lowe's Complete Home Improvement & Repair, This Old House Complete Remodeling, How Your House Works (Ballantine), and dozens of Sunset Books. Don appeared as a regular segment host on HGTV's "The Fix."


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Answered: Cleanest way to heat home?

Pellet stoves burn up far more particulates than conventional wood stoves so, to answer your question, a pellet stove would be better.

Answered: Do I really need gutters?

If water spilling off the roof isn't going to create any splash damage along the bottoms of the walls, cause ground-water drainage problems, or drool onto people coming and going from the house (etc ...

Answered: Tanks fills too slowly

The first thing to check is whether somebody has closed down the supply valve at the wall behind the base of the toilet. Be sure it is turned completely open (counterclockwise).

Answered: Replacing an existing pocket door

Yes, a pocket door is more about the hardware and the slot in the wall than it is about the door. As long as you choose a door that isn't terribly heavy or too thick (or large) to fit, any door should ...

Answered: I had a non GFCI outlet get very wet needless ...

It's odd for a receptacle to be on the same circuit as ceiling lights and a fan, but it sounds like yours is. Flip the circuit breaker off and back on--it may be tripped but not visibly. Do you know ...

Answered: We have a home that was built eleven years ago ...

Houses were sided with cedar and cypress for hundreds of years before housewrap came along--and most did a perfectly adequate job of holding the weather out. As long as a vapor barrier was used, there ...

Answered: Gutter not level...water collects in end of gutter ...

I don't know of any self-leveling liquid. In most cases, you have to tighten the hangers, raise them up, or add additional hangers to lift the sagging end.

Answered: Are cabinet boxes available without the doors ...

You can buy cabinets without doors. Finding drawers without drawer fronts might be a little harder to do. If you can't find them, you can probably get the drawers custom made with your son's wood on ...

Answered: My bathroom faucet puts out a sand-type ...

Does it come out of the faucet only when you're running hot or hot mixed with cold? If it does, try flushing your water heater. For info on flushing a water heater, see HomeTips Water Heater Problems ...

Answered: My bathroom faucet puts out a sand-type ...

This could be mineral deposits that have built-up in the pipes and water heater, particularly if the plumbing is quite old. Do you have hard water? This could be the culprit. For more about this, see ...

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