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Here's How: Simple Maintenance and Clothes Washer Repair Tips

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Dear James: My clothes washer leaks a little when in the drain and spin cycles. What things should I check to locate and repair the water leak? What are some maintenance tips? -- Teddy L.

Dear Teddy: It is good that you noticed the leak before it got too bad. Generally, people just load the clothes in the drum, turn it on and come back when it'...Read more

Here's How: Remove and Replace Drywall Tape Over Joints

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Dear James: The drywall tape is coming loose on the walls and in the corners, so I pulled it off. What is the correct method to retape the corners so that it stays on longer? -- Pamela D.

Dear Pamela: If you have ever watched a professional tape drywall, it looks easy with little sanding needed. The typical do-it-yourselfer ends up having to ...Read more

Here's How: Assemble a First-Aid Kit for DIYers

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Dear James: I have worked with hand and power tools for years, but recently hurt myself with no one around. What things should I include in a first-aid kit for my toolshed? -- Isaac L.

Dear Isaac: It definitely is a good idea to have a complete first-aid kit readily available even if you are not alone in the toolshed or your neighbors are ...Read more

Here's How: Air Power Tools Need Correct Hose Type

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Dear James: I bought an air compressor because I think pneumatic tools are better than electric tools. Now I need a long hose. What type of pneumatic hose is good for tools? -- Juan K.

Dear Juan: For many home projects, pneumatic tools are better than electric or battery-powered ones. Electric tools and particularly battery-powered tools are ...Read more

Here's How: Connect Two Rooms With a New Door

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Dear James: My living room is adjacent to the children's bedroom. I would like to add a door between the two rooms. How can I open and frame the new door opening? -- Carla T.

Dear Carla: Adding an additional opening between rooms is a relatively easy and popular project. By installing the proper type of door, the new opening can be almost as ...Read more

Here's How: Repair Shower Stall Membrane To Repair Leak

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Dear James: A dark spot is forming on the ceiling below my master bathroom with a tile floor. My newer house is just past the warranty. Where should I look for the water leak? -- Amy F.

Dear Amy: It seems like problems always occur just after the new house warranty expires. The basic plumbing is probably not the source, or the leak would have ...Read more

Here's How: Minimize Paint Blistering With Proper Techniques

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Dear James: My house has wood siding, which I painted last year. Most of it looks good, but it blistered in some spots and is getting worse. What is the best way to repair it? -- Dwight R.

Dear Dwight: Blistering can look very bad and generally will get much worse and more widespread over time. Blistering is not just a symptom of improper ...Read more

Here's How: There Can Be Problems When Replacing Old Hardwood Floors

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Dear James: The old hardwood floors in my parents' house are a mess. I would like to repair them and use as much of the original wood as possible. Do you have any advice? -- Nichole S.

Dear Nichole: As beautiful as a well-maintained vintage hardwood floor looks, it can look really bad from buckling, cupping, splitting, etc. In addition to just ...Read more

Here's How: Split a Large Room In Two With a Room Divider

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Dear James: With the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to split a big room with a wall to make a home office. How do I build a wall that will be reasonably quiet so I can concentrate? -- Gerry H.

Dear Gerry: Your situation is a common one today, and who knows for how long and how many days a week we will be working from home. No wall, no matter how ...Read more

Here's How: Repair Shower Stall Membrane To Repair Leak

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Dear James: A dark spot is forming on the ceiling below my master bathroom with a tile floor. My newer house is just past the warranty. Where should I look for the water leak? -- Amy F.

Dear Amy: It seems like problems always occur just after the new house warranty expires. The basic plumbing is probably not the source or the leak would have ...Read more

Here's How: Improve Appearance of Limestone Patio With New Grout

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Dear James: The mortar in my new limestone patio is deteriorated and looks bad. Can I remove and replace the bad mortar without having to disturb the limestone pieces? -- Ellen P.

Dear Ellen: The large, irregular limestone piece is what makes these patios look so attractive and natural. Limestone is typically much more durable and weather-...Read more

Here's How: Choose Best Paneling Type for a Room

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Dear James: We have a storage room, and the drywall is pretty beaten up. I want to put paneling over the drywall. What panel choice is good, and how can I install over the drywall? -- Randall K.

Dear Randall: The walls in a storage room can get damaged from hauling things in and out, and people are generally not too careful about avoiding ...Read more

Here's How: Make a Curved Glass Block Wall for a Shower

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Dear James: I want to build a curved glass block wall for a shower stall and a straight one in my kitchen. How do lay a glass block wall so that it will not leak when showering? -- Darlene G.

Dear Andrea: Glass block walls can give a house a very open look and make smaller rooms appear to be much larger than they are. They can also provide more...Read more

 

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