Seal your bathroom with Polyseamseal caulk
Dear Glenn: What is the best caulk for around the bathtub and shower doors? I need one that is mold and mildew proof. The current caulk is turning blue-blackish color.
Dear Ed: Get a product like Polyseamseal Tub & Tile Adhesive Caulk (800-999-8920, www.poly seamseal.com). It has extra mildewcide to fight the mold and mildew. You might also want to try out their Polyseamseal Tub & Tile Caulk Mask Tape. This unique three-layered tape makes caulking a tub and shower quick and easy. It makes it easy for a handyman to do a job that looks professional. It should be at most hardware and home centers. Call the company if you can't find the tape.
Modify your mirror with professionals
Dear Glenn: A few years ago, we had our kitchen remodeled. I had a mirror company fit and mount mirrors on the wall backs. Cosmetically, this is beautiful, but our microwave died. We purchased a new microwave and the microwave mounting bracket has to be placed lower than the top of the mirror. Is it possible to cut off 1 1/2 inches of the mirror without destroying it?
Patricia, Sterling Heights.
Dear Patricia: Sure, but have professionals do it. Try a store like Alco Glass (248-547-1214), Mount Clemens Glass & Mirror (586-465-1733) or Equitable Glass & Screen Co. (586-254-6486).
insulating your attic with vapor barriers is important
Dear Glenn: I recently purchased a newer ranch home with blown fiberglass insulation to a reported value of R-40. My concern is there is no vapor barrier installed and my research into this product has left me with more questions then answers.
I would appreciate your opinions on attic insulation (fiberglass or cellulose) with and without a vapor barrier.
Steve, Macomb Township
Dear Steve: Vapor barriers are very important because they keep the moisture from getting into the attic and condensing on the roof. Sealing the fiberglass with a cellulose topping is the Department of Energy's recommendation. I would call in a company that blows cellulose insulation such as Dana Energy Savers (800-757-3262, www.dana energy.com). Tell them to put 3 or 4 inches of cellulose on top of the fiberglass. Cellulose seals, fiberglass does not.
Repair driveway with mason sand and sealer before winter
Dear Glenn: My driveway has separated from my house by about 1 inch. I know the gap wasn't nearly this wide when the driveway was installed about 10 years ago. Should I fill it in somehow?
Dear Jim: When the gap is 1/2 -inch or wider, water will have washed a channel under the concrete. Since the crack has been separating for 10-years, back fill it with mason sand and tamp down with an ice chopper. Repeat the process several times. Mason sand does not clump like ordinary sand. Fill the last 1 1/2 inches in depth with a backer rod and crack sealer.
The backer rod is very important. Use backer rod that is wider than the crack. Repair now. Winter will just make it worse. Push the backer rod 1 1/2 inches below the surface and fill with and Sikaflex SL or Vulchem concrete crack filler. Theut Products (800-660-6903) and National Block Co. (734-721-4056) are good sources of the different sizes of backer rod.
Use solid vinyl sheet flooring over a subfloor to seal out pet accidents
Dear Glenn: I have two older dogs that urinate on my carpeting. I am in the process of replacing the flooring. What type of flooring do you recommend for a home with two older urinating dogs?
Dear Michele: When you pull up the old carpet, seal the subfloor with a shellac-based stain kill such as Zinsser B-I-N to seal out the urine odor. Then I'd suggest using solid vinyl sheet flooring such as Armstrong. The secret is not to let the urine penetrate the surface. Be alert and wipe up right away. Solid sheeting gives you the best chance of doing this.
Get professionals to repair oak entrance doors
Dear Glenn: We have a double oak door entrance. One of the inset panels has a small slit along the grain of the wood. We can see light through it and can feel the cool weather coming in. Can this be repaired easily, or do we need to replace the door?
Gary and Sue,
West Bloomfield Township
Dear Gary and Sue: That is a very expensive door. It would be best to have an expert do the work. Contact Audia Woodworking & Fine Furniture Inc. (586-296-6330). They repair, as well as make, fine wood doors.
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