Family Handyman

Family Handyman September 2019

When it comes to home improvement, you need information you can trust. Inside each issue of The Family Handyman, you’ll find see-and-solve expert repair techniques, a variety of projects for every room and step-by-step, do-it-yourself photos.

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beware of permanent chalk

When I built my house at the ripe old age of 27, I thought all chalk for snapping lines was the same. Not so. Some is temporary and some is permanent. Permanent is great for stuff that won’t be visible, but I had chalk lines showing on my house and garage roofs for years. If you do accidentally snap a permanent line where you don’t want one, an oxidizing cleaner such as OxiClean followed up with water removes permanent chalk pretty well. I’ve tested it on unfinished plywood, paint and unsealed concrete, all with very good results. TRAVIS LARSON, FORMER FH SENIOR EDITOR…

handy hints

Finishing Stands When you’re finishing table legs or other furniture parts, cut square 1/4-in. plywood “stands” and screw them onto each end. The table legs stay put as you apply your finish, making the job much easier than it would be if the parts were hung on a hook. And you can stand them vertically to dry. DOUG MacQUEEN CARDBOARD DROP CLOTH Most of our cardboard boxes end up in our recycling bin, but I always make sure to save a couple of the larger ones. They’re perfect for keeping my clothes clean when I crawl under the car. Stored flat, they don’t take up much room. MIKE McNAMARA Fix for Paint Spills on Carpet I used to think dropping a loaded paintbrush on the carpet meant replacing the carpet…until a carpet pro told me this little…

advice for new homeowners

Live in It Before You Remodel Don’t try to make your home perfect right away. Live in it and let ideas come and go. You will eventually find the right one, and you won’t waste money on something that isn't necessary. LINDA LANDSVERK Keep Track of Improvements Immediately start a home improvement file. Take photos of all projects that are done to improve your home and keep the receipts with those photos. If possible, go paperless in case of a major disaster. CAROLYN AND PAUL BROSSOIT Pad Your Budget Most renovations will run over budget and cost more than you think. The final project costs presented on renovation TV shows just aren’t reality. CHRIS JANOSA Unpack Your Tools Set up your workbench and tool areas first. They’ll come in handy as soon as the movers pull away. DAVE POLULAK Enjoy It Now Don’t…

leading acid reflux pill becomes an anti-aging phenomenon

A clinical study on a leading acid reflux pill shows that its key ingredient relieves digestive symptoms while suppressing the inflammation that contributes to premature aging in men and women. And, if consumer sales are any indication of a product’s effectiveness, this ‘acid reflux pill turned anti-aging phenomenon’ is nothing short of a miracle. Sold under the brand name AloeCure, it was already backed by clinical data documenting its ability to provide all day and night relief from heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, irritable bowel, gas, bloating, and more. But soon doctors started reporting some incredible results… “With AloeCure, my patients started reporting less joint pain, more energy, better sleep, stronger immune systems… even less stress and better skin, hair, and nails” explains Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist and company spokesperson. AloeCure contains…

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