Debby Allmon on Insulating a Garage

Our very own, Debby Allmon, was featured in the Kansas City Star's Handyman section talking about Insulating a Garage. See what she had to say about it. Here's the reader's question:

I am interested in how to better insulate my garage so that my master bathroom and closet above the garage can be warmer.

Debby Allmon on fixing a window that can’t be shut

Our very own, Debby Allmon, was featured in the Kansas City Star’s Handyman section answering a reader's question about how to fix a window that can't be shut. See what she had to say about it. Here’s the reader’s question:

Q: The exterior of my home is stucco and has double-hung windows.

Debby Allmon on deck materials

Handyman | Debby Allmon on deck materials
Q. I need to replace my deck. I’m stymied by all the material choices. What type of wood holds up best? Or should I go with a composite? Are there any downsides to metal (aluminum) railings? Help!

A. The best natural wood products would be cedar or ipe (Brazilian hardwood). Cedar is probably the most typical and cost-effective product.

Debby Allmon on covered downspout drains

Our very own, Debby Allmon, was featured in the Kansas City Star’s Handyman section answering a reader’s question about covered downspout drains. See what she had to say about it. Here’s the reader’s question:

Q: We have four downspouts that feed into 4-inch corrugated flexible tubing.

Debby Allmon on restoring a fiberglass shower floor

Debby Allmon answers a Kansas City Star's reader question about restoring a fiberglass shower floor. Read all about it.

Q: I am the owner of a 12-year-old home. The white fiberglass shower floor has become discolored over the years in spite of routine cleaning.

Debby Allmon on Sofa Risers

Q: Is it possible to successfully add height to sofa legs? I have always heard that old frames from the ’60s and ’70s are better because of the quality of the wood used in making them. However, my sofa and chairs are too low now that I am a senior and have difficulty getting up from them.

Debby Allmon on removing wallpaper

Debby Allmon answers a Kansas City Star's reader question about removing wallpaper. Read all about it.

Q. We have a house that was built in the ’60s. Most of the rooms and hall have one or more layers of decades-old wallpaper. One bedroom has bedroom walls painted over the wallpaper.

Debby Allmon on Cold-Stone Solutions

Q: The cold months are slowly killing the stone on the exterior of my house and the outdoor fireplace original to my home, built in the 1920s. Is there anything I can do to winterize the stone to protect it from crumbling?

A:  Since your stone fireplace is always subject to the elements, the stone will suffer from time and wear.