you can help this reader from Greensboro, N.C., who
writes: "My house has aluminum siding. I am in the
midst of a remodel and am in need of some replacement
windows were removed, and I thought it would be easy to
find replacements for such areas, but I cannot. I have
one uncut sheet for measurements and style/type, but no
luck finding any suppliers."
email me, and I will forward any advice you can offer. I
would think the answer would be a national supplier, but
vinyl rules the siding roost these days — except at my
house, where cedar siding is king — so the search is
then and now. An oldie but a goodie, problem-wise, from
2010 is recalled by reader Sachin Bansal: rubber-backed
mats that discolor vinyl tile.
to flooring manufacturer Armstrong, antioxidant chemical
compounds are formulated into some rubber materials to
extend the life of the rubber and prevent brittleness.
antioxidants react chemically with ingredients in
flexible vinyl to produce a yellowish stain, known as
rubber containing those antioxidants that comes in
contact with vinyl flooring could produce this staining:
rubber mats; rubber-backed rugs; rubber wheels on carts.
avoid stains, make sure that mats and wheels are made of
a "nonstaining" type of rubber. The products’
labels typically provide this information.
say it is highly unlikely that the yellowing can be
tankless fan. Mary Ellen Ryan of Lower Gwynedd, Pa.,
loves her tankless water heater, and here’s why:
is nice to know we are not heating water when we are
have no problem adjusting water temperature."
our five grown children and their families are visiting,
we often hear comments about how we do not run out of
hot water after numerous showers."
a bonus, it takes up less room in the basement."