Are there nontoxic stains that would be safe for wood planters in a veggie garden?

— Candy Guerrero, Harrison, NJ

Answered by Debbie Sek on July 23, 2009

Is there a finish I can use to seal MDF surfaces on a changing table for my baby’s nursery?

— Sabrina van Engelen, Aliso Viejo, CA

Answered by Debbie Sek on July 23, 2009

What are the best low-maintenance, durable stains and urethane finishes for wood floors?

— Zoe Redick, Scottsdale, AZ

Answered by J Neufeld on December 4, 2008

What's more sustainable: a longer-lasting floor finish, or one with lower VOC content?

— Tom Leland, Beachwood, OH

Answered by J Neufeld on December 4, 2008

Large gaps have formed between the boards of my wood-paneled walls. Can they be saved?

— Alison L., Baton Rouge, LA

Answered by Greg Upwall on February 4, 2008