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Mike Klimek

Home repair columnist

Mike Klimek is a licensed contractor and owner of Las Vegas Handyman. Questions may be sent by email to handymanoflasvegas@msn.com. Or, mail to 4710 W. Dewey Drive, No. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89118. His web address is www.handymanoflasvegas.com.

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Exterior caulking seals cracks

Caulking is a fix-all for all sorts of situations since it’s a great adhesive in a pinch, but it shines at filling gaps. You might even call it “weatherstripping in a tube.”

Neglected barbecue will need thorough cleaning

If you like cleaning your oven, then you’re going to love cleaning the barbecue. The igniter should be checked and the burners need to be cleaned out because, over time, sauces and food have dripped onto the ports where the propane should be flowing out.

Ceiling fan wobble just needs fine-tuning

A lot of ceiling fan wobble can be attributed to the installation itself, rather than poor fan quality. Start by making sure the box in the ceiling is tight to the ceiling with no movement.

Reinforce corners when building backyard sandbox

You can build the sandbox out of lumber to form the sides, but you will have to reinforce the corners, as there will be lots of pressure on them to come apart. Don’t use treated lumber as the chemicals in that material can be hazardous to children.

Replacing floor under sink will take some carpentry skills

At some point, I’m sure everyone will find they have a leak under the sink that, in turn, will lead to some degree of water damage on the floor of the cabinet. Replacing the piece will take a few hours and some light carpentry work.

Mid-priced body shower units are easiest to install

A body shower has multiple jets that spray on you as you bathe. Some jets have pulsating heads that will give you a gentle massage as you shower. Mid-priced units are the most popular as they come in a unit that mounts on the wall.

Copper adhesive should fix leak under sink

Q: I have a problem with my plumbing. Below my kitchen sink is a copper pipe that comes out of the wall, extends for about a foot and then goes back into the wall. I have noticed a small leak coming from a fitting and it needs to be repaired. My problem is that I’m scared to use a torch as I don’t want to burn my house down. Is there any other choice?

 
Solar screens on windows reduce heat inside house

Solar screens typically block between 65 percent and 90 percent of the heat entering your home through the windows. They also can help prevent your furniture and carpet from fading.

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