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More stories about Maintenance

  • Notebook

    Home Depot targets high-end remodeling, Minnesota passes mechanical ventilation regs, fluorescents that fit, nail gun accident, EIFS policy change, DeWalt tool recall

  • Waterproof Fiberglass Decks

    Roofing membranes are not the only way to protect living space located beneath exterior decks. Adapting a technique from the boat-building industry, this builder uses two-part fiberglass resin to provide a durable, watertight deck surface. Here’s a step-by-step description.

  • Rot-Resistant Decking Options

    A few years ago, the main choices for rot-proof decking were redwood and pressure-treated lumber. Environmental concerns and the search for low-maintenance materials have spawned a host of new products, including new hardwoods, wood-plastic composites, and synthetic materials.

  • Shared Septic Systems

    High water tables and poor soils preclude the use of conventional sewage treatment methods on some new and existing house sites. One solution is a system that combines a sand filter and shallow drainage field designed for use by more than one household.

  • New England Update

  • Letters

    Termite barrier tip, innovative fasteners

  • Well-Drilling Basics

    Hitting a vein of potable water is half science and half luck — and there are no guarantees. A rural housing specialist tells how to make sure you’re getting a fair shake from your well driller.

  • Maintaining Your Tools

    Tool maintenance isn’t rocket science, but you have to know what you’re doing. When performed regularly, these simple procedures will extend the life of your electric, cordless, and pneumatic tools.

  • Kitchen & Bath: Warm Solutions for a Cold Kitchen

    Kitchen heating solutions

  • Heating System Tuneups

    Most furnaces and boilers more than five years old can benefit from modifications that will improve performance. A seasoned hvac contractor explains which upgrades will be most cost-effective for gas- and oil-fired systems.