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DO IT YOURSELF
FOLLOWING are tips on how to perform do-it-yourself work at your community.
I want to insulate the walls of the kitchen in an 81-year-old building. I thought I could have the insulation blown into the walls through small holes from inside. Two contractors told me it can’t be done. Can you help?
installing new baseboards. For best results, the baseboards should be removed—one room at a time. Care is needed when removing them to avoid splitting the boards. A good system is to work a putty knife behind a section of board and wiggle it free of the wall enough to insert a flat pry bar such as a Wonder Bar. Pry carefully, at nailing points if possible. As each piece is removed, number it on the back so it can be put back in the same place. The pieces will have nails protruding
primer such as Bull’s Eye 1-2-3. Let the primer dry and sand lightly with 200-grit sandpaper. Next, apply one or two coats of acrylic enamel. The final step is to re-install the baseboards using finishing nails at least two-and-a-half inches long. If possible, nail into wall studs. Drive the nails slightly below the surface of the wood and fill the holes using a woodputty stick that matches the finish you have applied. If you want a natural finish on beat-up baseboards, it is best to replace them; it is very difficult to fill dents and holes and then apply stain and varnish.
Some walls are not Years ago suited for blown-in I bought insulation. Most suitable are aluminum gutter wood-framed walls with large screens that had cavities between the wall studs; a double layer— these can be filled with fluffy a coarse mesh insulation, usually cellulose, on top and a that is pumped in through fine screen undersmall holes. neath. Nothing I am sure the contractors got through these were giving you the facts after screens. I have checking your walls. Your best tried to find some bet is to make sure the kitchen replacements, windows and any doors are but the company energy-efficient and well sealed, seems to have and to insulate the house where disappeared. Repainting or replacing worn out baseboards requires, basically, practical, such as the attic and Can you help? the same amount of work. floors. If the kitchen is still cold, an auxiliary heater would be a practical I haven’t seen this type of screen from the back, but don’t try to pound the option. for a long time. If any reader nails out through the front of the boards, knows a source, I’ll pass it along. I think you will splinter them. Instead, pull the The baseboards in it is unlikely that you will find that style nails out through the back with pliers or my building are realanymore. nip them off with wire nippers. If the ly beat up by bumps from One reason is that the trend now is to paint is badly damaged, the best bet is to vacuum cleaners, toys and remove it using a paste-type paint “micro mesh,” which generally includes a shoes. They are dented, remover. If paint is only moderately dam- strong single screen with small perforascratched, and some of the aged, you can probably sand it smooth tions that manufacturers say will keep out paint is peeling. Do I need enough to proceed; use 80-grit or 100-grit tiny debris such as pine needles as well as new baseboards or can leaves. Many of these screens are made of sandpaper. these be salvaged? stainless steel. Search “micro mesh gutter Fill dents, nail holes and any other screens” online for details. damaged places with a vinyl spackling They can be salvaged with a fresh compound. Let the patches dry and then Questions and comments should be coat of paint, which is a process sand them smooth. Prime the entire sure-mailed to Gene Austin at email@example.com. that is not that much more difficult than face of each piece with a water-based
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Units - January 2012
Units - January 2012
Table of Contents
Apartment Trends for 2012
LED: Flipping the Switch
Clearing Up ADA and FHA
Call to Fame is the Answer
Localized Coupons Help to Build Resident Loyalty
Apartments Are Hiring
Rinse, Revenue, Repeat
NAA Members Convene at Assembly of Delegates
Units - January 2012