What's the difference between fibreglass and organic shingles? I have to re-roof my cottage this year, and I'd like to use long-lasting shingles.–Joseph Fobert, Cornwall, Ont.
What should I look for in a new air compressor? I've never used one or owned one before, and I'm planning to buy a finishing nailer for my shop. - Dave Pascoe, Victoria
What is the best way to create an insulated attic space in the cottage I plan to build next spring? I've been looking at using structural insulated panels (SIPs) for this job, but don't know how or if these could be used to make a roof. - Andrea...
I'd like to help my friends who want to update their kitchen by painting the wooden doors on their cabinets. Can you give me some tips to help make the process go smoothly?–Chris Willoughby, Lakefield, Ont.
I would like to change the caulking around my bathtub. How can I remove the old caulking, and what's the best method to reapply it? I've tried it before, but it always ends up looking bad. What am I doing wrong? - Denis Ouellette, Glaslyn, Sask.
I hope you can solve a problem for me. Last year, I built a set of stairs out of cedar. The wood spent six months in my shop, air-drying. All the pieces were finished with three coats of spar varnish before going outside. In one West Coast winter the...
What's the best way to improve summertime ventilation in a cottage? I had roof vents added when the shingles were replaced a few years ago, but this didn't help. Should I add ceiling joists to create an attic, then insulate it?–Dean Dwyer,...
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What can I do to improve the appearance of the plain, painted interior doors in my house? Can I use moulding to create a raised-panel look?–Ron O'Connel, Selkirk, Man.
Every time I make a cut on my tablesaw, I get burn marks on my stock. What can I do to stop this? - Jim See, Kingston, Ont.