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Fairway Tile & Carpet

Celebrating 60 years and 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.

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Dillman & Upton

Since 1910 Quality Windows And Doors with expert installation. Partnered with Andersen and Jeldwen. Window specialist.

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Mold Remediation & Testing


Stop using bleach to fight mold! Concrobium mold-fighting products get rid of mold on indoor and outdoor surfaces - without harmful chemicals. Concrobium Mold Control crushes mold spores as it dries and then stays on the surface to prevent future mold growth.

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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!

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Soluble salts from wet plaster are cause of peeling paint

Dear Glenn: In the past few weeks, we have noticed the paint on the ceiling of our kitchen, which is plaster, has started cracking and is able to be peeled off. We have previously not had any problems with the ceiling since repainting it more than four years ago. The only thing I can think of that may have led to this relates to when we re-shingled the house. After the old roofing had been removed and before we had all the felt up, we were held up by rain for about 18 hours. We had tarps over the roof, but during the night they blew off on the kitchen end of the house.

The roof sheeting is 1-foot by 10-foot planks, so water would have been able to get through the roof. Is it possible that the plaster got wet, and it is now finally drying out in the cool weather? At first, probably within one to two weeks, the bubbles had formed in the paint in two areas. Then it progressed to the cracking. So, what is the best fix?

My ideas are to scrape and sand the entire ceiling or to resurface it with 1/4-inch drywall.

Dear Jon: When the plaster dries out, it leaves behind a white powdery substance that is called soluble salts. This condition makes the surface high in alkalinity and it makes the paint want to peel and leave the surface. The repair is to peel off the flaking paint only and then feather the edges with sandpaper. Next, wash and rinse the area using Dirtex cleaner. Then apply a vinyl spackling compound, where the peeled paint was removed. Sand smooth, wipe the powder off and paint. As a suggestion for what type of paint to use, get some Benjamin Moore Aura Kitchen and Bath.

Note: This article was accurate at the date of publication. However, information contained in it may have changed. If you plan to use the information contained herein for any purpose, verification of its continued accuracy is your responsibility.

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