Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 20, 1998 · Page 20
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 20

Ukiah, California
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Friday, March 20, 1998
Page 20
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4—FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1998 ON THE MARKET BATHTUB JOINTS Use caulk and grout to seal By READER'S DIGEST For AP Special Features C aulk is used to seal the joint where your bathtub meets the ceramic tile. Grout keeps water from working its way between the tiles. There's a lot of expansion and contraction along the bathtub joint, and it's not easy to keep it watertight. The problem is worse when the joint is filled with the same grout used between tiles. Grout won't flex; instead it cracks and admits water into the drywall or plaster behind the bathtub joint. To repair a bathtub joint, it's usually best to use a 100 percent silicone adhesive caulk, which comes in tubes or cartridges and is available at any hardware store or home center. Look for ones called tub caulk, or tub and tile sealer. It stays flexible for years and resists cracking despite expansion and contraction. Most varieties are off-white to match standard tile grout. Pick out all the old caulk (or grout) from the joint. Use a thin screwdriver that's slightly narrower than the joint and a razor blade or a utility knife. Clean off all debris so that the new caulk will adhere properly. Scrub with bathroom cleaner; rinse thoroughly with a sponge and dry well with cloth. If you are using a caulk gun, cut the spout of the caulk cartridge so that it will produce a bead of caulk large enough to fill the crack. Mount the' cartridge into the gun and squeeze the gun's trigger while moving the spout forward. This will force the caulk into the crack and form an even bead the length of the crack. If using a tube of caulk, you'll also need to cut the nozzle of the tube to produce a proper-size bead to fill the joint. Squeeze the tube, pushing the caulk ahead of the spout. Smooth the bead with your finger, wearing smooth- textured gloves. Sloppy caulking is a sure way to spoil the appearance of the tub joint. For professional results, take a tip from painters and reach for masking tape. Position the tape along both sides of your planned line of caulk so that your finger will plow the excess caulk onto the tape when you smooth the bead. Also, before smoothing the bead of caulk, wet your gloved finger with dishwashing liquid so that it moves easily along the caulk. After you smooth down the caulk, carefully lift away the tape. You'll get a caulk line with crisp, straight edges - and a handful of goopy tape. Let the caulking dry overnight before using the bath. After the caulk has dried, use a razor blade to carefully remove any excess along the caulk line. In contrast to caulk, grout is a type of water-based cement similar in composition to the mortar you see between bricks. Rather than acting as an adhesive, though, grout is a barrier to keep water and dirt from the spaces between tiles. If some of the grout has fallen out, carefully scrape the remaining grout free with the tip of an old screwdriver or a lever-type beverage opener. Be extra careful not to chip the edges of the surrounding tiles. Wearing rubber gloves, use your fingers to press grout into the joints between the tiles and smooth it. Wipe off excess grout with a damp sponge. After the joints dry to the touch, use a dry cloth to burnish off the haze that forms on the tile surface. It keeps the home running What makes your house a home? The coffee maker, the hair dryer, the stereo and the microwave - all of the conveniences that make our lives easier. Without motors these comforts would not be possible. And none of them would be possible without steel. Steel is the only metal with the significant magnetic properties that are essential to a motor's efficient functioning. Innovations in the steel industry continue to improve the quality of the material. The "new steel" means enhanced magnetization - and it's stronger than ever. All of this increases a motor's efficiency to limit the amount of energy wasted. For example, steel has helped the appliance industry meet increasingly stringent federal energy efficiency standards. The biggest energy user in the kitchen is the refrigerator, which accounts for as much as 20 percent of the energy used in a home. Less than 15 years ago, the average refrigerator used 1,200 kilowatt hours in a year. A 1993 federal regulation required that all new refrigerators use no more than 690 kilowatt hours per year. By Jan. 1,2001, refrigerators will be required to improve efficiency by another 30 percent. To judge whether a refrigerator is efficient, simply look at the label on the back that identifies its efficiency rating (the level of efficiency at which the refrigerator operates). An efficiency rating of 92 means that the refrigerator uses 92 of every 100 kilowatts consumed and only wastes eight kilowatts. The EnergyGuide, the yellow and black label posted on the front of most major appliances, also reports the refrigerator's energy use. Look at the EnergyGuide on a new refrigerator or appliance - it compares that model's energy costs to similar models. To ensure that a refrigerator operates at its maximum efficiency, set the temperature at 38-42 degrees Fahrenheit; the freezer should be set at 05 degrees Fahrenheit. If available, use the power-saver switch and make sure the door seals tightly so that the cold air that the steel motor works so hard to create does not escape. c OUR UKIAH OFFICE 463-2570 320 SOUTH STATE STREET • UKIAH EXCITING POTENTIAL! Develop to your own needs with 144' State St. frontage. Includes income producing buildings .59 acre of prime C-1 land in the heart of Ukiah. Adjoining parcel available. $229,000. 82 TOP OF THE WORLD!! Fabulous long views from 9.7 acres in Ridgewood Park Subdivision. Grove of fir trees for privacy. $82,000. B22 BEST BUY! In Lake Mendocino Mobile Home Estates. 2 bd., 2 ba. home on large comer lot with nice views from living room. Clubhouse, pool & spa. $40,000. 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