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DIY Questions and Answer

  • Can a DIY’er Install a Granite Countertop?

    DIY Questions and Answer June 27, 2016 Sonia

    Q: Can a DIY’er install a granite countertop? A: For a small end table or island, a couple of DIY’ers strong enough to lift the slab could likely do the job, assuming the structure beneath is adequately constructed to support the heavy material. You should leave any large slabs to the professionals. In fact, many experienced remodeling contractors shy away […]

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  • What’s the Best Way to Make the Garden Roof?

    DIY Questions and Answer June 27, 2016 Sonia

    Q: I’d like to add a garden of ferns and flowers on the roof of my chicken coop, to provide some decoration and provide insulation for the chickens. What’s the best way to make the garden roof? A: The roof must be sloped for drainage if a garden is to be located on top. The construction also must be adequate […]

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  • Best Roofing Material for Flat Roof

    DIY Questions and Answer April 20, 2016 Sonia

    Q: What’s the best roofing material to use for a flat roof? A: For a flat or low-slope roof you’ll need a built-up roof, rubber or modified bitumen. Built-up roofing is applied with multiple layers of tar and felt paper. The surface layer is coated with lightweight stone or even seashells that help to reflect the sun’s rays and increase […]

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  • Removing a Stripped Screw

    DIY Questions and Answer April 20, 2016 Sonia

    Q: Do you have any tips for removing a stripped screw? A: Start by placing a thick rubber band over the screw and then slowly use an oversize screwdriver while pressing down firmly. If that doesn’t work, hammer the screwdriver down into the screw head, cutting a new slot, then rotate the screwdriver and screw as one. You can also […]

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  • Electrical Fuse Keeps Blowing

    DIY Questions and Answer April 20, 2016 Sonia

    Q: The electrical fuse in my house keeps blowing. Should I use a bigger fuse? A: Fuses must always match a specific wire size. No. 14 wire gets a 15-amp fuse (suitable for general household appliances and lighting). No. 12 wire gets a 20-amp fuse (kitchen countertop receptacles for small appliances). No. 10 wire gets a 30-amp fuse (water heaters). […]

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  • Problems with Woodpeckers

    DIY Questions and Answer April 20, 2016 Sonia

                Q: A woodpecker keeps drilling a hole into the siding beneath the eaves of my house. How can I chase him away? A: The easiest way to get rid of the nuisance is probably to affix the area of infestation with something that will continue to scare away the woodpecker throughout the day. Trying […]

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  • What Bit Should I use to Drill a Hole in Glass?

    DIY Questions and Answer April 5, 2016 Sonia

    Q: What bit should I use to drill a hole in glass? A: You’ll need a diamond-coated or carbide-tipped glass bit. The glass will have to be held very securely so that it cannot spin or flex when drilling. Avoid direct metal-to-glass contact when clamping. Place paper or gaffer tape over the intended hole location and drill through the tape […]

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  • Q: What are the Advantages of Stone Veneer?

    DIY Questions and Answer April 5, 2016 Sonia

    Q: What are the advantages of stone veneer? A: Rather than thick, heavy stones that require additional structural support and mortar between the joints, stone veneer is cut thin so it weighs less and is suitable for an easier DIY method of installation. The material can generally be used indoors or outdoors. Depending on the product, stone veneer can often […]

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  • What Plants are Appropriate to Sow in April?

    DIY Questions and Answer April 5, 2016 Sonia

    Q: I’d like to get an early start on my garden this year. What plants are appropriate to sow in April? A: Unless you experience a very mild spring, planting outdoors in April can be risky because the temperatures may not be high enough to ensure the seeds germinate. It may be wiser to sow just a few seeds in […]

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  • What is Shapeable Concrete?

    DIY Questions and Answer April 5, 2016 Sonia

    Q: What is shapeable concrete? A: A new product from Sakrete, called Shapecrete, is an easy-to-use, high performance, shape-able concrete mix that can be rolled, molded, pushed or poured into any shape imaginable. Just add water to the dry mix to get clay-like concrete, which can be used to create everything from garden objects and home decor to crafts and everyday repairs. It’s […]

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