Lou Manfredini


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    Kay Winner said:
    January 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Mr. Manfredini, Our 35 year old home foundation is settling causing cracked walls, cracks in our brickwork, and trouble opening the front door. Permaseal suggested foundation supports for the front of the house. A foundation bracket is secured to the footing. Steel tubes are hyraulically driven through the bracket to competent soils or bedrock. Thereby the weight of the home is transferred through the piers to load bearing strata.This will cost us $20,000 plus repair for damage to our concrete, landscaping,etc. Do you agree with their fix? Do you know of any other companies that do this work so we could get a second opinion? We need help!

    Joan Bettin said:
    January 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I really enjoy your show especially when you talk about cooking or any subject at all.

    Robert Felton said:
    January 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    The woman who got on the air this morning by mistake was absolutly right! I can't speak for anyone else, but I tune in to hear Mr. Fixit, respomding to callers, not The World's Formost Authority. You are rude and often interupt others, You may think it is "charming" , but you it comes across like a big pain. I have listened since the start, but if things don't change, the end is near.

    Kindest regards

      Lori said:
      February 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      you are way off base…relax

    J. Range said:
    February 1, 2013 at 4:53 PM


    Peg said:
    February 2, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    I have stone tile floor where the grout has gotten very dark or "dirty" how can I clean or brighten it up?

    Ron Peterson said:
    February 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    This morning (2/1) I missed your telling how to take care of garage doors that stick. Could you please send me the information.

      Ant720 said:
      March 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      I listened to this broadcast and Lou explained that if you put chalk (Like the kind used to write on sidewalks) over the part of the ground that sticks it will prevent the garage door from sticking to the ground

    Nikki Gillespie said:
    February 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I love it when you do your show from Woodstock with Willy the groundhog. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa and it just so happens that I was born on Groundhog's Day. It's always fun to hear you give d.i.y. advice on Saturdays and I've been listening to you for many years. I hooked you up with Edward Hines Lumber Co's marketing efforts.when you were just getting started. Keep it up and thanks for the fun morning.

    Lori said:
    February 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Hi Lou, I'm going to be building a new home. Can you give me 3 or 4 things I MUST do or have in new home. ie 60 inches of ice and water shield on roof. Thanks Lou…love you. Lori

    Pat said:
    February 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Lou, please post the list of discounts available for senior citizens, I'm not able to locate it on the WGN page. Thanks so much.

    Larry said:
    February 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Looking for the list of discounts available for senior citizens also.

    Thanks, Larry

    judy said:
    February 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I cant findv the list either. How can I like you on db. And btw wgn is going downhill .thank goodness for you and Steve Bertrand and dean Richards and sport central

    Larry said:
    February 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Judy, you can find it on Lou's facebook page. Just google Lou's name. That's how I found it.

    Lynne Rassano said:
    February 22, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Lou, where can i get a list of reputable HVAC companies-i just need a cleaning and possibly athermocouple replaced. i live in the Aurora area
    Love your show

    Gary Rhodes said:
    March 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Lou, On a fairly regular basis and this morning you have people call in with noise problems from the apartments above them. Check out Acoustiblok, an 1/8" rubber type material that they claim reduces more sound than 12" of concrete. http://www.acoustiblok.com I saw (didn't hear) their demo at a trade show and it works great. Love your show, Gary

    Angie said:
    March 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I can’t remember the name of the shower cleaner you recomemded and is available at Ace.

    Larry said:
    March 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    It's called Wet and Forget.

    Jeff said:
    March 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Hi Lou. We are just back from a trip to the islands of Yap and Palau (go to the other side of the world and turn Right). While in Palau we seen an Ace Hardware and thought we would pass along a picture of their sign.
    I'd love to send it to you…very funny. If you are interested let me know how I can do that.

    John said:
    April 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    I have a sun room attached to the back of my house and the door sticks depending on the season. In the summer when the ground is really dry the door sticks. In the spring the door opens freely. The hinges are mounted on a metal frame and the thresh hold is metal and is not adjustable.
    The soil is mostly clay. The sun room was built by Four seasons on a foundation.

    How can I stop the moisture of the soil stop effecting the sticking issue I am having with the door?

    Geri said:
    April 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Hi Lou

    I was on hold for 40 min. this morning and could not hold on any longer. I have a quarry tile kitchen which is 26 years old and has been sealed several times. What can I do to strip the floor to the original state and then what can I use to seal it. Thank you.

    Hoffman Estates

    Nancy Schneider said:
    April 12, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Our 50 gal gas hot water heater sprung a leak! I know we should buy the tankless, but our house is 90 yrs. old with old plumbing- Since we plan to stay only a few more years what brand of gas water heater would you recommend? Thanks!!

    Park Ridge

      Ed Jacob said:
      April 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Lou – I have an 80+ year old house, cinder block foundation walls, and a (cracked) old poured concrete floor. The floor leaked like a sieve during our Wednesday night / Thursday morning rainstorm, and I had 14 inches of water. I do not have a sump pump – I doubt it would have coped, and we have so many power outages I don’t think that’s a good long term solution. The cracking in the floor appears to be getting worse. What would you recommend, or where would I go for advice? Thanks

    Bernadette Kowalik said:
    April 27, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Lou – I have a 53 yr old 3-flat built and lived in by Talley Builders. The radiant heating system still has the original 53 yr old boiler, but I believe it's time to replace it. Though the pumps have been replaced several times, the present ones are over 10 yrs old and are making some strange noises. I've had several contractors interested in the job, but since the system is so unique, I'm afraid I might be someone's learning experiment. The radiant heat operates in the floors and ceilings. Would you be able to recommend someone truly experienced in radiant heating systems. My husband was a HVAC Designer Engineer, but is gone over 10 yrs and I want to do this right.

    Wayne Schleehauf said:
    May 3, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Couple weeks ago you interviewed a grass seed company that took a different approach to repairing and improving lawn. Can you give me any contact/website info for that company. thanks.

    Charlie Scott said:
    May 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM


    Yesterday, Saturday, May 18th, you were addressing a woman's sticky sliding refrigerator drawer.

    1. Most refrigerator drawers do not have rollers. They just slide plastic against plastic. Only the real upscale brands have drawer rollers.

    2. Using a wax or grease slide stick would not be the best recommendation as these compounds get thick and gummy when they get cold.

    3. As experts with things that slide, we would recommend a spray dry lube with PTFE. Available at all hardware stores and home centers. Shake the can for at least a minute. It sprays on wet and drys to a slick dry teflon film.


    Mary said:
    May 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Hi Lou, I can never get through to you on the radio. We live in Huntley and have mold growing in our 3 seasons room. We have the vinyl stacking windows, a mistake and it is growing up and down the groves. Can you recommend a company that will come in and clean it up. We cannot do it ourselves. I think the outdoor carpeting needs to be torn up also.

    Thanks so much. We really enjoy your show.


    Claudia Green said:
    June 9, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I have been told that Milky Spore will kill grubs in my lawn and is safe for my pet, is this correct??

    Terri said:
    July 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    We are considering removing our bathtub and replacing it with a walk-in shower. After hearing so many people complaining about mold and mildew problem using tile in a shower, we were wondering what you suggest for a floor and surround in our walk-in shower. We were also wondering if you recommend a hinged or sliding door on a shower such as this. Thanks for your expertise!

    Jerry said:
    July 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Hi Lou
    I have a home at Montrose and Narragansett that gets sewer backup in torrential rains.
    What is the best way to fix this for good?? Lift station, overhead sewers, gate valve or ?
    Looking into Eveready Flood Control and Perma-Seal. or….plumber?

    Trey said:
    August 3, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Lou, for the lady with the chirp. She checked her smoke detector, but does she have a CO2 detector? I had the same type of chirp, I checked all of our smoke alarms, then found it was the CO2 detector battery that needed replacing.

    Brenda said:
    August 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Hi Lou, I'm about 2 remodel 2 bathrooms and one of them has a wonderful old tub in very good __condition that works very well BUT it's blue. Friends have told me that there are companies that can__resurface this tub and produce the white tub that homebuyers want.?
    Thanks for any help,

    Joan/Norman Borgeson said:
    August 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Lou, we live in Glenview and are faithful listeners of yours every Saturday morning.

    Would you recommend TRUSTY WARNS of 320 E. Irving park Road, Wood Dale, for a back-up sump pump? If not, who and why? We look forward to your expert advice.

    Many thanks.

    Pat said:
    August 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Lou- on today's show, August 17, a gentleman asked about his leaking shower door. You asked if it had been professionally installed and he replied, one word answer, Yes. You then gave him advice to cut the vertical frame a little to lower the door. Why would you not advice him to first contact the professional who had installed it? That would seem like the best first step in correcting the problem.

    John Capper said:
    August 24, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    We took your advise about Eternal HotvWater heaters, a friend did also, and his water tank leaked becauseof the plastic pipe fitting blew from the heating of the water. The repair man said these hot water heaters are known to be faulty!
    After checking on line, his comments were correct—-many complaints!! It cost him $450.00 to replace the unit with an updated model. As a proponent of these hot water heaters, do you have any advise for us, ours hasn't blown yet, to help prevent this mishap?
    Thanks for your help-
    John capper

    Claudia Hantel said:
    September 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    My home was built in 2008 and my concrete driveway is turning to pebbles and dust. You recommended I visit the Nari website for a concrete contractor but did not find one. Who would you recommend to take out the old driveway and put in a new one. It is a 3 car driveway and we live in Naperville. Thank you very much
    Claudia Hantel

    Marcia said:
    October 1, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Good morning. We are trying to find pedestals for our BOSCH washer and dryer (Nexxt 500+ Series) and are not having any luck.. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help.

    Chris Bacon said:
    October 26, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    I live in an 18 unit condo bldg on the north shore. It has 3 water tank system. One for making hot water and two for storage. It needs to be replaced after 15 years. Can you suggest a reliable plumber to go to for this type of work?

    Mike said:
    November 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Lou, we live in the western suburbs (DuPage County) are working on getting at least three quotes for re-roofing our house. We have gotten one from Lindholm and one from Mega. Would you recommend another company for us to contact so we can get a third quote?

    Also, do you feel there is any difference between three tab shingles and architectural shingles beyond the appearance issues?

    I look forward to your response.

    Thank you.

    Dennis said:
    January 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Have idea for the mr fix sandwich to have match each morning remote . Call me at 847-975-2292


    Marge said:
    January 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    is it possible to paint over wall paper? my kitchen has vinyl wallpaper over plaster board and I am afraid that taking the paper off will also peel the plaster board. is there a particular primer/paint that should be used?

    Gary Zielinski said:
    March 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Hello Mr Manfredini,
    Listen often and enjoy your show!
    We are having a frustrating time finding a "qualified" contractor in the Joliet area to do a complete bath remodel on our 1960's ranch home. We have heard Mike Holmes from Creative Carpentry Remodelers fill in on your show when you are away. He sounds good and professioanl. I also see CCR is a NARI member, and I was thinking of giving them a call. I don't know if this a fair question, but would you recommend CCR? Are you aware of any other contactors in my area?
    Thank you for your time, and would appreciate your response to my personal email rather on the public forum. Thank you so much.
    Gary Zielinski

    Michael Berry said:
    April 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Hello Lou,
    over the many years we have listened to you, you have saved us so much money and given us such good home repair tips that your program is always scheduled on Saturday mornings in our home. We also make it a point to shop at our local Ace Hardware as we find you are correct when we need advice on a proect We want to thank you for all of that. Now the bad news: You seem to recommend and promote the company, Perma Seal as I know they are your advertisers and because of that we hired them to help us with a sump pump. Our experience has not been good with this company and if I was not somewhat educated in construction they could have taken us for a large repair we didn't need and in fact when I went to look them up on "Yelp" I saw very little good about this company as so many people had the same experience as we did. We value your opinion and wanted you to know the kind of company that you are promoting to your listeners. I understand they are "paying the bills" but your reputation is too important to your listeners. Thanks for all you do.

    Pat said:
    April 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    We have good double pane wood Weather Shield windows. The windows are good but the vinyl valances are brittle and are cracking. They also don't have enough give to remove the windows easily. Who can I call to replace these. I have 11 windows. Thanks

    Laura said:
    May 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Hi Lou,
    Someone sprayed my deck with paint, and unfortunately oversprayed my paver patio bricks. I have tried everything I can think of, including TSP with a hard-bristled brush and it's not coming off. HELP!! Thank you~

    Sharon said:
    May 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    I've tried using Windows 1 – consultant visited and quoted verbally on roof replacement and garage re-siding. Written proposal was to follow. Five calls to the office (2 for their General Manager) with no return call and no proposal. I don't get it. I am disappointed and frustrated – if you don't want the business just say so. I can honestly say I've never experienced this with any company I've ever contacted. I know you think highly of this company and Bill Conforti – this just doesn't make any sense.

    Robert Miller, CIH said:
    May 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Hi Lou. I live in California and often listen to your radio show and enjoy it very much. I am an Certified Industrial Hygienist and felt a need to write in regarding the elderly lady that called in this morning to ask for advice regarding the radon in her basement. I have been testing structures for radon for decades and never rely on a single test. That lady should request a series of very reasonably cost tests at various times and then report the average which will likely be well below the EPA threshold of 4 Pico Curries / Liter.

    Also, I read the MSDS for the product that you endorsed called "Spray and Forget. The only ingredient listed is a proprietary surfactant that has a neutral pH. Based on that information along with a couple of other clues including the specific gravity, what we have here is a little baby shampoo in water. What should be done regarding mold is identify and eliminate the moisture source and either abate the building materials (rarely needed) or apply an anti-microbial solution that is available at most hardware stores. Also, when it comes to mold in structures it is recommended that you rely on a Certified Industrial Hygienist. You will rarely have a Certified Industrial Hygienist ever recommend expensive bulk and air sampling procedures that many of the "mold abatement specialists" often push. Robert Miller, CIH

    Nancy said:
    June 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Lou mentioned a product to get rid of ants on paver bricks called Revenge. My husband has not had any luck finding this product. He has contacted the usual stores; Menards, Ace Hardware (even the one Lou owns), Home Depot, etc. and no luck so far. Hey Lou; any suggestions?

    Thank you,

      Larry said:
      June 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM


    Ethel Wilkens said:
    July 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    My daugher has 1925 home and has had the siding removed which leaves cedar. She wants to paint it. Any ideas – one contractor said she wld. heve to wait until it weathers about almost a year. Is that right? Anybody we could call Love you Lou, don't know how you can retain all your knowledge

    Renee Miller said:
    July 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Dear Lou, I have been listening to you since you first came on the air with Roy Leonard and have enjoyed learning things about taking care of my house. In the las two weeks I used one of your advertisers to do some sprucing up on my home and i could have not been happier with the outcome. Mega Home )mrovement did a wonderful job on the gable and eaves. They also changed the railings on both my front and back entrances which totally changes the appearance of the house. As my neighbir said, it looks younger and happier.Thank you for the information and keep doing you great show.

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