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  • Stove top cleaning and repairs

    Most stove top parts can be replaced, ranging from drip pans, to burners and switches. \012\012Avoid using aluminum foil under an electric burner as it can reflect too much and overheat part of the unit. Also, pieces of the aluminum foil can flake off and cause a short circuit where the wires at...
  • How to open windows that are painted shut.

    Phillip in Halifax, Nova Scotia has painted all his wooden double hung windows shut tight. So how do you open them without damaging them?Start by cutting the paint at the joint between the window and the frame with a knife.Then put a block of wood on the window sash, the frame that holds the gla...
  • How to protect board and batten siding?

    Lori from North Gower, Ontario has purchased an old farm house with one part covered in board and batten wood while the main house is brick. She wants to know what she should do to protect the old board and batten. Presently it has simply been left to "silver" with age.Painting or oiling that o...
  • What to do about pine sap oozing out of a deck?

    Donna lives in Georgian Bay, Ontario but has to share her deck with hornets that are attracted to the pine sap oozing out of her deck. What to do?Pine sap will not stop oozing until it has all crystallized inside the wood. This process can be accelerated with heat, but even kiln dried and aged b...
  • Radial Arm Saw Sanding Disk

    I have a copy of your Fine Tuning Your Radial Arm Saw , am interested in the article on page 52 relating to planning the table flat, but I can't seem to find anyone that knows where to obtain the rigid sanding disk that is shown in figure 3-46. I hope you might know where to obtain one. - Willia...
  • Fixing ripped hanging holes in vinyl shower curtains

    The most common shower curtains sold are made of vinyl with very inadequate reinforcing around the hole used to hook it to the curtain rod.  The result is that rather quickly the vinyl stretches and breaks through.  Now this process accelerates when you have a wife like mine who scrubs the curtai...
  • Stopping a leak in a shower stall

    Letter: I have a ceramic shower, that is leaking, I do not know how it was built or what is underneath.In the last week +- have noticed about an ounce or 2 of water in the garage,I have a small openeing in the ceiling directly under due to the drain pipe, the drain pipe and feed lines are dry. Bu...
  • Chimney inspection check list.

    From top to bottom:1- Check the spark arrestor or rain cover, whichever you have on your chimney. Its most important function may in fact be to keep animals and birds out of your chimney.2- The liner needs to be in good shape. Check the part that is visible from above, and occasionally have a c...
  • What do we do with an old brick wall that has no weep holes?

    Gary from Hamilton, Ontario writes :I know that brick veneer homes have vent holes in the lower rows to allow air to equalize the pressure and help keep water out. We have just bought a 50 year old solid brick (two layers of brick) house. I notice there are no vent holes and it doesn't appear t...
  • Tip -- cleaning spray can nozzles.

    The nozzle on your can of spray paint is clogged up? Don't throw it away yet.Soak it overnight in solvent. Then use a needle or thin wire, like that inside the tie-wraps, to poke through the holes. Then spray some oil through it by using a spray can like WD-40, if the tips are compatible.If yo...