Hardware Tip of the Week: Patching Plastic Laminate and Rain Gutter Tune-Up

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 15 April 2015 04:00

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801 N. Lake Park Blvd.   Carolina Beach, NC  28428 Phone: (910) 458-3049  
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Formica is a brand name for a generic solid-surface material called plastic laminate. It’s used for countertops, cabinets and furniture. If you have a laminate surface somewhere in you home, chances are someday you will have to deal with a seam that needs filling or a small chip that needs to be hidden.
This used to mean living with the ugliness, or replacing the countertop. That’s because paint cannot be used to repair plastic laminate. It won’t stick.
Look for a product called Seamfil. Seamfil is a resin-based paint-putty that can be purchased in a color that precisely matches your plastic-laminate surface.
All you have to know is the brand and color number of the laminate to be repaired. Out of the tube, onto a polished putty knife and into the chip -- patch made -- and the ugly is all gone.
It’s a good day for fixing-up your rain gutters (with quick-fix tips from the Carey Brothers). Gutters leak? Sag? All clogged up? Runneth over like the proverbial “cup”?
To find sagging low spots pour water in the high end and gently bend metal brackets up with pliers where water accumulates.
Then patch leaky joints with silicone caulk or gutter sealant.
To fix a leaky steel gutter apply a liberal coat of roofing cement, add a layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil followed by more cement, more foil and a third coat of roofing cement.
When clearing gutters don’t mess up siding by dumping debris overboard.
Tie a long rope onto a bucket instead and lower it to the ground where a helper can dump it or you can climb down safely using both hands.
Patch up the gutters and raindrops won’t be falling on your head anymore.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.

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Super User

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