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Number of Responses 7 Date of Last Post June 1, 2020
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Is there a specific time period between roof maintenance?

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Moisture control and insulation for crawl space

We have an enclosed crawlspace underneath our addition. It is enclosed with concrete walls, which are insulated with extruded polystyrene. It has a dirt floor with a vapor barrier that has never been taped ...

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How to remove grease from drain pipes?

I am having an issue with grease in my drain pipes in my kitchen sink. I think it happened during the house repair before we bought it. I am having a hard time with slow drains and clogs. I wanted to get away w...

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What would be the best way to prevent corrosion of pool pipes?

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We just bought a house that was recently renovated. They painted the basement cinder blocks, however in the corner the paint is flaking at the bottom. Is this moisture? Is this a concern? It is ...

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Cost to repair shifted, leaning retaining walls?

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Suggestions on how to deal with contractor?

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Best way to repair water seepage coming from concrete basement floor?

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Kenmore dishwasher is leaking from connection underneath the bottom. What would it cost to repair?...

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Proper way to set up sump pump?

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Should I repair or replace refrigerator?

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