The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 367
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 367

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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,24 THE PALM BEACH POST RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 j , i it ; ; , : y. ; ,; ; j ; r i ; ,; ; n i v .: ; ; i n a ? ; : y ; , m . , . , . I e - I ' 4 i J i S I Removing linoleum over tile floor requires work By PETER HOTTON The Boston Globe Question: I would like to take off the linoleum that someone put over perfectly good ceramic tile in my bathroom. But how can I get the linoleum off and the glue under it? A nswer: All possible, but your remark " about someone putting linoleum over . "perfectly good" ceramic tile simply reinforces my amazement at what people do. There is just no telling. You can remove the linoleum (or vinyl) with a rented power scraper that vibrates as you push it. Putting heat on the covering will help, too; use a hair dryer, not a hot air gun; the latter is too hot and a hazard indoors. Once the covering is off, the fun starts. To remove the adhesive, heat may soften it so it can be scraped off. Or, use a chemical paint remover and scrape. Use Safe Strip or other stripper that does not ! ' il I J A x, Condensation not the culprit Q: My upstairs rooms have short vertical walls, then a ceiling slanting at about 45 degrees, then a horizontal ceiling. Those short walls are not knee walls; outside those walls is the great outdoors. The plaster is falling apart at the joint between the angled ceiling and the vertical wall, and a crack appears along the full length of the room. And, paint is alligatoring along the joint. The ceilings and walls are insulated, and soffit vents and a ridge vent provide proper ventilation. A contractor said the damage is due to condensation, but I can't quite fathom that because of the proper ventilation. What went wrong? A: I don't think it is due to condensation, either, because the ventilation sounds more than adequate. I think it's faulty installation the joint compound at the joint was installed without a paper or nylon mesh tape. That is a guarantee of failure. The cure is to chip out all that joint compound and reinstall it with a tape, which acts as a reinforcement to the compound. Fold the tape so that it spans the joint, and fill the joint with three coats of joint compound. Sand smooth and repaint. The alligatoring is due to one of two errors: The paint was applied too thickly (another guarantee of failure), or it was applied over joint compound that did not dry. So, apply new paint in thin coats on well-cured joint compound. Regular plywood is tough enough Q: When I built a miniature lighthouse as a yard decoration, I used regular plywood instead of exterior plywood. I primed everything with an oil-based primer, and finished with a latex house paint. Then I painted the roof black with an oil paint. Will that oil paint applied to a latex finish stand up OK, or should I put a clear finish over it? A: Relax: All things considered, the black paint will stick and will stand up, especially if the latex was sanded before the oil paint was put on. A clear finish will offer no protection because it will peel faster than any paint; besides, the oil paint and the latex is its own protection. The regular plywood will stand up well, as long as it is protected by the paint. Perhaps not as well as exterior plywood; there is little you can do about it anyway, other than what you have already done. The difference between regular and exterior plywood is that the exterior plywood is glued with a waterproof glue. Sniffing out water problem Q: I have a problem with my hot water. It is turning everything brown. My husband drained the tank and produced no rusty water. A related problem is a funny odor from the bathroom sink and tub. Are there any quick or easy cures for these problems? A: There may be cures, but none is quick or easy. The water that turns everything brown may have a high iron content, not enough to cause rusty water but enough to cause those brown stains. The cure there is to put an iron filter on the water intake. If you have one, it should be cleaned, and possibly replaced, regularly. Another cause of the stains and the funny odor maybe a high concentration of hydrogen sulfide in the water, caused by bacteria. If so, you can have the water tested, then take appropriate steps. Check for any filters and replace them. Often enough, a dirty and neglected filter (they need cleaning andor replacing regularly) is the cause. Finally, in most water heaters is a long magnesium bar known as an anode rod. This sacrificial metal piece protects the tank from rust by corroding before the tank does. Once the rod deteriorates, the tank will too, causing stains and rusty water. You might be able to solve the problem by replacing the anode rod, which deteriorates in about four years. Replacing the rod can double the life of your tank. It is best to have a plumber replace this rod. One more thing: This has to do with the odor from the bathroom fixtures, and is a common occurrence. Pouring a cup of bleach into the drain and leaving it overnight. Repeat as often as necessary. one to use is Citristrip, a citrus-based remover that works well and is safer to use. Provide plenty of ventilation. With the remover, you can scrape off most of the adhesive, but you will probably have to end up by applying more stripper and scrubbing the stuff off with coarse steel wool. With luck, this treatment will not hurt or affect the tile. 561-744-4554 PRESTIGE Realty Group, INC. 1 -800-226-8767 103 South U.S. Highway 1, Suite E-1, Jupiter, FL 33477 in Jupiter Square Shops - SE corner of Indiantown Rd. and U.S. One VISIT US ON THE INTERNET V r-'-i t? x . A.. ,ii i t 1 1 f L RARE FIND! 'BR DEN. CBS. BETTER THAN NEW LOTS OF TILE. POOL. FENCED YARD. CIRCULAR DRIVR. 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