Question: We have a 4-by-6-foot domed opaque skylight in our family room that allows too much light inside. Is there some kind of coating we can apply to either side that will reduce glare, or are there any other means of doing this?
Corona del Mar
Answer: "If your skylight is plexiglass, as most modern skylights are, you really should be careful about any kind of chemical you'd use on it," says Bill Campbell of Bristolite Skylights in Santa Ana. "You could make it cloudy or brittle. You may be able to have a pleated shade made for the opening with which you can regulate the amount of light that gets inside. This way you can enjoy the light when you want to, and when it's closed, the reflective backing keeps heat from building up behind it."
Q: I'm interested in adding an electrical circuit to turn my garage into an office and since there's no room on my electrical panel for another breaker switch, I was thinking of using a "skinny" breaker. Are these reliable?
A: "These are small breakers that allow you to fit two breaker switches where only one fit before, and using them is going to depend on whether your panel will accept it," says Bill Cramer of Ferrell's Electric Supply in Orange. "Even though a twin breaker may fit, the manufacturer may not recommend using one. You'll have to do some research to find out who manufactures your panel, and whether they can advise you on using a twin or skinny breaker switch for it. You'd also better check with your city building department to see if you need a permit to add another circuit."