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Jackie wrote to me: "I have a dishwasher that is not secure in its spot.  If I pull both trays out at the same time it almost tips over.  While I had a plumber here for something else I had him look at it and he said it needed to be secured with screws into […]

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DEAR TIM: Pieces of granite tile countertop edge at my kitchen sink have fallen off. None of the pieces of granite have been damaged or cracked. I need a simple fix to reinstall the tiles. Is there a way to do this so the tiles will stay attached to the wood substrate for years and […]

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Dion Kennard lives in the Bahamas. The land of milk and honey sea and surf and humidity. Here's his story: "When we built our house we had a local contractor build our kitchen cabinets and prepare and install our counter tops. They are 1/2" thick Formica sheets in a dark stone color. Unfortunately he polished them […]

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Elaine Maxam has a new kitchen remodel going on at her Clermont, FL home. Her new granite top has a crack in it and the installers tried a field repair. Let her tell you the tale: "We hired a company to install kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops after a recent fire. The granite installation has […]

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DEAR TIM: I've always wanted a wet bar. My husband and I do lots of entertaining and I feel it would be so handy. I'm open to all sorts of ideas since I've only got one chance to get this right the first time. How do you deal with the plumbing issues if you want […]

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Ryan Klak is having a gorgeous granite counter installed in his Cypress, TX home. The trouble is he's spotted a sag in the granite and wonders if it's going to crack. Let him tell you all about it. "I had a 7 1/2 ft x 4 1/2 granite island countertop installed the other day and have […]

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Brenda Steele is getting ready to move into a new house in Bentonville, AR. But before the closing, there was a water leak in the kitchen. Here's her story: "We are under contract to buy a new home and are waiting for loan approval. We received a call saying someone left the kitchen sink on and […]

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Alice Happel might live in a high-rise condo on East Wacker Drive in Chicago, IL. I only say this because I've stayed in a wonderful one owned by a friend of mine, Dave Wiener, on that street next to the Chicago River. Wowza did it have a great view! Alice, though, has an undermount sink that […]

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Tracie lives in Taft, TN. (How's that for alliteration?) She's wondering if she'll have problems with satin finish granite tops. Let her tell you the situation: "I have tried to find an answer to this question online, but cannot. We don't like the look of highly polished granite, but don't want honed because of care […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to use wood filler Hard to match the look of wood Filler keeps stain uneven Wood conditioners can help DEAR TIM: I’ve never had great success filling cracks in stained wood surfaces. I’ve tried different wood fillers and the crack looks the same or worse after the repair. When I use […]

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