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Handyman Q&A

Time, Effort in Stripping Paint


Question: I have stripped the paint and sanded the woodwork in my bathroom. I am having a problem with a small amount of paint bleeding through the stain. It was not visible before I applied the stain, but appears as the stain dries. How can I fix this problem?

Answer: You are now a bona fide wood refinisher. You have learned how difficult it is to completely remove all the paint from wood. Fact is, two to three coats of paint stripper must be applied and brass-brushed away after you are positive you have removed all the paint. This is because narrow strips of paint always remain beneath the surface and between the wood fibers.

Toilet Pressure Problem Can Be Easily Repaired

Q: My water was running (on and off) in the toilet tank. I replaced the flapper and that stopped the leak, but the pressure isn't as good as it was. It feels loose in the handle. What have I done wrong?

A: When you installed the new flapper, you left too much slack in the chain that connects the flapper to the flush lever.

When this happens, the lever doesn't fully raise the flapper when the handle is depressed.

Go back into the tank and take most of the slack out of the chain.

Everything should then begin to work as it did before the flapper replacement.

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