Past Questions

Question: Soundproofing floors

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This question is from Renee in Folsom

I live in an apartment and my neighbors are noisy. I need help soundproofing a floor/ceiling.

Here is the Question: What is the best way to soundproof between upper rooms and lower rooms in a condo?

Joining me now is Earl Cruz from Prestige Flooring. He is one of my Trusted Home Improvement Pros.

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Question: Removing Kitchen Cabinets

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This Question is from a local homeowner, Patrick.


I need to remove a kitchen cabinet from the wall. The problem is that I recently had marble tile put on the same wall. Now I cannot remove the cabinets because part of the cabinet is grouted to the tile.

 

 Here is the Question:

  • Without cutting out the Marble, do you have any ideas on how to remove the cabinet?

 

To help me answer this question I have Videm, owner of Ace Kitchens, one of our trusted Home Improvement Pros.

 

 

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Question: Concrete Stained Floors

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This Question is from Sam in Los Angeles…


I pulled up the carpet in my 300 sq ft, living room and found a concrete slab underneath. T
he slab has a smooth finish but was left with divots from tack-boards as well as glue and paint drippings. I am okay with some imperfections, but I want a cleanly finished result.  

 

Here is the Question:

  • What is the best product for filling, sealing, and finishing the divots in my concrete floor?

Joining us now is a listener, Sam. 

 

 

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Question: Old Banging Pipes

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This one is from Tonya M. in Midtown Sacramento …

We live in a classic Victorian home in an old part of town. Every time I do the laundry it sounds like a marching band in my mudroom.

Question:

  • Why Are My Pipes Banging When I Use My Washing Machine?

 

Joining us now is: Marcelle Flowers with Armstrong Plumbing in Sacramento

 

 

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Question: Load bearing Exterior Sunrooms

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How do you determine if a wall is load bearing and are patio covers ever load-bearing structures? I have an exterior sunroom/patio cover off the house that was built in 1940. I want to tear it out. Should I be concerned that the sunroom and patio cover is a load-bearing structure? – Amy, Land Park

 

 

 

 

Question: Triple-pane Windows

Is there really a difference between double-pane and triple-pane windows? How much more energy efficient can they be, and are they worth the extra money? – James Mason

 

In terms of windows. you really need someone to come out and do an evaluation. You do not want to over-spend on triple-pane windows if it’s not necessary. Now if the window is facing the west in the Sacramento area, and there are no trees obstructing the views of the sun, you may want to consider triple-pane windows with argon gas. It’s a very good way of keeping that heat out. There are also windows you can have tinted. Have you ever noticed on your carpets and furniture, or your drapes that it’s discolored where the sun comes in and beats hard down on those products? Well, its because of the ultraviolet light that is getting through. I would encourage you to get with one of our Trusted Pros for an evaluation on askthe contractors.com. One that comes to mind is Cherry Home Improvement. They will do an audit for you. They will come out and look at your windows and then tell you exactly what you need.

 

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Todd Bird