Water Softeners Defined

What can you tell me about salt softeners vs salt-free units?


Thanks for the inquiry.

The issue of salt softeners vs salt-free units becomes one of semantics as well as technology.

Salt-free units do not actually “soften” water in the sense of removing minerals. They use ion technology to keep minerals in the water in suspension so they do not adhere to pipes and fixtures, especially calcium which is the primary cause of “scale”….at least to a point. They may not prevent scale more

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Musty Smell in my House

My ranch home has a musty smell throughout.


Thank you for being a part of the show and for a very timely question – one that a lot of people have right now. You have a musty smell in the home but no indication of any active leak or water source…

“Musty Smells” indicate a higher concentration of mold spores in the air.

Molds require oxygen, food, proper temperature and moisture to proliferate. Since houses by their nature supply the first three, we more

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Too Heavy for New Concrete?

One month ago I replaced the cement on my driveway.   I need to have a yard of dirt delivered for my backyard but am not sure if it’s okay for the truck to drive on the new cement. 


Thank you for a great question. Should you have a truckload of topsoil drive on your new concrete?

A typical residential specification for concrete would be a nominal 4″ thick slab of 3,000-3,500# concrete. This literally means that the properly batched, placed and cured more

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Hornets in My House

I have hornets (or yellow jackets) on the outside, getting inside my house through a small hole where the aluminum siding butts up against the chimney.


Thank you. We can understand your dilemma. It sounds as though you have correctly figured out where the wasps are getting in.

A lot of homeowners are experiencing similar issues – especially with older homes that offer a lot of small gaps and cracks as entrance points for insects and other critters. As the outside air gets more

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Help Paying Utilities

Where can I find some help with my utility bills?


Thank you for the question -we appreciate your concerns.

Regarding assistance with utility bill payment in the Metro-Detroit area, there are a lot of resources available to you.

DTE has a hotline you can call to discuss the issue and get advice at 800-292-5650.

There are several area non-profits designed to assist people including St. Vincent DePaul and the THAW (The Heat And Warmth) program at DTE.

Some programs are grant programs that may pay more

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Parking Lot Repair/Replacement

Options for parking lot repair/replacement.


Thanks for the question – we appreciate the issue you are dealing with here.

Parking lots are not inexpensive to build nor maintain. Use of available land, good materials and compliance with prevailing regulations can make them nearly prohibitive.

A lot of the costs of such projects are tied to the expense of preparing the substrate that lies beneath the driving/parking surface and surface water drainage issues. If the substrate does not require re-working and if no additional more

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Interior Work on Church

Can you offer guidance on completing interior work on a church, including setting pews and replacing carpeting?


Thank you for the inquiry – we appreciate it!

Construction involving Houses of Worship is a specialized niche in the Building Industry. As with any segment of the Industry, practitioners tend to assemble groups of specialty sub-contractors they trust and rely on over the years to handle various parts of the construction.

Setting church pews properly and providing the trim detail needed do this professionally is more

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Is a Wood Foundation a Good Idea?

What can you tell me about wood foundations?


Great question – right up our alley!

AWWF – All-Weather-Wood-Foundation systems have been around many decades.

They are essentially a .60 treated Southern Yellow Pine frame with .60 treated plywood sheathing and double-dipped zinc and/or stainless steel fasteners.

The wall-panel system sits on a wood “footer” which rests on a compacted bed of pea gravel or 10-A stone.

The plywood is covered with a reinforced sheet of minimum 6ml visqueen prior to backfill with a well-drained readily more

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Solutions for Basement Water

What is the best solution for basement water issues?


Thank you for the question. Lots of people are in a similar situation.

The answer to you question is “it depends”.

Sub-grade water that is not the result of bad surface drainage needs to “intercepted” before it can get in the basement through the floor area.

If the issue does originate at or near the surface, other solutions should be employed.

If wall cracks are bringing in the water, you should first talk with Darryl at more

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Asphalt Driveway Repair

We need our asphalt driveway repaired.


Thank you for the question.

A lot of home owners and parking lot owners wonder the same thing – who can I find for asphalt repair when the surface starts to “alligator.” Alligatoring is the term applied to a surface that begins to resemble a dry clay riverbed.

One of the biggest installation mistakes made with asphalt drives is lack of sufficient base, followed by a layer of too-thin asphalt.

Deep – minimum 4″-6″ – base of well compacted more

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