Found 118 results for the keyword ‘Repair’

  • Pro: Tiles -- More than you thought you wanted to know

    Probably one of the best ways to learn about good and bad building techniques is to work on the renovation or restoration side of the construction picture. Here is where you see the results of everything done before, especially when the results are a failed system. In the world of ceramic, stone ...
  • A repair for chipped ceramic tiles.

    When you have a chip in a ceramic tile you can get a fairly strong repair by using fingernail polish. It comes in a wide variety of colours these days, including both white and black and since you can mix polishes, you should be able to get close to the colour of just about any tile.For the best ...
  • Fix or replace door locks.

    Metal reinforcing plates exist that allow you to strengthen broken or weak doors, right in the area where the latches and locks are installed. This material was from Schlage Locks.I also showed a neat way to use a hole saw to cut a hole just slightly offset from an existing hole, something usual...
  • Fixing a chair that won't sit flat on the floor

    Before you start fixing anything, you really need to know if it is the chair or the floor that wobbles. If the chair only wobbles in one or two spots in the room, it is probably the floor that is out of line.   CHECKING THE FLOOR To check the floor, either use a laser beam or a string line tha...
  • Working with Contact Cement

    Contact cement is a uniquely useful adhesive. It will adhere to most all surfaces and hence is often the in-between for sticking two different materials together. It comes in two basic varieties, solvent based and water based, the later often being called "green" or "solvent free". Although thes...
  • Eliminating scratches from furniture.

    I just had to show off a new product that is on the market called Scratch Match. When you scratch furniture or floors to the point of removing wood, you will need to either sand it all down and refinish, or work with colour matched putties. When you just scratch the finish and don't even ge...
  • Repairing Concrete Steps

    Dave Ashberry of King Packaged Materials joins Jon in running down the various methods and products used making surface repairs to concrete.Cracked corners or edges on concrete steps are a major hazard and should be fixed. Top & Bond is one of the basic surface patching materials availab...
  • Fixing a warped door

    Terri and Peter recently bought a used solid oak French door, but it has a warp in it. How to take it out?Bending wood (or unbending wood) is usually done by getting moisture into the wood, forcing it into a shape and then letting it dry under force. For serious wood bends we use steam chambe...
  • Replacing screens in doors and windows & New Types of Screens

    When it comes to installing screens into a screen door I have always had problems keeping the mesh straight and avoiding wrinkles in the corners when I followed the standard instructions of starting at one corner and working my way around, unless I was working with someone else to help hold it al...
  • Techniques for hiding furniture and hardwood floor scratches.

    Scratches on furniture can often be camouflaged by any of a number of simple techniques, especially if the scratch follows somewhat the grain of the wood.   WIPE-ON POLY When there is no stain on the wood, so the finish is actually the natural colour of the wood, simply putting a bit more fini...