Painted Drywall Repairs are Shiny

I’ve painted over some repairs in my drywall and now those spots appear to be shiny. How do I fix this?


Thank you for listening – we appreciate you!

You repaired some holes in the drywall and now the repainted areas are “shiny” and don’t blend in with the surrounding wall.

Assuming the paint itself is the same color and finish (gloss/satin, etc), the solution is fairly simple.

When you have a subtle paint texture on the surrounding walls, instead of dry sanding those more

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Earwig Problem

Help! We just purchased our home and have found it to be infested with earwigs.


Thank you for listening to the Inside Outside Guys – we appreciate you.

An earwig infestation is not a pleasant thing to deal with – although the old myth that these insects actually take up residence in our ears has been proven false.

It is most common to see these critters in homes that are slab-on-grade construction where there is not crawl space or basement and they are more

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Creaky Floors

I live in a townhouse style condo that is about 20 years old.  Within the past year several of my floorboards on the main & upper floors have begun to creak. I had new carpeting installed in December. The floors were doing some creaking prior to this, but seem to be doing more now. Can you help me out?


Thank you for trusting the Guys and for an informative inquiry.

Squeaky floors can become a real distraction and generally get worse over time. more

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To Buy or Not to Buy…

We’re looking to purchase a home. The sewer inspector was there only a few minutes when he indicated that the sewer pipe had collapsed. Is this a problem that can be fixed and do you think we should negotiate with the sellers to have them fix the problem or walk away from the sale? 


Thank you for the great question.

A sewer pipe collapse was diagnosed by an expert in only a couple minutes. Not sure how a total sewer collapse was more

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How To Properly Maintain Door Locks

Door locks are an essential part of home security, and as such, they are a component that should not be overlooked by homeowners. Locks, such as latch bolts and deadbolts, sometimes add an aesthetic appeal to homes, but they also increase home security.


This is not an easy task to live up to, so it is important for door locks to be durable and strong. This strength is measured against how well they stand up against the test of time as more

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Tips for Installing New Hardwood Flooring

We are in the process of updating our kitchen and installing a new hardwood floor.  I would appreciate any advice/references you could share on the “greenest”, healthiest products to use for our flooring process. 


Thank you for the question.

Hard wood floors on floor frames are historically laid over a minimum ¾” thick sub-floor – whether rough plank, plywood or oriented strand board (OSB)

Between the finish floor and the sub-floor it has been common to install 15 or 30 pound felt paper more

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Basement Finishing Questions

What is your opinion on wood vs metal studs as well as rolled insulation vs foam board/blown in foam insulation in a basement finishing project. 


In a basement that is likely to experience higher humidity, if not higher active moisture, steel studs for framing are a great alternative since they cannot be consumed by molds and mildew.

They are lightweight, non-load bearing and fastened with screws and rivets. They are typically at a similar price-point to good quality wood, though a professional more

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Time for Spring Planting!

We inherited quite a mess in our home. The previous owners planted and neglected annuals. I thought it would bloom into pretty grass but every year it’s straw! The entire bed looks bad. I want to remove it now, especially since the soil is soft. How do I proceed and ensure that it won’t come back next year or the year after?


Thank you for your question.

Annuals are only intended to come up one year – then die off, so you more

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Pole Barn House

We are thinking of putting up a pole barn house. What are your thoughts? 


You are considering building your new home using “pole-barn” or post and beam framing.

Post frame buildings have been around for centuries – though few homes are built in the US using wood post frame. Most old barns you’ve seen are post frame – as are a lot of commercial buildings.

The primary reason you might consider this style is the savings on the foundations since you are not more

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Holey Grout

We have a tiled shower in our 1980′s home that has little holes forming in the grout between the tiles. How can we cover them up? Can we re-grout these tiny openings or is there a product that would fill in these small holes? Tried putting clear caulk over it and the caulk is starting to peel away.


Thank you for being part of the show.

Grouted tile should be stable during its useful life and should not “change” in any way, i.e. more

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