ASK FRED: How Do I Install Wood Floor Below Grade?

Ask FRED: How Do I Install Wood Floor Below Grade?
Installing a wood floor below grade can be done with the right preparation. First you must tape a one by one square foot piece of 6mm plastic to the concrete slab in a few locations and wait one week to see if water appears inside the plastic. This will let you know if moisture is …

ASK FRED: My Basement Feels Damp. Is There Anything I Can Do Outside to Help with This?

ASK FRED: My Basement Feels Damp. Is There Anything I Can Do Outside to Help with This?
This is a common question that we field in the Washington DC Metro area. The damp “feeling” is caused by cool humid conditions that naturally occur in basements. Typically, there is not as much air flow in the basement. Also, if the house has a central HVAC system, the …

ASK FRED: Is It Too Late in the Season to Paint the Exterior of My House?

This time of year, more than any other, we get inundated with questions about exterior painting. We get questions like: “Is it too late in the season to get the exterior of my house painted?” and “I know I shouldn’t have waited so long to call, but I need the outside of my house painted. Can you help?”.  It seems like most folks realize that …