Concrete loves to drink up water and, as it does, it slowly releases moisture. So, any wood that is in contact with the concrete gets a little damp. The dampness wicks up the wood and breaks the bond that holds the paint to the wood, causing it to peel.
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When replacing the wood subfloor around the toilet, you may have access to the joists so you can nail the new subfloor patch to them. Typically though, you will have to cut back the flooring to expose the joist’s surface, and you can do this with a circular saw.
Q: My toilet is causing me fits. The water from the tank is slowly leaking into the bowl, and I can’t figure out why. I have replaced the flapper, but the problem persists. What else should I do?
To create a kitchen island, buy a pair of base cabinets and screw them together. Look for the right cabinet (or cabinets) so that the look fits the room and doesn’t crowd it too much.
Flimsy shower doors that need adjusted generate plenty of service calls, and occasionally they need to be replaced. Usually, though, you can make the necessary adjustments by removing the screws, adjusting the channel and screwing it back together.
Coffered ceilings are very detailed and difficult to install. Although it looks like the coffers are made from solid beams, they are actually pieced together using lightweight stock.
If you park two cars in the garage and each comes and goes one time each day, the door will open and close more than 1,000 times each year. That squeal you hear is the door’s way of asking for a little attention.
You are limited with what you can do to when the patio door latch won’t lock. At a minimum, you can take the latch apart, clean and lubricate it, then see if it works any better. But you will probably need to replace it.