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  • Tip -- wrench handle for paint cans.

    Chloe in Kincardine, Ontario uses a double open-ended wrench to carry heavy pails so that the handle wire doesn't cut into his hand.A slit garden hose can help as well.
  • What to do with bad drywall joints after they are painted?

    One viewer installed drywall, taped the joints, painted and then discovered that there were lumps and uneven areas in the joint plaster. What to do?It is certainly easier to perfect the sanding before there is paint on the wall, so the moral is to really verify your sanding job before saying it ...
  • Avoiding painting errors.

    Ok, I'm not the best painter in the DIY world. I don't even enjoy painting that much. So I asked Alan Watkins from Sico paints to come in so I could grill him on my common painting errors.I always thought that the thick rollers were for rough surfaces and the low mat rollers were for smoother s...
  • 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...
  • Does the Flecto Renewal "no sanding" floor refinishing system work?

    Yes. In fact it is a very good system that provides one of the hardest floor finishes available, without having to sand the old finish. But there are important details that shouldn?t be missed and some limitations that you must pay attention to.If the floor is damaged and needs wood filler, ...
  • My deck is too slippery.

    Linda from Kirkland Lake, Ontario has sanded and finished her deck with an opaque stain and finds it impossibly slippery. She has tried painter's sand, but it doesn't work. What to do?The opaque stain is the problem, together with too much sanding. A finely finished kitchen table is slipper...
  • How to make a tack cloth.

    Randy asked if I could find the formula for making a tack cloth, that sticky cotton cloth that is used to remove all the dust before putting down a quality clear varnish or lacquer.You can of course buy ready-made tack cloths. But if you want to do it yourself:Take a piece of cotton cloth or c...
  • Eliminating scratches from furniture.

    I just had to show off a new product that is on the market called Scratch Match. When you scratch furniture or floors to the point of removing wood, you will need to either sand it all down and refinish, or work with colour matched putties. When you just scratch the finish and don't even ge...
  • New hand towels that clean off urethane adhesive and foam insulation.

    If you have ever tried to clean the insulating foam in a can off of your hands or your tools, or urethane adhesives, or oil paint, or dried latex caulking?. you will rejoice at this nifty innovation that showed up at my door recently.Simply called "Hand and Tool Towels" by Bostick, they come in ...
  • How to stop the graying of outdoor wood?

    I just saw an ad on the weather network for a deck cleaning product called deck renew (I think that is what it is called) and I am looking for some more information about it. I built a 600+ sq. ft deck last summer and on someone's recommendation treated it with just a water repellent. the dec...