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  • Renew the Finish of Wood Furniture

    DIY Questions and Answer November 20, 2015 Sonia

    Q. I’ve picked up a couple of furniture pieces at yard sales. Their finish is intact, but pretty dull at this point. Is there a way to revitalize a dull wood finish without completely refinishing the wood? A. To breathe a little life into an old dirty or dull wood finish, try a simple cleaning followed by a coat of […]

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  • Problems with Painted Popcorn Texture

    DIY Questions and Answer November 20, 2015 Sonia

    Q. Can I remove a popcorn ceiling with water after it’s been painted? A. The fact that the popcorn finish has been painted means that it was probably primed with an oil-based primer. If it had been coated with a water-based primer, the water would have probably melted away the texture during the painting procedure. The fact that the ceiling […]

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  • How to Cut Glass

    DIY Questions and Answer November 20, 2015 Sonia

    Q. How do I cut glass to repair a broken window pane? A. Generally speaking, picture-framing stores and certain hardware stores, such as Lowe’s, will cut new glass to spec for a very reasonable fee. However, you can also cut it yourself using a handheld glass cutter. The cut should be made at least 1/2 inch away from the edge […]

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  • Identify a Toilet Leak

    DIY Questions and Answer November 20, 2015 Sonia

    Q. My water bill has been on steady incline the last few months. The water department says I must have a plumbing fixture, but I don’t see any sign of one. Is there a way to look for unseen leaks? A. A leaking faucet should be visibly evident, but toilets can have “silent” leaks. A dye test is a tried-and-true […]

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  • Mount a Screw in a Hollow Core Door

    DIY Questions and Answer August 25, 2015 Sonia

    Q: Can I mount a screw in a hollow core door? A: Since there’s not much solid wood in a hollow-core interior door, screws will usually tear out of the door as soon as any weight is applied to them. This complicates mounting items such as pictures, mirrors, hooks, etc. to the door. To mount anything into a hollow door […]

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  • Sanitary Way to Clean the Cutting Surface

    DIY Questions and Answer August 25, 2015 Sonia

    Q: The top of my kitchen island doubles as a butcher-block cutting board. What is a sanitary way to clean the cutting surface? A: Scrub the board with lemon and kosher salt. The salt acts as an abrasive, and the acid in the lemon will kill the bacteria. After the surface has been thoroughly cleaned, apply a coat of mineral […]

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