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View of garage door opener on the ceiling of a garage.

(Photo: Flickr/ecnerwal)

My garage door opener only works sometimes. Why?

Q: My Genie Intellicode garage door opener works intermittently. At times the unit just clicks when any remote or wall switch is hit. Other times it works correctly. What's the problem?

A: The clicking noise typically means that you have a bad logic board, and it could be...

Flowering zucchini lying beneath green stems. (Photo: Flickr/ezioman)

This plant looks healthy. (Photo: Flickr/ezioman)

The powdery killer of zucchini plant leaves

August 28, 2012

Q: The leaves on my zucchini plants have developed a white powdery substance on them. The stem of the leaf is getting the same powder and then rots.  The zucchinis themselves seem to be OK.  Do I need to add nutrients, or is it OK to cut off the affected leaves?

A: It...

White tile floor with two pairs of empty shoes. (Photo: Flickr/Mireille Raad)

Clean enough for bare feet. (Photo: Flickr/Mireille Raad)

How do I clean white grout stained by ammonia?

Q: I have a ceramic tile floor that has self-sealing white grout. I spilled ammonia on it, and it stained the grout. How do I fix this?

A: The ammonia has reacted chemically with the grout. There is no cleaner that will get rid of the stain. Your only option is to scrape...

Burning bush at the side of a house.  (Photo: Flickr/Jim Holmes)

This bush will be blazing red in the fall. (Photo: Flickr/Jim Holmes)

How to prune a burning bush in summer

August 02, 2012

Q: I have burning bushes that grow along the back of my house, and they've become overgrown. I've heard that you can't prune in the summer -- is that true? Also the backs of the bushes (against the house) are dead -- is it lack of sunlight?

A: Yes, you can prune in the...

(Photo: Flickr/Matt Anderson)

Why does the water in my pool look milky?

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from a Expert on JustAnswer.

Q: I have a swimming pool which I am just starting up for the summer. The pool is clean, well-balanced with correct chlorine and pH readings. I am using 3...

Not a welcome houseguest.

Screens for swing-out windows to keep bugs out

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from a Expert on JustAnswer.

Q: I'm having a mosquito problem in my apartment. I like to leave the windows open for ventilation, but they open out (swing out rather than slide up/down...

Don't expect your cat to help.

What's a safe way to clean mold off blinds?

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from a Expert on JustAnswer.

Q: How do I clean blinds that have mold on them without destroying the blind? (These are room-darkening blinds.)

A: The product you want...

Old style with a new eco twist (Photo: Flickr/phototouring)

Home energy-saving ideas that can reduce taxes

By Tom Musbach on June 15, 2012

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from a Expert on JustAnswer:

Q: I am planning on building a new home. I want to make it a green, efficient home but also take advantage of the refundable and non-refundable tax...

How to clean soot from chimney and fireplace

By Tom Musbach on June 15, 2012

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from a Expert on JustAnswer.

Q: How do I remove soot from my stone chimney and fireplace? I tried soap and water without much success.

A: Using water is not...

Could there be a leak inside? (Photo: Flickr/Ewen Roberts)

Why does my freezer leak into the refrigerator?

By Tom Musbach on May 14, 2012

Daily Answer is excerpted from the JustAnswer archives and features information provided from a Expert on JustAnswer:

Q: My top freezer refrigerator leaks water from the vent holes that lead from the freezer to the refrigerator compartment. How can this be fixed? The...

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