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Mike Klimek

Home repair columnist

Mike Klimek is a licensed contractor and owner of Las Vegas Handyman. Questions may be sent by email to handymanoflasvegas@msn.com. Or, mail to 4710 W. Dewey Drive, No. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89118. His web address is www.handymanoflasvegas.com.

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Peeling paint occurs when wood contacts concrete

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.

Repairing wood subfloor typically requires cutting flooring

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.

Glass shower doors must be removed to fix rollers

Most doors on tub enclosures hang from the top rail and slide along its guide track. If the door doesn’t roll smoothly, you must remove the doors and inspect the wheels to see what needs fixing.

No need to replace door, just threshold

Over time, a threshold can become damaged and need replacement. If you have a gap between the bottom of the door and the threshold, you may be able to avoid replacing the threshold and install a new sweep on the bottom of the door instead.

Uneven shower doors a common repair job

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.

Quick tuneup of sectional garage door will limit noise

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.

Problem with swamp cooler probably broken pump

Before you replace the pump on your swamp cooler, check a couple of things. Obviously, you want to make sure there is water in the base of the cooler. Your problem may be a lack of water, rather than a broken pump.

Problem with door handle is usually latch mechanism

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.

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