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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 Lighted Cordless Precision Screwdriver can handle all of those difficult, repetitive fastening jobs involving tiny screws in tights spaces where it is difficult to see. It is perfect for anyone who works with small parts and micro assemblies. Powerful and portable, this pen-sized tool is superbly functional in design with: High-powered LED that shines directly […]