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  • Overview: Finishing Hardwood Floors

    I get a lot of questions about choosing and applying a finish to a hardwood floor.First understand that there is no one right answer -- there are a lot of products that each has certain advantages over the others and you need to select the properties that are the most important to you. There are...
  • Removing masking tape marks on siding

    One of our viewers had left masking tape on the aluminum siding around a window far too long and it didn't want to come off without scraping, like you can see in the photo. Any oil, even vegetable oil, will serve to soften the old glue and allow removal, but the most efficient remover we fou...
  • Tips for pet proofing your home

    Jon was joined by Dr John Littlejohn and dog Ben from the Woodbine Animal Clinic in Ontario on this TV segment, to provide tips on pet proofing your home -- running from sprays for furniture and plants, stretchy collars, wire protectors etc.The Bitter Apple product shown in the photo will stop...
  • Decks and Stains

    Linda in Oakville has finished a deck and asks Jon about the correct stain to use.Stains are optional and only serve the purpose of changing the colour of the wood. Opaque stains are not made for walking surfaces, they are not durable enough.What is not optional is a water repellent and some f...
  • Ancient Recepies for removing stains

    We tested a series of old ideas on how to remove stains, with moderate success. Does the potato really remove dirt stains?Do you have your favorite home made stain removal recipe that actually works? Send it to us, with specific instructions on how to obtain success.
  • Removing Stains on Concrete

    Oil stains are almost impossible to get out of concrete. Substances that tend to sit on the top surface of the concrete are much easier to get off. We did some testing with various stain and graffiti removal products. Nothing worked perfectly.Since this show I have been looking for somethin...
  • Pro: Underlay and Vinyl Flooring

    Editor: In your May/June issue you showed gluing down 1/4 inch underlay in order to avoid telescoping of joints and fasteners through the finished vinyl flooring. That is well and good, except that the wood parquet adhesive you recommend will cause staining of the vinyl, and your customers w...
  • Black stain coming through oil finish on cedar chair

    An e-mail from Jan in Verona Ontario:Last year I made a white cedar adirondack chair. I finished it with Varathane Natural Oil finish for interior and exterior wood. Parts of it are fine other parts are black after sitting outside one summer. I'm in the process of making another one. What can ...
  • Will the blue stuff in ice melters stain my interlocking paving?

    Blue dye is put into some de-icers to let you know where you have applied it. Will it stain the paving bricks? The answer is -- maybe.As long as the dye stays on the surface, the sunlight will quickly break it down and it will lose its blue colour. If you have quality paving stones (which are d...
  • Plugging staple holes in floors with toothpicks?

    George from Hamilton, Ontario suggests using round toothpicks to plug the holes left by staples after pulling up a carpet.It does plug them easily and permanently, but if you are going to stain the floor, the end grain of the toothpick will take on a lot more stain than the rest of the floor, mak...