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Concrete repair: Brighten up unsightly concrete

Over time concrete may turn blotchy and black in areas especially under trees, in shaded areas and where water may be wicking up through the surface. Using T.S.P General Household Cleaner, clean the concrete of all residuals from algae growth or stains from leaves left lying on the surface. While the concrete is still damp from cleaning apply a brush coat of Bonded Topping Cement mix. To do this mixes the Bonded Topping Mix in a 20 litre plastic pail with enough water to make very thin slurry, resembling the texture of a milkshake. Pour out onto the damp concrete surface and brush over the entire area using a push broom brushing up curbs and retaining walls. Let cure for 7 days and apply a clear coat of solvent based penetrating water sealer by means of a low-pressure garden sprayer apparatus. When fully cured this procedure will give concrete a fresh new grey look.


The Home Repair Guide

Appliance on Fire

Air Pollution in Home

Appliance Plug or Cord Defective

Bathtub Stopper Defective

Carpet Is Stained

Carbon Monoxide in Home

Central Humidifier Overflows

Central Humidifier Is Noisy

Chimney Overheated or on Fire

Circuit Wiring Overloads

Central Air Conditioner Quits

Clothes Washer Quits

Cordless Phone Defective

Defects in Wallpaper

Defects in Wallboard

Dishwasher Malfunctions

Drain Pipes Are Clogged

Drawer Is Stuck

Doorbell Defective

Door Won’t Close Correctly

Earthquake Threatens Home

Excessive Moisture in Home

Electrical Circuit Fails

Electric Blanket Doesn’t Work

Excessive Lead Around Home

Electrical Plug Detective

Fire Inside Home

Fuel Supply Is Cut Off

Furniture Finish Damaged

Flood Threatens Home

Floors or Stairs Squeak

Faucet Drips

Faucet Handle Leaks

Fixture Drain Is Clogged

Furnace Doesn’t Work

Furnace Makes Noises

Garage Door Opener Quits

Garage Door Opener Won’t Close

Gas Smell in Home

Gas Detector Sounds

Gas Appliance Venting Faulty

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Device Defective

Home Has Been Flooded

Home Suffers Earthquake

Home Wiring Inadequate

Home Wiring Short Circuits

Hole in Wallboard

Hole or Crack in Plaster

Hurricane Threatens Home

Ice Dams Form on Roof

Light Switch Defective

Light Switch Defective

Lamp Socket Defective

Microwave Doesn’t Work


Manual Garage Door Won’t Open

Mold and Mildew Inside Home

Outlet Receptacle Defective

Oven Thermostat Faulty

Oven Light Burns Out

Power Supply Is Cut Off

Portable Humidifier Malfunctions

Portable Dehumidifier Defective

Physical Contact with Electricity

Phone Doesn’t Work

Radon in Home

Radiator Valve Leaks

Refrigerator Malfunctions

Resilient Floor Is Damaged

Room Air Conditioner Quits

Roof Shingles Leak

Screens Punctured or Torn

Screens Need Replacement

Smoke Detector Sounds

Showerhead Holes Are Clogged

Septic System Backs Up

Special Coverings Stained

Sink Disposal Jammed Up

Steam Iron Works Poorly

Stove Elements Defective

Structural Wood Is Rotting

The well-stocked toolbox

Thermostat Doesn't Work

Thermostat Malfunctions

Thermostat Needs Adjustment

Tile Wall Is Crumbling

Tornado Threatens Home

Toilet Is Plugged Up

Toilet (Old-Style) Runs

Toilet (New-Style) Runs

Toilet Flush Inadequate

Toilet Makes Noises

Toilet Base Leaks

Tub-Wall Seal Leaks

Vinyl Floor Is Stained

Water Heater Leaks

Water Heater Makes Noises

Water Heater Overheats

Water Pipe Leaks

Water Pipes Are Frozen

Water Pipes Are Noisy

Water Pressure Is Low

Well Is Running Dry

Water from Heater Smells

Water in Basement

Window Glass Is Broken

Window Frame Is Stuck

Wood Floor Is Stained

Wood Screws Won’t Tighten

Wood Shingles Damaged



Beading | Cutting in
Consider the surface type | Preparing a good surface

Dragging | Ragging
glazing your walls | glazing wood

How to remove old wallpaper

How to paint a ceiling | Using masking tape

How to Paint Baseboards and Molding

How to Paint Radiators and Vents
How to prepare bare wood | How to paint bare wood

How to make a tinted oil glaze | Applying a glaze

How to Repair Cracks and Holes in Your Walls

Preparing to paint | How much paint?

Paint Your Room in This Order

Painting walls & ceiling > Order of work | How to apply latex paint

Painting outlet covers | Adding details

Painting between rooms | How to varnish wood

Painting with a roller | When to use paint pad
Preparing paint | Why use a paint bucket

Pickling wood

Procedure for doors | How to paint baseboards

Procedure for windows

Rag rolling | Bagging

Removing flaking paint | How to fill holes

Repainting woodwork | Smoothing between coats

Remedy faults

Rolling on textured paint

Sponging on | Sponging off

Stippling | Store bought textured paint


Sizing surfaces | Mixing paste | Measuring cutting lining paper

When to sieve paint | Paintbrush know how


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  • Choosing the Most Pleasing Paint Color

  • Using the Most Appropriate Caulk and Where To Use It

  • Interior and Exterior Surface Preparation Techniques

  • Interior and Exterior Painting Techniques

  • Drywall Repair

  • Refinishing a Wood Deck

  • Decorative Painting Techniques

  • Cabinet Refinishing

  • Choosing the Correct Primer for Your Project

  • The Types of Interior and Exterior Paint and Which is the Best for Your Circumstance

  • Choosing a Correct Interior and Exterior Wood Stain

  • The Best Interior or Exterior Clear Wood Finishes To Use Around Your Home

  • The Types of Masonry Sealers

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  • Wood Refinishing or Apply Stain and Finish To New Wood



House Painting Tips & Ideas

House Painting Tips
Home Office Paint
Home Painting Design
Home Painting Techniques
Appliance Painting Tips
Bathroom Painting Ideas
Bedroom Painting Ideas
Color Ideas For Interior Painting
Exterior House Painting Tips
Furniture Painting Ideas
Home Painting Ideas
Home Painting Tips

Ideas for Painting Kids Bedrooms
Living Room Painting Ideas
Painting Ideas For A Boy's Bedroom
Painting Ideas For A Girl's Room
Painting Ideas For Interior Walls
Painting Ideas For Toddler Rooms
Painting Preparation Tips
Tips For Painting Over Wallpaper
Tips On Painting A Room
Tips On Painting Ceilings
Tips On Painting Kitchen Cupboards




Do I Need to Use Paint Primer?

How to Sponge Paint a Wall

Paint Color Moods

Tips for Faux Paint Finishes

Types of Creative Paint Finishes


Interior Paint Problems


Exterior Paint Problems




Caulk Failures

Cracking - Flaking

Foaming - Cratering


Mud Cracking


Picture Framing

Poor Scrub Resistance

Poor Sheen Uniformity

Poor Stain Resistance

Poor Flow - Leveling

Poor Hiding

Roller Marks - Stipple

Roller Spattering


Surfactant Leaching





Chalk Run down
Cracking Flaking

Dirt Pickup
Efflorescence - Mottling
Fading-Poor Color Retention



Nailhead Rusting

Paint Incompatibility

Poor Galvanized Metal Adhesion
Poor Alkali Resistance
Poor Gloss Retention

Surfactant Leaching

Tannin Staining

Vinyl Siding Warp

Wax Bleed



Painting Tips

If you're thinking of painting a room, why not consider a different paint technique. It adds a lot of character and charm to a room. Stippling is an easy technique and the results are amazing. Here's how it's done. There are actually two ways you can do this; you can stipple off, which means you remove part of a second coat of paint or glaze, or stipple on by dabbing a second color onto the wall...

Store and Dispose of Paint and Chemicals
Lots of do-it-yourself projects involve different paints and solvents. These can be very dangerous if you don't know how to store or dispose of them...


Stripping Hardware
You painted and skipped the prep work but now you have painted hardware. Well, I can show you how to fix it...


Torn Wallpaper
If you have torn or ragged wallpaper that looks beyond repair, don't worry, because if you have some extra paper, you could easily fix it by matching up the pattern...

Wallpaper Bubbles
Bubbles in your wallpaper make the wall look awful. Luckily there easy to fix...

Wallpaper Cutouts
If you're looking for a quick and easy change for your decor, pre-pasted wallpaper cutouts are the answer. They stick on the wall anywhere and peel off when you want to change the look...




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