How To Clean Up a Backyard Walkway and Concrete Steps

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    One of our friends asks about their backyard. Its spring and they recently purchased their home and they want to clean up the backyard and make it more usable. One of the projects they have in mind is an area around some concrete steps that are in disrepair and they want to connect the area between the steps and the patio so they aren’t walking on dirt to get into the backyard.

    This is a …

    How To Setting Fence posts

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      One of our readers asks about installing a new fence in their backyard. They are at the point of setting the posts and want to know how deep they should be and how much concrete to use when installing them.

      When you are setting fence posts you only need to set the first one and any corner in concrete. The rest you can set in dirt but if you want to be nice when you …

      How To Remove White Blush Marks From Furniture Finishes

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        A friend of ours says that they used their living room table to do some ironing and after they were done they found the finish on the table was white. They ask how do they repair this and will it be easy?

        This is a common problem with real wood or veneer wood tables with a lacquer finish. This can also happen with a polyurethane finish that is degraded. The problem that is seen is …

        How To Learn to Can Fruit Vegetables and Food

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          In this How To Guide we are going to cover the beginning steps of understanding Canning. The process is not extremely difficult but you need to be careful to follow the canning procedures and a specific recipe that has been tested for canning.

          The first thing you are probably saying is I don’t want to follow someone else’s recipe but the thing is canning recipes are specifically designed so that when the food is processed …

          How to Drill a Square Hole Without Special Tools

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            So this is a quick question from one of our friends. They ask how do you make a square hole in something without special tools?

            This is pretty common and depending on the material you are working with the tools you will use will be slightly different but it is possible to make pretty good square holes in things with common tools you probably have in your shop.

            The first thing you need to do is …

            How To Fix a Window Trim Piece

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              One of our friends is having a problem… it seems that the molding around their window has been deteriorated for many years and finally it gave away and their blind has fallen off.

              The problem is probably bigger than they think it is. The way the previous repairs were made were just beyond bad workmanship it seems that they just threw some caulk or spackel on the molding and didn’t even care to sand it …

              How To Removing Thinset Before you can apply New Tile

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                A friend that is remodeling their bathroom asks about preparing the surface for new mortar.

                I rented a chipper hammer and was able to take out the tile fairly easily. Now the thinset remains. Do I need to do a perfect job here? My understanding is that I want to make it as flat as possible to make my life easier when I trowel over it with new thinset.

                When you are preparing a bathroom for tiling there …

                How To Get The Best Repair Service For Your Nail Gun

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                  A friend asks: My dad needs to get his nail gun repaired and he rather have a shop fix it than fix it himself. What is the best place to take it for repair?

                  So this is a common question. Where do you go when your high dollar Nail Gun brakes. Well the first thing is if you don’t feel you are up to doing the work you should look into having a repair shop …

                  How To Refinish Old Beat Up Floors in a Victorian Home

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                    A friend asks a question about some wood floors he discovered under his carpeting. The home is pretty old and as you will see the floors are distressed but no large cracks or heavy gashes.

                    He says I have never done any flooring work so I have a couple questions.What should I fill the cracks in with? Should I just leave them and let them fill with polyurethane? What kind of sander is best? I’ve …

                    How To Remove Cosmetic Damage from a Stainless Steel Refrigerator

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                      A friend picked up a stainless steel refrigerator for at a really great discount but it had some cosmetic damage from what seemed to be scotch tape and they are wondering how to clean or restore the surface.

                      In this case there is either chemical damage from the tape or whatever made those marks or there is physical damage to the surface. Most likely if you don’t see any scratches on the surface and the …

                      How To Fix A Small Chip or Hole Inside a Toilet

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                        One of our friends asks how do they fix a chip in the bowl of their toilet that happened when they dropped something in it. Should they fix the hole or replace the whole toilet.

                        This is a common problem in the bathroom. You wake up and by accident drop something heavy into the toilet and cause a crack or hole in the side of the bowl.

                        The first thing you have to understand is that …

                        How To Repair A Bathtub With Pealing Paint

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                          This happens to most people eventually. Their Bathtub starts looking bad because the paint is pealing or chipping or maybe there is even some rust starting to form. Eventually all metal products will rust and the paint will fail if you put it in use. Bathtubs don’t see a lot of use continually but over the years with the moisture and cracking of paint the tub will need fixing.

                          Now the person asking for help …