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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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Bending wood defies laws of nature but can be done

Q: I have a corner in a home office where I want to build a corner cabinet. The question is how to make the front of the cabinet round so that the radius of the front goes from one wall to the other. Also, I haven’t decided if I want to paint it or have it stained so the wood shows through. How can I make the front of the cabinet rounded?

Drywall nails usually involved in nail pops

Q: I have been planning to paint a bedroom for several months now, but I’ve spotted a problem. Various dimples are popping up on the walls. I have tried to repair them by putting spackle in there, but they always return. I’m tired of fixing these, so what can I do?

Built-in refrigerators are top-heavy so need to be secured

Q: A while back, you wrote about changing the cabinets to accommodate a built-in refrigerator. I was able to buy a used one and am ready to install it. Is it different than a regular refrigerator, that is, one that is not built-in?

Isolate sound to discover vibrating pipe problem

The most logical way to solve the vibrating sound in kitchen faucet is to try to isolate it. If the sound occurs only at the kitchen faucet and dishwasher, then they have one thing in common: hot water.

Crown molding will need replacing with new cabinet

To install a built-in refrigerator, you must replace the cabinet above it first. You can leave the crown molding in place and drop the cabinet down, which will leave the molding untouched. But when the new cabinet comes in, you will have to change it.

Shower leaks can be expensive fix if ignored

Shower leaks are very common, but many people ignore them until they get really bad, which will also make them expensive. The last thing you want to do is to cut open the ceiling to look for the leak. The first thing to do is to head upstairs and start looking around.

Removing tack strip without damaging the floor can be tricky

Removing the carpet tack strip from your floor is just the beginning. Your carpet pad is secured using adhesive, and the floor will undoubtedly be tired-looking, so you will have to refinish the floor once you remove everything from it.

Removing ceramic tile not difficult, just messy

Q: I recently bought a house that has Formica tops and a ceramic tile backsplash. I am going to replace them with granite and tumbled marble. How difficult would it be for me to remove the backsplash? Also, is there something that dissolves grout or is it something that has to be chipped away?

Peeling paint occurs when wood contacts concrete

Concrete loves to drink up water and, as it does, it slowly releases moisture. So, any wood that is in contact with the concrete gets a little damp. The dampness wicks up the wood and breaks the bond that holds the paint to the wood, causing it to peel.

Repairing wood subfloor typically requires cutting flooring

When replacing the wood subfloor around the toilet, you may have access to the joists so you can nail the new subfloor patch to them. Typically though, you will have to cut back the flooring to expose the joist’s surface, and you can do this with a circular saw.

Glass shower doors must be removed to fix rollers

Most doors on tub enclosures hang from the top rail and slide along its guide track. If the door doesn’t roll smoothly, you must remove the doors and inspect the wheels to see what needs fixing.

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