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Pull Back for Tack

Friday, January 29th, 2010
Using Adhesive

Construction adhesive will hold just about anything, but sometimes it doesn’t form a strong bond right away. If you need to speed up the adhesion process, the folks at Liquid Nails suggest you try the “venting” method: After gluing the two items together, pull them apart for one minute, and then press them firmly together again. The bond should now be good and tight between them.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Drywall Dust Catcher

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Drywall Dust Catcher

When you need to cut a hole in drywall, just crease the sides of an envelope to hold it open and then tape it beneath the opening to catch the dust. This prevents a lot of messy cleanup later on, especially over carpet.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Check Mounting Bolts to Avoid Toilet Trouble

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Toilet

If your toilet wobbles, the solution is easier than you might imagine. As you can see in the Illustration, the toilet sits on a flange that’s connected to the drain pipe. Bolts attached to the flange pass through the holes in the toilet base.

If the nuts are loose, tighten them by hand, and then use a small wrench to snug them about a quarter-turn beyond hand tight. Don’t overtighten the nuts, or you can crack the toilet base and create a bigger problem.

If tightening the nuts doesn’t stop the wobble, then pick up plastic toilet shims, which are available in the plumbing department. Slip a shim in under each side of the toilet, preferably near the back of the toilet, so they won’t show. Don’t force the shims under the toilet. Just push them under gently. Then retighten the mounting nuts. Once the toilet is secured, cut off any excess shim material using a utility knife.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Quick & Easy Color-Washing

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Color-washing is popular in faux-painting circles, and you can put your own spin on it to create the perfect finish for picture frames or any other painted project.

The technique requires two colors of paint: a basecoat (we used black), and a contrasting “color-wash” (we chose a rusty red).You’ll want to use a stiff-bristled chip brush to apply the wash, so the brush strokes stand out.

All you have to do for this technique is prime and basecoat the frame. Now load the chip brush with paint, and dab off the excess. Then brush aggressively in a criss-cross motion to create the brush strokes (Photo, above).

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

Pairing a rusty red paint with a black basecoat and a black and white photograph maximizes the contrast and makes for a bold, contemporary-looking picture frame.
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Simple Stain-Matching Tip

Friday, January 1st, 2010

If you ever have to repair a scratch on a piece of furniture, you often have a “problem within a problem” — having to find a close color match for an existing piece of furniture. Often, commercially available stain is close, but not close enough.

There are two solutions to this problem. One option is to take the piece to a local paint or stain shop and have them mix a stain that matches. The other option is to experiment with mixing stains together. And if you mix the stains on a piece of glass above the surface of the furniture you’re trying to match, you can get an immediate sense of whether or not the color mixture will work (Photo, left).

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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