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Water, snow and ice erode both brick and mortar. Perhaps the most damaging of the three is ice. Water that soaks into the mortar between brick can and does freeze. Water expands as it freezes and this expansion causes the tiny sand and cement paste particles to detach and fall away. It takes years for […]

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Quick Column Summary: white vinegar removes hard water spots soaking and patience is key vinegar can harm marble muriatic acid can be used, but it's POWERFUL There's a good chance you have to deal with hard water stains on many of your surfaces. Municipal water systems don't always deliver nice soft water to your home […]

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You may have to secure two thin pieces of metal together from time to time. It's possible to do this with solder, epoxy or screws with special threads meant for biting into thin metal, but my guess is you might turn to rivets. Rivets have been used for hundreds of years to join metal. The […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to clean teak Use an oxygen bleach Leslie Ann, who lives in the land of the Buckeyes in Columbus, OH, needs to clean a teak table that's had lots of stuff on it.  She wants the BEST product, but doesn't want to shop online. Hmmmmmmm "What is the best way to […]

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If you’ve never worked with wet concrete before, it could be in your future. Many a comedy scene in a television show or movie has involved the soupy compound that magically turns hard in a matter of hours. Concrete is truly a unique building material and is used for countless things around the average home. […]

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Quick Column Summary: Flooding from record rainfalls Combined storm and sanitary sewers Soil can only hold so much water Store valuables above flood lines Long Island was battered with record rainfall last week. It caused both physical and emotional damage to tens of thousands of residents and businesses. If you were one, I'm so sorry […]

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My guess is there are countless older homes within miles of where you live, many of them have ancient clay pipe sewer lines extending from the houses out to the city sewers. These clay pipes, with their mortar-filled joints, are notorious for allowing tree roots into the pipes. When that happens, the tree roots feast […]

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Every house, at one point in time, needs a repair made to a drywall or plaster wall or ceiling. To save money, you may have tried this and ended up cursing worse than a drunken sailor. Working with drywall compound has broken up many a marriage. I’ve finished new drywall for years and patched more […]

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If you're like me, you might be on a budget. Purchasing new kitchen cabinets could cripple your finances and put you into a real money pit with steep sides. Would you be shocked to discover you could transform the look of your kitchen for less than $150 and some medium effort on your part? All […]

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