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How To Mend It. Sanding Stainless Steel Appliances - Article. 1 of 1 Sanding technique Start with the scratch and then blend in. Determine the direction of the “grain” and start sanding in one direction only, following the brushed pattern. Don't sand back and forth and never sand against the “grain.” Stainless steel is a great look until you scratch it. Then it looks awful. The sanding technique only works on plain (uncoated) stainless steel panels. The key to removing the scratch is to start with the finest grit paper or pad and zigzag a stream of sanding fluid on it. You’ll have to develop a feel for the technique, so start on an inconspicuous area of the appliance panel.

Repair kit Stainless Steel Repair Kit This kit contains all you need to remove scratches in stainless steel. Back to Top. How To Fix A Broken Zipper - Zipper Repair. How To Repair Vintage Costume Jewelry. How To Resole Shoes With New Foam Soles. Repair & Waterproof Leaky Rubber Boots Using Sugru. For those who live in climates where winter actually feels like winter, a good pair of boots is a must.

When you're trudging through the snow to chisel the ice off your windshield, the last thing you want is for your feet to be unprepared. Wet socks are bad enough when the weather's warm. But if your favorite winter boots are damaged or starting to show signs of tearing, there's still hope. Rhonda Greene of crafting blog Mrs. Applying it is simple. Want to do more with Sugru? Fix Your Velcro Sandals To Handle Wide Feet.

I have feet which are wider than average, and like most wide-foot sufferers, I have learned to live with it. When buying footwear, I get it a size or two larger than normal, and just ignore the huge gap between the tips of my toes and the tips of the shoes. With sandals, however, having a huge gap like this should not be necessary, since the velcro straps will allow you to adjust the sandal to fit any size foot, right? Unfortunately not. The velcro straps on these sandals are typically set for an average foot, and the stingy shoe companies don't give you enough velcro on the straps to deal with a wide foot (and this example is a nice pair of Tevas, supposedly made for wide widths!). This means that, for a wide foot, there are hardly enough velcro hooks on the sandal strap to stick to the velcro loops, which means that the sandal straps can become undone at the slightest provocation, and any kind of fun activity is always interrupted as you stop to "tie your shoes.

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DIY Home Repair Guide: Learn How to Make Repairs Around Your Home at ACME HOW TO.com. ACME How To: Home Repair & Improvement. Paint (Caulking) Tips/Tricks/Secrets. How to Repair Wooden Furniture Surfaces: Tips" Because veneer is only a thin layer of wood attached with glue to a solid base, it is very vulnerable to damage on wooden furniture. On old furniture, the glue that holds the veneer is often not water-resistant.

Prolonged humidity or exposure to water can soften the glue, letting the veneer blister, crack, or peel. Veneer is also easily damaged from the surface, and old veneers are often cracked, buckled, or broken, with chips or entire pieces missing. In this article, we'll discuss basic techniques to repair veneer on your wooden furniture for any at-home furniture refinishing or restoration project.

In most cases, as long as the veneer layer is basically in good shape, the thinness that makes it damage-prone also makes it easy to repair. Undamaged veneer can be reglued; chips and bare spots can be filled with matching veneer. If you're careful to match the grain the repairs will hardly show. Blisters Small blisters in veneer can usually be flattened with heat. Loose Veneer. Repair Cracks In Wood Cabinets Video. Wood cabinets are beautiful in kitchens but they have a tendency to crack.

Check out this video tutorial to repair cracks in your own wood cabinets.See Transcript Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! Finished wood kitchen cabinets are beautiful, however, sometimes they have a tendency to crack in weakened areas of the wood. So today I'm going to show you how to repair a small crack in a wood cabinet in just a few easy steps! Tools Needed to Repaid Cracked Wood Cabinets: stainable wood fillerfine-grit sandpapera pair of vinyl glovesfoam paint brusha can of wood stainsmall putty knifeclean work ragstack clotheliquid dish soapclean sponge Clean the Wood Cabinet's Surface First, pour a small amount of liquid dish soap on a clean damp sponge and thoroughly clean the area where the crack is located in the wood cabinet.

Next, thoroughly wipe down the area with a clean dry work rag and allow the area to completely air dry. Fill the Crack in the Wood Cabinet Stain the Wood Cabinet. Repair A Cracked Door Frame Video. Crack door frame molding can be very expensive to replace. See how to repair the damage on your own instead using a few simply supplies.See Transcript Hi!

I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. Crack door frame molding can be very expensive to replace. Supplies for Repairing Door Frames For this project you will need wood putty, a putty knife, a hammer, finishing nails, fine grit sand paper, an electric sander, latex interior wall paint that matches the color of your door frame, a clean work rag, a clean tact rag, a natural bristle paint brush, a Phillips screwdriver, and a pair of vinyl gloves Depending on where the crack is located in the doorframe, you may need to remove the Strike Plate in order to repair the damaged area. Fill In Cracks With Putty Using your putty knife and wood putty, fill in the cracked or damaged areas, making sure to pack the wood putty into the crack as much as possible.

Allow the wood putty to dry until it is fully hardened. Sand Putty to Surface Clean Work Area Wow! How To Give Veneer Tops New Life. Chipped veneer is only part of the damage to this table edge. The layer between the tabletop and the finish veneer has come unglued, too. Veneer damage is a flaw you'll find commonly in old furniture, but one you can fix with surprisingly little trouble. “Veneer repair is an easy job for woodworkers of almost any skill level,” according to San Francisco furniture repair and refinishing wizard Jim Kull.

“It just takes a few tools and some care.” With Jim's encouraging words in mind and his advice close at hand, we decided to give it a try. Spread glue between the layers with thin cardboard or plastic. Provide a solid base first Before we could repair the veneer, we had to get rid of the wrinkles in the crossbanding. Clamp the edge layers. Then, using an old business card, we spread liquid hide glue between the layers, as shown above. Cut away the bad veneer A simple guide and a router fitted with a straight bit make it easy to cut the old veneer back to a clean, straight edge. Vintage Plaster & Gold Frame Restored. When I first received the frame it had many pieces missing from the plaster. Some were in the frame just lying there. I did some research and found that the frame was plaster with gold leaf. Originally I thought it was clay but i was wrong.

I also saw the dust build up was thick. So it was time to clean. Tools: I already had around the house >cotton swabs >Several Paint brushes (your choice of size) >bowl or container to mix things in >plastic disposable cups >card board or foam board for making the mold >regular desk tape >pliers >X-acto knife >soft surface to work on. Materials: >wood glue $3 >book binding glue, Acid free $4 >Molding rubber (Alumilite $25) >freeing agent like Vaseline >Milliput 2 part epoxy putty $8 >gold leaf or fake gold leaf $50 - $60 for 24K and $18 for the fake >gold leaf adhesive $5 >gold leaf antique glaze $5 >gold leaf sealer $9 Most of this I picked up at my local Hobby Lobby and Walmart. Top 10 Repair Projects You Should Never Pay For.

Recovering A Baby Car Seat. Do you love your infant car seat……but hate the cover? Is the material scratchy or stained? Torn or outdated? Well, then start picking apart that old one……and making it into a new one. You will be so happy you did. While searching for a new car seat, I wasn’t loving any of the fabric. We needed a new baby car seat anyway, so I found one online that had the frame/design that I wanted and then purchased the cheapest color and design. And then turned it into a fresh and original car seat cover.

And I know, these little satin flowers are seen here, there, and everywhere. But I couldn’t resist a little girliness added to the seat. I even coordinated the little seat belt shoulder covers. And yes, the canopy was completely re-done as well……. ………..and collapses perfectly. The car seat cover tucks around the seat frame in the same way, keeping the seat nice and tailored to its specific size and dimension. And of course, a little label attached to the side……marking my work. The view from the back side. Wow. DIY: Repairing Hairline Ceiling Cracks & Stains. Repair A Flatscreen Monitor For $15. FIRST OF ALL, BE VERY CAREFUL, THE CCFT LAMPS CONTAIN MERCURY GAS WHICH IS VERY POISONOUS. I take no responsibility if you are in any way injured by mercury gas or any other procedure described in this instructable.

To be safe you should do this outdoors or in a very well ventilated area in case the lamps break. having said that, open the monitor carefully. There will probably be at least two or three weird overlapping wire connections (see picture) which you'll have to carefully unplug to get everything apart. Figure out which lamp doesn't work. Replace A Missing Ceiling Light Finial. DIY: Most Common Smartphone Repairs. Bicycle Maintenance Guide and Riding Tips. This page was last updated 24 May 2007. I often get asked about bicycle maintenance and repairs, and tips for how to ride efficiently. This little manual is intended as a summary of what I have learned over the years. I am not a professional mechanic. All of what I say here is the result of personal experience and opinion and may in places flatly contradict professional techniques, but it has served me well.

I offer no guarantees that it will work for you. Remove Car Dents Quickly & Cheaply. Wise Bread Picks Dents suck. And so does the cost to repair them. My wife's car has a ding in the door that's really been bugging me, and as a frugal shopper I wondered if smarter folks than myself have ever figured out a cheap way to repair dents. Good news...they have. (See also: 6 Slick Tools to Save Money on Car Repairs) After doing a lot of web browsing I found many ways. 1.

You can find dry ice in many places these days, even your local grocery store. 2. I like this one even more, namely because an air duster and a hairdryer is readily accessible in most homes these days. 3. Thanks to several WB readers for pointing this new addition out. Use any one of these and you'll have an almost invisible fix in no time. The Free Repair Manual.

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