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Water proofing the Under Sink Cabinet in your Kitchen
by Lorenz Prem on 08-29-2011 2:52 pm

The cabinet under the sink in your kitchen isthe one place in your home where a water leak is likely to happen.It's just a matter of time. This cabinet hosts more water pipes,valves, and joints than any other room in your house. Add a wastedisposal and the occasional clogged drain, and you have a very wetplace. A little care to prepare for the inevitable can prevent morepungent and expensive issues like wood rot and mold. Let's take alook at what it takes to water proof the cabinet under yoursink.

Managing leaks in an residential

Build a Wood Waste Bin
A simple project made from plywood waste
by Lorenz Prem on 07-05-2010 7:29 pm

Up to now I have been using a trash can as mysingle place to dump cutoffs and other woodworking waste. On someweeks my trashcan for curbside pickup would be full with scraps ofall kinds. I figured I need some way to cut down on the waste.

My solution is to separate the hardwood scraps from other typesof waste. Dried hard wood is great as a fire starter in myfireplace. That way it stays out of the landfill and serves apurpose too.

The Design

A trash can does not need to be anything special. A simpl

How to clean a Glass Cook Top
by Lorenz Prem on 04-25-2010 7:30 pm

Glass cook tops can get real dirty. Drips easilyturn into a black backed on mess, if you are not careful. The goodnews is that the top can be restored to its factory finish. It doesnot have to stay dirty.

The best way to go about cleaning a glass top is to use a glasstop cleaner. Glass cook top cleaners are none abrasive cleanersmade for the job. Brand names matter very little. All are appliedand used the same way. Their chemical composition is probablysimilar as well. The point is that they all work reasonably well.Don't stress

How to Deep Clean your Carpet
by Lorenz Prem on 04-09-2010 7:40 pm

Kids, pets, your significant other, and yourselfall drag dirt into the house. No matter how careful you are,eventually it's time to deep clean the carpet. There are severaloptions for doing this, all of which use the same process.

Deep cleaners inject water and cleaning solution into thecarpet. The solution loosens the dirt particles in the carpet. Thewater helps carry the particles into the collection canister. Themachines you can use for this vary in power, but not necessarily incapability. The larger the machine, the fewer pass

Removing Rust from a Cast Iron Table Top
by Lorenz Prem on 01-26-2010 7:08 pm

All cast iron, if left unprotected, eventuallydevelops rust. Tools bough from private parties are often coveredwith it. What are the options to get rid of rust?

1) Use a rust remover

Resist the urge to go after the rust with sand paper. We did notget that far yet. Start with using a rust remover.

I have found that

How to prevent rust on a Table Top
by Lorenz Prem on 01-26-2010 7:05 pm

All cast iron surfaces need to be covered with aprotective coating. Otherwise they develop rust when exposed to airand water.

Simply applying any product to your machine's top won't do. Theproduct cannot be tacky. That would keep the stock fromsliding.

Some products have a negative effect on any wood they come incontact with. Oils, for example, will soak into the pores of woodand prevent any finish from taking hold. The result is spots allover your work.

Apply a coat of wax

How to get rid of trash
by Lorenz Prem on 11-26-2009 11:19 pm

You have some old carpet, a piece of furniture,a tree in your back yard, or simply junk to get rid off. What to doabout it? In the age of the internet your options are moreplentiful than the city dump.

Here is a quick list of places that will take your trash. Theyare ordered from the simplest, to the most inconvenient.

1) Post an ad in the 'Free' section on craigslist

You would be surprised what people will take off your hands. Oldcarpet you would not want to use again is perfect to soak up

How to remove Scratches from Window Glass
by Lorenz Prem on 10-17-2009 5:30 pm

I recently learned the hard way that aScotch-Brite pad can scratch glass. My car, and particularly mywindshield, were covered in tree sap. The Scotch-Brite pad got thesap off the car, but it left behind several shallow scratches. Thewindshield had turned foggy in the spot the sap used to be.

Sand with Cerium Powder

Glass, like metal and wood can be sanded and buffed. The shallowscratches in my windshield needed optical grade sanding.

This is a fancy way of saying that there were no deep scratchesa

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