DIY For Dummies by Jef Howell

By Jef Howell

This hands–on advisor may help you organize for and deal with easy domestic upkeep and enhancements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph′s DIY columnist) and a bunch of alternative specialists consultant you thru the pains and tribulations of DIY, aiding you to hold out a number of initiatives – from solving a leaky faucet to putting wallpaper – correctly, cost effectively and with minimal disruption. The full–colour drawings illustrate the step–by–step concepts and the lay–flat binding is ideal for on–the–job DIY recommendation.

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Working on Walls Just like every other part of a house, walls are susceptible to damage and the ravages of time. This section includes all you need to know to repair the walls of your home and add shelving where needed. Filling cracks Two types of cracks occur in walls or ceilings: Hairline and structural cracks. Faulty workmanship, defective materials, head banging, or drying shrinkage cause hairline cracks. Movement in the structure or frame of the building causes structural cracks. indd 39 8/18/10 12:06 AM8/18/10 12:06 AM 40 Part II: Basic Home Maintenance and Improvement (called subsidence).

Premixed wallboard compound contains about 50 per cent water by volume, so it shrinks as it dries. For this reason, several applications are needed to build up a surface and overcome shrinkage. 3. Embed the paper tape in the wallboard compound and scrape a scraper or filler knife along the joint to remove excess wallboard compound. Don’t leave wrinkles in the tape: If the crack isn’t straight, cut the tape where the crack zigzags and apply the tape so that it’s centred over the crack. 4. Apply a thin coat of wallboard compound over the wallboard tape and smooth it with a wide taping knife to minimise sanding.

Premixed wallboard compound contains about 50 per cent water by volume, so it shrinks as it dries. For this reason, several applications are needed to build up a surface and overcome shrinkage. 3. Embed the paper tape in the wallboard compound and scrape a scraper or filler knife along the joint to remove excess wallboard compound. Don’t leave wrinkles in the tape: If the crack isn’t straight, cut the tape where the crack zigzags and apply the tape so that it’s centred over the crack. 4. Apply a thin coat of wallboard compound over the wallboard tape and smooth it with a wide taping knife to minimise sanding.

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