November 13, 2014


Woodpeckers peck at homes to either get at insects, attract a mate or to excavate for a new nesting place. Q. A woodpecker attacked my house […]
November 5, 2014


It’s a tough job but somebody needs to do it! Q. My husband and I live in a 100-year old Victorian. About five years ago, we […]
November 4, 2014

New England Weather in the Gutter

The Old Farmers Almanac predicts a long cold winter and the storm this past weekend was a gentle reminder that the old man is at our […]
September 2, 2014

Basement Moisture

Leaching of lime from concrete Q. Q. I noticed white powder on my concrete basement floor along the full length of one side of the foundation. […]
August 29, 2014

Tips to Keep the Mice Away

How to stop the mice from snacking on your wires. Q. Help! Mice/squirrels are chewing the wires on my car. Is there a way to keep […]
August 25, 2014

Hip Roof Leak & Roof Venting

Properly venting a hip roof. Q. I have a fairly new hip roof (four years) that has been water-sealed from top to bottom. It has soffit […]
August 18, 2014

Preventing Ice Dams

A gutter adjustment may do the trick Q. After years of dealing with ice dams, I put a new roof on three years ago, with 6 […]
June 23, 2014

Rocky Situation: Repairing Squirrel Damage

Q A squirrel or several squirrels ate a hole in my lead flashing, and now it leaks badly when it rains. Water from the roof runs […]
May 19, 2014

Do-it-yourself Roofing Project

Homeowners often like to tackle home improvement projects on there own. Some of them are manageable others aren’t as easy. The Boston Globe recently ran a […]
May 13, 2014

How to prevent moss from growing on your roof

Are you struggling to control the growth of moss or lichen on your roof? There’s a pretty easy fix – just cut strips of zinc flashing […]
May 12, 2014

What’s the Fate of a Weathered Slate Roof?

Q. I have a slate roof that is probably approaching 100 years old. I had one roofer tell me it is at the end of its […]
May 7, 2014

Do I need a new roof?

Shingles blew off my house. Do I need a new roof? This is common during high wind storms. It is caused by a failure of the […]