26 Nov

How to Get Rid of Strong Wood Stain Smells

Wood stains contain chemicals and compounds that sometimes give off strong odors. While staining, a respirator and adequate ventilation is recommended to reduce these odors, but a strong smell often persists long after you’re done. These lingering odors are caused by the vapors that are given off by the wood stain as it dries. To remove strong wood stain smells from your home, the smelly air must be drawn out, and fresh air drawn in. Continue reading…

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Other ideas for removing odors from drawers include using newspaper and charcoal, both terrific odor absorbers. Wad up a considerable amount of newspaper and fill the drawer or box with newspaper wads and charcoal briquettes. Leave the absorbent materials in the drawer for about a week before removing and replacing with new charcoal and newspaper.

After a couple of weeks, the smell should be much improved.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, other absorbent items such as coffee grounds, kitty litter and baking soda are also known to help. Try a paste of baking soda and water for a few hours, again avoiding the end grain and joints.

If removing the odor fails, you might want to try sealing the odor into the wood. A few coats of de-waxed shellac (with a light sanding in-between) might help. Shellac is a terrific sealant, but isn’t water-resistant, so if the unit will be exposed to moisture, you’ll want to use something to protect the finish such as polyurethane. Continue reading…

22 Sep

How to Maintain and Fix Sliding Doors

The two types of doors that are easiest to open don’t have hinges at all; instead, they slide on tracks. Sliding-glass doors are a popular feature in rooms with decks or patios because their full-length glass panels open the room visually to the great outdoors while providing easy access to the outside. Interior sliding doors are frequently used for closets and pantries, and sometimes to conceal water heaters and furnaces. You can remove sliding-door panels easily to gain complete access to what’s behind them. Follow simple repairs and maintenance procedures to keep your sliding doors on track.

Getting Your Patio Door to Slide Better

Patio doors slide horizontally — or at least they’re supposed to. All too often, these big, pesky contraptions stubbornly resist opening, and getting outside becomes about as easy as dragging a refrigerator through a sandbox.

The most common cause of a sticking patio door is debris in the lower track. This channel easily becomes clogged with dirt and leaves because people and pets walk over it whenever they go in or out. Each time you vacuum your floors, use a small brush attachment or cordless vacuum to clean the sliding-door tracks. Apply a lubricant to both upper and lower tracks to keep the door hardware clean and operating freely.

In addition to cleaning and lubricating sliding-door tracks, you want to lubricate the door lock. The best way to lubricate any lock is to disassemble it and use an aerosol lubricant to flush away grime and coat the moving parts of the lock.

Sometimes, patio doors become hard to open even when the track is clean. In these cases, the problem is usually that the rollers at the bottom of the door have started to rub against the track. The rollers at the top can also wear down, lowering the bottom of the door so that it rubs on the track.

Most sliding doors have a mechanism called an adjusting screw located at the bottom of the door ends. Turning this screw raises or lowers the roller. Give the screw a clockwise turn and test to see whether the door slides easier. If the door becomes even harder to open, turn the screw in the opposite direction. After a bit of adjustment, the door should roll easily without rubbing on the bottom track.

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Maintaining Sliding Closet Doors

Sliding closet doors operate on rollers that are positioned in tracks at the top jamb and floor, allowing the doors to bypass each other in the tracks. Because sliding doors don’t fold out the way bifold doors do, they allow access to only half the width of the opening at a time.

To clean and lubricate the hardware of a sliding closet door, use a stiff brush, a toothbrush, or a hand vacuum to clean dust from the tracks. Use an aerosol lubricant to lubricate all the door rollers. If the rollers are damaged, install replacement rollers (available at home centers).

If the door doesn’t hang level, leaving an uneven gap between the door and door frame, look for an adjustable mounting screw at the inside top of each door. Use a screwdriver to adjust the mounting screw and even out the door.

Article Source: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-maintain-and-fix-sliding-doors.html

30 Aug

Old House Maintenance Information

How much money should you budget for older home maintenance and repairs? Here are some tips for you.

Old House Maintenance

Floor squeaks break the cool night air. Gently rolling floors crest blindly under your favorite table creating a persistent wobble. Lights dim romantically each time the refrigerator comes on. The pleasures of owning and maintaining and older house!

Those in the real estate business often refer to these personality traits by their technical term – charm. But charm or not, old house maintenance home comes with special duties and responsibilities not realized by those used to buildings that have not surpassed adolescence. Read the full article.

The hassles are even worse in older homes. Ruth Robbins and her husband bought a 48-year-old house in Chevy Chase, Md., for $700,000 in 1994. After a home inspection, they got $15,000 back from the sellers to pay for fixing a few minor problems.

But the couple quickly discovered more glitches. The air conditioner sputtered like a Model T, and the dishwasher broke three weeks after they moved in. Now the chimney flue is leaking, the front bricks are flaking, and Ms. Robbins thinks the bathroom and kitchen need updating. Contractors’ estimates for all this exceed $200,000. Read the full article.

The age of the property will play a huge role. New construction (a home built within the last 5 – 10 years) will need very little maintenance. Homes 10-20 years old will need slightly more. Once a home turns 20-30, though, there’s a good chance that major components, such as the roof, hot water heater, and some piping, may need to be replaced. Read the full article.

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