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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Minor Repairs: Catch Them Early -Tuewlor, October 1970 THB UTtMMDGI. 9 If caught early most minor repairs around the house can be handled by the average man or woman. U you lack proper tools and confidence in your ability, take H easy. Don't barge ahead. You can do yourself, your house and your pocketbook considerable dan-age. Keep in mind that tools and materials used in maintenance are designed to do their jobs under certain con- ditions. Follow instructions to the let- ter and don't take short cuts. If in doubt, a reliable hard- ware dealer will be glad to help you and he's a good man to know. Here's how to handle most home-maintenance problems: Acoustic We: If loose or bulging, nail, tile to surface. Countersink nails and fill de- pressions with spackling. Use flat-headed nails when tile's backed by wood furring strips; cement-coated nails to fix it to plaster. Touch up or repaint ceiling if stained. Basement window weO leaks: Dig out ground at bot- tom of well ft or 8 inches be- low windowsills. Refill with gravel and level off 2 inches below sill. Basement floor or walls leak: This can be either minor or major and have many causes and cures. Consult a good reference book and if ma- jor, seriously consider getting bids" from contractors. Get more than one, preferably three, and check their refer- ences. Bathroom fixtures chipped or stained: Clean aai dry chipped area. With small brush touch up with special porcelain paint. Don't use abrasives on stained areas. Try washing stains with household ammonia and water or chlorine bleach. Bathtub, seal around' rim cracked: Clean out plastic' or Ble cement, removing all bits and dust. Let dry thoroughly and squeeze in tub-caulking compound. Smooth with'knife or spatula. Ceramic tile, repairs: Shrink- ing of wood beams and poor initial setting will cause tiles to fall out or cracks to appear. Tiles that have fallen out should be glued back with a good cement. The white sub- stance around the tile can be replaced by using tub-caulking compound. Cracks should be cleaned out and filled with the same compound. Chimneys: Chimneys should be inspected spring and faU. Flues should be kept clean and brick work and flashings in good repair. Usually painting flashings and around them with an asphalt compound will seal them and can be done by the homeowner. Repairs to brick work are best handled by a competent mason and should not be put off. Doors, sticks or doesn't fit properly: Check binges and ad- just where possible. You may have to put strips of cardboard (shims) behind binges to ad- just fit, or reset hinge screws. As a last resort plane, sand and refinish sticking edge. Un- less you're experienced and have a good sharp plane, it isn't easy to do a neat job. Doorknob loose: Loosen set screw in shank of kribb and turn knob to the right until it's firm but not binding. Reset the screw making sure it's tight against flat -ade of the spindle. If still, loose, loosen set screw again, turn knob to left until it comes off spindle. Pull other knob and spindle out and re- place spindle with a new one. Door lock or latch, stiff: Clean off any paint and squirt powdered graphite into key- bole and on lock tongue. Work back and forth. If this doesn't ease it, take whole lockset to a locksmith. Drains, clogged: If drain is completely stopped, remove water standing in fixture; pour in boiling water mixed with a little household ammonia, let stand. Add enough water to cover drain opening and pump plumber's friend (a suction cup on a handle) up and down over drain opening. If still plug- ged try fishing down the drain with a wire to dislodge obstruc- tion, use plumber's snake, or call in a plumber. A clogged main drain or leaks in pipes are jobs for a plumber with bis special tools. INSULATE It is excellent practice to put insulation between the floor joists, even if the area below is only a crawl space. The result will be much warmer floors and reduced fuel bills. Just make sure the vapor barrier is toward the floor. As an addi- tional precaution co.ver sny exposed earth in the crawl space with building paper or polyethelene plastic, overlap- ping the joints. PAINT FACTS There are two types of latex paint: acrylic based on the synthetic plastic of which Plexiglas is made, methyl-me- thacrylate and PVA, based on polyvinyl-acetate. Some PVA formulas include a per- centage of acrylic to improve adhesion and bring about cer- tain other benefits.) Dutch Boy, DuPont, Sherwin- Williams, and others are strong in the acrylics. Typical manufacturers of PVA paint are Devoe, Colorizer and Ben- jamin Moore. All the major manufacturers still are producing regular oil paints, of course. PETER PAULS CONSTRUCTION Presents for this HOME SHOW 70 WIN HOUSE October 7th thru Oct. 17th Daily to and to p.m. Look for the HOMES with the "THE KAOLA" 3406 SYLVAN ROAD Featuring: 3 bedroom split-level living Open beam main floor Two and a half bathrooms Dark stain woodwork finish Broadloom throughout except inlaid linoleum in kitchen and bathrooms Finished gome room PETER PAULS CONSTRUCTION Phone 345-3030 COALDA1.E FURNITURE and FLOOR COVERINGS SUPPLIED by CAPITOL FURNITURE ;