Dear James: We have a concrete driveway and garage floor. My husband likes to work on cars, and like how it comes with most other things, he is not neat. How can I remove oil stains from the concrete and prevent future ones? -- Angela N.
Dear Angela: Men and their cars can make quite a mess not only in the garage or driveway, but tracking the ...Read more
Dear James: We moved into our new house six months ago. We still have a long list of items that need to be fixed, but the contractor never gets around to them. Is seeking the services of a lawyer a good idea now? -- Rob K.
Dear Rob: This is a very common problem with new home construction. In fact, nearly every homeowner makes a list of defects...Read more
Dear James: I am planning some home improvement projects and many suggest using glue, but don't specify the type. My hardware store has about 50 types of glue. What type of glue should I use for what? - Kyle B.
Dear Kyle: Many do-it-yourselfers feel using glue on projects is the nonprofessional, easy way to assemble parts. Actually nothing ...Read more
Dear James: I want to build a nice outdoor countertop over a sturdy old wooden bench near the barbecue grill. What is the best type of easy-to-clean decorative countertop material to use in the outdoors? -- Toni D.
Dear Toni: If you plan to do much cooking and entertaining outdoors, some additional countertop space near the grill can certainly ...Read more
Dear James: We are adding a master bedroom and family room "wing" to our house. It will have a standard pitched roof. Do you recommend having the roof stick built with lumber or using pre-made roof trusses? -- Arn T.
Dear Arn: For most homes, using roof trusses is a far better construction method than stick built roof framing. The main ...Read more
Dear James: I have a problem where some floors near the outside walls get damp when there is a heavy rain. The walls are brick over insulated stud walls. What, if anything, can I do to stop this problem? -- Jennifer K.
Dear Jennifer: The types of walls you have are called brick veneer. The 2x4 studded insulated wall supports the house and the ...Read more
Dear James: I am having a second stairway from the kitchen roughed in. It has a full wall on one side and halfway down the other. I want to finish it myself. What is the most attractive way to do this? -- Kevin A.
Dear Kevin: Installing a second stairway from the kitchen to the second floor is becoming more common in homes. These are the stairs...Read more
Dear James: I need more storage space in my garage for the kids' stuff. The garage is not large, but there must be some way to get more space. What possible areas could I use for more storage? -- Keri R.
Dear Keri: There are ways to find additional storage space in almost any garage. Often, just rearranging things by how often they are used ...Read more
How Did God Do It? - A Symphony of Science and ScriptureWalt and Rose Huber
Have you ever wondered... How Did God Do It? How did God perform the many miracles and supernatural events described in the Holy Bible - without violating the laws of physics and chemistry that He Himself put into place? And without conflicting with the basic tenets of...
Dear James: I have purchased a lot in a new subdivision and I am planning the house. My family likes to be outdoors on a deck and patio. What are some design considerations which will provide outdoor privacy? -- Kendra N.
Dear Kendra: In many new subdivisions, the first thing the builders do is knock down all the trees and vegetation, which ...Read more
Dear James: I was told not to reseal our new asphalt driveway for several years. After three years now, it looks a bit worn. Is it time to seal it, and what is the best sealer and method to apply it? -- Juan T.
Dear Juan: You are probably about two and half years late for the first sealing of your driveway. Although it will probably be fine, ...Read more
Dear James: I looked at ladder trellises at my garden store, but they are too expensive. The design does not look complicated. If I try to copy and build one myself, what is the proper procedure to make one? -- Kandi W.
Dear Kandi: Building a ladder-style trellis is a great project for beginning do-it-yourselfers. The design is relatively ...Read more