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An crucial advisor for householders and renters alike, this useful little publication will enable you wear a brand new bathroom seat, swap an air clear out, unclog a drain, caulk a sink, patch a gap within the wall, switch a lock, change washing machine hoses, and masses extra.
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Use a putty knife to press the compound, into the scratch. Scrape away any excess compound and let the patch dry. Sand lightly—with the grain of the wood—until the patch is even with the surrounding wood. Apply several coats of wood restorer. Carpeted Floors v Fix a squeaky, carpeted oor. When a carpeted floor squeaks, usually the problem is that the subfloor is rubbing against the joists. If you can get to the floor from beneath, you can fix this by shimming the joists (see page 51). If not, use a cordless drill to drive a screw through the subfloor and into the framing below.
To make this project less overwhelming, it’s been broken up into smaller ten-minute tasks on prepping walls, painting techniques, preparing equipment, and cleaning up right. When it comes to painting, the three most important tasks are preparation, preparation, and preparation—so let’s start there. After all, a coat of paint isn’t going to cover dents, cracks, or ridges in the joint compound. v Scrape off any cracked or peeling paint. Don’t paint over peeling paint—in no time flat, the new paint will peel, too, and you’ll be right back where you started.
Test the polish remover in a hidden area—under the refrigerator or stove, for example—before you tackle the stain. Using a clean cotton cloth, blot at the stain until it’s gone, then wipe the area with a fresh cloth and plain water. v Fuse a small cut in sheet vinyl. Vinyl floors are extremely durable, but they can get damaged—if you drop a can of vegetables, for example. ) A tube of liquid seam sealer, a clear compound available at home centers and flooring retailers, and a few minutes will solve the problem.
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