Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/17/2018

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/17/2018

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 1/10/2018

We just sold our model home in Stoney Ridge Estates!  Out of 60 home sites, we have only 14 left to be built on!  Don't delay!  This is your chance to live in Dighton's premier,one-of-a-kind neighborhood.  We also have a beautifully finished one-level custom ranch loaded with amenities ready for occupancy and are currently building a two-level custom home which will be ready in 60 days!  Call JoAnn Drabble for more information at 508-930-1711 or email JoAnn at joanndrabble@comcast.net
 





Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 7/27/2017

HGTV Elbow Room's Chip Wade weighs in on the most common home repair questions in the HGTV Magazine series, Talk to a Toolman.


 

How Do I Replace a Doorknob?

Give It a Go. Chip says, use a long screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the doorknob in place — they'll be tucked below the knob on one side of the door. Then, pull apart the entire doorknob assembly. Unscrew the strike plate on the side of the door, and slide out the latch (the metal bar that goes into the strike plate when the door is locked). Your new doorknob should come in a kit with all these pieces. Slide in the new latch first, then align both knobs on either side of the door and screw them in. If your new knob doesn't match up with the old screw holes, patch them, then pre-drill new holes for the new knob and screw it in. Finish by screwing in the new strike plate.

Can I Add a Retaining Stone Wall to My Yard on My Own?

Hire a Pro. Chip says, you may think you can just start stacking stones, but if your wall doesn't have a properly installed footing (a.k.a. foundation), it can topple over. In fact, any wall that's more than two feet high, which is as low as most walls get, requires engineering to be supported properly. That's why I suggest calling in a landscape contractor. He or she will make sure the wall — whether it's made from concrete, stones or natural boulders — has a solid foundation, then they will build it up to just the height you want.

What Should I Do About Scuffed Hardwood Floors?

Give It a Go. Chip says, the only way to really fix a scuff is to refinish that portion of the floor. A pro job can cost hundreds of dollars, so if the area is small, do it yourself. First, clean the spot with a degreaser. Then, sand it with a sanding sponge or an orbital sander, going from coarse grit to a fine grit. Wipe the wood with a damp cloth, then restain it by applying the stain in light coats with a foam brush then wiping with a rag. Let it dry, then use a paintbrush to apply a protective finish such as polyurethane, extending it a bit beyond the repairs so it blends in. If it looks too glossy after it dries, buff away some of the sheen with superfine steel wool.

What Should I Do About Worn Kitchen Tile Grout?

Give It a Go. Chip says, first scrape away at least 1/8-inch of the old grout with a grout removal tool— you can get a handheld one for about $5 or a bit that attaches to the end of an oscillating power tool starting at about $15 at the hardware store. Clean the area with a disinfectant to kill any mold or mildew, then start regrouting: If your tiles are spaced 1/8 inch apart or less, use non-sanded grout. Otherwise, use sanded grout. Spread some on a rubber grouting trowel, then hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and spread it over the wall, forcing it into the gaps between the tiles. Scrape away any excess, then let the grout set for 10 minutes and wipe the tile with a damp rag. After the grout dries, spray it with a sealant.

How Do I Add Radiant Heating to My Bathroom Floor?

Hire a Pro. Chip says, you'll have to rip up your existing floor, so it's best to hire an experienced tile installer. I suggest an electric radiant heat mat — which is like an electric blanket under your floor — as opposed to a hydronic system, which uses pipes filled with hot water and requires a major remodel, costing thousands of dollars. To install the heat mat, the tile pro will remove your floor down to the subfloor, then lay down a backer board, a compressed stone or fiber cement covering that shields the subfloor from moisture. Next, he or she will add the heat mat and encapsulate it in mortar. Once it's dry, they will install the new flooring. In a standard-size bathroom, the job should take three or four days.

Can I Get Rid of a Popcorn Ceiling?

Hire a Pro. Chip says, if the "popcorn" was added before 1979, you must first check that it doesn't contain asbestos by either sending a sample to a lab or calling in an asbestos abatement pro. Depending on the result, you should either have the asbestos expert remove it, or, if it's asbestos-free, you can hire a general contractor to do the work. The job will be dusty and messy, so before the pro arrives, clear everything from the space and lay down drop cloths to protect your floors. The pro will then scrape the ceilings clean and apply fresh drywall. The entire process should take two days.

How Can I Boost the Water Pressure in My Shower?

Give It a Go. Chip says, check that the shower is the only place where you have low pressure — if that's the case, your showerhead's spray jets are likely clogged with mineral deposits. To clear them out, soak the head in a solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water. Let it sit overnight, then poke a toothpick or pin in the spray jet holes to remove buildup. For stubborn gunk, you can also scrub the inside of the head with a toothbrush. Then, rinse it clean and screw it back on. If the water from your faucets also dribbles out, you may have a problem with your pipes, so call a plumber.

How Do I Get Rid of Stains on Granite Countertops?

Give It a Go. Chip says, granite may look solid, but it's actually porous and can absorb spills if not sealed well. If you have non-oily stains, such as coffee, use concentrated hydrogen peroxide, found at beauty supply stores. For oily stains, like salad dressing, use concentrated acetone. (It's different from nail polish remover.) Wearing rubber gloves, soak some paper towels in the peroxide or acetone, then layer them over the soiled area. Cover with plastic wrap, taping the edges. Let sit for 24 hours, then peel up the plastic, leaving the towels in place until dry. Repeat until the stain is gone, then wipe with granite cleaner and coat with granite sealer.

My Basement Air Feels Damp. How Can I Fix It?

Hire a Pro. Chip says, you can use a dehumidifier to make the area more comfortable, but to really treat the problem, you need to get rid of the source of the moisture. Check the basement's ceiling, comers and walls. If the problem is localized, like a wet spot on the ceiling, have a plumber look for leaky pipes. If you see condensation or wet spots on the walls, call a foundation repair company. They'll check that settling cracks aren't letting ground water seep in, and they'll make sure the earth around your house slopes away from the foundation so water isn't trickling into your masonry.







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