Mandy asks…

Price range of painting car door handle?

A good friend accidentally broke the car door handle, and I’m planning to order an aftermarket replacement online. However, the car replacement parts online I’ve seen are all manufactured as plain black. For you car guys that want to know specificity, it’s a Toyota Sienna XLE 2001 exterior sliding right-sided door handle. Or, if there are suggestions about other places with that part and color, that’d be great too. Thanks in advance.

Aklymroofing answers:

DO yourself a favor, leave it black, that first door handle broke right? Well you will break another one sooner or later, dont sweat the small stuff, there are millions of solid paint cars with black or chrome door handles.

Ken asks…

How much should be charged (labor only) for installing an entry door?

32″, pre-hung, steel door. I have to remove the old one and install the new one, which the customer has already purchased. Assume that it will fit without triming the adjacent siding, and that there is no inside trim. Caulking and puttying will be included.

Aklymroofing answers:

That’ll depend on where you live. We charge $250 for a simple demo and install of an exterior door, with caulking, shimming, and minor trim adjustment included. Keep in mind that many areas may require a permit to replace exterior doors.

Sharon asks…

Can i use an interior door as an exterior door?

the back door of my house is rotted at the bottom and the screen door leaks, so whenever it rains, it soaks the floor. i got three interior doors for free from a foreclosed house, and they arent just simple chipboard and MDF, they are hollow but the outside of them is made of a lot stronger stuff. plus they are heavy as hell. If i put enough polyurethane on the door, and put weather strips on the opening, would it suffice to stop the rain until i can get a normal outside door?

Aklymroofing answers:

For a temporary fix, yes you can. But get a real exterior door before Oct or Nov.

Susan asks…

How can I cut out a hole for a doggy door if a stud is in the way?

Where I want my doggy door to go has a stud directly in the center of it. What are my options if I cannot put it anywhere else?

Aklymroofing answers:

Hey mike. First you need to determine whether it’s a load bearing wall. You’ll have to take a look at the joists in your roof. If the wall you want to cut into spans the length of your joists, then it’s not load bearing. Now if it’s and outside perimeter wall, you can bet it’s load bearing. You might have already determined whether it’s load bearing or not.
Anyway if it’s load bearing, you still can remove the stud but you’ll have to construct some temporary supports and frame the opening of the new ‘doggy door’ in a different manner (like you do a exterior door or window.
If it’s load bearing and you want to still do this i suggest you research on how to frame a window or door in a load bearing wall. It’s not that hard, just has to be done a certain way. Hope that helps any

David asks…

Why do the sliding closet doors touch each other? The back door go on the track. The front rubs and pops off.

Closet wood sliding doors replacement. The back door goes on the track nicely. When angeling the front door they touch and we can get only one side of the front on, because the screws touch the back door. What can be done to hang both doors securely?

Aklymroofing answers:

Remove both doors, and make sure that the brackets are centered in the narrow dimension of each door. Also check to see that you are using interior-rated doors, which are 1-3/8″ thick, as opposed to exterior rated doors which are 1-3/4″ thick. There should be a floor mounted bracket to keep the bottoms of the doors in place, be sure that’s installed. Otherwise, you may need new hardware for the doors, which is readily available. Hope this helps.

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Mandy asks…

How to refinish Exterior Oak Grain Doors?

I would prefer not to remove the door. The door is quite weathered a chemical stripper is best here or just sand away. Then refinish help too. Thanks.
The door has a white film on it possibly from the other finishes being faded by the sun.

Aklymroofing answers:

Sounds like just sanding and recoating wont bring it back, I would use a gel type stripper it is easily contained and wont splash all over. Then sand with fine sand paper, at this point you can decide to leave it natural or bring out the grain with a stain. I always use polyurethane for the finish two or three coats. You have the choice between high gloss or satin.

Laura asks…

Where can I get an exterior people door that already has a doggy door installed in it?

I already installed a doggy door in my brand new home’s exterior and it leaks to inside the house when it rains – despite caulking it! I’d rather just buy pre-fab one next time.

Aklymroofing answers:

If your home has a sliding door you can buy 1 on these

http://www.petdoors.com/panel_pet_door_info.htm

Lizzie asks…

Should handyman leave job in better condition than he started?

A handyman replaced an exterior door for us. He tore old one out down to lath and removed old trim and junked it without asking us. He replaced door but not trim. Air leaks in through lathe and it looks terrible without trim to cover lathe. was it wrong to expect that he would leave it looking the same or better than before he started? Cost $800 and he said trim wasn’t included. (after the fact).

Aklymroofing answers:

Some simple rules I alway follow whether it’s a professional or a handyman – I’ve used both.
1. We discuss the job in detail.
2. We agree on a total price.
3. I pay NOTHING until the job is 100% complete and I am satisfied.

If they don’t agree to any of this, they don’t work for me.

Paul asks…

What is the strip-like thing you can put around door frames to keep bugs and dirt out?

From inside our apartment we can see light coming through the door frame and we believe bugs are getting in through there too. Just wondering what that item was called so I can get the product. Also any other solutions for this are welcome. TIA.

Aklymroofing answers:

You are looking for a weatherstrip. If you rent, your landlord should take care of this.

There are several different types of weather strip. Most exterior doors use a weatherstrip that locks into a groove on the door frame. Take a close look. If you don’t have the groove, a strip with a metal bar to fasten to the door and a rubber fin to contact against the door will last much longer than the peel and stick kind.

Robert asks…

How to protect a door from being carded into?

I recently discovered how easy it is to slip a card into my door and open it even if its locked. How do i prevent this from occuring?
Is there a product i can buy or something i can do to stop a card from opening my door?

Aklymroofing answers:

Interior door or exterior door? If it is an interior lock, it was never designed to prevent being opened by sliding a card down the door. Doesn’t matter… Get a new one, made for an exterior door. All keyed front door locksets are immune for the card trick these days. There is a spring latch built in that only allows the knob to pull in the latch. The spring latch prevents the latch from being pushed in. You can test this feature at the big box hardware store where you buy it. With the mechanism assembled, and in the locked position, simply push on the latch. It should stop partway depressed but not so far that it would allow the door to open. In addition to a new lockset, I suggest installing a dead bolt. I have one that is keyed on both sides so if someone does break in, they will not be walking out the front door. When I get home and set the locks, I simply leave my keys in the deadbolt instead of putting my keys on the dresser as I used to.

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Donald asks…

How do I keep my small dog from darting out the front door whenever anyone comes or goes?

I have a 3 year old Min.Pin/Terrier Mix. Sometimes he darts out the door when people are coming in or out. I don’t know how to stop him from doing this. I’m afraid he will get hit by a car.
I’m not always right there to grab him when my kids are coming in and out with their friends.

Aklymroofing answers:

Take him back to basics and work on your basic obedience with him – make sure he sits, stays, downs, and leaves when you ask him to. When he is listening to your commands then bring your kids into the training as well, but make sure that you are there to reinforce the commands that your children are giving by standing behind them to give them some authority, and you can use physical prompts to get him to obey the commands.

The next stage is to start praticing at doorways so that he sits and waits before going through a doorway. The easiest way to do this is to put him on a lead and take him up to the door and make him sit to one side of the door, ask him to sit, you walk through the doorway, then you call him on the other side. If he tries to dart through the door before you then use the lead to stop him, call him back to the original place, and then start again. You will need to practice this over and over until he responds, and you will need to practice with all exterior doors to the house (front door, back door, sliding door, whatever). If you have a backyard and he goes outside tehn you need to do it for that doorway too.

Our dogs sit and wait at the front and back door through practice, though it is much harder to get dogs to listen to children than adults. If you are really worried, then why not invest in a babygate that fits across the inside of your front door that has a gate your children can open, it is still an opening that he can get out, but he may be less excited if he can say hello to your kids from behind the safety of the gate – he may be racing out the door because he is so eager to see the kids.

Mary asks…

What is the difference between fiberglass and steel exterior doors?

I want the advantage and disadvantage of each.

Aklymroofing answers:

The new fiberglass & composite doors are as strong or even stronger than steel doors. They’re totally paintable, wo’nt rust, & are much lighter than steel doors.
A far superior product!
Hope this helped!

Nancy asks…

Can I replace an exterior door with a window?

Can it be done? I’m looking to buy a home and found one I really like. The only problem is that there is a deck off one of the rooms. As my children get older they won’t share a room any longer and this room will become one of theirs. I can not deal with the idea of my child’s room having a deck. Especially not a teen!!! Can the door of this room leading to the deck be turned into a window and what are the costs? It’s just a regular door. Nothing fancy and not double door either.

Aklymroofing answers:

It could be easily done as been previously stated, but it’s not what I do. Mainly because your children won’t be teens forever nor live with you forever.

The better option is to turn the door frame into a window frame by adding a transom and threshold as a sill.

I would take the door off store it (wouldn’t be difficult to re-hang in the future), make good the hinge let inns, fix a transom to just above the middle of the frame, then fix a threshold (it would need a damp course).

Once you have a transom plus threshold in place, all you need to do is install glass to fit and wooden beading. If you didn’t want a full length window you could clad the bottom half with a panel type plywood at little cost for good effect.

This could be easily done by any decent handy person DIY for approximately $150 and probably run you approximately $450 to have done.

Where as to have the door frame removed and buy plus install a window with having to make good both inside and outside linings plus trimmings would be $700-$1000 depending on the quality of window plus the availability of labour.

Helen asks…

Where can I find very large chrome Victorian door knob?

I need approx 3 larger the better. The base should measure around 12mm diameter. I have looked online but they are not Victorian and mostly are far too small. It must be suitable for exterior front entrance door.

Aklymroofing answers:

Look in the Yellow pages under…..Architechtural salvage …
Failing that try e-bay…
Local scrap yards also get them occasionally..

Susan asks…

I have been asked to give a bid on the installation of over 200 exterior doors.?

What would be a competative price per door? This is in an apartment complex and it is new construction. I do not want to over bid this job?

Aklymroofing answers:

$3,000 for the whole job would be a great price, if you only want to get paid $15 per door, and then pay taxes on that $15. And then pay a helper, and pay for shims, etc. Even if you aren’t trimming the doors out, just leaving the door in the opening, it’s a huge task.

Assuming the door comes prehung, and you aren’t including the cost of the doors or hardware, I would want to make about $50 profit per door above and beyond all of my cost. But think about it this way:

-Gas to and from the jobsite every day, plus wear and tear on your vehicle. I don’t know how much you will spend on that.
-You will be expected to provide all screws, shims, etc. You’re looking at about $3 per door for that. = $600
-You’ll probably want a helper. At $10/hour, and doing one door per hour, that’s $2000 just for the helper, and you already know what skill level you’ll get for that price.
-You can easily spend 2 hours properly hanging a door, making sure it doesn’t bind anywhere, making sure it’s dead level and perfectly plumb. And how long does it take to install the hardware? Do you have to put the knob and deadbolt on? Is there a peephole? A chain? Do you need to put in a threshold as well? Now we’re looking at 2.5 or 3 hours per door, and your helper has just made $6000. Now you don’t have gas money, and you are selling your plasma to get some dinner.
-One of the doors grinds and makes a funny noise 2 weeks after you install it. Who are they going to call? You. Now you have to drive out there and mess with some door for an hour and a half just so it will stop squeaking. But the trim carpenter has already put in the trim, so good luck adding a little shim here and there to help level it out. Now you have to take the door down, plane off one side, prime it, paint it, and hang it again. And this is just one door out of 200. Maybe it’s 10 doors, and you’ve just blown 3 whole days and a thank of gas for nothing.

Overbid.

Add up every cost you think you will incur, then add 20% for things you didn’t think of, or unforeseen problems.

Add up how much time you think it will take you, then how much you want to make per hour. Then double it, because it always takes longer than you think it will.

If you underbid and get the job, you could go bankrupt just trying to finish it. If you overbid, the worst that will happen is someone ELSE will get stuck with bankruptcy while you are making money somewhere else.

You don’t really want to be the guy who is willing to do it for the absolute least amount of money. That guy can’t pay his bills. That’s the guy whose tools are on the shelf at the pawn shop.

Overbid, and do the job right.

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John asks…

What paint do I use…?

I am wondering, what the best brand paint I should use for painting a bike frame? I think spray paint is the best, i’m just not sure what brand to use

I don’t have eneough money to powdercoat it so that is out of the question.

And if this helps, the frame is steel

Aklymroofing answers:

You don’t need to worry about powder coating the frame. Just get a good quality metal spray paint, for exterior use if it so specifies. Spraying woul be best because you won’t have to worry about streaks or brush strokes. Just don’t spray too close or too thick..thin coats are better than one thick coat.

Good luck

Ruth asks…

Should I get Graphite Mica Gray or Gunmetal Blue for the 2010 Mazda 3?!?

I’m a 24 year old girl buying my first brand new car… so it’s a tough decision!

Aklymroofing answers:

The only way to decide is to compare the two colors in the real world. Take two cars and set them side by side out in the bright sunlight and that should help make your decision. DO NOT rely on color charts in books or computer screens for your color choice because both of them distort the real color.

Another thing to consider is interior color. Some exterior colors limit your interior choices. Make sure your seating choice is available with the paint colors you want.

Remember this, the darker the car, the harder it is to keep it looking clean. Light colors hide dirt, dark colors don’t.

William asks…

Need a good whole-house paint color.?

We recently purchased a 2700 sq. ft. home, built in 1900. The home has a lot of beautiful old woodwork, but the owners have painted the walls this dark turquoise color. Combined with the wood, the house looks very dark. We want to find a single color to repaint the entire inside (not the wood, obviously) so we have a “blank slate” and can play around with colors room-by-room later. Seems like every time I pick a color, I bring it home and it looks very different than I thought. Here’s what I’m looking for if anybody has any experience with specific colors and paint brands.
Something a little darker than cream, but not so dark that it makes the house look dark. I don’t want anything peachy or yellow. Something a little more earthy that will work well in different rooms with different furniture. Any ideas??? Thanks!

Aklymroofing answers:

Go to your local Home Center or Paint Store & bring home some color chips (samples) to see what goes best with your furniture or landscape, for the exterior.

Sandy asks…

Advice on tinting paint?

I have large tin of dulux weathershield grey, and I wanted to add a yellow tint. I see theres some universal yellow tinter for sale unknown brand , also a dulux yellow base at hardware. Which would be best? Ideally another tin of yellow weathershield I suppose but less $ for tinter or base if OK.

Aklymroofing answers:

You have dulux weathershield exterior acrylic water based paint you will not have much effect at changing the grey colour by adding yellow.tinter.or other universal tinters.
And even adding the same quanity of yellow base would turn out shocking.colour.

Just forget about it and buy big tin of colour you want will be at cheaper rate than 4 litre tins anyway.

Use the grey on an outbuilding as the grey colours are more a current.look.if you still want to use it.

Nancy asks…

Does anyone know where I can find the value of a 40 year old dollhouse, complete with furniture and a family ?

Hi Everybody! Still spring cleaning here! So much stuff to get rid of. I am looking to sell this old 3 story dollhouse (2’x3’x15″) my dad made for me about 40 years ago. Since then, it has had some work done on it to try to make it a loving home, but still needs some TLC – Stained wood siding put on the sides and front, needs a little patching up. A new roof that needs a few shingles. Exterior painted a colonial blue with accents on the trim Beautiful wood flooring, and old stove and an ice chest from 1800’s and a brand new wash tub basin for laundry. Comes fully furnished with furniture from all over the world and a family – a mamma, a pappa, brother and sis. Looking to sell it on Ebay or any other avenue that will give me a good price. Does anyone have any ideas? Willing to sell to the right family. It’s all about location, location, location.

Aklymroofing answers:

Check out “Miniatures Only Auction” for ideas and possible listing:
http://miniaturesonly.kaqoo.com/

They are a fairly small site, still, but exclusively miniatures with extremely low fees. You will need to know your shipping costs, but you would need to know that for any site. Shipping might be an issue due to the size. You may have to try craigslist or your local want ads, or try this miniatures organization site:
http://www.miniatures.org
where they list local clubs. If you find one in your area, you might find either a person there to buy or help sell it, or find a SHOW that is going on that will allow you to sell it.

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Donald asks…

How should I seal an interior door to keep out cigarette smoke?

I recently moved back home after college and am looking for a way to seal my bedroom door against cigarette smoke. My mother is a heavy smoker, and I don’t want all my clothes to reek of it. Since I’m living in her house and not paying rent, asking her to step outside isn’t an option! The door is a basic wooden interior door with about a 1 1/2 to 2 inch gap.

Aklymroofing answers:

You would seal it just as you would with an exterior door. Go to Lowe’s, Home Depot , where ever, and purchase screw on weather stripping. Easy to install, you will need a pair of tin snips to cut it to length and a screw driver or screw gun. The peel and stick type won’t work because the door stop on interior doors is not wide enough. The bottom is alittle bit trickier. The best way would be to install a threshold in between the opening and a door bottom to the door. This will seal the gap at the bottom. A lot of hassle, maybe the towel idea would be easier.
Here’s a video that might helphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQvdwZf7UAM

Joseph asks…

Can I use 100% Silicone Caulk on exterior doors & windows?

I bought a boatload of 100% silicone caulk for use in aquarium sealing. I have 4 tubes left over. I’m pretty sure this stuff is re-labeled & sold as GE #1. It has no mold / mildew repellent in it.

Can I use this stuff to help winterize my (unsealed) windows and door frames since its already a sunk expense? Or do I need to buy the latex stuff? This stuff is like $9 a tube, compared to the $4 a tube paintable stuff they sell for doors & windows at home depot.

Aklymroofing answers:

Yes you can and it will work great and last for years. The only problem is that paint won’t stick to it. I use it on my house all the time. It’s a 50 year calk. Most latex is 20 to 30 year.

George asks…

exterior door installation gone bad?

i got a 36″x80″ steel door. apparently there is another measurement i was supposed to take for the depth. now the new door is 15mm too narrow (depth wise). Of course it is already installed. What can I do now short of taking it out?

Aklymroofing answers:

Fill in the space with a jamb extender, some square shaped pieces of wood may work on the interior cut to the 15mm you are shy. If it is shy on the exterior, I would suggest rehanging the door and finish the opening on the interior.

If the door frame is wood and has some sort of casing or brick moulding on it, you can cut the 15 mm from the back side of the casing to make jamb line up with interior.

Nancy asks…

How do you tell if your exterior door is right or left hinge? Look from outside in or inside out?

If I’m inside my back porch looking at my door, the hinges are on the left side and the door swings to the outside. If I buy a replacement door, do I need a left swing or a reverse right? I’m still confused.

Aklymroofing answers:

As a rule of thumb in the construction trades, carpenters do this. It’s called the “Butt to Butt”
Open the door, put your butt against the hinge or “butt” side of the jamb. If the door swings to the left, its a left. If it swings to the right then its a right.
Exterior doors are different if they swing outside,
they are called “reverse right and left hand.

Lisa asks…

How much would it cost to replace a door and frame myself?

Just a simple masonite brand door and frame, and a doorknob.

please exclude the cost of labor.
Corky R:
exclude means to leave out. I said exclude the cost of labor, not include it.

Aklymroofing answers:

Interior door , nice one, 2 hundred dollars, no labor, Exterior door, nice one, 400- 600 dollars, no labor.

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Donald asks…

best way to paint a vehicle?

hello.im looking for the easiest way to paint a van ,,,im not looking for a showroom finish ,just reasonable,,,,now ive 3 options,,,,,,,brush on car paint,,,,,,tins of spray,,,,,,ive a spray gun but no experience…im in the uk and brands of paint would be helpfull,along with where to buy it,

Aklymroofing answers:

Roll on some exterior gloss it gives a nice though finish with not much mess.

Sandy asks…

Using weatherbond paint for interior?

is it advisable ? Is it better in anyway? My parents called someone to help paint our house and that guy recommended weatherbond paint ( alot more expensive ) to paint our interior .. but the paint‘s description said it is for exterior only . Im afraid that guy is trying to scam us
so should my parents pay extra for the weatherbond paint?

Aklymroofing answers:

No use would be to apply exterior paint indoors. The only difference between exterior and interior paint is that exterior has built-in UV and weather protection, while interior paint doesn’t.

Also, exterior paint is usually more expensive due to those extra additives.

It may have a stronger smell and slightly longer drying time, but over time the smell goes away.

I don’t see how he can scam you guys either though, he doesn’t gain anything from using more expensive paint. If he doesn’t really have a good reason to use exterior paint indoors, then he might not really be knowledgable about what he’s using.

In my opinion, a good painter would give his or her customers options on several different brands and let them know the pros and cons of each; not just stick to one just because it works well outside.

Mandy asks…

How do I paint a fiberglass door? ASAP?

I’ve read past posts and answers. Have times changed or are fiberglass doors easier to paint?!

I have a handyman who replaced a rotted door and installed a fiberglass door. BUT he refuses to paint it. I want the job done now as he is finishing up several jobs for me.
What do I need to get to finish the door? What type rollers, paint brand and type, i will have to leave it on the hinges and he installed the locks already. How much paint is enough? one or two coats? HD now offers primer and paint in one. Is that good? I hate to think Ihave to get up on a ladder but with finaances tight, I will have to do it myself. Is there anything I SHOULDN’T DO?
Thanks
SORRY, this is a exterior door on a house.
Most important… use a brush, roller, what kind.
Paint top, bottom and sides first or door first?

Aklymroofing answers:

Hi first go to Lowes, Home Depot, ect paint department find a color, tell the paint person it’s for a fiberglass door, you need a primer 1 Gal, or 2 quarts. If they sell it that way see which is cheaper for both sides of the door, then do the same for the color paint, if you are using the same color, if using two colors one for interior one for exterior a quart for each color. I would check your door to see if it has a sticker on it some come preprimed already, then you would just need the paint for the outside and interior of the door.

Mark asks…

Is it possible to effectively stain, or paint, a large concrete driveway?

Hello all readers,
The driveway at my home is a mismatch of different coloured concrete. It has obviously been enlarged over the years and pieced-up at various points where the original concrete has cracked. In an attempt to make it more attractive I have been thinking about painting it. What sort of paint would be effective? I was thinking external masonry paint. I was also wondering if it is possible to “stain” set concrete. If this is possible I’d imagine it would be far more effective than simply painting the surface. I live in the UK and I do quite a bit of DIY, but I don’t recall ever coming across “concrete stain”. However, I’d imagine this is a possibility. So, is it possible to stain set concrete? And, assuming it’s not, or that I can’t get an applicable product in the UK, is there an effective exterior paint that can be used instead. Thanks in advance to respondees!

Aklymroofing answers:

Yes it is very possible to seal and color your drive at the same time even! I would recommend this product. I have used it and it works well. 1 thing I will warn you about (from my own mistakes) is that the darker the color you go with the better.

Black is best because just turning the wheels on your vehicles on a light sealed drive leaves black marks and can leave a brand new sealed drive looking awful in just a week or so. 4×4 knobies make them really bad!

It works good, last for quite a few years, but go with a darker color.

Http://www.hcconcrete.com/products/solid-color-stains/solvent-based-sealer/

Richard asks…

Spray painting a house ?

This fall I plan to paint my house . It is covered with aluminum siding . I own a airless sprayer that pulls the paint right out of the can . What type of spray nozzle or GPM do I need . Are there any pro painters out there?

Aklymroofing answers:

I also like a 515 tip for exterior latex. The tips will probably have a 6 digit # on them the last three #’s tell you about tip size. For example the last 3 digits are 515. Double the first # (5) and you get a 10″ fan, the next 2 digits (15) is from a .015 orifice. A .015 orifice is needed for the thicker exterior paint.

Http://magnum.graco.com/products/M_Pages.nsf/Webpages/0Spray_Tip_Info

The below is from Graco’s web site:

[“What’s that number on my spray tip?
All Graco spray tips are coded with a 6-digit number. The first 3 digits indicate the kind of tip, (i.e., 286 is Rac 5). The fourth digit, when doubled, indicates the approximate fan width in inches at 12″ from the spraying surface. The last two digits indicate the orifice size in thousandths of an inch. For example, tip number 286417 is a Reverse-A-Clean (RAC 5) SwitchTip with a fan width of approximately 8-10 inches and an orifice size of 0.017 inch.”]

All brands follow the 3 digit coding system.

Good Luck.

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Carol asks…

Paint is soft, rubs off, and smells like moth balls. Are these signs of paint gone bad or is just cheap paint?

Painted with name brand exterior paint and after 2 weeks still can scrape off paint with fingernail and when It rained the paint got really soft and can scrape it off way to easily. It is satin finish. Should I have gotten satin enamel for a hard surface? It also changes sheen when it is rubbed gets shinier, and when wet you can see where it was brushed as opposed to rolled. Also it has an odor of moth balls or mildew which I have never smelled before in any paint. Is it possible that the ink dye they used has gone bad? The store is a small hardware store and that dye could be very old, or generic and not compatible with this brand??? I am thinking of scraping it off and painting over it with a high quality paint just to be safe, or just painting over top and hope that it will cure the bad paint and harden it. Will this work?

Aklymroofing answers:

It is never a good idea to cover it with another coat of paint. It is much better if you scrape all the old paint first before applying the new one. I think you should’ve gotten the enamel since this is for hard surfaces. It sticks to surfaces more and dries quicker too.

Ruth asks…

Recommended paint for a bathtub?

We want to repaint our fiber glass bathtub, but aren’t really sure what type or brand of paint we should use.

Aklymroofing answers:

You really can’t paint a fiberglass tub. The color is baked into the mix of fiberglass exterior. If you paint over it, It will just peel and crack off in a matter of time.

Michael asks…

what paint will stay the best on wood??

i have a skateboared and i took the paint off it and i am gunna put my own desining on it.
i am gunna put neon green spray pain and lots of neon colors on it.
do u know where i can buy the paint and what brand s will work the best.
tanx

Aklymroofing answers:

First step, scuff the wood with 80 or 100 grit sandpaper. This gives the paint something to hold to. Next, prime the wood. Use an oil based exterior primer. Benjamin Moore makes a great one called Fresh Start (orange label, not green). Now you are ready to start the finish paint. Apply your base color, whatever that may be. Give that 2-3 coats, then start the accent colors. When you have a design you like, you may want to apply a couple of coats of polyurethane to make the design last. Plan to spend at least 5-7 days on this.

As far as brand, most will work. Check the labels to be sure they are compatible for wood. Hope this helps.

Lisa asks…

Stain… then Paint?

I just put new wooden siding on the front of our house. I would like to stain it. If, in the future I decide I want to paint it, is that possible? What kind of paint should I use? Also, what is te best technique for applying stain? Cloth? Brush?

Aklymroofing answers:

For staining I would suggest using a fine brush made for oil based stains. You can find these in the same section as the stains. If your using a dark stain I’d say go heavy and don’t worry about it. But if your going with a light stain then apply lightly and be prepared to go over everything twice. In the future if you decide to pain it’s no problem. Just use a good exterior latex base paint. The big name brands from lowes or depot will do you just fine. And I’d definite not skimp on the price of paint when doing an exterior latex.

George asks…

Should I paint the exterior of the fibre glass water tank with epoxy paint or with polyurethane ? Thks.?

This fibre glass water tank is placed under rain and shine.

Aklymroofing answers:

You don’t say if you need this tank to look beautiful or if you only want to protect it from the elements. If protection is your need, you would do better using an emulsion made for roofing applications. It is a tar product which will adhere to any surface. You will have your proof if you get it on your hands. It will provide 20 years or more of protection and if it did start to show signs of weather, apply another coat. It will provide backup water proofing to your fibre glass. It is not very expense either.

Here is the description for one of the products sold by home depot for less than $20.00

Henry 208R 1-Gallon Rubber Wet Patch Roof Cement features a rubberized formula that makes it a flexible and long-lasting solution for preventing and stopping roof leaks. This cement is formulated to stick to both wet and dry surfaces in cold and rainy weather and even repairs leaks under puddled water.

SBS rubber-modified formula provides flexibility and a long service life
Sticks to wet and dry surfaces, even in freezing temperatures
Repairs leaks under puddled water
Repairs shingles, roll roofing, valleys, splits, cracks and raised edges
Seals chimneys, skylights, turbines, roof vents, gutters and air conditioning
Pair with yellow Henry 183 Repair Fabric for professional results (if there are existing cracks)
Apply with a roofing trowel, putty knife or caulk gun
11 oz. Covers approximately 17 ft.
MFG Brand Name : Henry
MFG Model # : HE208R142
MFG Part # : HE208R142
Product Longevity : Varies

This link will take you to the site so you can check out the other products they carry.

Http://www.homedepot.com/Building-Materials-Roofing-Gutters/Henry/h_d1/N-5yc1vZar6rZ2wn/h_d2/Navigation?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&Nu=P_PARENT_ID&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&langId=-1

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Helen asks…

How do you prevent someone from unlocking your bedroom door?

I have one of those doors that you push the button to lock, but can be opened from the outside with a toothpick. How do I keep the button pushed down so that someone can’t open it from the outside? Something simple but not permanent to be repeated when needed.

Aklymroofing answers:

I presume that you mean while you are away? If so, go to your local Wal-Mart or hardware store and buy an exterior type door lock assembly. This will give you the security you desire from unwanted guests while you are away … Or just busy!

Sandra asks…

How do you unlock a bedroom door from the outside?

I accidentally locked my bedroom door from the inside. It is one of those doorknobs with the little hole in the middle and the lock on the other side that you push to lock and turn the handle to release. I’ve tried using wire hangers, and it hasn’t worked. Please help.

Aklymroofing answers:

It depends upon the type of lock that is on the door. If it is a passage lock that is commonly used for a bedroom door then a thin screwdriver inserted in the center hole will engage a slot and you will be able turn it 90 deg to unlock the door.

If it is a keyed entry set like an exterior door then there are several possibilities. If the hinges are on your side slide the center pin out and open the door from the hinge side. If not then you might be able to “card” the door if the lock is of inferior quality. If it is of better quality and installed correctly then see the next:

If it is a dead bolt then you will have to break the door, drill out the lock, find the key, or call a locksmith.

Lisa asks…

What are the steps to sealing my wooden interior door?

It is a solid pine wood door, and I have already stained it a year and a half ago a dark walnut colour.

I keep hearing that it is best to put a sealer on the door, but I like the flat look that it has and dont really want it to be shiny. (Is this how most all people prefer it? “shiny”?)

I have heard that it is best to take a rag with some more stain on it and wipe the door down again , applying a very thin coat of fresh stain. and then after that has dried for a few hours to apply several coats of sealer, waiting a couple of hours in between.

Did i remember the instructions right?

anything more or different?

Thanks for your answers !

Aklymroofing answers:

Yes, your instructions that you recall are pretty accurate. Now as far as a sealer, you want to ask yourself these things:
1. Is my door exposed to direct sunlight?
2. Is my door exposed to severe weather (rain / wind)?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you’ll want to seal your door (at least the outside) they do make a satin sealer so the door wouldn’t too shiny for you. Once you seal your door, you’ll want to re-seal periodically to maintain the door.

Alternatively, if this is an interior door and not exposed to shower / bath water splashes, I’d choose to just leave the door as is.

On both interior and exterior doors, I use 400-600 grit sand paper between seal or stain applications to smooth the doors like a baby’s bottom.

Hope this helps.

Mandy asks…

Weatherstripping Exterior Door?

I’ve searched through the questions and answers here, but I don’t understand exactly where to put the stripping. I live in an apartment and I can see light coming through the front door. There is a rubber stripping there, but I want to put the cheap foam weatherstripping on the door frame.

Do I put the stripping on the side of the frame where the metal hole is for the lock? Or on the side where the side would close flush with it?

I’m trying to find pictures on the Web, but can’t find any.

Thanks!

Aklymroofing answers:

On the ontside of the door where it meets the door jam

Ruth asks…

My driver side door handle on my 1984 Porsche 944 seems to be broke.?

It’s the exterior door handle and it used to stick when opening the door. Now there is no pressure at all. I removed the door panel and saw that the door handle’s arm that swings to hit the angled joint that pushes the rod are no longer attached. Will I need to replace the entire mechanism or is there another way?

Aklymroofing answers:

The arm that came off probably has a square hole and fits on a square shaft. The nut or screw that holds it on is probably in the bottom of the door. Just reassemble it. Takes 2 minutes. Blue locktight may be useful.

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Mary asks…

any painting tips – paint brand, brushes or rollers, etc.?

We are remodeling our home. We need to choose our interior doors. We certainly don’t want hollow core doors, as noise reduction is important to us. The question no one has been able to answer is which would be better for noise reduction – solid MDF or solid core as Safe ‘N Sound

Aklymroofing answers:

To be honest, the sound conduction/transmission characteristics of all similarly sized/shaped, solid core doors will be very close.

The main reason that interior doors and rooms are not as sound proof or private as we’d like them to be is because interior walls are usually not insulated and because interior doors are not sealed or as tight-closing as exterior doors.

Maria asks…

Does acetone (nail polish remover) remove appliance exterior/paint?

Hi, a black mark got on my brand new white washer when it was being delivered and I removed it with some nail polish remover ( like 2 or 3 dabs on a cotton ball) and it took it out. But now I’m paranoid that it removed some of the existing white appliance exterior/paint. To me that area now looks slightly different (faded) but everyone else says that they don’t see any fading. Is such a small amount of nail polish remover capable of removing the appliance exterior/paint? I know I sound lame but that stupid washer cost me alot of $ !! thanks

Aklymroofing answers:

You’re really proud of that washer arent cha? You’ll get over it same thing happened to me. And they actually sell appliance paint that will match that color pretty well. The spray on is the best

Thomas asks…

Help I bought a 1942 fixer upper!!!?

I bought a 3bedroom 1 and a half bath 1942 fixer upper for 10 grand in May last year. The roof is good so is the foundation, it had the most ugly porch awning so I had my nephews tear it down now I have to replace it before water damage starts are awnings very expensive and also my home’s exterior needs painting are there any good but inexspensive exterior paints at lowes.

Aklymroofing answers:

I don’t know about awning prices, but if you buy the cheapest paint, you can expect to have to repaint sooner than you would have if you had purchased a better brand/grade. The difference in material cost will be swamped by the amount of labor you have to put in to repaint sooner than you would have otherwise.

Sandy asks…

What paint can I use for exterior wood?

if I’m not interested in staining it – I just want an opaque, solid colour

Aklymroofing answers:

The container will say whether it is out door or in door type. You have a choice between flat, semi-gloss, and gloss. ‘Behr’ is an excellent brand.

Michael asks…

Favorite brand of paint, and why?

Aklymroofing answers:

Behr
it’s the best quality paint I’ve used
we used it to paint the exterior of our house
and when we re-do the interior – I plan to use Behr.

When we bought our house – it was a few(about 4) years old, that seems fairly new to me – they claimed it had been recently painted – but the paint didn’t look that good to me and it looked like a thin cheap paint.

The following year – we had a hail storm – a very bad one – the hail beat up the paint and the roof pretty bad.

After that we had to paint – we chose Behr – it covered beautifully and looks great.

And that has been 4 years ago now – the Behr paint still looks great – better than the paint that was on the house when we bought it – and it was supposed to be a fresh coat of paint.

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Lisa asks…

New Jersey Manufacturers INsurance replacement costs?

I have NJM insurance and recieved a replacement costs anyalysis. It has how much everything will cost if my house got trashed. For example, it has foundation framing plumbing flooring etc. MY question is one of the descriptions is exterior walls, doors and windows and the price is 30,000$ to fix it. DOes exterior walls mean the vinyl siding, sheathing? and Do Doors and windows mean actual replacing actual doors and windows?

Aklymroofing answers:

YES thats what it means-the insurance company will pay 30.000 for exterior door windows and siding next time ask your insurance company the question as save yourself the worry ahead of time

Ruth asks…

Can you get oak wooden blinds for rear exterior French doors?

I have recently installed pvcu French doors to my living room but I am having some problem deciding what to use as a ‘curtain’
I do not want to compromise the great view I get when I open up both doors also…

I am sure I want oak blinds because they seem the best for ‘getting out the way of the view’ but what type?, horizontal?, vertical?, from where?, I am very lost!

Would love some help, also some links would be fantastic.

Thanks again

Aklymroofing answers:

If you really want blinds then visit: http://www.davonne.com.au for more suggestions.

Carol asks…

Exterior door screen metal door alternatives?

We have a den that has its own entry way to the front yard. We had exterior door replaced several years ago an we’re told at that time that for some reason a screen door could not be hung from
this entry way. Don’t remember why he said it could not be done. Any ideas as to why and anybody have any ideas to screen door alternatives. We would like to be able to open the door to let fresh air in but keep the flies and and bugs out.

Aklymroofing answers:

How about a wood door with fiberglass mesh screening? Or.. A regular door can be fitted with a screen panel or screen window. If all else fails, you can have one built fairly reasonable. If it has been years since you asked, try again ( use a different carpenter ) or take the measurements down to the local hardware store or home center and see what they have. There are many new and improved products that hit the market each year, this year you just may find what you are looking for.
AL

William asks…

I painted my exterior door, and now, that it’s dried, I notice some drip marks. What do I do?

The door is inside a three season room, so I can do whatever it takes to fix it. I just don’t know how.

Aklymroofing answers:

Sand the drip marks with fine 120 sand paper until you’ve smoothed them down. Wipe the area down to remove the dust then repaint the areas paying special attention to “feathering” the paint out into the surrounding dry areas.

David asks…

Name for custom cut hole in window for door latch, as seen on custom cars?

just wondering if theres a name for this type of modification. ive seen this where there is a circular hole custom cut into a side view car window in order to reach inside the vehicle to open the door, since there are no exterior door handles…

just wondering if this is a purely custom modification thing or if its popular enough to have a name..

thanks!

Aklymroofing answers:

It’s called “Frenched” like a frenched antenna, frenched door handle, etc.

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George asks…

I have a 4 door ’93 Honda Accord. It’s a dark blue (almost black colour.) I am looking to buy a body kit.

Any suggestions of a brand of body kit and if I can choose a colour or will have to paint it myself. Any help at all will be appreciated. thanks!

Aklymroofing answers:

Check this out:
http://www.mugen-power.com/street/accord/parts/index.html
http://www.andysautosport.com/honda/1990_1993_accord/exterior/body_kits/
http://www.bodykits.com/249/261/270/739/Honda-Accord-Body-Kits-orderby0-p-1-c-739.html

i prefer mugen brand………….i have it on my civic and accord

Susan asks…

What are the pros and cons of the Ford Mustang Cobra?

Ford Mustang Cobra- 1999-2004

Aklymroofing answers:

Everything I state will be a fact. The 03/04 cobras are a different car then the 99-02 cobras so all my information will be about the 03/04 cobras. PROS= The 03/04 cobras with 1k spent on mods will whip a procharged ls1 camero. Stock vrs stock the cobra will blow the ls1 camero out of the water. 12.9 1/4 mile cobra vrs 13.5 1/4mile ss camero(1/4 times taken directly from chevy motor company and Ford motor company) The cameros dont have a built engine and can only withstand about 500hp before they throw a rod the cobras on the otherhand have built engines and can withstand 800 to 1000 hp from the factory and with just 1k worth of mods (cold air intake, catback exhaust, smaller pulleys, and a sct tune) are already at over 500 hp not to mention that if you use the same amount of money that you used to put a procharger in a camero (you could put a kenne bell in a cobra) you would have a 800hp cobra that can beat any car on the road including all camero’s, Z06 corvettes, farrari’s, lambo’s, vipers, bmw, and mercedes. As far as stock vehicals goes, there is not a faster stock car then the cobras for the same amount of money. The cobras have run a 12.43 1/4 mile (Evan Smith fast fords and muscle mustangs) but normally run between a 12.8 and 12.9. There is no other stock vehical for the same amount of money as the cobra that can run the 1/4 in under 13 seconds. The closest is the brand new evo’s that run a 13.1(time taken directly from mitsubishi motor company) (cobras 12.9 taken directly from Ford motor company) Other pros include a 6 speed T56 transmission (one of the best transmission built in the world), independant rear suspension which provides not only great handling but great comfort on even the most bumpy roads, 275-40-R17 tires, awsome leather with suede leather inserts seats, 6 disk satalite ready radio, in consumer reports every single catagory rates at either above ave or excellent including reliabillty, resale, engine, ac, transmission, paint, interior, exterior, power windows and doors, and so on. Great gas millage for a muscle car, 17 city and 24 highway.
CONS= insurance is expensive, must use priemium fuel, very very very fast car (this can be a pro or con depending on the driver).
Like I said everything stated above was researched and is absolute fact, if you buy a cobra welcome to the brotherhood. You will have a lot of fun. Good luck with whatever you choose.

P.S. The cobra R’s are basically race cars, not a everyday driving car. They do not have rear seats, a radio, ac, or any other ammenities you would want in a vehical you are driving on a regular basis so unless you are only going to race the car, the cobra R is not a good choice. Also, just to give you a more complete answer to your question. The major difference between the 03/04 cobras and the 99-02 cobras is that the 99-02 dont have a factory stock supercharger, the roots type eaton supercharger was first introduced in the 03 cobras and also put in the 04 cobras. There are some other differences but that is the main one.

Michael asks…

Can I make a hollow, 11 1/2 inch tall garden gnome out of polymer clay?

Aklymroofing answers:

Yes, you can make a “fairly tall,” and hollow item from polymer clay, but for the lowest cost and most strength you’d usually make the figure with a *lightweight* permanent armature inside rather than completely hollow.
And the ploymer clay itself would be only a fairly thin shell around that, not thick-clay using “slab” construction methods as with earthen clay because of the cost for something large in polymer clay (unless you used “mixed media” and used other materials for parts of the exterior and polymer clay for parts).

That armature could be a “form” like the general shape of a gnome in papier mache, or it could be a general or more specific shape created from expanded polystyrene foam (like packing material), or it could be the general shape created with scrunched aluminum foil, sealed wood, or lots of other materials. Some areas could be made larger or more detailed by adding air dry clays (like lightweight Celluclay, etc), floral tape, etc, etc.
Some of those materials can be removed or dissolved, etc, after baking to create a truly hollow form, but more often they’d be left in for more rigidity and strength on an item that large.
With the ps foam, it may shrink a bit or not during heating depending on the technique you use.
Http://glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/vessels.htm (click on *Hollow Pieces* or *Removable Forms*)

Or you could create a hollow 3-D form by making a separate front piece and back piece (perhaps with forms or molds), baking each, then joining the halves together.

You’d just be “covering” the temporary or permanent armatures with a thin layer of clay in most cases, creating the exact exterior shapes you wanted. Then baking in a home oven, probably lying down and supported with various materials during curing.
Http://glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm

The brand and line of polymer clay you use would be important for something non-solid like this though. The cheapest ones will be fairly brittle after baking in any thin areas (and your “shell” would be fairly thin), but the others will be more expensive.
Http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ah3TmxMH1b9StHBwtkaivEIW53NG;_ylv=3?qid=20091225104704AAIDebT

The other issue with polymer clay is having it outdoors 24/7 for a long time.
Polymer clay is plastic so waterproof for most purposes and rain and other watery conditions won’t affect it unless some of the clay is submerged *continuously* in the water over many months. Then it might absorb a tiny bit of water and begin to look whitish on an dark colors, which you can dry out.
However, if it’s not sealed with a permanent paint intended for outdoor situations, or a clear finish (polyurethane, etc) that has UV protection, some of the clay colors could fade a bit over a long exposure to the sun (esp. Reds and purples).
Http://glassattic.com/polymer/outdoor_snowglobes_fountains.htm (click esp. On *Outdoor Polymer*)

You might be better off in making something that large though just using papier mache. There are ways to make it very strong even when fairly hollow, and waterproof, etc:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120414224957AACIpCw
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110120014300AAfGvNG
http://www.gourmetpapermache.com/Video_Page.html

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Steven asks…

Ok all you Pro spray painters! Powder coated pool fence needs to have a colour change?

We are renovating a pool area and we would like to change the colour of the pool fence. One would imagine that the steel fencing is powder coated “about 10 years old” and has some oxidation starting to form. Can anyone tell me if I need to use some type of solvent first to remove the oxidation then maybe I need an etch primer or something. If someone has had this done before or does it for a living? any info would be appreciated. Cheers Marty Down Under

Aklymroofing answers:

Wipe it down with a product called “ospho” then paint it with a good exterior oil based paint..If you use a latex paint you would have to then prime it anyway with an opil based paint..and then the finish coat..with ospho this product also turns any rust on it into a paintable surface..according to your question you are in oz..and I do not know the availability of ospho there..but there is also a brand of a product that is the identical product to ospho, and it is under the “jasco” brand name..here is some info on these products..I am a 37 year experienced painter..and wipe all my metal repaints down with these products..pay no attention tothe prices here..this is a bulk price per case..
Http://www.ospho.com/
http://www.ospho.com/directions.htm
Here is the jasco product..same item
http://www.homaxproducts.com/products/cleanersremovers/31/faqs.html

Ken asks…

what brand of paint has a deck paint that will go on over current paint?

Aklymroofing answers:

Unknown, the current paint needs to be specified, so others can determine type of paint required, if you can determine base medium as oil, acrylic, latex, stains or other, then person at store can assist in proper paint for coverage, you don’t want to mix water base paints over stains where colour seeps through paint , and surface type being wood, metal, plastics,

Masterchem Kilz primer
http://www.kilz.com/masterchem/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=b5ee90033f9ff110VgnVCM1000008a05d103RCRD

Rustoleum Zinsser Primer
http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGBrand.asp?bid=19

Glidden Gripper primer
http://www.glidden.com/collections/b/6/view-collection.do?retailer=all

Valspar Primer
http://www.valsparpaint.com/en/find-the-right-product/exterior/primer/index.html#/products?lowes=exterior-primer
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Sherwin Williams
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/
PPG Porter Paints
http://www.porterpaints.com/
Behr
http://www.behr.com/
Benjamin Moore
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/
Olympic Paint and Stain
http://www.olympic.com/
Dutch Boy paints
http://dutchboy.com/products/
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Michael asks…

How much will it cost to repair an exterior door handle on a 2007 Focus?

My drivers door won’t open from the outside but still opens from the inside. How much am I looking at to repair the exterior handle?

Aklymroofing answers:

Probably about an hour labor, and the part that breaks on this car is about 50 bucks. So roughly $125 parts and labor

Mark asks…

I want to install a dog door but our exterior door is metal, can it be installed in a metal door?

I’ve read the installation instructions and they seem easy enough to install if the door was wood but I just don’t know about this metal door. Would a jigsaw cut through a metal door?

Aklymroofing answers:

You may want to try posting this in the DIY/Home & Repair section of Yahoo answers. You’ll probably get better insight/input.

I’m not good with any kind of construction so I can’t help you there. Sorry!

George asks…

how much to replace drivers front exterior door handle?

my exterior door handle snapped off this morning…on my citroen xsara … could anyone tell me how much this would cost to replace.. and are they easy to fit ???….. how much would it cost at local garage to replace….. cheers

Aklymroofing answers:

Getting the part new or used from an auto wrecker? Maybe an auto parts store may have an after market part, just need to call. Part could vary if from a dealer could be $50 or from an auto wrecker $5. To replace at a garage or body shop $80-100 labor only.

Jenny asks…

Where can i can I buy new exterior plastic door panels for a 2003 Saturn ion-2?

I need rear door panels for my car, but i have no clue where to get them. Saturn’s panels come off from the outside, however i need jsut the plastic covering not the whole door itself.

Aklymroofing answers:

Probably any place that sells the old fashioned steel panels and fenders and such.
The place I go is local, but a Google search for “auto body panels” turns up quite a few places. Including both mail order, and if like me, Google knows where you are, probably places local to you.

Actually, now that I look, the place I go does have multiple locations, all around the world!

Http://www.certifit.com/locations.aspx

Ruth asks…

When it becomes cooler out my exterior metal door is harder to turn the dead bolt .?

It is hard to turn all the way I have tries wd 40 AND A LOCK SPRAY BUT IT IS STILL HARD TO TURN COMPLETELY. THE DOOR PROBABLY SWELLS WITH THE COLDER WEATHER. I DO NOT KNOW. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO FIX?

Aklymroofing answers:

The door would contract in the cool and swell in the heat.

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Nancy asks…

Is it possible to replace a combination door on a mobile home w/ a regular front door and screen door?

I have a combination door now that is warped. Is it possible to remove the combination door and install a seperate front and screen door. I know that the combination includes the door jamb so I will have to frame another door jamb. Anyone ever done this?

Aklymroofing answers:

You can do this but it takes a little preparation. You need to remove the door to check the rough opening. Rough Opening is the carpenter/lumber yard term for the hole size in the wall when the door and frame have been removed.
So take this measurement to the lumber yard with you to order the door. I can tell you the rough opening for a new standard type exterior door.
For a 2’8″ door ( lumberyards use the foot and inch term in talking about doors. This is called a (two eight), you need the rough opening in the wall to be 34″ wide and 82″ tall.
For a 3’0″ door (three 0 *like oh) you need 38″ width rough opening and 82″ tall. You will probably have a thinner wall thickness in your mobile home. If so let the new door stick inside further, and trim around it.If you want a knob and a deadbolt – tell them to double bore the door.
Also to order it hinged correctly – Put your back against the hinge side of the frame,(one of your legs in inside the mobile home the other is outside on the landing or the steps- now which ever side the door is on that is what hinge it will be. If door is on your left, it’s called a left hand door.
Note with little overhang on mobile homes it’s best to put a drip edge on the top molding of the door- you need to slip the drip edge up and under the siding above the door BEFORE you put the door in. Don’t fasten it in, just slip it up under siding, install door and pull drip edge down on top of door molding,screw and caulk siding back in place.

Linda asks…

About much it would it cost to turn a finished basement into an apartment?

I have a finished basement in a capecod with one BR, 1/2 bath and large sitting area. About how much would it cost to put a wall through the basement, add a shower an exterior door and a very small kitchen. I’m in NY state.

Aklymroofing answers:

Building a basement is usually included with forming the foundation and building the house itself, but homeowners often don’t build their basements for use as an extra room or rental space. The basement areas usually do not have electricity, plumbing or room for normal ceilings and insulation. Many even have water problems that would ruin an ordinary room. Finishing the basement is the process of making it liveable and dividing it into separate rooms and living spaces.

Michael asks…

general motors manufacturing. how do you replace exterior door handles?

I need to replace the exterior door handles on my ’95 chevy astro van. how do you do it?

Aklymroofing answers:

I’ve done several and it’s a real pain in the butt. I would take it to a body shop, the average person has neither the tools or patience to get the job done.

Susan asks…

diagram on how to install a exterior door handle on a mitsubishi eclipse?

need a picutre showing how to reinstall a exterior door handle on a mitsubishi ecliipse

Aklymroofing answers:

Buy it/take off interior door panel and take a peek/becomes apparent

Richard asks…

Do exterior doors come in diffrent sizes?

I have a very small back porch door and i would like to replace it. Do they come in diffrent sizes?

Aklymroofing answers:

Yes they do come in different sizes…you can get tips on how to replace your door here http://www.allhomerepairsyourself.com/how-to-replace-a-door.htm

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Donna asks…

Exterior paint question?

I have a VERY old playground in my yard that i would like to refurbish. I want to paint it a solid color (not wood) and i know i need some primer.
I’m just confused about exterior paint, does it come in different colors to paint with or is just like a protective coat??

Aklymroofing answers:

Yes, exterior paint comes in any color you want. Just pick a color from the color swatches and the paint store will mix up a formula suitable for whatever you are painting. You will probably have to sand the play-scape and you are right, you will have to prime first.

P.S. No offense to home improvement paint department employees, but I have gotten some elusive answers to pertinent questions. I have found that hardware stores that carry brand name paint have more experience to advise correct products for your project.

Good luck with your project.

Thomas asks…

Which would you pick for exterior paint… Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore or Glidden?

Used for Exterior house paint

Aklymroofing answers:

I like Behr the best. An excellent, thick paint. **Note: NO brand of paint will last without proper preparation. Remove any rotted wood. Scrape, sand, prime first. Also, darker colors in direct sun tend to not last as long, due to heat absorption.

Sharon asks…

Can you give me the detailed specification for Landmark Residency – Sec 103, Gurgaon?

Aklymroofing answers:

Specifications for Landmark Residency :
STRUCTURE
Seismic Soundness : Earthquake resistant RCC frame structure
External Finish : External quality paint system, stone cladding, glazing, aluminium louvers, wooden pergolas at roof level

DINING & PASSAGE
Floor : Imported full body porcelain tiles
Walls & Ceiling : Plastered surface and painted with pleasing shades of plastic emulsion paints

DRAWING ROOM
Floor : Imported full body porcelain tiles
Walls & Ceiling : Plastered surface and painted with pleasing shades of plastic emulsion paints

MASTER BEDROOM
Floor : Laminated wooden flooring
Walls & Ceiling : Plastered surface and painted with pleasing shades of plastic emulsion paints
Toilet : Branded single lever CP fittings, premium sanitary wares and ceramic tiles dado

OTHER BEDROOMS
Floor : Laminated wooden flooring
Walls & Ceiling : Plastered surface and painted with pleasing shades of plastic emulsion paints
Toilet : Branded single lever CP fittings, premium sanitary wares and ceramic tiles dado

SERVANT ROOM
Floor : Ceramic tiles
Walls & Ceiling : Plastered surface and painted with pleasing shades of OBD

KITCHEN
Floor : Full body porcelain tiles
Walls & Ceiling : Designer ceramic tiles above the centre level, rest plastered surface and painted with pleasing shades of plastic / emulsion paint. Ceiling painted with plastic / emulsion paint
Others : Granite counter top with modular kitchen

BALCONIES
Floor : Anti skid ceramic tiles
Ceiling : As per exterior

DOORS & WINDOWS
Interiors : Designer Flush / Modular wooden doors with painted finish & SS finish accessories on wooden frames inside the apartments
External Doors & Windows : UPVC / Aluminum with insulated glass on the external side for energy saving and noise reduction

LIFT LOBBY / CORRIDORS
Corridors : Granite flooring
Lights : Decorative lights
Wire : Copper concealed wiring
Electric Switches : Modular switches
Telephone : Fibre optic cables and data / cat 6 telephone cable pre – wired in all rooms
AIR – CONDITIONE: Concealed split units
Bedrooms : High wall split units

SECURITY
State-of-the -art Gadgetry : 24×7 security with hi-end equipments, CCTV surveillance in the entire complex connected to security control room / management office
Entry & Exit Gates : Boom barriers to block vehicular access through a controlled point

TECHNOLOGY
Energy Conservation : Energy efficient products, high-end lighting & protection system and copper / stainless steel plumbing inside the toilet
Water Management : Rainwater harvesting system, sewage treatment plant, water softener and automatic pressurized water supply

FIRE PROTECTION
Fire Safety : Fire fighting system as per National Building Code

FACILITIES
Club : Swimming pool, well equipped gymnasium, sauna, steam, jacuzzi, kids play area, indoor & outdoor games, meditation room, multi purpose hall, amphitheater and cafeteria
Lifts : Latest high – speed lifts with stainless steel finish or equivalent with intercom & camera connected to the security room
Others : 100% power back-up, Wi-fi enabled complex, ample parking space, beautifully landscaped, common car wash area and DTH provision for satellite TV

Betty asks…

re-chroming 12 year old plastic trim?

I have a 12 year old explorer XL. I’ve done everything I can to keep it looking brand new, and it does accept for a few plastic parts who’s paint is wearing off and fading. Is there any way to re-chrome the plastic trim around the grill and headlights? Is it just a matter of taking them off, sanding/steelwooling then repainting them?

Also is there anything I can do to revitalize the exterior faded black parts between the side windows and around the back corners? A chemical that I can wipe on, or a way to remove them so I can repaint them? I foolishly tried ArmorAll on them and it just makes a mess.

Aklymroofing answers:

Talk with these people, they are as good as they come.

Paul’s Chrome Plating
Evans City, PA
800-245-8679
www.PaulsChrome.com

William asks…

Concrete sealer which do I use?

What concrete sealer do I use for a stained concrete patio. And how do I apply it.

Aklymroofing answers:

Hey josh,

I actually work at The Home Depot and used/sold concrete stain and sealer for many years.

If you are referring to just a clear coat sealer without color, we (as well as other home centers) sell quite a decent selection to seal your concrete patio.

At least with us, the one’s we sell in our paint department is sold by Behr and one is by Thompson’s. The Behr brand is high-quality one that comes in a low-lustre or high gloss finish.

Most of my customers and painters ask for the Behr by name and since you are using it on a patio, I would recommend using the low-lustre finish, so as to prevent slipping and falling. Below is a link that has more info on it:
http://www.behr.com/Behr/home#vgnextoid=978a536658689110VgnVCM1000006f1010acRCRD;channel=PROJECT_CENTER;view=17

As to apply it, treat it like you would any exterior painting job, you can apply it by brush, roller, or even spray. A gallon of this and most sealers go for around 250-400 square feet for coverage.

If you have a big area, I would definitely recommend rolling it with a 9″ 1/2 inch nap roller or a pump sprayer made for exterior stains and clear coats. This product by Behr is waterproof, but still mask off areas and cover things you don’t want to be coated when applying the product.

Hope this helps you out,
aboveaveragejoe

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Sharon asks…

Can exterior “oil” paint be applied over exterior latex paint?

Aklymroofing answers:

Why do you think you need oil (linseed oil) based paint?
As a retired pro I am telling you not to use oil on the exterior. Todays latex paints are formulated for exterior applications. They will expand and contract with the exterior products ie. Siding, facia, wood trim, etc. On your home. Oil based paints will not. Oil based paints will crack and pucker. Thirty to 40 years ago, I would have suggested just the opposite but paints have long way since then. Use a quality paint not a department store brand. You will save in the long run.
HAPPY PAINTING!

Paul asks…

how much does paint cost?

Aklymroofing answers:

It depends what brand and kind of paint you need. Exterior or interior? Water-based, oil-based, or latex?

If you are just looking for an interior grade paint to paint a room inside you house, you can expect to pay anywhere from $11-45 depending on the brand.

If you find a color you like in a name-brand paint like Ralph Lauren, you can just take the little color ticket to Walmart and they willmatch it, and you only pay like $11 for a gallon.

We did that with several colors when we were painting inside our house. The Walmart paint works just fine, and we were able to get the colors we wanted without paying a higher price because of the name on the can.

Charles asks…

I need a car quick, but afford a new car, nor do I have the credit to finance. Where can I find a cheap car?

I have a daughter, so I need a reliable car to get me from point a to b until I can save up enough to get something better. Does anyone know how I can look for cars around 1500…preferably less.

Aklymroofing answers:

You are not give us much to work with. Your best bet is to shop and shop to get a MECHANICALLY great car, but with body that’s all beat up. I drive such a car. Here in NYC, cars get beat up (the body) because everybody parks so closely. But my engine and tranny drives like news.

So these kinds of cars are CHEAP but will last another 100k miles (assuming you do your regular maintenance).
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MSNBC had a news story on where is the best places to buy used cars. The used car dealers were on the BOTTOM of the list. They are pros at negotiations (and you and I are rank amateurs), they are pros at hiding problems on their cars, etc.

The private sales (newspaper, etc.) were the best places. The seller will not tell you all the problems, but they don’t know how to hide them.

And a private seller are at MOST they are equal in negotiation skills to you and me.

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Here’s some rules you should consider when buying a used car

(1) don’t get sold on the paint job = meaning cars having good exterior, fancy CD radio, etc.

(2) look for car with sound ENGINE + TRANNY + SUSPENSION.

(3) test every button, knob, switch, slider, etc.. Ex: even in the summer test out the heater & even in the winter test out the AC (if you can). Slide the AC/heater to fan1, fan2, fan3, etc. Then slid the vent to defrost, front, bottom, etc. Test the high beam, low beam, etc. Test (flip) the visor. Test the alarm. Test all 4 doors. Test the rear defogger.

***** TEST EVERYTHING.

(4) BEFORE the first start, open the engine bay and see if the engine is already warmed up. Many engines starts well when already warmed up, but may have problems when cold (or cold start).

(5) test drive with the sound system off and window down. Listen for weird sound coming from the wheels & suspension.

(6) Look inside the engine bay to see if you can see see leaks, etc. It is normal to see some oil and grease. But too much means that the car is leaking oil somewhere. Too clean (really clean) means they just wash the engine bay – possibly hiding some oil leaks.

(7) check the engine oil dip stick. If the oil is BRAND NEW CLEAN, the seller MIGHT be hiding something. If the oil is jet black and /or smells like gasoline (or burnt), you might have engine problem).

(8) once you are satisfied with the above – you can NOW take it to the mechanic for the engine + tranny + suspension inspection. He won’t find everything, but he will find the obvious. Take it to a mechanic EVEN if you are buying from a used car dealer. They cars are NO better than cars you buy from ebay and craigslist.com. Just more expensive.

Good Luck…

1) Safety Ratings:

http://www.safercar.gov/
http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx

2) Reliability:
http://autos.msn.com/home/reliability_ra…
Http://www.edmunds.com/apps/ratings/rati…

3) Fuel Economy:
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/sbs.htm

Susan asks…

how thin should latex enamel be to spray, painting a steel door?

be using a gravity feed hvlp gun

Aklymroofing answers:

It should be at whatever consistency the paint is when you open the can. You should also remove the door and paint it flat on a saw horse or other supportive surface one side at a time for best results (minimize drips and you don’t have to mask off hardware). Try practicing with the sprayer on something to get the hang of it and get the correct amount of coverage. If it’s too thick, ad a bit of water to thin it. But, it should be the correct consistency right out of the can.

Oh and, yes use a good exterior latex. Oil based paints don’t “breathe” like latex paints do. So, you actually have a better chance of peeling with the oil based paint than latex. Just use a good brand that covers well (the name brands, like Dunn Edwards and Sherwin Williams).

Donald asks…

want to paint my sills with black paint which is the best to use?

Aklymroofing answers:

I painted my sills with Exterior Gloss paint. It washes easier and will hold up to the weather when the window is open. I used Sherwin Williams when they had a sale on their paint, but any brand would be fine.

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Sandy asks…

Is it possible to build a double entrace door out of 2 single doors?

Do you know what I mean. I have approximately 50″ rough opening and want to put 2 24″ doors there and take out the center?!??!
They are interior doors Scott and thanks for the reply!

Aklymroofing answers:

Is this an interior or exterior door?

No problem if this is an interior door. You will be able to find a wide variety of options.

If it is an exterior door you will have trouble finding door panels that narrow. Most exterior door companies make 2’6″, 2’8″, and 3’0″ exterior panels. The second problem is that you cannot walk through one side of the double door, so both doors will always have to be opened to walk through. Most exterior double doors have one “main active” panel and one “inactive” panel that is bolted shut. Only by using special hardware can you operate both panels with door levers (these are not cheap).

If you are still set on using a double exterior door that narrow, you will have to use an all wood or an MDF door (such as Tru-Stile).

Susan asks…

Do you notice these things on your BMW X5?

The awesome way the exterior door hadles work, the awesome handling, the great performance of the 3.0 and 4.4? Also, do you notice that the suspension is a little too stiff?

Aklymroofing answers:

I have an ’06 X-5 4.4i with everything. The sport suspension on mine is what I’d call, tight, not bumpy. I had an ’05 without it and the ride was really smooth, but I felt detached from the road. Cars in years past were all high performance with suspensions so stiff you could feel it when you ran over a penny, but they’d hold you in a corner till your eyes came unglued The one I have now keeps you eyes in place, doesn’t roll, automatically pulls itself down in a tight turn. It’s a lot like the old cars I used to drive, only far better.

Carol asks…

Home many man hours does it take to build a master suite onto the back of your house?

Bathroom , walk in closet, and large room with exterior and interior doors.Will be built in the back yard
5×7 bath ,5×7 walk-in closet, and 144sq ‘room conected to the rear of the home

Aklymroofing answers:

No offense meant but Size matters.

A contracting company that secured the job, would likely bid it by the sq ft, then add plumbing, electrical work, roofing, insulation, dry wall installers and finishers, finish carpenters, flooring subs, painters, etc.

I suppose a CREW could knock it out in 10 days to two weeks.

No matter the size you’re looking at 20 K $ plus.

Rev. Steven

Richard asks…

Are tenants responsible for damage to an exterior glass door destroyed by homeless men breaking and entering?

Recently our apartment was broken into, the doors were locked but they threw a rock through our glass sliding door and destroyed it. They didn’t steal anything because we woke up before they had the chance. The maintenance said we will be billed for it, I kindly told him no; that’s what they have property insurance for. Am I correct?
No, the landlords know we did not do it. The Police came and caught one of the three men, arrested him and gave us a police report.

Aklymroofing answers:

Renters insurance covers your personal belongings. You would use that if there was a personal property loss. The landlord’s insurance covers the physical property. Given there was a police report, the landlord needs to take the next step and file a claim.

It is also possible that the criminals will go to court and could pay damages as well. In that case, once again, as the property owner, your landlord would be involved in the case, not you.

I experienced something similar and my landlord was out the very next morning to repair a broken window both because it was her responsibility as the property owner and because it’s a safety risk to have a boarded up window.

Sandra asks…

Can you interchange all parts from a Camaro and a Firebird?

I just want to know about exterior body panels,doors, etc.
My own a 1968 firebird.

Aklymroofing answers:

No…and yes….yes u can make them fit and modify them to work but they are NOT bolt ons…

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Nancy asks…

How can I make a 1999 Ford Ranger look cool?

Something that isn’t really expensive. Like a paint job.. What colors? Here’s a picture of what it looks like now..

http://edmondsun.autoconx.com/photos/718/501133718_1_B.jpg

Aklymroofing answers:

Megan, to give you a better idea of what to do with that Ranger go to the link below. That looks like a really nice truck just the way it is.

Http://www.rangerpowersports.com/forum

DO NOT put a body kit on that truck. Body kits are un-American. If you haven’t noticed body kits are usually very gawdy looking and only kids with no sense of automotive style put those stupid things on any car (mostly slow cars like Hondas and other import brands that are in no way fast or sporty to begin with). Anyhow, that Ranger site has an exterior section as well as a section for wheels. Many Ranger members there post pictures.

Jenny asks…

What type of paint do I need for painting my walls?

Exterior Paint
Interior Paint
Specialist Paints
Eco Paint

Aklymroofing answers:

You should paint interior walls with latex interior flat wall paint. Latex means it’s water soluble and MUCH easier to clean up. Trim and doors should be done in a latex enamel paint, which means it has a sheen to it. You can do walls, like in the kitchen or bath, in enamel but it looks funny other places. Get a good brand name like Sherwin-Williams or Behr for good coverage. If you are painting over a darker color you might want to prime first for a truer color. Don’t believe the “primer and paint in one” marketing. Trim out what you don’t want painted (like around windows or whatever) with some low-tack masking tape (blue) and paint with a smaller brush. I like to use 1-1/2″ to 2″ angled brush for these areas. Then use a roller for the walls. You will probably want to do 2 coats.

William asks…

how to clean airstream travel trailer?

what products to clean exterior with and how due to shape of airstream

Aklymroofing answers:

OK, depends on how cruddy it is……….and how old………most likely U gonna get wet doing it. If it average cruddy I recommend go to a good hardware store and buy something called “Tri Sodium Phosphate” TSP for short. It comes in a bag as a dry powder something like salt. U mix it with water and scrub the whole surface of the trailer with it. Depending how strong U mix it it will remove everything from bugs and tree sap to enamel paint. Wear clothes U don’t want anymore! Bathe well immediately as it is somewhat caustic. Rinse the trailer well. If that don’t do it then U need to go to a paint store and get a product called “Metal Etch” That’s a mild acid and protective clothing is necessary. Neither product will make yer airstream look brand new without applying a coat of clear laquer or varnish after cleaning. Rinsing window gaskets and seals is a must after using either product. I used a sponge mop and tsp on mine and never bothered with clear coat……..looked fine with normal washing for abt 10 yrs after……….If the blue stripes are faded or oxydised U nay need to repaint them.

Paul asks…

Does anyone know the original color codes for Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero jeeps 1999 / 2000 model?

I am actually looking for White shades in ‘De beer’ brand auto paints for exterior

Aklymroofing answers:

Best bet is to try calling your local dealer, they can look up color codes- parts or body shop.

Lisa asks…

do you use oil paint on an exteroir door?

Aklymroofing answers:

Use an exterior enamel or trem clad if the door is metal
http://www.behr.com/behrx/products/product_brand_premium_ext.jsp?prodId=4&catName=Paints&catId=7

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George asks…

How is it decided whether a door should swing into a room or out?

For example, my school has doors that swing out and doors that swing in, and it seems kinda random.

Aklymroofing answers:

Commercial buildings such as schools,hospitals,and public buildings have a certified architect draw up the drawings. He/she designs the buildings to meet the codes of the state involved. Thus most entry doors will swing into a building. Most doors used for egress will swing out so in an emergency or panic situation people can just push the door open and exit the building. Can you imagine how hard it would be to pull a door open into a crowd of people pushing other people up against these doors?
Even some glass sliding doors like you see at the entrance of home depot or Lowe’s have a breakaway system where if you push hard enough on these sliding doors they will break open to allow you to exit.
Residential doors have a rule of thumb that a door always opens into the room. Bathrooms are often the rule breaker on this because people think they can put bath fixtures in a better location if the door is not swinging into the bathroom. This is a BIG mistake. On homes, any exterior door should swing into the house – this makes it much harder to break a door down to illegally gain entry. However, doors that do swing out -even on commercial buildings, have NRP door hinges *Non remove-able pins* This is so a burglar cannot just remove the hinge pins on the hinges and pry the door open from the hinge side.
Stairway doors in older homes are nightmares because they never had a landing at the stairway going to the basement. You just open the basement door and you are right at the first step. Any newer home will have a 3-4′ landing once you open the door to the basement – this is the safe way to design a basement stairway.
You will also notice in your school the Exit signs above every exit door. If the power should fail they are made with a backup battery that will light up this exit sign. There also should be battery lights mounted up high on the walls – they look like 2 bulbs mounted on a small case. These also come on using battery power should the power go off.
They all should be tested once a year to insure the batteries are at full power. Ask your teacher to test a few of them just for fun. There is a small test button she/he can push to see if they work. 75% of them have not been tested since they were installed.
This could be a good class project to test all of them.

Laura asks…

how do i install a standard ext door with 6 inch walls?

i bought a pre hung exterior door and cut a hole in my wall to discover my walls are 6 inches thick and the door is only about 4 inches. now what ??

Aklymroofing answers:

You frame the door way in with six inch deep frame and level your pre hung four inch deep door inside of that frame, but towards the exterior of your home, as far as you can and still have room for a storm door, that will fit flush with the outside.

Joseph asks…

How wide do exterior doors on houses have to be. Ours has a clearance of 74 cm – this is a new build?

We can’t get a sofa into the property and are hoping that the builders have made it too narrow!
Thanks for the info regarding editing answer etc Tony – I was viewing this on my phone hence couldn’t see all options. I am hoping to discover if this door does not comply with building regs and then force the builders to rectify the matter – which will enable me to get my sofa in. The site is ongoing – 6 houses completed so far of a small estate of 17 houses. There would appear to be no apparent reason for the door to be so small other than incompetence, (unfortunately not unexpected after our experience with the builders – I have a video of our snaglist that is currently set as private on youtube – awaiting builder inaction and if we don’t get action from them then I’ll change the settings to public).

Aklymroofing answers:

Pete: To add details to your question all you need to do is to click edit then click add details. There’s no need to answer your own question with a new profile.

74cm (for those who know english) is 29.13 inches (or 29 inches 8/64ths). That IS a small door. Unfortunately I don’t know the building codes either in the UK OR in the USA. But I’d have to imagine that if the door was that small there may have been a reason for doing so. It could be they didn’t have enough floor plan space to put a bigger door in. But that reflects bad planning on the designer’s part. There are plenty of programs out there (and I have one) that you can build a home and do a 3D walk through of the property to get a feel for the layout. I’ve used that plenty of times in remodels of my own home and in that of my mother-in-law’s basement she wants to finish.

I don’t know if there’s going to be anything you can do about the door size other than hire a contractor to fix the error – provided there’s proper space available for the door. Just keep in mind that interior doors and exterior doors are completely different things. Using an old closet door – that just isn’t going to last. And as for security, a kid could kick through it.

Hope this helps.

‘av’a g’day mate.

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Sandra asks…

can i use interior french doors as exterior doors on a outdoor summerhouse?

the doors will be used as the entrance door

Aklymroofing answers:

Sure, if you don’t mind replacing them in a few years.

Linda asks…

Help!! How much can I cut from an exterior wooden entry door?

I have to remove 4″ from this door to make it fit the opening. How much can be cut, top and bottom, without breaking into the door’s core?
It’s hollow core exterior. I can’t change the frame due to a drop ceiling and was unable to find an exterior door shorter than 80″ anywhere.

Aklymroofing answers:

Exterior doors are not hollow. What you have is an interior door that you are trying to make exterior. This door will not be secure and will be prone to buckling.

You should use a solid core door. The easiest way would be to special order the door to the correct width and height. Most home supply stores (Home Depot, etc.) can special order the door. You can then trim up to an inch or so off the bottom if necessary.

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Thomas asks…

Is the Vinyl windows really better than wood ones? ?

I am doing research of window replacement of my house. Searching on internet, there are all vinyl windows and hardly find any wood window. Is the vinyl window really much better than wood window or just because vinyl gives manufacure/installer more profit?

Aklymroofing answers:

Save your money and buy the current issue of this old house magazine. The october 2008 issue has an article on restoring your old wood windows. In that article TOH states that “when your wood windows are properly weather stripped and paired with a good storm window, they can match the performance of new double-pane replacements, for much less than the cost of new replacements”.
Another great resource would be “Working Windows” a guide to the repair and restoration of wood windows, by Terence Meany. The Lyons Press publishing, ISBN 1-55821-707-X. For about $15.00. I bought myself a copy of this book several years ago and have found it invaluable in the repair of the old paint encrusted windows in my house, a real life saver, worth every penny!
Just for the record, i am a home improvement contractor, selling and installing siding, roofing, windows and doors. I don’t “push” the sale of replacement windows, home owners demand new windows in any that i’ve sold. And also for the record, replacement windows are only as good as the instalation, there are a lot of “hackers” out there. By that i mean; slap them in as fast as you can, usually from the outside, then cover the mess with new aluminum trim and slap caulk over it!!
The proper way is; remove the interior trim, gut the sashes and hardware, silicone the outer stops, install the replacement window, then replace the interior trim. Then on the outside; remove the old storm window, build out the exterior window trim even to the outside stops, then cover the sill and wood trim with formed aluminum trim, and caulk the trim to the window.
Two brands that i would reccomend are Alcoa and Harvey windows, they have both been around for a long time, and will probably still be there in the future should you ever have trouble and need replacement parts for the windows.
Good luck, hope this helps, car dude.

Nancy asks…

Which should I do – buy brand new shutters, or paint, or spray the shutters?

The shutters are exterior, though I am not sure if they are plastic or wood.

Aklymroofing answers:

You don’t say whether they are interior, exterior, plastic or wood shutters. But, I just painted my exterior plastic shutters with that new plastic spray paint. They were white and I sprayed them black. They look awesome! I was so disappointed that they were plastic and not wood, but I am really happy with the way they look now.

Steven asks…

Paint-oil vs latex, is either better in high sun exposure area at holding color and not cracking?

Aklymroofing answers:

Hiya WGM…

Latex….and better yet a 100% solid acrylic (or, at least one high in acrylic content) for the very reasons you’ve listed above. Latex paints are far more color-fast (less likely to fade) than oil based products…and latex paints are more flexible, more able to expand and contract with the surface to minimize cracking and peeling…As one responder already mentioned, a latex paint film is generally “micro-porous” , which means it has the ability to pass moisture, in the form of vapor, through the paint film again minimizing the risk of peeling (unlike oil/alkyd products)…

I am assuming you’re considering painting the exterior of your home…if so, there are other advantages to using an acrylic paint versus an oil/alkyd product including better gloss retention, chalk resistance, naturally mildew resistant, less cost per gallon, ease of applicatioin, faster drying time, soap and water clean-up, friendlier to the environment, just to name a few…

If you’ve experienced cracking and peeling in the past – paint, by itself, is not going to correct the problem. There is a lot of surface preparation that must take place prior to painting to ensure a successful job. Power-washing, detergent cleaning, scraping, sanding, caulking…replacing rotted boards, etc. May all be necessary to repaint.

I generally don’t recommend specific brand names ’cause there are many good, high quality products on the market now that will do more than an adequate job of protecting your home – but I do recommend looking for a regional manufacturer as your supplier (generally provided by an independently owned paint store) – The reason for this is regional manufacturer’s tend to make higher quality products than their national counterparts…they have to, it’s the only way they can survive in an extremely competitive environment. Your local independently owned paint store will be able to walk you through all the necessary surface preparation and product recommendation to ensure best results on your exterior painting project (big boxes like Home Depot and Lowes, and to some extent the national manufacturer’s company owned stores, may always have the products you need, but often times they don’t have the experienced personnel needed for advice and recommendations)…

Also (and finally), when choosing your paint line – be sure to carefully read the product’s label for surface preparation and application instructions…also read the compositional analysis of the product to be sure you’re getting a 100% acrylic product and not an oil/alkyd modified latex…Oil modification is a feature some manufacturers use to minimize necessary surface preparation and make the product apply a little easier – The unfortunate down-side to oil modification is it lessens the lifespan of the product, it is more brittle and less color-fast, is more prone to chalking, and it provides a food source for mold and mildew.

I hope this info is more helpful than confusing…Best of luck on your painting project.

Donald asks…

painting with old motor oil?

I have an old barn that had been stripped of the old paint but not repainted. How bad of an idea would it be to use some old used motor oil, of which there is a couple barrels in the barn, instead of buying new primer and paint? I did a patch and kind of like the look, it soaked in fine and left the wood nice and dark. Is this against the law, a health or fire hazard, or not a good protective covering or anything? I dont live in town, and there are no nosy neighbors within sight, so im not really worried about the law but i dont like to be a polluter either.

Aklymroofing answers:

In all actuality….I am a painter of 37 years..and oh 20 years or so ago we actually had a client wanted thier BRAND NEW oak cabinets throught the house “distressed” and antiqued with used motor oil..to distress we took vinyl coated chains..walked around beating them at random..then rubbed in strained used motor oil as the stain, then sprayed an oil based clear coat over them..Oil can be no more of a fire hazzard than boiled linseed oil, in which is obsolete now days, but was what they finished all raw exterior wood in them days…it stays as oily and residual as motor oil does…

Mark asks…

Polyurethane clear gloss over porch Enamel Paint?

I am getting different answers at the few stores we have here about using a polyurethane clear gloss that can be used over a painted wood porch. I used Dutch Boy Exterior/interior Enamel porch and deck paint. Just painted it. One tells me no Minwax, one said only use a brand called Zar, which no one has here, I looked on internet and the Zar is Really costly!! So far the only thing they all agree on is to wait 2-3 days after painted, then put on one coat of polyurethane, let dry, lightly sand it so the polyurethane has something to bond to, then wait 24 hours before doing a second coat. I was able to put 2 coats of the paint with a bit left over from one gallon. So I am hoping one gallon would do for 2 coats of the polyurethane. Any idea’s from someone that had this kind of experience please. I am doing it for my dad and want it to turn out nice looking, but I can’t afford $40.00 for Zar besides the fact that no-one has it. Thanking You In Advance.

Aklymroofing answers:

There’s no reason to apply polyurethane over enamel porch and deck paint. It probably won’t adhere very well anyway.

The paint is a wood sealant – why seal the sealant?

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William asks…

Where can I buy steel exterior double doors online?

Removing my roll-up garage door from my shed and want to put a double door with removable center-post in its place.

Aklymroofing answers:

Ebay.com……

Ruth asks…

I have been asked to give a bid on the installation of over 200 exterior doors.?

What would be a competative price per door? This is in an apartment complex and it is new construction. I do not want to over bid this job?

Aklymroofing answers:

Wow, you’re in the money at the right time.. How about 3500

Robert asks…

My weather stripping on door is coming off, how do I fix.?

I have a metal exterior door and the magnetic weather strip seams to be coming off on the lower end of the door. Can I replace this strip with a new one or is there some kind of better easier strip not magnetic that I can use?

Aklymroofing answers:

I really doubt that the weather stripping is magnetic. If the weather stripping is still in good shape you could try to use something adhesive to keep it held on.

Ken asks…

How do you replace the front interior doors handles on a 2000 Corolla?

Both door handles have broken on the lower pivot point. Drivers door have to open window and use exterior handle to open door then put window up. Passenger side if you hold the pieces right you can open it.

Aklymroofing answers:

You need to remove the interior trim panel, unbolt the broken handle assembly and disconnect the release rod. Just reverse the operation with the new handle.

Jenny asks…

How do I remove the frame around the in-door ice maker on my Kenmore refrigerator so I can replace the spring?

The spring is broken; so the ice maker chute won’t close properly.

In order to get at the old spring I have to remove the frame around the ice maker on the exterior side of the door. But I can’t figure out how to release the frame on the freezer section door.

There must be some tabs somewhere on the back of the frame, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to release them to get the frame off. I can slide putty knives under the frame but don’t want to force it for fear of breaking the frame off.

Does anyone know where the tabs are? Is there a website you’re aware of that provides details for the DIY guy who doesn’t know how to Do It himself?

Aklymroofing answers:

On mine they were just down from the top and up from the bottom on each side they are a spring type snap clip and a real bitch to pop out i used a snap-on car door panel tool to get mine off.good luck

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