The Home Repair Guide
Termites are the most destructive
insects to wood in buildings. There are drywood termites,
which can live without moisture...
Fleas are tiny brown wingless
insects, about the size of a common pinhead. They can jump
more than a foot horizontally and their hard...
Cockroaches, persistent household
pests, generally breed in warm, moist, and narrow
locations. As scavengers, they will eat almost any food...
Of native wildlife, snakes run a
close second to bats as subjects of grim stories, dislike,
and misunderstanding. Rattlesnakes can be identified...
Bats are the only true flying mammals
that also have fur, jaws with teeth, and bear live young.
Normally they do not attack humans or fly...
Wasps can be testy, and sometimes
dangerous, pests around the home. In a typical wasp
colony, queens are fertilized in fall and hibernate
A long list of chemicals is available
for controlling in sects that invade the home. However,
with the growing concern for the environment and the...
in Plants or Landscaping
Many chemicals are available for
controlling the insects that infest outdoor areas around
the home. The following suggestions are...
or Crack in Plaster
Two types of patching compounds are
available: 1) spackling compound which is convenient for
small jobs and can be bought as powder...
Furniture Finish Damaged
Furniture has been blemished with
water spots or rings, burn marks from cigarettes, or minor
Floors or Stairs
Floor or stair squeaks are common in
homes and are usually caused by floor components rubbing
against each other...
Floor Is Stained
Most stains can be pre vented or
minimized by keeping wood floors well waxed, and by wiping
up any spilled liquid immediately...
Floor Is Stained
The most effective way to eliminate
stains on rein forced vinyl or solid vinyl floor tile is
to blot or wipe up spills as soon as possible after...
Floor Is Damaged
Resilient floors can be permanently
marred from indentations or scrapes caused by excessive
loads or the movement of equipment, appliances...
A wide variety of sub stances
can cause spots on carpeting and the procedures used to
remove them vary...
Dirt and spills on special
furniture coverings need to be handled with caution.
Velvet, a fabric construction technique...
Wood Is Rotting
Decaying wood is more permeable to
moisture, and therefore, is more subject to further damage
and Mildew Inside Home
High humidity levels re-suit in
mildew growth, which causes damage and potential allergic
Screws Won’t Tighten
Screws in hinges, furniture, or
moveable fittings work loose and won’t stay tightened...
Damaged or missing asphalt or
fiberglass shingles can cause roof leaks. Seriously
consider the risks of doing the job yourself,
If the roof leaks, locate the trouble
spot from the inside. If the wood shingle is cracked, it
may be better to repair the crack...
Dams Form on Roof
Ice dams form at roof edges, causing
backup of snow water which can damage home...
Won’t Close Correctly
If the door frame has become
distorted, your door may stick at the corners or be hard
to close, and its latches may not fit the strikeplate...