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Brick & Concrete

K.C. Masonry

Driveways, Patio's, Porches, Stamped concrete, Chimney's, Brick paver repair. 23 years in business. For all your brick and concrete needs. Call 877-MASONRY.

Website for more info


Carpeting

Fairway Tile & Carpet

Best known for Enviro-Cushion, the waterproof, insulated carpet padding for basements, concrete slabs and over crawl spaces and garages. Fairway Tile & Carpet has one of Michigan's largest flooring collections including exotic hardwood, tile, fine carpeting, vinyl tile & sheetgoods. Expert installation.

Website for more info


Kitchens & Baths

Universal Plumbing Supply

Why settle for pictures when you can get a world of choice at Universal Plumbing? Choose from Michigan's largest selection of under mounted sinks, a display of 500 faucets and a huge collection of working toilets, vessles, tubs, spas & designer items.

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Hardwood Floor Care book

Nothing matches the warmth and style of a real wood floor.  You can keep it looking great with Glenn Haege's Complete Hardwood Floor Care Guide.  this book covers it all , from caring for new floors to cleaning, maintaining, and solving problems with your existing wood floors. It’s free!

Download the guide here

Publication date: 05/21/2008

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Use a paint stripper with SARA to remove from concrete

Dear Glenn: We have an old, painted 8-foot-by-12-foot concrete floor in the bathhouse at our Michigan camp. It has a few layers of paint, possibly epoxy, that are peeling. We want to get down to the bare concrete so we can put a "garage floor paint" that will last and be more durable. Our trouble is in removing the old paint. We have used various strippers and a grinder with wire brush to no avail. Some of it does peel, but it's been a tedious process. Do you have any suggestions?

Tim, Paw Paw

Dear Tim: Napier (800-663-9274, www.napier.com), makes a stripper for concrete floors that uses SARA (selective adhesion release agent) technology.


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