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Sent: 13 January 2017 03:50 PM
Subject: Barn door
I am looking for the barn door sliding track and accessories. Do you have the various styles and finishes?
This project would either be a DIY project, or you could hire a handyman / carpenter. to make it for you. Try www.handymandirect.co.za or www.countryhomedesign.co.za. If you are looking for steel fittings, perhaps you should consider hiring a local welder to do the project for you.
Sent: 13 January 2017 11:59 AM
Subject: Mitre saw
I am loving the plans for a mitre saw bench and want to build one. My Mitre saw brand differs from the one you are using and I can't determine the height of the storage caddies from the drawing, can you please supply me with more information / measurements if possible?
The storage caddies on either side of the saw on my bench are 70mm high, but you can quite easily adjust the height of these to match the plate height of the saw.
Sent: 13 January 2017 03:29 PM
Subject: Liquid sander
Is it advisable to use a liquid sander on an antique piece of wood furniture that I intend to paint?
I try to avoid using liquid sander if possible, plus it isn’t necessary. If a piece is properly sanding by mechanical methods, you shouldn’t need to spend more on this product. Wood primer and then paint is all that is required, unless using chalk paint, and then you can leave out the primer.
Sent: 13 January 2017 10:59 AM
Subject: Paint colour
I would love to know what the paint colour is, used in the living room below:
This is exactly what happens when you view colour on a screen. Having viewed the page, I can confirm that none of the colours on the page are green. I would recommend that you pop into your local paint store and look at paint swatches before deciding on a colour. You can even print out the page to take along with you. Additionally, take it home and look at under different types of light. Very often the colour you see on the swatch can appear different once painted onto a wall – it all depends on the amount of light in the room and how different light affects the paint colour.
Sent: 08 January 2017 08:38 AM
Subject: Spray paint laminate kitchen
I'm looking at spray painting my laminate kitchen but not very handy myself. Can you advise on someone who can assist us?
For this type of job, you will need to find someone in your area that deals with spray painting kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, I do not know of anyone first hand, but a Google search should provide you with options.
Sent: 07 January 2017 12:30 PM
Subject: Cracks on leather couch
I need your professional advise regarding my leather couch. Mid last year, the couch has started to crack, not normal cracks but more like its dry, scuff and powdering of the leather so whenever I sit on it, small leather particles stick to my clothes. What I want to find out is if this is restorable or do I need to re-upholster my couch. Please advise. I can send pictures if need be.
Leather couches require ongoing maintenance to keep the leather supple and soft. Without this, the leather will dry out and could crack. Once it has reached this stage there is very little you can do. You can try applying a leather restorer to see if it has any effect, but failing this it will probably need to be upholstered or replaced.
Sent: 04 January 2017 06:35 PM
Subject: Renovating small kitchen
Would like a quote for renovating a small kitchen on a budget.
Visit our Kitchen Section for ideas and inspiration for your kitchen renovation:
Sent: 04 January 2017 11:17 AM
Subject: Repainting window sills
The paint from my house's window sills is peeling. I would like to repaint them. Can you please suggest what products I need to use and the process I need to follow to get window sills looking great again? Thanks for the quick response! Have you ever posted something about relaying paving? The paving at house is uneven in place and I would like to relay the paving bricks.
First, you need to use a paint scraper to remove all the old paint and then a sander and 80-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining loose paint. If you are down to the plaster finish you should apply a plaster primer. If there is still paint you can simply paint over the top of this. Any exterior paint is suitable for painting windowsills. I recently featured my driveway re-do:
Sent: 29 December 2016 08:38 PM
Subject: Woodwork classes
I have recently gained some interest in woodwork, however never had any experience in it (never attended a school that offered this as a subject). I would like to get some experience and hopefully new skills in this. Could you send some course details such as curriculum, prices and possible dates on your next courses. I eagerly await your reply.
We offer a variety of workshops as part of www.DIY-Divas.co.za, the majority of which focus on DIY related topics. You will find full details on the website, and new workshops for 2017 will be loaded at the end of January. However, if you are more interested in carpentry and woodwork, you should sign up with your local Woodworking Association. These associations offer a wealth of information for those wanting to learn carpentry and woodworking.
Sent: 02 January 2017 08:28 PM
Subject: Transfer pictures
Please could you tell me how I can transfer pictures onto wood and what products do i need to use? I watched a u tube tutorial and they used a product called Gloss gel medium. Or do you know where i can go for classes?
Believe it or not, you don’t need fancy mediums to transfer wording onto wood – try this easy method:
Sent: 01 January 2017 06:55 PM
Subject: Paint stripper
Dropped paint stripper on my front door white facias panel. It has left a lump, will it be damaged?
Many paint strippers are chemical-based and can do a fair amount of damage to plastics and similar materials, but not sure what you are asking.
Sent: 28 December 2016 03:24 PM
Subject: Garden deck
Do you perhaps know of an alternative to this modular DIY decking company? http://www.home-dzine.co.za/garden/garden-deck-squares.htm They seem to no longer be in existence.
I am looking for something more like this:
Have you tried:
I don’t think that our local market is large enough to sustain more than one supplier, and this is the case for many international products.
Sent: 14 December 2016 04:17 PM
Subject: Butcher's block
What type of beeswax can I use on my butcher's block and where in the Western Cape is it sold?
You can use beeswax or butcher’s block oil. I know that www.Tools4Wood.co.za supply the latter, and they can ship to Western Cape.
Sent: 13 December 2016 12:58 PM
Subject: Driftwood look
Quite easy to do. Follow these instructions where I used the technique for my dining table:
Sent: 13 December 2016 02:18 PM
Subject: Wall folding bed
I am looking on how to build a wall bed/folding bed.
There used to be a local supplier for the Murphy Bed mechanism needed to make a fold-up bed, but they have since closed down. Since the mechanism is very heavy, it is not cost effective to look at having this shipped to SA, and without this you can’t make a fold-up bed.
Sent: 05 December 2016 03:25 PM
Subject: Paint countertop
How do I order the Rust-Oleum Countertop Kit and where do I see the different colour options? Where are your branches?
The Rust-Oleum Countertop Kit is not available in South Africa, due to the high landed cost for the product. It would have worked out at close to R3000 for the kit, whereas it only costs around R800 to replace with Formica Lifeseal Countertops.
Sent: 12 December 2016 09:08 AM
Subject: Colour of couch
Good day, I am wanting to change the colour of my couch. Kindly advise what paint I can use. Is it better to spray or use a paint brush. Most importantly where can I purchase the dye.
Previously, a product called www.simplyspray.com was available locally, but this is no longer the case. However, you can still order this product online and have it shipped to SA. I have previously used Rust-Oleum 2X satin spray paint for dining chairs and acrylic PVA on a chair, and you will find instructions here for the projects:
Sent: 01 December 2016 08:48 AM
Subject: Metallic paint
How do you apply the Fired Earth Metallic Paint? I saw on the tin that one can use a lambs wool roller or a brush. However, if one wants the brushed look would you only use a brush?
Yes, use a synthetic brush for a brushed effect on a wall. The tin should offer all the instructions necessary for proper application of the product. I have also forwarded a copy of this mail to Builders, to see if they have any additional information for the product.
Sent: 01 December 2016 08:35 AM
Subject: Etching paste
I'm urgently looking for brown etching paste to use for glass.
I haven’t seen brown etching paste, but etching paste is available from most larger craft and hobby stores. If you have difficulty sourcing this product, get in touch with www.brasch.co.za or www.dala.co.za to find your nearest retail outlet.