April 6, 2014 |
A reader recently asked for advice about whether to operate a humidifier on his furnace, fearing it would lead to mold issues on duct insulation. I told him to use it, but to be vigilant. Bill Kane of Oxford, Chester County, was kind enough to weigh in with expert advice - 25 years of experience in making and installing ductwork. Kane noted that the reader's description of the lining inside his ductwork wasn't entirely clear, "so there are two possible types of construction.
January 19, 2014 |
Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period. I already have a whole-house humidifier on the furnace, and I am concerned that she is going to cause a mold or mildew problem in the room, in addition to the unfinished attic and possibly adjoining bedrooms.
August 31, 2013 |
Question: The last few weeks, when I do a load of laundry, the water that is discharged smells like rotten eggs. I don't think the odor is coming up from the drain, because that doesn't smell. I have always cleaned the machine according to the recommendations, but when I do this now, it doesn't help. Subsequent loads don't trigger this smell, just the first load. Do I need a plumber or repairman? Answer: You didn't say whether you have a front loader or a top loader.
August 10, 2013 |
Question: We're interested in refinishing a fiberglass pool slide that has lost its finish in several spots. Can you tell me whether anything can be done and, if so, what? Since I'm 77 and my husband is 81, neither of us use it, but our great-grandchildren love to. Answer: Pool slides are either made of fiberglass or coated with fiberglass gel coat, which is a finishing paint and provides protection from the sun's ultraviolet rays. You might get some help with restoring it at a pool-supply business or a marine-supply company.
April 5, 2013
1. AIR CONDITIONER Avoid a first day of air conditioning stink bomb attack: Change the filter on your forced air heater/air conditioning unit now. The furnace blower motor runs harder with air conditioning, shaking loose the dust on an old filter. 2. ELECTRONIC DEVICES Take a vacuum cleaner to the open grill work on all your electronic devices. The devices will run cooler and last longer. 3. COMPUTER Clean out the accumulated tracking cookies on your computer. Just Google "removing cookies" and follow instructions.
November 24, 2012
Bryce Bayer, 83, a retired Kodak scientist and the inventor of a widely used color filter array that bears his name, has died. Mr. Bayer, of Brunswick, Maine, died Nov. 13, a spokeswoman for Direct Cremation of Maine confirmed Friday. The cause of death wasn't released. His Bayer filter was patented in 1975 and is incorporated into nearly every digital camera and camera phone, Kodak said in a 2009 news release announcing Mr. Bayer's receipt that year of the Royal Photographic Society's Progress Award.
November 7, 2012 |
IT'S BEEN only-God-knows how long since anyone has been able to watch TV without being bombarded with annoying presidential campaign ads. Barring any unexpected controversies (cough, cough, voter ID, cough), those annoying 30-second clips should end when Election Day draws to a close Tuesday night. In a somewhat masochistic move, the Daily News sat through repeated viewings of some of President Obama's and Mitt Romney's ads to find the best and worst of the campaign propaganda that's been blasted over the airwaves.
July 3, 2012 |
A BANANA, an acoustic guitar, a few backpacks and some members of Occupy's National Gathering sat along the steps at police headquarters Monday afternoon, waiting to reunite with those still occupying jail cells inside. "Sol … Sol ... Solidarity," a group of people yelled to them from across the street. Philadelphia police said that 26 members of the Occupy movement had been arrested Sunday night, mostly for disorderly conduct and obstructing a roadway during a march toward City Hall.
May 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Next time you hear of a friend or family member's forthcoming wedding, be sure to check your e-mail in-box, in case the invitation has gone there. Richard Israelite of San Francisco said he saved more than $1,000 when he chose to pay about $80 for e-mail invitations before he and his wife, Katherine, were married last year. "To me it makes more sense," he said. "I think it's much more convenient in reaching people. " The quick RSVP function provided by digital, he said, made the process smooth.
March 16, 2012
You didn't have the money to hire a plumber to fix the leaky pipe in the basement, so you got the brilliant idea to use bubble gum and duct tape to repair it "temporarily. " Maybe that was fine for you, but what about the next person? We mean, of course, the next owner of your house. Will bubble gum and duct tape create a laugh, or will the buyer and his or her inspector wonder if there are any other quick fixes around the house? "Deferred maintenance never helped to sell a home, and it helps less now than ever," said Cheryl Miller of Long & Foster Real Estate in Blue Bell.