Water is coming in under the house after heavy rain. What
Water is coming in under the house after heavy rain. What type of tradesman should I get to investigate this problem. It comes through a cement wall. Down pipes go into drains beneath a cement path on the outside of the house.JA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?Customer: My guess it has been for some time. It is a rental property that my sons have recently moved into. It appears to occur when there is heavy rain and water then runs through under the house area and escapes under a doorJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Apparently the owners have tried many times before but to no avail. As it is a rental we don't want the $10k deluxe solution. If we can fix it ourselves - great otherwise I am willing to pay for someone to assist.JA: When we are ready I'll take you to the appropriate web page.Customer: thanksJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: Not that I can think of
I had a landscaper come out and remove some dead brush and
I had a landscaper come out and remove some dead brush and logs, and also re-seed/overseed a portion of my lawn. There was a lot of bare ground, and the dirt in these parts was packed rock hard. He didn't do any prep work on the soil, just threw seed on opt of the hard packed dirt. I don't think I should have to pay for this because I don't think that is the proper way to do it. Nothing grew at all in those areas. When planting seed like this, is doing it the right way just putting seed on top of hard packed dirt?
Got big issues. Bought 500 square feet of bamboo flooring
Got big issues. Bought 500 square feet of bamboo flooring and in the meantime discovered carpet beatles. In addition, we picked up some bedbugs at the beach this summer. They are limited to one room from what I can tell and I steamed the heck out of it, took the bed apart, threw it out the window, mattresses, washed everything on hot. Put a new bed back in bagged new mattress, one son sleeps in it with bed bug traps. They really liked him and bit him exclusively in that room. Since then nothing two days then one adult, then nothing then 4 nymphs, white. Then nothing, then one nymph white. then nothing then one nymph white. So far no bites and no adults and none in other rooms.OK, sorry long story. In the meantime it turns out we've had carpet beatles for years. So vacuuming, throwing away bags, but didn't want to risk spreading bed bugs so haven't been vacuuming the rest of the house, a big bonus for carpet beatles.So I ordered some delta dust and a duster. Carpet is old and has to go anyway. Do I vacuum old nasty carpet then dust then wait a few months or do I yank carpets that have to go, dust everything then proceed with floor install? I've read delta dust lasts up to six months so it will get the eggs too. Probably finish off any bed bugs too. No bed bugs in my bed, none in son's bed in living room. Haven't found them anywhere but the one room and now not solidly. All the nymphs had not fed and they die relatively fast in the traps. I think they are mostly left over.Not sure why they haven't come to our room, I think they really like my son, I was hell on them when I found them, steamed and dumped a lot and didn't take it through the house, all out the window. Also we have house centipedes and supposedly they like to eat bed bugs. I guess the delta dust will wack them too. The thing is, I didn't plan to do the garage, haven't seen anything but house centipedes in the garage (split entry) but it's under the rooms and I guess things could escape the delta dust by going into the garage.
Kitchen and Bath Designer, Contractor
We had concrete last week and then the man came back to seal
We had concrete laid last week and then the man came back to seal it on Friday. The seal bubbled and rippled over the entire slab. He was subcontracted out through our landscaper. Everyone is licensed but it looks like the concrete guy just did a bad job.My question is, is this a problem that can be fixed easily or does the seal need to be removed and redone across the whole slab? He is coming tomorrow so I'd like to know what to ask for. He already offered to reseal it for free in 6 months, but that seems like he is trying to get away with doing a bad job in the first place!Any ideas or advice?
I love on a and my HVAC unit sits at the bottom so all the
I love on a hill and my HVAC unit sits at the bottom so all the water just puddles around the unit. Anyway I can push the water away from it without it looking weird? I thought about maybe a retaining wall around it but it would look strange. Thanks.
Eddie. It looks like you are not online right now - but I am
HI Eddie.It looks like you are not online right now - but I am willing to wait for you.You helped me with the dining room china closet last time - and I have a new crazy question for you.My neighbors' son cuts my lawn and while he was weed-whacking, it looks like a pebble from my landscaping jumped up and hit one of the front windows. It looks like a bullet hole - LOL. This window cannot be replaced right now so is there anything I can use to either make sure it doesn't "grow" and also so it looks a bit better??(This house is over 100 years old and even minor repairs are a major project!!!)Thanks so much!!!P.S. Last time you questionned it - my name is Adrienne
Home Improvement Contractor and Repairs
High School or GED
How do I properly lay a field stone walkway with grass
How do I properly lay a field stone walkway with grass seeded dirt in between the rocks? Do I start with a sand foundation under the rocks or all soil? This will be coming off a patio so there will be runoff from the roof so erosion may be an issue too.
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
I have a storm water drainage swale (grassed) and it is
I have a storm water drainage swale (grassed) and it is about 14 inches deep, with slightly sloped sides. Along one side of the swale, erosion has occurred where the swale side along an 8 foot stretch is about 6 inches deep instead of 14 inches. Some gullies have also formed in this area which is not allowing the water to flow correctly to the roadside storm water ditch. My question is how do I repair this area to make it last. Should I place topsoil on top of the area in question and tamp it down? Should I place rocks along the area on top of the topsoil? Should I excavate the area and place fresh top soil to the height needed? Could I put a few landscape timbers down to stabilize it from more erosion? The spill over is causing grass to die and I am concerned about excess water on the very old oak trees in the area (I know from experience what excess water can do to old oak trees - root rot). I want to stabilize the area and prevent future erosion. Thank you.