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Q: We plan to lay a new kitchen floor in our lake house. We purchased peel-and-stick tile, hoping we can lay them right over the existing vinyl tile. How should we prep the floor before installing? A: Although it’s possible to lay vinyl tile directly over some existing floors, such as wood and sheet vinyl, we strongly encourage you to […]
Q: For a countertop, what are the advantages/disadvantages of 2-centimeter granite versus 3-centimeter granite? The 2-centimeter is cheaper, but I know you usually get what you pay for. A: The 2-centimeter granite is installed over a plywood rough top. The edge of the plywood is then hidden by an ogee trim or molding on the edge. You can easily […]
Q: I’m remodeling my kitchen, which will feature white cabinets, white crown molding and white baseboard trim throughout. For a sink backsplash, I thought the look of baseboard trim would tie in nicely to the overall décor, but I don’t want the wood trim to decay when exposed to water. Is there any problem with making an economical baseboard-like backsplash using […]
Q: I am installing quarter-round on my new baseboards, what do you use to attach the joints with? Should I use Liquid Nails to glue the 1/4 round down, or is there a better way? A: Quarter-round should be nailed to the base boards only. It is intended to hide gaps between the base and floor. It should […]
Q: Any advice on installing crown molding solo? I’m remodeling my house but I live alone and don’t usually have an extra pair of hands to help out. Installing long sections of molding is getting tricky. A: Asking someone to help out is definitely the way to go. But if no one is available you might try using a string […]
Q: Can I install plastic laminate over a countertop that’s already covered with existing laminate material? A: Yes, but the existing surface must be even and smooth. Repair any gouges or loose edges and make sure the existing laminate is glued firmly. Rough-up the surface with sandpaper, and then use a soft paintbrush or a vacuum cleaner to completely […]
General’s Digital Precision Protractor displays absolute and relative angle measurements in a large, easy-to-read LCD window, making it ideal for work involving crown moldings, cabinetry, counters, staircases, roofs, windows and flooring. It features a 6 in. stainless steel pivoting arm with a knurled locking nut, along with zero calibration and hold/reverse […]