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  • Will PEX Pipe Break If It Freezes?

    DIY Questions and Answer January 18, 2016 Sonia

    Q: Will PEX pipe break if it freezes? A: No, PEX pipe is freeze-damage resistant, meaning the pipe will expand if frozen and contract to its original shape when thawed. PEX pipe is not freeze-proof, however, meaning that the water in the pipe can still freeze and block the flow. You should use the same standard insulation precautions with PEX […]

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  • Installing an Energy Star-Approved Appliance

    DIY Questions and Answer January 18, 2016 Sonia

    Q: Can I install an Energy Star-approved appliance myself and still qualify for the U.S. Federal tax credit? A: Yes, you can install the eligible product yourself and are not required to hire a professional contractor to handle the job. However, while many of the energy tax credits allow the cost of installation/labor to be included in the eligible amount, […]

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  • Can Composite Decking Be Stained?

    DIY Questions and Answer January 18, 2016 Sonia

    Q: Can composite decking be stained? A: Yes, you can stain worn composite decking, but since it doesn’t have genuine wood grain you’ll need to select an exterior stain/sealer with a solid color. First, clean the deck surface with a Deck Cleaning detergent and rinse thoroughly, as with any refinishing job. Apply the solid-color stain according to the manufacturer’s instructions. […]

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  • How Do I Install Railing In A Concrete Sidewalk?

    DIY Questions and Answer January 18, 2016 Sonia

    Q: How do I install railing in a concrete sidewalk? A: You can mount the railing with Anchoring Cement, which is a pourable cement that expands as it hardens and develops greater strength than concrete. First, use a masonry core drill or chisel to create a hole in the concrete that is at least 1 inch larger than the size […]

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  • What is kickout flashing?

    DIY Questions and Answer January 5, 2016 Sonia

    Q: What is kickout flashing? A: On a roof, kickout flash-ing is installed where a lower roofline intersects a vertical wall. This angled piece of flashing “kicks out” the water runoff directly into the gutter and away from the adjacent wall to prevent mold and wood rot. The flashing piece is less than a foot square piece of metal or […]

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  • Do you have a spot-removal suggestion to use on carpet?

    DIY Questions and Answer January 5, 2016 Sonia

    Q: Do you have a spot-removal suggestion to use on carpet? A: A good standby is to mix 1/4 teaspoon of clear, non-bleach, non-lanolin, non-optical brightening dish-washing liquid per one cup of warm water. Apply to the spot but do not saturate. Leave the detergent on the stain for 8 to 10 minutes. Blot the liquid (don’t scrub!) with a […]

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