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How to stop a humming dimmer switch, renew single-pane windows and more.


Ask T'he Famiiy Hamdyman
A leaking water heater, a reluctant-flushing toilet and the mystery of the corroding brass finish.

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Three simple tire checks that keep you safer while driving.

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which vibrate less. Dimmers that cost about $20 usually dampen the electrical pulse better than models in the $10 range. These bulbs have heary filaments but are pricey ($3 each). |ust be sure to work power safely. Turn off the to the circuit-and make sure it's off using a noncontact voltage detector.Ttps. THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN uaacn zooo 9 . But it actually works like a super-fast strobe. FtxEs & GEAffi FSm & TmSUSLffi*FmE# by GaryWentz ffiStffiffi Silence a humming dimmer switch T for might think that a dimmer turns down the lights by turning I down the power flow. Some bulbs have beefier filaments. High-quality dimmer switches are less likely to cause humming. You can even try "rough-use" bulbs meant for garagedoor openers or trouble lights. -L switching the power on and off dozens of times per second. If bulb switcheroo doesn't stop the hum. upgrade your dimmer switch. An easy solution-which usually works-is to try different brands of bulbs. This electrical pulsation causes the filaments in light bulbs to vibrate and that creates the humming sound you hear. Swapping out a dimmer switch is usually a simple matter of disconnecting and reconnecting three wires.

so apply electrical tape to a hinge that's about the same length as the fins. These non-soap soaps are much less likely to form that dreaded layer of tough scum on your sink or tub. such a wall is tough to achieve next to a bumpy ceiling. drag a narrow flat-head screwdriver lightly along the ceiling. uid or gel form and some bar soaps. So before you paint. Then grab each fin 3 fl . A pliers alone will scratch and kink the delicate fins. the hinge leaves and twist lO vnnct 2006 THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN . Twist the fins to silence a whistling grille If you have a grille or register that hums or howls. all you have to do is twist the fins and open them a little.# tr B # . You'll get a clean paint line and no one will ever notice that the bumps are missing.J i I between slightly. some soaps aren't really true soap. are synthetic soap.Scrape away ceiling texture for a neater paint job A neat. straight paint line at the top of Synthetic soap simplifies bathroom cleaning In terms of chemistry. Any soap in a liqas Zest and Ivory.

Replace broken glass while you're at it. get it out of the way before you remove the old putty. You'll pay from $5 to $30. Pull out the old glazing points with a pliers. Otherwise the heat will crack the glass. Keep the heat gun moving to avoid concentrating heat in one spot. -"'ir putty called "glazing compound. iiil . But they often begin to dry before you can tool them smooth. Let the excess caulk that oozes out under the glass harden and slice it off with a utility knife later.12n '. depending on the size of the pane and the stubbornness of the old putty. Also buy a package of glazing points (92) to hold the glass in place while the new compound hardens. you can pry away large chunks quickly (ptroto 1 ). pull the shards out of the frame by hand. This putty often lasts decades. cracks and even falls Replacing the putty around one pane of will take 15 minutes to an hour. place a cloth over the broken pane and tap it with a hammer. With the glass thoroughly broken up. This adds only a few minutes and a few dollars to the job. The latex products. Renew single-pane ri. a stiff putty knife in the other. It's possible to replace glass and putty off the window.{ --":Yl1r'" . If you call a glass repair service to do the job. Putty in good condition takes longer to remove.3. a remove the window and clamp it down on flat surface. Take a shard of the old glass with you to match the thickness. subtract l/8 in.windows . Soften remaining areas with a heat gun and scrape the putty away.i. Put on heary gloves and eye protection. but over the years it becomes rock-hard. the *i $glass is usually surrounded by 'ili. A shellac-based primer such as BIN is a good choice because it dries in minutes. but you'll save wind and rain time and get better results if you can in around the glass. from youl measurements and have the new glass cl-lt to full-service hardware store. Wear leather gloves to protect your hands from burns. If the putty is badly cracked. heat the putty to soften it and gouge it out. Press glazing points into the wood every 8 in.%.''. If you need new glass. With a heat gun in one hand and *3 Set new glass onto a bead of latex compound lets with the window in p1ace." which holds the glass in place and seals out the weather. measure the opening. depending on the size of the pane. 'fi. *1 Pry $ out loose chunks of glazing compound with a putty knife. protect the glass with a scrap of sheet metai. When the putty is removed.. The next step is to get rid of the old putty. If the old glass is in good shape. have a longer life expectancy and you don't have to wait days before painting them as you do with oil-based putty. prime any bare wood inside the window frame." n older single-pane windows. If your heat gun doesn't have a heat shield attachment. Loose or missing leak d* caulk. which usually come in a tube. it'll cost $50 to $100 (under glass "Glass" in the Yellow Pages). Glazing compound (95) is available in oil-based and latex/acrylic size at a versions. Ifyou have broken glass. leave it in place.

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Cover the perimeter of the glass with a heavy layer of compound. Be sure to completely fill in the recess; don't leave any gaps or hollow spots.

Applying a smooth, perfect bead

of glazing compound is


time-consuming work. So when
good looks matter, consider wood moldings rather than putty to hold glass in place (1/4-in. quarter-

, Dip a putty knife in mineral spirits to ',ri'lubricate it and smooth out the compound. Wet the knife again and run over the compound as many times as it takes to create a smooth surface.

Drag the ridge of excess compound away from the finished joint and scrape it up. Be careful not to touch the smoothed surface.


round works for most windowsl. Set the glass in place over a light bead of latex caulk (see Photo 2). There's no need for glazing points. To nail the moldings in place, you can carefully drive in tiny brads with a hammer or carefully shoot in brads with a pneumatic brad nailer. But the safest method is to
use a brad pusher. A brad pusher is


neat, smooth results are important,

To complete the job, smooth out the
new glazing compound (Photos 4 and 5).


an oil-based putty (such


DAP 33). For installation of new glass, the directions on glazing compound may tell you to lay a light bead of compound inside the frame and then set the glass over it. That works well with soft latex compound. But if you're using stiffer oil-based compound, lay in a light bead of acrylic latex caulk instead. Set the glass onto the caulk, then wiggle and press down to firmly embed the glass. Then apply new putty as shown in

Oil-based putty is easier to work with when it's warm. To heat it, set the can in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. Remember that oil-based putty remains soft for days, so be careful not to touch it after smoothing. YoLill have to wait several days before you can prime and paint
oil-based putty; check the
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simply a metal tube with a sliding piston inside. Drop a brad in the tube, push hard on the handle, and the piston pushes the brad neatly into wood-with little danger

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I replaced our 50-gallon water heater two years ago and each year since l've had to replace a leaking T & P valve. We have hard water. ls that shorlening

the life of my valve?
Brian Akin, via e-mail



The T & P valve, n'hich stancls fbr temperature and pressure reliefvalve, is a safety tlevice thJt Ir()tecls itgilill\l c\cessive tcr"nperatnle artd pressure levels in the
rvatel heirter'. Tl-re valve is located

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thc top of thc tank. Part of the valr,c extencls into tl-re unit (see photo). I1'rvater- discharses (your "leak"), it usr,rally rleans the vrrlve is clef-ective (it opencd ancl clicln't close) or the rvater l-reater is operating tuncler toc'r high a temperatrlre or pressure.



lrirst, check thc rvatcr tc'nrperature


nrllie. surc thc sctting is about 120 clegrees F (or'"mediunr" if youl thelnrostrrt doesn't have a degree reacling). If the valve continues to lcak, reurove it ancl exanrine it fbr nrineral buildup ancl siqns of corrosic'rn. Thc nrinelals in especially harcl rvatcr can clog it or attack the metal palts, resultinq in valve lailure. This is especially comnron rvith water fi-our a lvell. And if ,vou have n-rr.rnicipal rvater, check rvith your local r'vater departnrent to find out if the watel supply has a high concentration of n-rinelals. Ir-r eitl'rer case, vou'll l'ravc to softcn your'$'ater'. If the valve lool<s clean, cousicler-trvo othel possible causes: high water pressure irr thc nrr.rnicipal systenr or sonre sort of backflow preventcr arrottnd the wiltcr meter or- nririrr shutoff. YoLr'll need a licensed plur.nbel to diagnose and handle tl.rese probler.t-ts.

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What is the best material for Solder it using the same fittings as you piping compressed air to dif- would for water supply lines. (See





ferent areas in my shop and garage: "Soldering Copper Pipe: Start to Finish," PVC or copper? April '00, p. 83. To order a copy, see p. 5.) Rod Golding, Harrisburg, NC If you don't want to solder, use galva'

: r,, For years my downI : stairs toilet worked
fine.-Now it drains slowly. I've used a drain cleaner many times, but it hasn't helped. The toilet on the second floor and all of the sinks continue to drain fine. l've noticed ads for toilets with power flush designs.
Do these systems work, and is there a power flushing kit

r,r Don't

use PVC pipe. If it breaks under pressure, the plastic will

nized or black steel pipe. Measure the pipe runs and buy exact lengths; otherwise you'll have to cut and thread the ends yourself.

shatter ar.rd send pieces flying like shrapnel. Use copper instead. It's available at most hardware stores and home centers.

Unlike gas and water lines, air compression lines don't require perfect joints, so don't worry if they leak a tiny bit.


that will conveft my existing

toilet to a power flush design? l'd rather not
replace the toilet, since the fixture color has been discontinued.
Gerald R. Doton, Pembroke, MA You're referring to the po*., flush design on pressure-assisted toilets, which use regular water pressure to compress air in a tank to increase flushing power. The bowls and trap on these toilets





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are specially designed for these mechanisms and can't be retro-

fitted to another toilet.

your slow-draining

problem sounds like a clogging issue, so changing the flush wouldn't help. You probably have a hard object (like a kid's toy) lodged in the trap of the toilet or in the drain line.
Use a closet auger ($10 to $20

at a hardware store or home center), which is specifically designed for toilets, to remove
the clog.


that doesn't work,

unbolt and remove the toilet
from the flange and check the
passageways as far as you can to see


anything is stuck in the

opening or the drainpipe.

If the toilet still flushes poolly, call a

drain cleaning service.

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dia€pam. and m[cosl discolorati0n. tachycardia.nic Effecls. leukopsnia. Sporadh rep0rts have btrn lemived conqenital abnormalilies 0ccurilno in inlanls bom lo womefl who have rumiv€d omepraolo duin0 pregnancy. Phase see full Most likely the brass coating on the drain is corroding. nausa. .8y0). swealing increased. a csrtiiied Reglonal Poison C0ntr0l Centsr sh0uld be c0ntacled. Also examine the porcelain surface around the drain. Or. Coadminhtntion 0l es0mepraroh 30 mg md diaepam. sinusdis. The maj0rsions 0l acuteloxicilywere rudumd m0t0raclivily.Belease Capsuh can be opened. Mulsgenesi5. Prescilbing .9 t0 69. Delta Faucet Co. lachycardia. N EXI nance Utl' I 1"ror"p. one labhspoon 0l applesauce can carelullyemptied be added Ffi palients who have ditlicultyswallowif. micluilion frequency. cyslilh. esopha0eal strictuo. yiy. lunoal inlecti0n. appelile increasd. Two placeb0-c0nlr0lled sludies wile c0nducled in 710 patienls iff the lrealmenl 0l symplomalic gaslr0e headache (3. hyporalremia increased cramps. which won't corrode and discolor your sink. but oreater sensilivily 0t some older individuals cann0t be ruhd oul. Jibr0myalgia syndrome. lhen foll0wed l0r llo carcin0ids were seen in lhese rals. al that time. (800-345-3358 or www. The drains are available (or can be ordered) at home centers and plumbing supply stores. i . vertiqo. bemuse 0l the polenla ior sri0us advem remti0ns in nuning inlants lrom esomepru0h. sleep depression agqravalsd. especially hair coloring.omeprude ped0rmed in i. kdoconaole. dyspepsia. drowsiness. Cildnyrscdafllushing. Abrasive cleaners and some hair care products. North Andover. hernia. ss0phagitis. apathy. For curenl inlomalion 0n lreatment ofany drug overd0s.894. A 78-wesk mouss canin0oenicity sludy 0l om€praole did nol show increassd lunor occufiencs. Doses nnged up t0 2. l0ngue edema. If you want to stick with brass. and because 0lthe polential 10r lum0rigenhity shown 10r 0mepril0k in rat caminooenicily $udhs. Gl hemorrhage. P0slmarketing lrvM$udhs r€ports 0fchan0es in prolhrombin measucs have b€en rcceived am0ng palienls 0r c0ncomilant wadarin and ss0mepre0le lherapy. Becaus€ esomeprilole is likely t0 be excr€ted in human milk.5. please se lull Prescribing lnl0rmati0n. tlatulence. Sp?rialSerses:0lills media. 01 NuEing MofiersThe exretion ol . but a few days later.0rquinidine did n0l seem l0 changelhe pharmac0kinstic pr0lile 0lesomepraole. SGPI tncteased. v0miting. gr0ups). mignine aggravaled disorder. thisdrug should be used durin0 pregnancy 0nly ifcleaily n€€d€d. r momspra0h in milk has notbeen $udied. Esomepruole inhibils qmtrh acid secruti0n.8. neru0usness. ln general. which included 1. respectively) and diatrhea (n0 dillilence am0nq lhe three and dry moulh 0ccurcd al similar rales am0n0 palients lakinq NEXIUM or omeprazoh. eructati0n. warlaifl. dhruh reaclion. Therslore. €pistais. PRECATnONS Symplomalic lespons l0lherapy with ilEXlUl\. St€vensJ0hns0n syndrome.3%).000 palients (aged 18-84yea6) in clinhal trials w0rldwide includinq over8.deltafaucet. larynx edema.400 mg (120 timm the usual rccommended clinical dose).6timesthe dos 0n a b0dysudace area basis)10r1 year.0 mo/kg/day (aboul 5. that could explain why only that sink has the problem. the incidence 0l thh etlscl was markedly hi0her in lemah carcinoids seldom 0ccur in lhe unlrealed an addilional year wilhoul lhe drug. 0nl0lheapplesuce. aslhenia.2E1 ild 344. urlicana. constipalion aggravaled.4. ildomiml Fin (3. hyperlension. Both sinks are used the same l and eitmtiv€n€ss in pedialric palienls have not been eslablished. gaslic uhet gasldth.-. thromb0cyl0penai lleprltr. 5. N0 sp€cilic anlidole l0r As wilh lhe management 01 any overd0se. tr€atm€nt sh0uld be symplomalic and supporlive. 40-mg Deloyed-Releose Copsules BRIEF SUMI'IARY Belore prescribing NEXIUM. Gl sympt0ms not0thsruisespscilied.500 pal[nls in Eur0pe and Canada.d myalqia. and thus lhis inhracli0n is unlikelyt0 b€ 0l cliniml resvance. Lc:$inti *. There are n0 adequale and wellcontrolhd $udies in prugnant wom€n. crruical lymph0adenopathy. ADllEfiSE RtloTll)ilS smtion. Gaslic aden0mrcinoma was seen in oro ral (2%).omepruoh concenlralions have be€n measfied in brua$ milk 0la w0man loll0wing onl adminhtration 0l 20 mg. tinnitus.206. ADVEnSE REACnONS The Mhty 0i NEXIUM wm evalualed in ovil 15.500 pationts in the Uniled Slales and ovr6. the in yryo mouse bone matrow cell chr0mosome abenation te$. ln nls. it's back. and inlemittent clonic c0nvulsions. llu-like disorder. llushing. C0administrati0n 0l 0ral conlrrceplives. reactions similar t0 lhose strn blutred visi0n. /rvltroand mixluie whihhkino I'JEX|UM. trem0r. ph€nyl0in. hematuria.8. bul aiinding involving onlyonetum0r is ditlicull t0 inlerp[el. choose one of the newer types that have a nearly indestructible brass finish. MA lem clinical lials. . severe demal0logic reacli0ns. I .008 patients 0n 0mepnz0le 20 m0 daily. Alrcph c 0aslril6 has been noled 0ccasnnally in gastric corpus bi0psies lrom palienls treated lono-term wilh omepro0le. dysuria. Pregaoncl lenllg|. N0 clinically rehvanl interaclions wilh drugs metabol[ed bylhese CYP enzymtr would be sxpmhd. lacial edema. l0rthe shorl-lerm treatment (4 t0 msive tr0phagilis. imp0lence. lmpoiment 0mepnz0le 0. Esomtpnz0le was neoative in the Ames mulalion lest. Ihe m0stlr€quently occuffig adve6e evenls (>10/o) in all three qroups was headaclre (5. Addilional adv€6e €vents thal were rep0ded as p0ssibly 0r pmbably relahd l0 NEXIUM wilh an incidence <1% are I sled b€low by body sysleml 80dl as t lyirlsiabdomen enlarged. clarilhr0mycin 0r am0xicil in. Barrett's m0phagus.i. Urogrrihf abmmd urine.6 l0 56 timss lhe hu mafl doss 0mepra0h in a d0se range 0n a body surlace a[ea bash).over 2. Then replace the sink as well. l. vaginils 8rsri. hyposslhsia.4(q/day timtr lhe human d0se 0n a b0dy sl]dace area basis) did not discl0se any evidence for a leralogenh polenllal 0f omepruole. heartbun mpsuhs.8 t0 1 38. rash e0'llremat0us. 41. dysplasia Gl. By the s€c0nd year lhe ditlerence belwmn trsaled and conlrol rats was much smaller (46% vs 26%) bulstill sh0wsd mor€ hypeelasia in lhe trealed gr0up. There have been s0me rup0rts 0l 0vsrd0sqe with es0meprilole. ins0mnia. leukocyt0ss. ilon salls and digoxin). Forlhis slrain 0l nl n0 srmilartumorhas be€n noled hhtorimlly. lncreases in INR may and prclhrombinlime may lead l0 abnomd bleeding and even dealh. I clean it weekly. lnlormali0ni0r recommeded adultdosagesand dosage adjustments capsulsan ruqisteredlrademarks DOSAGE AND ADMINISnAnON l0rSprcial PoNlali0mf0r NEXluM. To keep your two basins matching.ls:n 0f6. lemale nlsw€relrealed wilh 13. lnileased plasma levels 0l diuepam were 0bseru€d 12 h0ure atlsr dosing and onwards. ild 3. Pregnancy Caleg\ry BIenlolouy sludies have been slrdies. and lhe I F- j i vMmouse micronuchus lesl. An increased incidence 0l lrcatmenl-related ICL cell hyperplasia was obserued al lhe end 0f 1 year (94% lrealed vs 10% c0ntrols). dyspnea. th€ p0$ibility 0t mulliple drug inoestion should be esomeprazole is known. n0 adequale and well-c0nlnllsd studies in pregnanlwomen. Dislribuled byr A$nzmem LB Wilminglon. [somepn20le.! d06 mt prmlude the presen0e 0l oaslric malignancy. [esulled in a 45% decrease in charance 0l diaepam. lelal res0rplions.4q/day (aboul 56timeslhe humafl dos€ 0n a b0dy sudacearea (ab0ut 56 basis) and in rabbils at $' : d0ss upt0 69 mg.orole mognesiumt INDTAIONS AND USAGE 6 iIEXIUM N indmated mainte. and 3. The most commofl adveBe svsnts lhal epidormal nmr0llais (TEll. Palienls lreated wilh proton pump inhibil06 and wadain conc0milanlly need t0 be m0nilor€d l0r increases in IlllR and prolhrombin tim€. and wile reporled as posibly 0r probably related l0 NEXIUM wile dnrfim (4. pain. bul 0ccuringwith omepra0lecan beloufld inlheomepraz0lepackage intrrt. diziness. dry m0uth. but lhe $udy was nol conclusive. hypertonia. ne pellels sh0uld be mixsd ne applesauce used should not be hot and should bf soll en0ugh l0 be swallowed wilhoul chewing. chesl pain subslemal. Teralol0gysludi€s conducled wilh 0meprazole in rats al 0ral doses upt0 138 mo. perlpheral edema. 3.srlrol eanche. DE 19850 Producl ol France 31026-00 Rev 06/05 231200 AstraZenecas l8 vencu 2006 THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN . albuminuria. c0u0hing. ln rabbils.2. The best solution is to replace the pop-up and drain assembly.gastroent€ritis. rheumalimi l{effors Slslsn4ryrtialdri an0rexia. lhe major esomepru0h metab0lizing €nzyme. bilirF binemia. Sludi€s evaluating c0ncomrlafl admindnti0n 0t somepru0le and eilher naproxen (n0n-seleclive NSAIo) 0r r0lecoxib (C0X-2 sslmtive NSAID) did nol ldentify my clinically lehvant changm in the phamac0kinetic proliles 0i €s0mepra0le 0r lhese NSA|Ds. 3. chesl pain. hepatith with 0r wilhoul jaundice has btrn reporled. pharyngitis. Manifeslali0ns were variabl€.rloryi asthma aogra' Sfir rrdrppsrdrgesjacne. was p0silive in the in yilro human lymphocyle chron0s0me abeffation lesl. Drug lnrercclioni Esorl]epratole is exlensively melab0lized in haveshownthatesomepraole is nollikelyl0inhibitCYPS 1A2. Since esomeprude rs exlensively prctein boufld. anemia hyp0chromic.{elal l0xicily and poslnalal devel0pmental toricity were obseryed in 0llspring resulting lr0n parenls trgat€d wilh 0mepra0h at 1 3. ECI cell hyperplasia was presefll in all lreated groups 0l bolh sexes. weeks) in lhe healin0 and sympt0matic res0lution 0l draonoslically c0nfrmed 20-mg. m0niliasis. dilmatith. h€rnia. m0uth dh0rder pharynx disordel reclal d$0rdsl serum oaslrin increased. Telephons numbers are lisled in th€ Physicians' Desk Eelerenm (PDR) 0r lmal lelsphone b00k. atdia. and l0r the trmtment 0l 0lhersymploms associaled with GERD. Gastric nl. hiccup. and pancrealith. lasle l0ss. and preonancy disrupli0ns. how€ver. gsnilalized edema.--""". If it's scratched or worn (dull). esophageal disordsr. omepra0h at daily doses 0f human d0se0l20 mg/dayexpressed 0n a body surlacearea . and lhe i. anqi0sdema. doscJelaled embry0. epiga$rc pain.2C9. was lethal t0 rats.5 l0 56 tim€s the human dose 0n a body surface area basis) produftd dosFrelaled increasss in embry0-lethdity. ulcsrative $omatith. resh maculopapular. lhe 0i sympt0m resolulion and and healing 0l erosive es0phaqitis (conlrolled studhs d0 nol sxtend bey0nd m0nths). msn$rual disorder. OVERDOSAGE A sin0le oml d0se 0l somspraoh at 510 mq. lever.900 palientswentrealed in long-lerm studiesl0rup 10612 m0nlhs. 0l which NEXIUM is an enanli0msr lnformotion for Potienh NEXIUM Delayed-Release Capsuhs sh0uld be swall0wed wholeand lakenatleastone h0urbelore meals. omeprude was posilive in the in vilru human lymphocyle chrom0s0me aberralion te$. prunlus. replace both drains. c0nsidered.lt: ::: . par0smia. skin inJlammati0n. Tod D. ds. bul included conlusion. mouse micronucleus lesl.1 mgikg/day (aboul 5. However. abdominal pain. and e0'lhema mullilorme.lrsquentslools. One has a dirty ring around the perimeter of the brass drain.710 ol ferlility The caflinogen[ potential 1 0l es0meprude was asms€d 1 using sludies. Anhcids may be used the liverbyCYP2C19and CYP3A4. These rep0rts have included nre uses 0l anaphylactic reaclion af.lrmrlololit: anemia. genilal yisrrf m0niliash. l. quinidine.0 ild 1 40. malaise. pruritus ani. a dechion should be made whetherl0 discontinue nunin0 0rl0 disc0ntinuethe druo. All ilghls reserued. vrsual lield delectt vated.lausea. ta$e p8rue6i0n. and the pellels wflllhe applesaum and then swall0wed immedialery. andl0r rhk reducti0n 0lNSAl0-ass0ciatsd gaslric ulcer COMRAINDICAnONS NEXIUM is c0nkaindimtsd in pathntswith known hypemnsilivrlyt0 anycomp0nenl 0lthe lormulalion 0rt0 sub$ituled benzimidazoles. somnohnce. l45g were65l0 i4years 0l ageand 354 palienlswerc >i5years 0fage. Rarely. Labrie. fiinilis. dysphagia.Thsrsare. rash. Po$maiketin0 Reports-Ther€ have bmn sponlaneous rep0rts 0ladveGe evenlswith poslmarteling us 0f esomeplilole. ln one human 0fthse sludies.2A6. in the /h yiyo nl bone marow cell chromosome aberalion le$. the plasma levels 0l dia€pam wers belowthe lhenpeulic interyal. leg edema.8 mg/tg/day (about 5itimsthe basis) produced qastric ECLcell caminoids in adoseJelaled mann€r in b0th male and lemale nls.0. The saf€ty in lhe trcatment 01 healino 0l erosive esophaoith was assessed in iour randomized comoanlive clinical triah. some laial). hol llrshes. taking inl0 accountths importance ollhe druq l0 lhe molhr Pediotric U* Salety We have two matching basins side by side in our master bathroom. Es0mspra0le may polenlially inlerlffi with CYP2C19. mcludm0 l0xic sophageal reflux disease. diaph0resis. p0lyudai conjunctivitis.fto (ab0ul 103 tims the human dos 0n a b0dysudace area basis).J \ra | """" ]i"ii i:t.8mq 0meprudeJtg/day{ab0ul5.otheradveBeevents nolobseoed wilh NEXIUM.r! '. rig06. Drug intendi0n $udhs have sh0wn that m0mepnzole does not hav€ any clinically signrlicanl inlenclions wilh phenyl0in. ntsatoni d0ses upt0 280 mgitgiday(ab0utSTlimeslhe human d0se 0n a b0dy sudacearea bass) and in rabbitsal0ral doses up l0 86 mg/kgiday(about35timslhe human dose 0n a b0dysurlacear€a basis) and have rev€al€d n0 evidence 0fimpaired ferlility 0r harmt0lhe lelus duet0 €s0meproole. SG0T increased. es0pha0eal vaices. visi0n abnormal. hyperurhsmia. a CYPzCl9 subslrale.240 patients 0n NEXlUt4 20 m9. and othil adveise in n0md clinhal experience (s€e 0meprude package nserl-Al)lltRst 8EACIl0ilS). p0lymyalgia tlelal'lic/lfuIilimal: glyc0suria. . it is nol expecled t0 be rem0ved by dialyss ln the event ol ovedosage. can be particularly corrosive. replace the brass drain with a nickel chrome or brushed stainless steel drain. trem0r. Becase animal reproducli0n studhs are not aiways prediclive 0l human resp0nse. t0ngue disorder.434 palienls 0n NEXIUM 40 mg. mi0raine. however. NEX|UMand lhe c0l0rpurph asapplifdi0the 0lthe Aslrazenecagnup 0lc0mpanhs 0Astnzeneca 2005. c0nstipati0n. €sophaoeal ulceration. Eeporls have bsen recsived 01 ovildosao€ wilh omepra0le in humans. Geriohic Uie 0lthe 101a1 numbtr 0l patients who nceived NEXIUM in clinical triah. whhh had higher bl00d levels 0l omepraoh. lati0ue. N0 ov*all dittereaces in salelyand etlicacywrc obserued betwtrn the eldillyand y0ungerindivid[als. How€ver. melena. These finishes are applied with an electric charge that vaporizes the brass and affixes it permanently to the drain. The pslht/appl€sauce should not be st0red l0riulure l]se. dirt will also cause a ring. The pelhts should not be chewed 0rcrushed. The p0lential efl€cts 0l esomspraoh 0n lerlilily and repr0duclive perlormance were assessed us n0 0mepraoe at oral doss up l0 138 mg/kg/day in nls (ab0ul 56 times lhe human dose 0n a b0dy sudace area basis) was l0und t0 have flo ellecl 0n rcpoductive ped0rmanm 0l parental animals.Corcin€ereris. Endoscopic findings that were rcporled as adveBe €v€nts includer du0denilis. Errmdurtiwr dysmenofihea. headache.g lo an empty bowl and lhs NEXIUM l)elayed. causing the ring you have in your sink. esomeprude may inl€dsre wilh lhe absorption 01 drugs where gaslilc pH h an imp0rtant deteminant ol bioilailab Iy (e0. hepalic lrnclion abn0rmal. NEXIUM waswelltoleraled in b0lh shon-and lonq- amount. N0 simrlar tumor was seen in male 0rlemale nlstreatsd for2y€ars. changes in ruspiratoryirequency. fud\uine: goilel Gash'int5linl:bowel iregularity. back pain. and 0th€r r€p0rtsd clinical erperience has nol idenlilied ditlerences in responss betwtrn the eldillyand younqil patients. paresthesia.com) is one of many companies that offer this type of product. ln two 24'm0nlh 0ral carcinogeniciry $udies in rats. ln addilion. benign polyps 0r n0dules. coniusi0n. If a family member habitually rinses hair products in the one sink.

Then use a rvr-ench to reurove the rettrining nut that's attached to the sill cock (top photo).tove thc rvashBuy ir nerv u'aslter tlritt nratchcs the old onc at ilnv hardrvrre stot'e.* dllll |. If so. r'eplace the entire firuce{ t-.^ . turn off tl-re water to the faucet. ilt the er-rcl of the stcrr (bot- tom photo) irncl rct.-. o I have an outdoor faucet that makes a loud vibrating noise when I open or shut it. r' I:.1 t.' wood. YcrLr screw er'. C)ccrr sionall.1 (t -J ( J ):) \t 1l 'tt' Ail P Ll recr of roLo!]rapry .. Then reirsscnrble the titucet.i"* -". First. Lewiston.rt of the sill cock.' Extra Thick Extra Stick." '%. stucco.metal. Larry Carrier.::. . Renove the it. tr Bonds hundreds of materials including . brick. stone.: I . Sliclc thc hanclle ancl stcnr lsscnr bly or.1 at |. How can I fix it? I have another outdoor faucet that works fine.. If you l-rave tl-ris type. BlLt ZUEHLKE and RAMON MORENO THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN vnncH zoos 19 . New Gorilla Tape sticks to things ordinary tapes simply cant . ". Sonrc fir-rccts havc tr spring loaclecl slecve near the n'ashr. ME Thc faucct washel is probably rvom out. BOB UNGAR .t. wood and more. put a clrop ol Loctite Threadlocker ($. can casily harclrvare stores) on tl-re threacls ancl rcplircc it without removing the tighten e cntire lirucet.. meal.v tlrc washcl is tlne but thc scrov holclinc it is loose . glass. ceramic and more! lncredibly strong and I 00% waterproof! . .

x314-in. notches in the legs and stretchers. plywood. Stand everything right side up and put your instant workbench to work! w ffiffi ffi 127-112" t23"1 "LEG" THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN unncg zooo 2l . legs * One 48-in. h . large project assemblies or even that old outboard motor you're overhauling. then position the base so the top overhangs all four sides equally. take an hour to build reader fared Vergith's sturdy. simple workbench from a single sheet of 3/4-in. in from the edge on the legs and 4 in. x 23-in. end cleats Saw 4-in. Lay the top upside down on the floor. It can hold heary power tools. x 314-in. x314-in. x 8-in. stretchers x Two 27-112-in. x314-in. side cleats m Two l2-in.by Bruce Wiebe lnstant workbench o on. Tap them together to create an inter- locked base. Then spend only a couple of seconds tapping it together whenever you need it. Cutting list: ro Two 38-in. spacing them 3 in. x 30-in. Screw cleats on the top so they will fit just inside the base.l Position them slightly away from the base ' to make assembly easy.x314-rn. top ru Two 26-in. in from the ends on the stretchers.

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so wear hearing protection! Many thanks to Blair Thompson for routing this great tip our way. cut a straight piece of 2x4 to 2-ll4 in.. ffi it'"4*ngur r"*r f-i ir{. Thanks to Ralph Molling for cooking up this tip. On a table saw. THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN vnRcH zooo 23 . or 2-ll4 in. then screw together a plylvood box with a hole in the top to fit your shop vacuum hose (1-1/4 in.rtr.j r-r} ix {. It's noisy to run a router and vacuum at the same time.r Need small containers for mixing and dispensing stain. pour water-an ounce at a timeinto the disposable cups and trace each level with a fine-tip permanent marker.Chip-swallowi ng router fence This made-from-scraps router fence-along with your shop vacuumcollects wood chips while you work. paint and epoxy? Save and reuse Jell-O and Crystal Light plastic cups. being sure the vertical face and bottom edge of the fence form a 90-degree angle. wide for the fence's height. Customize the larger fell-O cups with ounce markings for precise measurements when you're mixing two-part formulas. diameter). Just borrow the kitchen measuring cup.}!r f t"i*: *h*. Saw a "mouse hole" in the center of the fence to fit over the router bit.

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Now you can park extra handsets all over the house even if there's not a phone jack in sight. And a new generation of"linked" cordless phones is even better. @ qg@dl'= l. #d {.11.'_ ffi.etru {-o:13. ry sfE*XFE t* trL. You buy a system that consists of a home "base" station with one or more additional handsets.A new generation of GordKmffiffiWh Replace your old phones with a single.*l 5'"Y.. q {*. linked system that can do it all byTravis Larson veryone loves the freedom of being able to roam around the house while gabbing on a cordless phone. Here's how it works. You plug the home base into a phone jack and an electrical outlet just as you would any conventional cordless r{. -*dF*"- Base station 26 vancn 2006 THE FAMtly HANDvMAN . qs %" i('ry {v' {'' 3 -iAasf : L]SF q).6rY/SIOF sl..

These handsets send and receive calls via the base station. A walkie-talkie feature makes the handsets a whole-house intercom. buy a system that operates on a different wavelength to avoid interference (2. basements.Remote stations phone. . which phones have speed dial. etc. r Some base units will only support one extra handset. make sure the extra handsets feature it as well. Check specification plates on any devices to find out their operating wavelengths. Then you plug in the extra handsets wherever you want the convenience of an additional phone. others nine or more. make sure the handsets have it too. If your family makes conference calls (you kit that and Junior visiting with Grandma). They don't require a phone jack. With the new system. Linked systems are available everl'where phones are sold. Prices start at $60 for a no- frills kit with one extra handset and go to $200 and up for more elaborate models con- taining four or more Art Direction Photoqraphy handsets. Decide on your priorities before you go shopping. Buy a unit that'll handle as many extra handsets as you think you'll eventually need (-ayb. DAVID SIMPSON BILL ZUEHLKE . only an electrical outlet for charging. If you're addicted to caller ID. one or two more!). get a has the conference call feature.4 G-Hz-based phone systems are the ones most commonly affected by wireless (WiFi) video game controllers and wireless computer systems). bathrooms or simply better wall locations in places that don't have convenient phone jacks. Features that are included with systems vary widely. ft . each phone works the same.) A single phone system also simplifies the home phone network. place a handset by your bedside. (If you worry about miss- ing those "check-in" calls from roaming teenagers. No more confusion regarding the differences of unmatched phones-which buttons to push for activating calls or hanging up. That means you can place a handset just about anywhere-garages. If your home has other wireless devices. Ifyou're hooked on one-touch phone dialing.

ris fountain arouud a special stone. OLNL byTravis Larson 28 vnncH 2006 THE FAMTLy HANDvMAN 'ft*'-'W ' *#Fr 1| I -1 I -rtla--.ir. deck or eveit fror-rt entry.q.e.r yor-r how to select and drill a boulder that'll mimic a natural artesian well. we'll shor.r an eye-catchir. hole drilled through it.i t# r?f. pails.vill do the trick. A gravel-filled reservoir below collects the overflow for recirculatiorr. To reduce maintentlnce. the water stays pristine.. Water fron.rg feature for your patio. *. foun- .rt stones.red tl. L'r tl." . one with a I-in.q-{* ffi.r pond. we elin-rinated the collectior.. You'll have algae growir-rg near wet areas.l 4 ':.r. Since no sunlight can reach the watel in the reservoir and support algae grorvth.r the pun-rp gr. this natural-lookir-rg artesian fountain . f yodre looking 1c. r* *. The decorative cl'roices-the top-6lr.rrgles up through the hole and overflows the stone. "%.G!P-"!. We desigr.ris article. but it o'rly contriLrutes to the r-ratural look. We'll also show you l-row to constrllct a sirnple under'-gravel reservoir using 5-gal.

{ 'a tiiin stone and plar-rts-t'e inspiration. and all of the boulclels.l.5t.{ &l f . "1r 6:... The four-rtair-r rve shou'cost about $1.. I. &ir" #r'g.rp in gravel.#l '. leave to voLll- ou'n crcative ey'e and The rvhole builcling process is simpler than vott miqht think. But it's r.or. .. special skills or tools.$+ ..* .000 incluciing thc purlp-r.role r"rinely heavy r-rir-rg about 2 fl. \bu'll have tct dig ln 8 x lO-fi. ll r. That's the otrlv seuwork. lr. irnd .... cleep and dr. THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN F% vancH zooe 29 . :#l s* h'f'&i. )bu ciur clcsign a smaller versiot-t that will cost as littlc as $200.lnand finisl-red ir-r a dav once volive gathered tl'rc materials. incluclir-rg the or-re that's drilled.ti"":.r.rot a cornpletel.t !l41:. . rr.rr. pond liner and pac1.v no-srveat iob.1h' . rock flll.ater-spout ing boulcler restit-ts ir-r a sn-rall arca of decolative stotte firt' it beautiful conversrrtior-r piece fbr' 1. Ilut vcur por-rd doc-sn't have to be irs large ancl elaborate als ours.rr gardeu.vou don't ueeci irn).. All vou need is one \\. t . You can easilv have this proicct ulr.

We drilled all of the pails with holes sized to keep out the gravel (Photo 5) but let the water seep in. You'll need to rent a rotary hammer drill ($40 for four hours) and a 1-in.. drill a 1|2-in. the length of the bit) long enough to drill through the stone you choose. plus delivery and placement charges. lf so. Adjust the stone to alter the flow.1 :-aS t. We elevated the pump pail so the lid lies just below the surface for easy pump access. bit may slide off the rounded surface when you start drilling. basins. so wear hearing and eye protection.8) create a large reservoir volume. let the weight of the hammer drill do the work. the pump may be ruined. Pull the bit out of the stone every inch or so to clear the dust. water-loving plants. I ' '''.. depending on the weather. bit.-diameter masonry bit (rental prices depend on ":t6'1"." with only a few exceptions {petrified wood being one}.: t *11 s{ } Just about any stone is "drillable.000. The f -in. for l-ton stones with natural If you build a smaller fountain with fewer 5-gallon pails. ltt noisy. lf you've picked out a rounded stone. Dont force the drill. Look for a stone that has natural chutes or channels if you're seeking a "stream-like" flow.The planning steps The water basin is a two-tiered hole: a shailow end where the boulders rest and a deeper end that serves as the reservoir (Figure A).i. so the pails but the one containing the pump you don't have to add water often. depending on the hardness and thickness of the stone.. or one the stone you choose to test the water flow. The 5-gallon pails (photos 5 . They are positioned about 5 in.-deep pilot hole with a 1/2-in. monitor the water level more frequently. Prices will range between face to leave room for potted. 3O vnncg 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDvMAN .. Bring water from home and pour it over Deciding on the fountain stone is the hard part. $50 for small stones and upwards of $2.) All of predrilled stones ("Stone. stabilize it before drilling by digging a little crater in the ground to rest it in. Natural" in the needed to Yellow Pages). *:-.t. If the reservoir goes dry. below the suralso reduce the amount of coarse gravel fill the hole. Bring several gallons of water with you and pour water over your stone selections to see how it flows. Drilling your own stone may only take a few minutes. (We ran this founBegin your search for fountain stone by tain most of the summer and found that calling stone suppliers that either customwe only needed to add water every week drill stones or have a selection of or two..

HOrES Figure A Fountain details THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN vencH zooo 3l . (See "Drilling a Stone. Our fountain stone cost $75.GALLON PAILS <- 1/2. thick at the fountain hole location. buy a stone and drill it yourself. i/ "1 t I $r.-:*./ 5. 30.rA -'-/'AH /j . -#fA :. .) t." p. . and we paid $150 for the boulders that supported and surrounded it. Pick a stone that's less than 15 in..i '-t\: PUMP t*-::*-'\. If you don't have a source for drilled stones.that has a natural basin if you're after a gurgling-up-from-the-ground look. that's the limit for available drill shafts. It's easier than you think.&.


Add the pails and fill in the hole Use either a spade bit or a twist bit to drill l/2-in. Position the larger base rocks at this point.. Protect the stones from overflowing foam by tucking i. Test-fit the fitting end in the fountain hole. you may have to grind or chisel offthe plastic barbs on the fitting to make it tight. drain holes in all the pails as we show in Photo 5. cut the water line to length and clamp on the plastic fittings (Photo 1i).. Lay in the top-dressing rock and arrange the fountain and filler stones Hook up the pump to the water line and rest it on the bottom of the pump pail (ehoto s). use expanding "pond foam" between the stones to stabilize the pieces.. Be sure to keep the height of the pun. Arrange the fountain stone and other stone supports or features in the shallow end of the hole. Rest the pump at the bottom of the pail and then plug it in for a test run. Let it set for an hour and then reset j]. :'f rim from the pump pail and cut and fold down a 1-1l2-in. we suggest cutting off the lid-locking lip of the pump-containing pail (etoto 6). Coat the fitting with silicone caulk and slip it into the hole.. Use a flowing garden hose near the hole in the fountain stone and tinker with the stones until the flow pattern approximates the look you're after (Photo 1o). Stop filling at this point. When you start backfilling around the pails. holes around the middle and near the bottom and top of each pail. Readjust the stones as needed to get the ideal water flow. and then pour the pea gravel around them and top off the rest of the feature (enoto s). 35 nnncH 2006 THE .fi pleat it wherever necessary to fit against the sides of the hole. below grade level (Photo 7). The pea gravelwill fill the final 2 in.-wide x 2-in.. flap at the top for the water line and electrical cable. When you're satisfied. \ SLOT FOR WATER AND ELECTRICAL LINES the stone.rp pail about 2 in. they'll want to shift a bit.. To make accessing the pump easier. If you stack boulders and smaller stones to form a more elaborate fountain. Drill four r. so keep a foot on the lids while you shovel a few inches of rock around each base. tip over the fountain stone to expose the hole.J columns of 1/2-in. ""1i1' Unfold the liner and center it over the hole. Then snap on the lids and rest the pails in the hole. Now fill the reservoir by laying a garden hose on the gravel and running water through it until the pump pail is full. Cut offthe i. Push it into recesses and .

We selected a low-voltage Pump (see Buyer's Guide. '-/f-------L. Send them to: travis_larson @readersdigest. I promise a resDonse. lf you'd like a smaller. water "sticks" to the side of the it runs off and your goal is a mini waterfall. If you live in a cold climate. 40) because it's safer and the wiring is easier to install. to 2-in. p.+"qLflslr"l. The silicone will repel the water and help it "fall. Start with small amounts of foam and try to keep it out of sight by shoving the dispensing tube deep into the crevices. gravel." stone as Finish the water feature by trimming off the overhanging liner and pad even If with the rim of the hole. bury the wire much deeper and install a GFCIprotected outlet.com. Don't worry about draining the reservoir. Keep the gravel 2 in.q *. the gravel until it's even with the Pour in and ffi pea e*# level edges. buy a 200-gph pump or install a restrictor valve at the pump to allow you adjust the flow. tear away the foil and cut off any exposed foam with a knife or saw. W the ffi Connect water line to the pump and route it to the stone fountain location. Add whatever other top-dressing or perimeter stones and plants you wish. For a standard 12O-volt pump. however. The liner best cut is with a utility knife and the pad with a scissors.:lr. below grade. gurgling flow. . After the foam sets (about two hours). F. take your pump in for the winter and store it in a pail of water to keep the seals wet. avoiding areas where heavy stones will rest.aluminum foil in the areas you want to keep free of foam (photo 12). Then use a steel rake to even out the surface. resting the pump pail on the gravel so its top becomes even with grade. you'll have to apply for an electrical permit. you only need to bury the cable an inch or two below grade. freezingwon't hurt it a bit. let the stone dry and then apply a bead of silicone to the water side of the stone. We'd love to receive photos of and comments about your project.ae</) 38 ranncH 2006 THE . *# d Backfitt around the reservoir pails with 1-in.: A 300-gph (gallons per hour) water pump will give you the type of flow you see in our opening photo.ir. In fact.

rck" doors.com 39 .> Ask for Johnson Hardware's Pocket Door Frame.800.56(t4 for a Free the water ii . 1. For an even smoother glide. HANDYMAN unncH zooo Engineered Excellence www. fountain stone. Gives home a mofe spacious feel without sacrificing privacy. Goat the plastic elbow with silicone sealant and work the fittings into the hole on the underside of the HandicapAccessible. Shim the stones as necessary.. :.iohnsonhardware. o:i ty adjust the fountain boulders using a garden hose placed near the fountain hole to simulate the water's path.l. $ $ Cut the water line t # to length and attach the fountain fittings. allows door removal for painting after walls are in place. into place. i.837 .l* flow by filling the basin and running the pump.1'MALE ADAPTER Figure B Fountain fittings Slide it int0 'uf. then fill around the stones with pond foam to lock them 'r]1 'i'. ball bearing wheels arc avarTal'ie.i1 Test Ideas Brocbure. Iifetime Guarantee. Then flip over the boulder to access the underside of the hole. Exclusive design eliminates "str.r il Place and rough- wall.

it in bulk or in bags for the 2-in.69 plus shipping. elbow and l-in. Use silicone caulk to seal the elbow contours before you go shopping. It Works Where Others Don't. Buy two tubing clamps. Pea gravel: Buy into the fountain stone hole. Zircon. You'll find the fittings in the lawn irrigation area at thr: home center. BOB UNGAR lllustration . Scoop out the pea gravel and set in potted pond plants. wtvr'v vttuvtTLIBING .You'll find all the materials for this project. A large fountain like ours will require about 1.-thick top rock layer (our feature required 25 bags). a l-in.to 2-in. smooth round stone for the main filler stone. . male adapter to feed the water a Select corrugated pond ii Ad Direction Photoqraphv the water feature with decorative topdressing and perimeter edging stones. . Cheaper. next-generation Auto-Corecting Technology (ACT) for unmatched. Five 5-gallon pails with lids. all-around performance. Wayne Water Systems offers the 300-9ph low-voltage pump shown in this story for g1'14. then finish tubing only. 57924-WYNG. 4O vancH 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDyMAN . thin-walled vinyl tubing will collapse under the overlying stone. besides the fountain stone.000 lbs. MIKE KRIVIT DON MANNES on Wall Scanner Use the MultiScannero i700 from with exclusive. Here's what you'll need: 1. at home centers or large nurseries. Call (800) 237-0987 and order part No. One tube of silicone caulk and one can of pc'nd foam. Pond liner padding and waterproof liner: Know your pond dimensions and make sure to allow for the hole into the stone fountain hole./ A small roll of indoor/outdoor carpeting or any other old carpeting you may have on hand.



!.:r.i!:1i::rr.:' . Especially check along the top of walls that run parallei to the ceiling framing.. 44 MARCH 2006 THE FAMTLY HANDvMAN .dryxara}ling tips :. ' . If not. If you have to add blocking and don't have room to swing a hammer. but it's often missing. drive screws into the blocking at an angle from below. Normally biocking is nailed to the top plate of the wall during the framing phase.:i:i : ' 1' ..:::1 1 -'. Make sure there's at least 1 in.: . making it impossible to fasten the edge of the drywall. .l . add another 2x4 alongside the existing framing (photo right). of exposed framing at corners.r.:t:::.: .' .': Providihg poor support at edges TOO LITTLE BACKING raming at inside corners is often inadequate or lacking altogether. The solution is to inspect the framing before you start hanging drywall.

n-rake these r-narks and use them as ir guide to draw a light .ith a pencil befole you start to l.rang drywall on the walls.f you fbrget to nrarrk the loca- tior-r ol franring mernbers Guessing at framing locations NO FRAMING MARKS . Then you'll be able to place screws quickly and arccurately. you'll have a hard tirne placing tl-re scl'ews accurately (photo left). Fol foolproof screw placenrent.r with drpvall. After the ceiling drywall is htrng.7 ( SCREWS the sheet (photo below).r. Mark the location of ceiling joists or. Then r-nark the center of each stud or-r the floor. And per-rcil lir-re across Mlss yon wolr't have to waste time retrloving sclews lltat rttiss tlrc flanrirrq.t . lfl .r the top plate of the wall framir"rg. nrark tlre stud locatiorrs t-tn tlie ceiling r.( ng JOIST CENTER MARK THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN vnncg zoos 47 . Make r-rote of unusual framing so yodll know where to place sclews after it's covered witl-r dr1. befbre you cover then.wall.

bead accurately. you'll often run into an outlet hole that doesn't quite fit.i*.wall with the tapered corner. 48 nnncs 2006 THE FAMTLY HANDyMAN . .r place. Ther. ulolrion outside CUT EDGES. requiring extra time to patch.rish fastenir.vall.wall awav alor. faster.rd cuttir. Forci over ven with careful measurir-rg. The key to solve this problem is to check the fitbefore you press the drpvall tight to the wall. The solutior. hold the dr1'wall ir. NO TAPER edges along an outside corr.rg out the openings in your' sheet of dr'yr.re framing before trimming the opening.rg tight box edges with a utility knife (top right) until the drywall slides easily over the outlet boxes (bottom right).-rrl.r the drlnvall will break around the electrical box (photo above).url th.r the sheet with a few screws along the top edge or rvell away from the ont1et openings. If the fit is close.".r is to place cut I I I . making it difficult to cover with joint compound.wall.. The corner of the bead will lie too low. After carefully measuring ar.rg the dr1.rer (photo right). Trim excess dr'1. The commor. it will be hard to i.ling tapered along I you hang a sheet of drl. Then fir.orn.r mistake is to screw the dri'wall to tl.

rble the edge or break olrt a cor ner (photo left).r. Cut it to leave about a i/8-in.rg ilr a piece that's too tight will clun. So you car. ps at edges l'"i . . And the sarne is true of inside wall corners. Even a here's r-ro reason piece whose edges arer.r't covered should be cut a little short. lar-r-rn-rir. when yotire hangir.r safely cut these pieces 1/4 ir. o l. keep in rnind that 1i2 ir."-' to measure and cut drywall for an exact fit. A loose fit avoids this problen. t.r the walls.:i:] dL1i TOO T|GHT 1/8't:G4P. It'll usually just cause tlouble.r setting-type compound than to cut and repair a broker-r edge or corner. gap at edges. THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN vlncs zoco 49 .--7 1/8-in..r. In fact. S:r #:. gap rvitl. It's eirsier to fill a 1/S-in. along the perimeter rvill be covered by dLywall or.rg the ceilir.for a tight Gutting fit i . less than the actual measurernent ancl leave a gap in the corr-rer if necessary.r. And removing a piece to shave tr too-tight edge is messy and time consuming.rg.

or you can special-order it from most home centers and lumberyards.1 . have the ]. tall.-long sheets ofdrywall rather than standard 8-footers (photo below). However. sheets is difficult and getting them into the dry- wall delivered. 8'sHEET oF the walls you're planning to drywall are between I in. '*_--. :* 5O rvnncH 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDvMAN . If 8 ft. especial- ly those hard-to-tape butt joints left).wall is time consuming and tedious enough without adding extra joints.. consider ordering special BUrrJorNT l. t' sheets possible 12' SHEET OF DRYWALL 12'SHEET OF DRYWALI . You'll find 54-in. You'll also speed up your --=tl .-wide sheets of drywall to avoid an extra horizontal joint. I I I 'l' I job by using l2-ft.L I M 12-ft. and 9 ft. \l 54-in. _----.-wide drywall at drlwall suppliers. hauling house can be challenging. I in. And don't scrimp on materials.:i. For large jobs.' -: . Many drywall suppliers will even stack the drywall in the house for an extra fee.-'-.dr:nnralling tips ng <----BUTT JOINT 8' SHEET OF DRYWALT aping dry. DRvwALL i I Drywall is cheap.j. So plan your (photo job to use the longest and largest sheets possible.

Get help when hanging notched sheets because the skinr. BILL ZUEHLKE THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN ttaRcl :ooo 53 . Windows on exterior walls are a little trickier.rift and settle slightly./ /// void lining up a sheet of drywall with the edge of a door or window oper-ring (photo above). Measure and r. ar. It's better to notch drywall around openings rather than to make a joir.rotch the sheet before hanging it.{ AROUND i /t NorcH j DOOR : . simply continue over tl-re oper-rir-rg with a hrll sheet and cut out the opening after you fasten the sheet (photo right).ry sectiot. MARCIA WRIGHT ROEPKE Photography . It's OK to join sheets over an opening (and ofter-r easier if you're working alone) as long as the joint isn't in line witl.rt. L1 Art D rect of .t above the opening is often fragile. A joint at tl-ris location..rd that movement shows up at the corners of windows ar.t either side. Your home tends to sl. is weaker than solid dry'wall.rd doors./ . Chances are it'll crack in the future. even if it's well taped. For interior walls.


You can buiid the plywood and hardboard forms over the weekend. but you can achieve similar results THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN vLncs zooe 55 .. I spent about $50 for the cut stone mortared into the top recess. ar.-:Ti: -' ' :.'-lll:.-':- by David Radtke and you'll have a bench in two weekends! The concrete forms for this bench are not r-r the mood to create something timeless and beautiful for your garder. And with concrete at $4 per bag.':lx t i $! . You'll spend about $40 for form material and hardware. Note. You can leave the recesses empty to create lines and shadow or fill them with tile or stone to add color and texture.:: :'""-' 1 ( . this is one inexpensive project. You can give it a unique personal desigr. All you have to do is build simple plywood forms.. pour the fonns after a few days and wait for the The bench details come from panels built into the forms that appear as recesses once the form is poured. them. mix and pour your own concrete to fill only cheap but also reusable.Make two simple forms. that you can raise the cost sub- magic.rch a little at a time over the course of a week or so. add three bags of concrete . buy three 80-lb.rd then install the bench ir.r your favorite garden spot.r and then sit and enjoy it for a lifetime. stantially if you buy fancy tile or stone.r? Build this fun three-piece concrete ber. You can follow the plan exactly as shown to learr-r the process and then experiment with your own shapes and designs. however. bags ofdry concrete nrix. I found I could make about five benches from a single set of forms before they started to deteriorate.

Draw a center line on the 2 x 4-ft. of 314-in. bags of 5. Now look at the dimensions on Figure A. Then scribe the panel a compass to mark an equal reveal on each side. 3/4" drywall screws 84" No. panels ofplywood and hardboard next to the fullsize sheet goods (plyuood and paneling).4 rebar 80-lb. Cut out the shape with your jigsaw and sand any irregularities along the curve with your belt sander. standard hardboard.000-lb. but if you don't have one. deck screws. These small. using bulk flat river stones. '1 pkg. from the washer. scribe the two concentric arcs onto a sheet of 2 x 4-ft. easy-to-handle sheets are all you need for this project. . plywood ends (B) to the llorm base with 1-5/8-in. You can complete the project with ordinary carpentry tools. If you can't find it at your home center or hardware store. Remove the panel. plywood as shown. Q V Cut a piece ol 114-in. But a table saw would be helpful to cut the thin l-in. predrill pilot holes and screw them to the sides of the form base (A) and to the form ends (B). Then cut strips of 1/4-in. keeping the twine taut. You can also use ceramic tile. Shopping List DESCRIPTION OTY 2 ) 3/4" plywood (2'x 4') 1/4" standard hardboard (2' x 4 1-5/8" deck screws 2 2 lbs. hardboard and 5sygvl. truss screws. For this project. including a circular saw and a jigsaw. 58.-wide strips of hardboard for the details in the form. even broken tile. 1 can 1 1 pt. Align the plywood so the taut twine falls right over the center line. Tempered hardboard has a very hard. Make sure to get standard hardboard. 1 tube Get the right stuff PL Landscape Block Adhesive Our local home center sells 2 x 4-ft. 1 Ordinary twine works gieat for marking the curyes Find a large. 1 tb. then glue and screw it to the with seat form base (A). you can buy a tough plastic bin at a home center.r"* 3/4-in. call (800) 282-5828 for a dealer near you. piece of 3/4-in. Next. Be sure the far edge of the plywood is 12 ft. 1/2" wire nails 1 pkg. not tempered. 3 1 qt. concrete. p. slick surface that won't make the tight 56 vnncs 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDvMAN you'll need for the curved pieces on the two leg forms. Also. The two arcs should be 14 in. a wheelbarrow is handy for mixing the concrete. screws. Thpe to your floor a large washer (photo r ) with a length of twine tied to it.6 in. which are available from landscape suppliers for a fraction of the cost. Use 1-1l2-in. plywood to form 'lI 2 S. Tie the pencil to the twine at this distance and scribe a curve along the whole length of plywood. it to the seat form with a pair the basic shape of the bench.000-lb. shorter than this onto the ply'wood. bends Not all concrete mixes are the same. to create a unique personal design. use only Quikrete or Sakrete 5. for this project. cut it to the line. and mark the outer sides of the plywood.Using a pencil and twine. concrete mix Polyurethane varnish Silicone spray 2" paint brush Wood glue 1-112" truss screws wide-open space like a garage floor or a flat driveway to mark the curve onto the base of the seat form. scribe another arc 14 in. apart.

will make it tougher to remove the form from the concrete. Clamp the center of the the edge recesses in the bench top. \ '1{. then disassemble. predrill them every 4 in. The next day. store (Photo 4). sC #r-Bi* ?. Let the curved side pieces dry for a couple of hours to get better glue adhesion before installing the straps. which are available at any hardware thicker tile or stone for your inlay.T/2'PAN HEAD TBUSS SCREWS &\ B1 --. AT A ri. Predrill and screw these to the base (Photo 2).\ I 1. 58 rvancn 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDyMAN . panel (enoto s) to the curve of the seat. hardboard side and gently squeeze it to the Use water-resistant glue.fi:. and screw them to the form base with pan hed truss screws (see detail).K scREws Figure A Seat details Scribe the inner 1/4-in. Ifyou plan to make a deeper recess. rip strips from l/4-in. hardboard. r-s/8'DE. wire may work out better if you plan to use nails. nails.. assemble a the middle of the form sides to form pair of leg forms.1 3-314" ff. Tack them in place with 1/2-in. measure each end of the form base and cut the end pieces (B) from the other sheet of plywood.-t7 u\ ffi r+" ffi\ {' \ &.rrty** fi't 1-in.-wide sides from 1/4-in.ii*. hardboard and then glue and nail 3/8-in. Let the form and strips dry overnight.. use Next.]**-'-u.. then glue and screw it to the base of the form (this will form a recess in the top ofthe bench once you pour the concrete). that any panel thicker than 3/8 in.-wide hardboard strips to [J the insade of the leg form to male the recesses in the leg fionts and backs. Next cut the 3-314in. . Then screw it into place with truss screws. plywood instead.-wide strips of hardf Soat< the leg form sides (Hl and the strips ^to board and glue and nail them to r/ lft overnight. To finish the seat form. Be aware. however. the 1-in. This them to the form sides with 112-in. curved base of the leg form.

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A man who has lrouble qeitinq 0r keepinq an erection shorild see his doctor 10r help it the condition bothem him. have iaailproblems such as angrna. These side effects usually g0 away after a lew hours Call your doctor if you get a side efiect that bothers you 0r one thal will not g0 away.ncrease blood llow to the penis and may help men with ED get and keep an erectlon satistaclory torsexual activrty. 0r diziness. Take 1 I FVITBA tablet about t hour (60 minutes) before sexual activity. or down your arm.A ifyou: . coll0idal silicon dioxide. . blood llowto his penisdecreases.5 mq. D0 not give LEVITRA to 0ther people. chi 0 5' to 30' ldren. Do not lake LB'ITF. .S. medicines called nitrates (See "What imporlant inlormation should you know about LEVITRA?") . ask your doctor or pharmacist. wilh a. upset stomach. (vardenafil HCI) Tablets 7105 08918646tP. Do not chanoe your dose 0f LEVITRA without talking to your doctol Y0urdoctor may loweryourdose 0r raise yourdose. Alpha-blockers are aometimes prescribed 10r prostale problens 0r high blood pressure. Nilrates can also be found tr othei medicines such as isos0rbi0e drnrlrate or rsos0rbide monontrate S0me recreational drugs called "poppers" also contain nitrat8s. jaw. 5 mq. lt may harm them. R. You and y0ur d0ct0r should talk about LEVITRA when you starttaking it and at regular checkups.866. C). 0r il you hav€ an eye condilion called n0n-aderilic anleri0r ischemic 0ptiI neur0palhy (NAl0N) (doxeosin mesylate) is a trademark ol ffizer lnc. and red ferric oxide. such as amyl nikate and butyl nrtrare. your doctor may start you on a lower dose oi LEVITRA. There may be new inlormatron. GENERAL INFOBMATION .2 Read the Palient lnformation aboul LEVITRA belore you srart laking it and again each lrme y0J get a relill. Ask your doctor 0r pharmac$l if you are not sJre if any 0f y0ur medicines are nilrales. Soaking makes them flexible enough to conform to the l3-in. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about LEVITRA that is written l0r health professionals. lf you are older than 65 or have liver problems. magnesium stearate. WHAT IS LEVIIRA? LEVITRA is a prescription medicine taken by mouth torthe treatment 0f erectile dystunction (ED) in men. . ll you need emerqencv medical care f0r a heart pr0blem. Before you assemble the form. If you experience sudden decrease 0r loss 0f vision. These include quinidine. 1. and 20 mg). LEVITRA helps . medicines that treat abn0rmal heartbBat. Medicines are s0metimes pr€scribed f0r conditions other than those described in patient inlormati0n leallets. For most men. t0 otherfactors such as high blood pressurB0rdiabetes. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about LEVITRA. Nitrates are commonly used t0 tr€at anqina. crospovidone. LEVITRA musl be used only under a doclois care. vitamins. WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECIS OF TEIIITRA? . Predrill and screw the sides to the base using 1-5l8-in. y0ur doctor may start y0u on a lower dose ol LEVITRA. procainamide. D0ses sh0uld betaken at least24 hours apart. amiodarone and sotalol. Ltd. even if they have the same sympt0ms thatyou have.EVITRA? LEVITRA can cause your il00d prcsure l0 droD suddenly lo an unsale level il il is laken with cedain 0ther medicines. . LEVITRA may be taken with 0r wiihout meals. Uroxatral (alfuzosin HCI) is a trademark ol Sanofisynthelabo Cardura . Some form 0l sexual stimulatron rs needed tor an erectron to happen with LEVITRA. Y0u may also lind it helpful t0 share this information with y0ur partner. including men with diabetes or who have The most common side ellects with LEVITRA are headach€. LEVITBA has been shown to be eflective in men ovel the age of 18 years who have erectile dysfunctl0n. .LEVITRA. lt is not possible to determine whether thes8 events arB related directly t0 these medicines.Patient lnlormation LEVITRA@ lrun-vee-rran.nd otlier medicines may ailecl each 0ther. a rare qenetic {runs in families) eye disease have ever had severe vision loss. get medical help rioht away. . WHAT IMPOBIANT INFORMAIIOI'I SHOUTO YOU KI. including LEVITRA) rep0rled a sudden decrease 0r loss ot vision in one or both eyes." use recrealional drugs called "p0[pe6" like amyl nitrale and butyl nitrate. his body's normal physical response is to rncrease bl00d tloil to h6 penrs This rdsults in an erdction. Yourdoctor will prescribe the dose that is right lor you. tncludtng HlV. . . Soak the hardboard for the lee forms in water o'vernight Cut the pieces of l/4-in. il will be inportanl for youl healthcare oroviderto know when y0u last took LEVITRA. medic nes carled alpha-b ockers. lf you get an Brection that lasts morethan 4 hours. lnc. .LEVlTRA.. . or havea heartaitack 0rstroke. ritonavir (Noruip) or indinavir sulfate (Crixivan@) ketoconeole or itraconeole (such as Nizoral@ or Sporanox@) eMhromycin other medicines 0r lrealments f0r ED HOW SHOIJLD YOU TAKE LEVITRA? lalk with your doctor 0r pharmacist. You can trim . .. . and hrs ereciion goes away. lale . Speak to your doct0r about ways to guard against sexually transmitted diseases. ln rare inslances. . vancs zooe CAN OIHER MEDICAIIONS AFFECI TEVITRA? 59 Tell your d0cl0r about al' lhe medicines you take rncluding prescription and non-prescription medicrnes. With a sudden drop in blood pressure. hypromellose. especially il your heart is already weak from a heart attack 0r heart disease. Manulacl!rcd by: Bayer HealthCare Bayer Pharmacell ca s Corporarion 400 Moqan Lane West Haven. HOW DOES TEVITRA WOBK? When a man is sexually stimulaled. lf you have prostate problems 0r high bl00d pressure.faint. You should conracl lhe prescibinq physrcian 'l alpha-blockers 0r other drugs lhat lower blood pressure are prescrioed oy an0ther healthcare orovider. LEVITRA may uncommonly cause: . lt's best to take apart the form to get the entire surface. Aways check wilh your d0ct0r belore srartrng 0r stopping any medicines. lale . the recommended starting dose is 10 mg. or have quesl ons. deck screws. This leaflet does not take the place 0f talkinq wilh your doctor. Flomax@ lramsulosrn HCll. HOW SHOUTD TEVITRA BE STORED? Store LEVITRA at r00m tempenture between 59' and 86" Keep LEVITRA and F undergone prostatectomy. sprays. ED is a condjtion where the penis doBS not harden and expand when a man is sexuallv excited. LBIITRA does not: cure E0 increase a man's sBXUal desire protecta man 0r his partnerlrom sexually lmnsmdted diseases. ll you are taking certain other medicines your doctor may prescribe a lower starting dose and limityou t0 one dose of LEVITRA in a 72-h0ur (3 days) period. or leukemia @cru"osmithKline GlaxoSmithKline Besearch Triangle Park NC 27709 them after assembly. are alleruic l0 LEVITRA 0r any 0l ils ingredienls.lake LEVITRA no m0rethan 0nce a day. . have low blood pressure 0r have high blood pressure that is not conkolled have had a shole 0r any lamily members have a rare hearl c0ndilion knowfl as pr0l0ngati0n 0l lhe 0T interual (long 0T syndr0me) have liver problems have lidney problems and require dialysis have retinitis pigmenlosa. yellow ferric oxide. tell y0urdoctoraioutall your medical protl€ms. 0rt0acombination 0lthese. serye as a male lorm of birth control erustr on two coats of polyurethane varnish or shellac to protect the insides of all the forms. or palches. Priapism must be treated as s00n as possible or lasting damage can happen r0your penis including lhe inability to have erections. l0r which you take medicines called alpha-blockers. nen taking PDE5 inhrbrl0rs (oral ereclrle dyslunction nedicines.com. . talk with your healthcare provider. LEVITRA may help a man with ED get and keep an erection when he is sexually excited. Cardurao (doxaosin mesylale). dependinq on h0w your body reacts to LEVITRA. The lengths for the sides (H) are about I in. slutfy or runny nose. longer than needed. cut the base (F) and ends (G) to the dimensions in Figure B. . Do nol use LEVITBA riyou are using these drugs. flushing. titanium dioxide. WHO SHOUTD N(}T IAKE TEVITRA? Do not lake LEVITBA il you: any medicines called "nit]ales (See What imporlant irformalion snould you kn0w aboul LEVITRA? J. LEVJTRA . irregula' hearlbeats. rrclLdin0 LEVITRA. and herbal supplernents. any medicines called "nilnles. Noryir (ritonavir) is atrademark 0f Abbott Laboratories Crixivan (indinavir s!lfate) is a kademark 0l lvl€rck & Co. . stop taking PDEs inhibitors. lf you would like more information. ln s0me Dat€nls the use 0l P0E5 in'ibitor druos. Medicines called nitrates includ€ nitroglycerin that is f0und in tablets. . Nizoral (ketoconaole) is a kademark 0t Johnson & Johnson Sporanox (itraconeole) is a trademark 0f Johnson & J0hnson Hytrin (tereosin HCI) is a trademark 0i Abbott Laboratories Flomil (tamsulosin HCI) is a trademark 0l Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co. polyethylene glycol. Ii ftly 08918646tP. iave stoma[h ulcem have a bleeding problem have a deformed lenis shape 0r Peyronie's disease have had an erection lhal lasted more lhan 4 houF have blood cell problems such as sickle cell anemia. . Distibured and Markeled by: Ql) t^ Schering-Plough Schering corporalion Ken wodh. an ereclion lhat w0['t go away (prialism). . you could getdiz]. [/]inipress (praosin HCI) is a tmdemark ol ffizer lnc. .IOW ABOUI I. ll you d0 not understand lhe intormation. Serual activity can put an exlra strain 0n your hearl.-radius arc in the leg form. hardboard for the sides to the dimensions in the Cutting List.ointments. For more information you can also visit www.ng to tairting. such as seeing a blue tinge t0 0bjects 0r having ditficulty telling the ditlerence bet\ileen the colors blue and green. CT 06516 . 0r when he cann0t keeo an ereclion. call your doctor or emergency ro0m right away. so it'll be easier to fasten them to the curved base WHAI SHOULD YOU DISCUSS WTH YOUB DOCTOR BEFORETAKIT'IG LEVITRA? Belon lal(ng LEVITRA. 10 mg. and call a doctor right away. WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF LEVITRA? or call Active lngredient vardenaf il hydrochloride lnaclive lngredients: microcrystalline cellul0se. LEVITRA comes in ditferent doses (2. Take LEVITRA exacty as your doctor prescribes. Especiallylell your doctor if Vou take any of the lollowino. Tl'e active rngredrenl 'n LEVITRA iscalledvardenalil Seetheendof lhis leafletl0ra complete list of inoredients. (See "Who Should Not Take LEVITRA?") Tell all your heallhcare provideF lhat you ta[e LEVITRA. . Angina is a symptom of heart disease and can cause pain in your chest. heart failure.pha-bl0cke6 en l0wer bl00d pressure s€nilicantly lead. all medicines out 0l lhe r8ach 0l ABOUT TEVITRA. indigeslron. includinq il you: . l\4inrpresse (prdosrn HCI) or llroxalralo (alfuT0sin HCli.

rotice the angle cut on each end of G is about 33 degrees. . Built-in work lghl .rk (a laundry tub works 6O vnncs 2006 THE FAMTLY HANDvMAN .Multi-Sander ONE SANDER DOES Spruy the entire inner surface of all the forms with a silicone spray lubricant. You can cut this by set- If it's off by a couple of degrees either way."t!:::" .*. - . When the lubricant beads up.rg-.rg it'll still work out. . -j lB" _____________>_ Q r.rgle. You'll r. lt should clump and settle a bit as you dump it into the form.f <_ 5-314" 1 1 t :'j.. Now grab the wet hardboard out of the soaking tar. '.Pffi*lii'tr ITALL! I <1 0-3/o ____________> 13'L RADIUS CURVE ffit <3"> ffii 33-DEGREE IncLurct Anacxutnts 8 'Lii:!:":i::::fr::..:t'. Q lJ Vfi* the special concrete mix to the consistency of oatmeal. tir.*.TT*i.increases visibility in dark corners <- ANGLED ENDS Dust canister for keepng a clean work environment Soft grip handle for comfoft and better control Figure B Leg details Don't fuss about the 33-degree ar. brush it into an even layer with a paintbrush. your circular saw at a 33-degree bevel and then using a square as a guide against the foot of the saw to end-cut it square..

Tll. Then hold a vibrating sander firmly along the entire perimeter of the forms and vibrate until you get air bubbles to appear (about two minutes). Work one screw at a time from the center out to keep the bottoms flush.?:i'qry llil YllUR DEGK lln PATIll Once you've fastened the long edge.8AM-5PM EST -NI14 62 vnncs zooo . Remove the thin l-in.rg square to make sure they're square to the base (F). * Meets codes for snow and wind loads. * Standard & custom sizes.iTrJTJ:'iHfl:"#:''"' horses at each end to settle the concrete. for about three hours before gluing and nailing the hardboard strips (K).red properly. Let the strips and glue dry for several hours before the next step. screw the sides to the end pieces (G). glue the bottom and r.F?. Let the hardboard air-dry as * Build it in a weekend! * Converts from screens to windows in minutes! u Factory direct pricing. SIZES www. Check the end pieces with a framir. Use the 1-in. alor. great) and set it onto the form (ehoto s).:. Gently squeeze the clamp onto the form until it bends into position. FOR GATALOE.c0m Promo Code: FHA & PFIGES: $unPorchs off 32nd Ycal r-800-221-2550 Extension: FHA Mon-Fri. hardboard strips (K) from the soaking tank. Next.sunpotch.. delivered to your door. GI|MPTETE KIT REAllY. Cut them to length so they fit snugly into the corners against the ends (G). Complete the other side and then the second leg form using the same method.:1.rail them into place as shown in Photo 6.ASSEMBTE iit.:affi #3 $:r*l m r":tt l03. shown in Photo 6. Then predrill and screw it every l-ll2 in.i*{.rg the curve. spacers as shown to get them positior.

Mix the concrete a Stiff COnSiStenCy your for ms onto sawhorses as shown in Photo 9. then grab one end of tl.rd place it firmly 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDyMAN . You can use silicone spray) vegetable oil or paste wax. You'll have a bit of concrete left in your wheelbarrow.i .rtil it srnooths out into a uniform coat. grab your rebal'lengths and insert thern into the form as shown ir. Push it about 1-112 in.r to follow the curve of the form.nooth the top again forms. ease the sharp inside edges with 100-grit sandpaper. We used silicone spray with good results. Remove the forms The concrete seat top inside the forrn is heary. When both rebar When the forms are completely dry.r Photo 11. Set them aside. deep with a stiff-blade scraper. Fill the leg forms to the top in the same way.rto the large seat form to about two-thirds full. To help your forms release better later. To break the surlace ten- sion of the liquid. Lay the pieces out on a workbench and brush two coats of waterborne poll.re form and lift it a few inches and drop it onto the sawhorse. Set pieces are submerged. gently pry it up. j I pouring concrete Seal the forms before on each side for about 30 seconds each. Pull the top free and clean the forms for your next bench. Mix two bags of concrete to a firm but fluid consistency. Dump the next bag right in with it. brush it after spraying ur. label each piece and disassemble them. so cancel all appointments and avoid distractions. vibrate them with your sander and level the tops. Let the surface dry to the touch and then screw the forms together. To loosen it. Tap the r ebar into the mix about I . tO even with the top edge of the forms (photo Now you'll need to apply a lubricant to help release the forms from the hardened concrete. When you spray the silicone. Now fiIl the form and then use a float to level the top. mix and pour the leg forms. and prebend then. below the surface. Carefully lift the seat form and place it on your wolkbench upside down with some scraps of wood ber-reath it to elevate it above the worktop. 64 vnncH Shovel the concrete ir. Next cut two lengths of rebar to 42 in.urethane on the inside of all the Let them dry for two hours.1/2 in. add water and mix it again. it'll have a tendency to bead up on the polyurethane. Renrove all the screws it into the form. working your way around the form. Do this several times on each end to settle the concrete arrd work 12) and let the mix harder. This special concrete sets up a bit faster than normal. aoat an even surface to the tops oI the forms. Next load your vibrating sander or random orbital sander with 10O-grit sandpaper ar. Now wet the concrete left in the wheelbarrow and add the other bag.r. unscrew the sides and remove the forms piece by piece. sr.i'!: ! . Add a little concrete if necessary. The top is tricky to get off. You'll notice this fast-setting concrete getting stiff already. Let it harden for two days. l) IL t"t the seat onto a pair of 12 IU blocks. Now. The vibration from the sander will bring all the trapped air bubbles to the top.ii i: 'l'l I I PounU the rebar into the concrete as soon as you're finished vibrat- ing it. Let the concrete set for two days before you continue.

set the legs onto a level. Use coulion while drivino or doino donoerous oclivilies unlil you know how Vtslcore otfe'c$ you.ofely dispce of VtSlmrc thol is out ol doie or rhor yo! no longer ned." Whol is overoclive blodder? Owrcc{iw blodder omts when wu mnnol ontrol wur blodder onfoctions When hge musde onirooions hoomn lm ofien or mnnot be conholled. . The legs should be arranged about 6 in. These ore not oll lhe side effecls with VEslcare. Then apply it 66 vlncg 2006 THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN Phomoiehnoloqis. tolc. Remove the long hardboard sides first and then gently pry the ends away from the concrete. form from the concrete. Your doclor will orescribe rhe dose thot is ilght forvbu.hove on. Norrh Corcllno 27709 Astellos to the tops of the legs to fasten the seat (Photo 1a).ih-corel {solifenocin slccinot'e) Y. t 6laxoSmithKline BOB UNGAR PhotograPhy. Rsmrctr iriongle rhr{. Slore VEslcore or rcom lemperoture.pregnont or trying to become pregnonl (h is not known if VESlcore con horm vour unborn hobirl. heohhcore professionol or phormocist 'll4 x 3-3/4" x 45" hardboard seat (side of the form) 114" x 3-3/4" x 48" hardboard seat (side of the form) to coax the form free. VEslcore ond olhir medicines moy oflecl mch oftel fi! How should I loke VEslcore'? Toke VEslcore exocilv os Drescribed. beqin lokinc Vtslcore oooin the nexl dov Do not loke 2 doses ofvEilcore in-the some do-u ' lf you toke too mudr VESlmre or owrdsq sll Vour locol lbison Conhol Cenler oremergency room right owoy.. hove kidnev problems. . or visit wiw. blurred vision. llll I-T ease any sharp edges with an abrasive block. lnc. HwirE l] qo lo ttE bohm tm ofrcn obo mlled. ond The ClorosmilhKline Grcup of Componie. Cenerol lnlormolion oboul VEslcore' lvledicines orc sometimes prescribed for condilions thot orc nol menlioned in potient informotion leoflers.com. . Keeo lhe bot't'le closed.h H*{g #tF* $pr'ts:t c::.a Rmd lhe Pdienl lnlomolion lhot oms wfth Vtslmre betore wu rtofl toking it ond mch ime you qet a refill. ore. . then move to the flexible hardboard sides and gently pry. lm. You may need to slide a screwdriver into the grooves of the recesses to pry out the strips. Turn them in slightly to a pigeontoed look and set the top onto the legs. Nomon. lllinois 60015 n/lo*eted ond Dishibuled bv: GloxosmithKline. Glue the legs to the top with landscape block adhesive. osk yourdoctor. . .rJH6pc.'polverhvlene olvcol. lf Vou would like more infomiotion. . Heot proslrolion (due lo decreosed sweotinq) con occuwhen drugs such osVEslmre ore used in o hol envircniient most challenging. VPI-001 Novemher2004 e 2005 Aslellos bench. See the end otthis Whol should I tell mv dNlor belorc stqrtino Vtstcore ? Before slortina VESlcoie tell vour doctor or heolthcore Drole(sionnl obout oll of your medicol conaiions includina if vou: . in from the edge of the seat top and pigeon-toed slightly to follow the curve. To set up your bench. h ffi . You con toke VE5lcore wilh orwilhout food. plywood ends. Do nol oive Vtslcore lo other people. use a concrete-sanding block to ease the edges How should I slore VEslcore'? . Do not use VEslcore lor o condilion for which h wos nol Drcscilbed. Ydur dodor mov prescribe the lowesr dose il you hove cenoin mediccl condilions such 6s liver or kidnev oroblem' ' . tell vour docrororheolthccre prblessionol obour oll chdnqes in medicines lou ore loking including prercription ond nonprei-criDlion medicinet vilomins ond he$ol supplemen$. Hoving o..You should takeVtSlcore wirh liquid ond swollow lhe lobler whole. lf you miss o dose of VEslcore.' . .VESlCARE. Oklohomo 73072 Morketed bv: Ashllos Phomo..eye problem colled "uncontrolled ncrrow. . While rolind VESlrcre. stable base. (Photo 15). Wiggle the blade back and forth. Work slowly and use a {I r/ [ light touch. . ' conslipolion. olsb colfed "uroenw. hvDromellose 2910.urinoru {rfluow. Coll Vour doctor if Vou qet severe stomoch oreo (abdominou poin oi become constiDored lor 3 or more dovs. 50" lo 86"t (1f m 30" Cl. lt mov horm lhem. ore ollergic loVfslcore oronvol i$ inqredients. There mov new infdmoion. . 'dry mouih. leoflet for o complete lisi of inqredienls. Position the legs onto a solid patio or slab.' . mognesium steorote._l-eolingbrrening oeidenn olso rclled "udnory VEslcore hos not ben sludied in children. S. how ony smnoch o intstinol prcblems or oiobllru with ontimfim . lm. . you mn get lmptoms of owrctdve bloddet which ore urinoryhequency. . even it lhey hove lhe same symprom. Project )hastelras @ Phomo. Who shorld NOTtoke VEslcore'? Do nol toke VEslcore if vou: .Potient lnformolion VEslcore -VEs. This leqllei dos nol toke the oloe of tolkim wirii vour dmor or ofier hmlthrcre Drolessionol oboui wur onditioin or nbdment Onfu rcur VEslcore is dghl dooor or hmhhmre prcf*sitinol rcn dercmine il rremeni forwu. Once the form is removed. tell vour doctorobout oll he medicines you toke including prescription 6nd nonorerdDlion medicines. which is sold at tile stores and concrete suppliers. how deloyed or dow emptying ol your stomoch {olso cblled "gosrric retenlion"l. lGepvEslore ond oll oltH medicuim oi of itE rmd of dildm.#. Let it set up for a day before you use your Art Direction. . 1/4" x 10" x 42" hardboard inset (trim to size) 114' x'1" x 46-112" hardboard strips (trim to size) To remove the forms on the leg pieces. hm lrouble emptying yourblodderorvou hm o urine smrn ' hove cn eye problem colled norrow:ongle gloucomo. moving from corner to corner x3-3/4" x 14" plywood seat (ends of the form) Tell your doctor il you hove ony side eflects ihot borher you or rhot do nol qo owov. dou that hold the form pieces together. ond urinory inontinene (leokoge). but not both.{. Formore inlormotion. on each side. udnory urgency. A 1 B C1 C2 D E1 E2 F G H J K 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 2 8 SIZE & DESCRIPTION 314" x24" x 48" plywood seat form base (scribe to size) 314" Whot ore the possible slde ellects with VEslcore'? The mosl common side effecB wittl VEslcore ore: . The top piece of the seat form is the Cutting List KEY PCS. DAVID RADTKE Vt500498MK-04/05u0 . viiomins. heolprosholion.). hove liverirniblems. iryith Whot lsVtslcor€^? VEslcore b o prscription medicine usd in odulF to feot ihe followina qmptoms due lo o mndirion olled mroctiw blodder.ongle qloucomo". Adjust the legs so the seat overhangs the legs about 6 in. you hove.8000 ond tilonium dioxide wilh yellow teilic oxidd {5 irg VESt-cire rcbler) or red leric oxide (10 m9 VE$mre toblet) Monutocturcd bv: Finishing touches You can now add tile or stone to your bench or leave it as is. You should toke one VEslcore loblet once o . start with the 3/4-in. Der'lield. You con olso coll (800) 403-6565 roll free. plywood leg (ends of the form) 1/4" x5-3/4" x 17" hardboard leg (sides of the form) 1/4" x 3" x 7" hardboard inset 114" x 1" x 1 6" hardboard strips (trim to size) Whoi ore lhe ingredlenls in VESlcor€'? Active ingredienl: solilenocin succinole lnocfive ingredienr: loctose monohvdrote. Tap the stiff-blade scraper in between the top of the form and the concrete. ore not oble lo emptyyour blodder{olso colled "uilnory relention"l.slrong ned to 90 m fie bottmom dghl mV. being careful not to force the 1/4 x 314" 1" x 14" hardboard strips (trim to size) x 10-3/4" x 14" plywood x5-3/4" x 11-718" leg (base of the form) 314" This leoller summorizes the most imDorlonl informotion obout Vt5lcare. BILL ZUEHLKE Design. insntinene. ond herbol suoDlemenr. wk Betore slodinq on VEslcore. Use landscape block adhesive to fasten the legs to the patio stones. com $orch. ore breo#eedina ([ is not known ilVdsimre Dosses into br{st milk pur ond il it mn hom hbv You shdld dftidd whether to hmrfeed orloke VEslcore. rolk whh vour docror You con osk your doctoror phormocist lor informolion obod VEslcore thot is wriren for heolth professionols.

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:i i:iri-. However. move the new switch location. it does require basic electrical skills: running cable correctly and making solid wiring connections. you may have standard tools. l4-3 or l2-3 cable (match existing wire gauge. then add l0 ft. In this article. You'll run cable from the existing switch to this new switch location. down into the basement or crawl space. doors and ar. allow several nlore then come back up. if you don't have a voltage detector. You walls or through the ceiling. I basement or garage. Or feed the cable through closed walls. Also. Once you decide on a path. especially if you re dealing with finished Plan the wire path To start. find insulation. We'll also tell you how to resolve the most common complication-replacing an undersized electrical box so your work is safe and conforms to the electrical code. buy one ($10) so you can check for live wires and avoid hazardous shocks. Avoid exterior walls. then check the wires with a voltage detector to verify that the power is off. It's better to waste a couple of feet than to come up short! You'll also need a wire stripper (95). easily run the new the stud cavicable and complete ty in the wall start at one switch location.tancH 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDyTvIAN Remou" the cover plate to the existing switch (the power is off). J L . run the CAUTION Turn off power at the main circuit breaker panel before unhooking the existing switch.make life easier with 3-way switches LIGHT I I inspector can check your work.iil fr. Apply for an electrical permit at your local inspections department before starting so an electrical 68 rr. and later repair. I hours.). You'll need two of them. If neither option hours. While this project isn't difficult. I can find them at a ' hor-r-ra center or hardware store.vo spots.rt is a special rlpe of switch called a "three-way" switch.r unobstructed path for the cable. Then unscrew and remove the switch. If you don't have wiring experience or ifyou get in over your head. The key ingredier. i I I i rnay need a "fish tape" ($15) to pull wire in closed walls. don't hesitate to call in a licensed electrician. $12 for 25 ft. This takes extra effort because you have to cut into. measure the Flglr* & Ivirir:. Drill holes as needed in the framing and fish a new cable through the wall back to the old switch position. so you'll have plenty to work with. Cut the electrical box loose and remove it. amount ofcable you need. If you can't find the easiest way to run a new cable from the existing switch to the best second switch position. you to run cable horizontally through the .ij To add a second switch. you can up through . Controlling a light fiom two switches is a bit more complicated than first meets the eye. walls. ired of having to walk up a flight across the room to turn on a light? The solution is to add a second switch in a convenient location. With these. finished surfaces. No more extra trips across the room or furnbling up a dark stairway. two three-way switches ($5 each) and two remodeling boxes (93 each). cable straight ' for example). 'lI Cut a hole for the second switch box. tf your wall framing is open (an unfinished If possible.rly two to the attic. one to replace the existing switch and another for the new switch location. where you'll run into obstacles such as windows. so look for the most accessible path between the two (flgure n). r this job in or. ln addition to works for your situation. you ll have the convenience of turning a light on and off liom t\.tti'. if the then come back down through the wall cable has to run to the second switch. we'll show you how to run a new electrical cable and connect the two switches. decide where you want the sec- of stairs or ond switch.

Pre.ring with a dr1'r.rg the Box. If yor"ire goir. fine-tune the position for the second switcl. tl. Then Llnscrew the grounding screw and cable clamps (if any) in the box.re wall plates (top ar.rtally thror-rgh finisl-red walls.r't cut the hole too large.va1l on the other side each stud between the box locations and run l4-3 the other.-r t["r* *witch k:*nti*ns Shut off power to t1-re existing switch. cut a3-ll4-in. ar-rd er. lf the circuit breaker is 20 amps rather than 15 or the existing wire is 12 gauge.ral wires ar-rd connectors needed for tl-re threeway switch (see "Sizir. / i.r. see p. such as framir. (See pp.rg.' .rodeling box has clamps that secure tl. Unhook the wires to the switch (Photo 1). Avoid touching the screw terminals ur-rtil you cor-rfinn that the power is offwith your voltage detector. you may have to run the cable horizor. Connect a three-way switch.ren cut the oper. keep the second switch the same height off the floor as the first switch. unscrew it flom the electrical box and pull the switch or. slot wont see "On" and "Off" markings on the toggle. Ilso. you weren't connected to the switch).-S triiill* Three-way switches are always installed in pairs to control a light from two locations.rd cut the nails. since either switch can control the light. If possible. But if the walls are open. Find the circuit breaker (or'ftise) that shuts it off. ) .) If you car-r't go up or down.r. as you push the boxes back into the wall..rt). by 5-ir. opening slightly for the new box. Label and ur-rhook any wire connections that are ir.r. Pull the cables from the front lowing Figure B.rall to contain the additior. Next. probably have to enlarge the wall ol home center or hardware store. A rer. 71.rd bottorn framing mernbers). The switches have three hot screw betw**sr th* switch*s We won't go into the details of running the cirble.rost cases.rg electrical box will be too sr. but the common Drill a 314-in.) Saw with short strokes to avoid dan-ragir. You can moLlnt it solidly in drywall without cutting open the wall. the existir. In r. hole into the center of cable fror-r-r one box oper-ring to ar. to find oi. Slip a hacksaw blade between the old box and the wall stud ar./lan.r. terminals-one "common" and two "travelers"-and a grounding terminal. To order a copy. your job is easy. box from the backside at each box the ground wires and all other wires follocation. '06 issue for details. ther.*ot -1" scREW ( dF \ - TRAVELER TERMINAL *\ COMMON TERMINAt lnsert the cables into a remodeling f Ct"-p the first eiectrical box to the t wall.r attic or down tl-rrougl-r an open basement.. Simply :( o*orto.rlarge it ivith a drpvall saw. because each situation is differer. 5. {} f) \ e) 69 THE FAMTLY HANDYMAN tunncH zooo . 74-75 of tl-re Dec. You'll have to replace the old box with a "rernodeling box" anyway so you can use the new box as a pattern. trace around it on the wall. (You may have to pry the box away from the stud slightly to create space for the blade.re box on the wall.rt of the box. use size 12-3 cable.rg the dr1'r.rg up througl. If the detector lights up.r.r the power is still on. You'll find 14-3 cable at any Yofll the wall.r terminal is always a different color than the other two hot terminals. drill through the center of tl.vall saw.re cable to the box.t \ d $'". Dor.rside the existir." p.rt.* t i'l- r" pull in the new cable (enoto 3).rg box (wires that ffiur: tri. Dor-r't r-nount the new boxes ur-rtil you run the new cable. Use a stud finder to find potential obstacles. Unlike other switches. The posi- tion of the screws varies by manufacturer. 14-3 CABLE you want a tight fit. Trace an outlir-re of tl.

rg . The of cable sheathing should extend l/4 in. it slide into the box. into the drywall at each stud. following Figure B. then reattach it so the two toggle positions are coordinated. ther. hook the ends with a needlenose pliers before placing them under the screw terminals (Pnoto a). of sheathing off the ends of the new cable. Snap off the plaster ears and install the switch. Wlrs tir* switches Strip 3/4 in.ring when the box flanges are snug against the wall. of insulation from the er.rg to the light. then screw the switches into place. The "travelers" can go to either terminal. Gently fold any excess wire into the boxes.smffikffi }if* ensf*r rnritle S-wray mwitrfu*m WIRE TO POWER GROUND WIRES TRAVELER WIRES 14-3 CABLE SECOND swtTcH BOX GROUND WIRE TRAVELER WIRES COMMON TERMINAL 3.r with electrical tape where the ends to help sl-reatl. Clip the plaster ears off the switches so they'll fit tight on the remodeling box (Photo 6).rstead of the one we show in Photo 1. Hxtr* wir*s in the Llnx Wrap the second white wire with black tape to show that it acts as a hot wire.rg. past the outside edge of the box each wire. It's easier to push cable through the back than to pull it from the front. The first switch location has an existing l4-2 cable lunnir.rimizes pressure or. There may also be other cables present. Wrap the cable or the clamp could break. the sheathing could snag Tighten the screws at the top and bottom of the box to clamp it into place. Be careful not to apply so much pressure that you loosen the box. Make sure the wire ends face clockwise around the screw for better clamping strength.r the plastic cable clamp ir. find in the existir. Ideally. The black electrical tape on the white wire indicates that it's a hot lather than a neutral. Pull the cables from the front as you slide the box into the wall openir.j The key to wiring two three-way switches is to run the two wires that were originally connected to the old switch (Photo 1) to the "common" terminals.rards and patch the drywall holes. For secure connections. leavir. notch the studs. fish the cable though the wall. both toggles should be in the up or down position when the light is off.WAY SWITCH COMMON TERMINAL :l :l :r'r' . If necessary. Instali the cover plates. Don't Regardless of what you worry. see Photo 6) and make sure the wires extend at least 3 in.rg at least I 8 in. Fold the wires back into the box and screw the switch into place.rsert the cable into tl. Pull the cable at an angle that n-rir. into the box (the clamps should push against the sheathing and not the wire. 7O vnncH 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDyMAN f J ft Ct"-p the second electrical box to [J the wall and wire a three-way switch. tuck it into the stud notches.re electrical boxes fi'om the backside (photo 3). then turn on the power. Otherwise.rail gr. L.rd Strip 12 in. remove the second switch. rotate it 180 degrees in the box. then connect the wires following Figure B and Photo s. of cable projecting fiom each opening.r the box. You might find two l4-2 cables in the existing electrical box ir. Cover the notch and cable with special r.

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elegant arbor is tall and wide enough to span a path in your Figure A backyard or make an attractive garden entry. '?u. give yourself a full weekend to build it. And we built the entire project h : J . Otherwise.-::--1- I ll I fJ I I ii'rN'+*:". We used 4x4s for the corner posts and 2-by lumber for all crosspieces and the overhead Arbor structure. All together. we added plenty of lattice. nonriorvrar-nrrro lr . You can cut these pockets quite easily with a i 1l a t t .- ffilJ l. Then it'll only take you about half a day to assemble the project in your yard.-:Jt. 74) will speed up pocket cutting.. drill bit that's 12 in. 10 galvanized casing nails Tube of construction Buyer's Guide Wolfcraft Model No. Shopping List ITEM OTY. we'll walk you through the simple techniques for building this arbor. 4525 Drill Guide/ multi-angled: (630) 458-4000. a \0 r. 8 1-112" top lattice x 2-'l/2" x 3" crosspiece stubs 3/8" x 6" carriage bolts ({lat washers. .com adhesive 1 rHE FAMTLY HANDYMAN unncr zooe 73 . a pneumatic finish nailer will speed up lattice assembly. www.:'l ''4}-i:" 35-1 12" circular saw will do. For the gardener.' {q. see photos. we made the crosspieces look as if they extend right through the posts.r \*zi < t i addition.* CROSSPIECE i. A table saw comes in handy for ripping the 2x3s from 2x6 lumber.ir@JJ -----/'. In fact. the pockets only extend 3/4 in. p. which would look iust flne painted or stained. '-ii?.50) l" spade bits x 1-1/2" x 42-112" ceda( 14 12 1 ea. you don't need any special skills to build this arbor. Forstner bit ($19) to cut splinter-free holes for the crosspiece pockets and a ll4-in. lor..rg to bore completely through the posts and lintels (Photo 11 ). and a drill guide that turns your hand drill into a simple drill press ($30. h. For a touch of style. to about $100 if you use pressureif 2x2 x I' cedar Wolfcraft Model No. In this article. so it can support climbing vines and other plants./r. We recornmend that you buy a 1-1/2-in. cutting pockets in the posts for the crosspieces.his simple. Other than a little experience with basic carpentry tools.--. It's strong and durable too. nuts) 3" deck screws No. you can complete all the joint work as well as rnost of the assembly in your shop or garage. including one tricky part. ". as if we had cut fancy mortise-and-tenon joints. However.a i'.wolfcraft.l-l-ll*-l-rl--lJl--!r-LlLl ll special Forstner bit and sharp Trunmffitl:lH l]rrrynTml i I chisel (Photos 3 and 4). long. . I' venlrcal urrrce. 4x4 x 10' cedar 2x6 x 8' cedar 1x2 x 8'cedar 1x4 x 8' pine (temporary braces) 4 5 4 6 4 10 The cedar and othel materials for this project cost about $200. \. deep and the "stubs" on the outside are only 3 in. 4525 Drill Guide/multi-angled ($30) 1-112" Forstner drill bit {$19) 114" 3/4" x 'l-112" x 59-1/4" cedar vertical lattice 314" 1 x 1-112" x 25-1/2" cedar 16 horizontal lattice 1-112" 1 x 12" drill bit 3/8" and ($8. You could cut that 12 2 7 crosspieces 1-112" x5-112" x73-112" cedar lintels cost treated wood. for its natural rot resistance. Cutting List SIZE & DESCRIPTION 3-112" x3-112" x 9'cedar posts 1-112" x 2-1/2" x 30" cedar PCS.i out of cedar.

. lumber (Photo r ).I / !.J t . \ \ .H[di*#. Forstner bit and drill overlapping 314 in. The drill keeps the drill perpendicular.t*5..width dimension. Then rip the cross. If you use other types piece 2x6s in halfand trim offthe factory of bits. deep at each crosspiece location. :i DR'LL HERE :: curDE ^ ^- in.il: 74 vnncH 2006 THE FAMtLy . { I Rip Z*Os in half for the crosspieces.1'ffijr".: HANDvMAN S I-F*tt* siritd rhe side pmneis *n # fler aren *f****$W#fi'.ffirr*l ff. trim off the rounded edges to reach the 2-1|2-in.:]":'J'H":'I"ili il+*#$m.a flat hole bottom. f. make sure they cut accurately and cleanand ly... ?T. holes / guide t Square and clean out each pocket with a hammer and sharp wood chisel until a ciosspiece fits snugly. mark the crosspiece locations consistent depth. Be sure to mark a center line at drill gradually and measure often until ii.. Cut them to length.i St # $jl +. C9n1er a 1-112-in./ ffi Next. Then tt' Q l..":':# side to bring the width down to Ai \ tL ] gi B.gi *[1 llf I :: . steady the drill and has a stop to ensure a 2-ll2 This eliminates the rounded edge (Photo 2).. The drill guide we're using helps leaves all four corners crisp and square. test them on a scrap of cedar to # * #. ffiJ#r# . If you don't have a stop.

stop block to space them evenly.r two \ it with Clamp a leg support to each post at ground level so you can lift or lower a post to level the panel. J f nip the frame assemblies over and glue and nail the horizontal 1x2 lattice to the inside of the vertical 1x2s. With a helper. then cut the 45-degree decorative angles on both ends of each lintel. screw a 2-in. ment from post to post is 28. lx2s will overhang the top and bottom side.2" STOP BLOCK r-1l4" NATLS Stip the crosspieces into the pockets between two 4x4 posts and fasten them with 3-in. And since the 2x2hntel cross lattice (ptroto a). together BLocK S$^. 76 vnnct 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDyMAN tion adhesive (Ptroto z). '/ ' lattice toward the inside. from the grour.rd stages-first the vertical lx2s and ther. apart using two 2x4 arbor-the 2x6 lintels as well as the top it with a crosspiece. Start the (Photo +). . To level and plumb them: 1. Use a 2x4 with a 2-in. f J 4 t\f Squut" the frame. Trim it slightly on the srnall Space them 3-ll2 in. Keep on edge and knock n mind that the vertical lattice goes them together until toward the outside of the the inside measurepanel and the horizontal Sr*t tf:e il#il*f$. \l 1Q Cut the four cutl-112 in. 2. carry the panels out and drop them ir.r the horizontal lx2s (photos e and z). Screw lx4 braces to the posts to keep them perfectly plumb (vertical). larger as needed.-diameter round holes 2 ft. then shave it scrap pieces as spacers.) on the site and dig 8-in. deck screws driven through the outside pockets. then attach the vertical 1x2 lattice to the outside of the crosspieces with a pair of finish nails. Set the bottom crosspiece about a dab of construc- l2 in. You'll probably 2x4 onto the bottom of one of the spachave to stand the assemblv ers to quicklyalign them (photo z). 2xG lintels to length.r the holes. nr:** *rJcJ th* t*rF] Lay out the arbor dimensions (35-ll2 x 5l-112 rn.l/2 in. deep. piece of insert the crosspieces. lay the posts on a flat surface and crosspieces by 2 in. from one edge. The final task in the shop is to precut the pieces for the top of the (enoto s). STOP--. The nailed joint between the two lattice members is the weakest.-1\- . test Now./' 1. . strengthen Assemble the lattice ir. Check the assembly for square and screw it (Ptroto s)..

* Drill in from both sides with 4. holes l/2 in. add construction adhesive and insert them into the outer pockets in the 4x4s. cut the crosspiece stubs. levet it and ptumb it by connecting it to the first panel with 1x2 horizontal braces. { fl I lf Drill 3/8-in. llJ I C- spaced from the first panel (photo 1o). (See text for details. Measure diagonals and shift the panels until they're equal (enoto ro). recess Art Directiof lllustration s Drill a ll2-in. DUANE JOHNSON . deep for the carr. bevel their edges slightly wirh a router and 45-degree chamfer bit.OiS holes 2 ft. n Locate and drill 1-in.iage bolt head. bolts into place and tighten the washers and nuts with a socket wrench. MARCELLO VALDEZ and KURT LAWTON . BECKY PFLUGER Photography. 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDyMAN . Fix the post positions by filling the holes with soil. spade bit. Attach { { I I Uart the lintel positions and clamp them to the posts. Editor. Finish by nailing on the top lattice (photo 12) and applying an oil-based stain for a more attractive appearance and greater longevity. Follow these steps: ro Position and clamp the 2x6 lintels to the posts (enoto rr ). heads less visi- Drilling the lintels and posts to make the bolt ble can be tricky. 3. deep and erect one side panel. N4IKE KRIVIT bit for the washer and nut. hole and on through the 2x6 lintels and the 4x4 with a 12-in. Measure diagonally to check for square. Level the panel with leg supports and clamps and plumb it with angle braces. Use a 2x4 spacer to evenly position each 2x2. bit.) Push the crosspiece stubs into their pockets and toenail them with 2-112-in. ! s Drill through the center of the l-in.-deep 78 uaRcH in from the other end with a l-in. Level across from one panel to the other to make sure they're at the same height. galvanized nails. a 3/8-in. O rJ erect the second panel. Now tap the 3/8-in. Tamp the soil firmly as you fill. four lx2 horizontal braces to the top and bottom of both panels to hold the second panel plumb and evenly Cutthe top lattice 2x2s to length and attach them to ttre top of the 2x6 lintels with 10d galvanized nails.-long l/4-in. holes and bolt the lintels to the posts. After nailing them. DON MANNES Project Design . Next.

mileage.- ^ for your vehicle tires.'".No-te:Fortheproperinflationpressure is measured }t J' It To get an accurate reading.ffiyourmanuar. and we'll show you the telltale signs of tire wear and what to do about it.Ti"ff'... go flat and L Y lleave them stranded.z -.-ffi.I il. improve your gas mileage and riorate faster-all extend the life of your tires. they can get dangerously low. Pressure DtctrAL cAUGESJ\ cAUGES\ f./f ostdriversdon'tgivetheirtiresasecondthoughtuntil I \/ I they make strange noises or worse yet. You can buy 8O vancH 2006 THE FAMtLy HANDvMAN q one *dffi. We found that the $lo-and-up dial and digital gauges performed better in the long run than the lessexpensive pencil-style gauges.*il''-Tj'iil::'J. we'll explain tire rotation.::.^. In this article. . Tires typically lose pressure slowly (usually about I psi per month).i.Frontand . check the tire pressure when the tires are "cold. If you neglect them. V' . build up excessive heat. look for an inflation chart on the driver's-side door rear pressures may differ. at any auto parts store. You'll drive more safely. we'll show you l\ how to check your tires' air Pressure.$ l: k?- poundspersquareinch(psi)witha tire pressure gauge.. wear unevenly and dete- of which spell bad handling and reducecl Maintain tire preSSure check your tire pressure regularly and above)." obviously"cold" Obviously "cold" can mean completecomplerely different things in a northern Minnesota win- in cnuce df.

The reading may be a bit higher.AND 4-WHEELORIVE VEHICLES I REAR WHEELS n n I I Rotate regularly Many auto owners I've talked with know they should rotate their tires but don't do it. This service is usually provided free by the tire dealer or you can get it as part of a maintenance contract for just a few dollars. you're probably driving on underinflated tires. fr . ir Lj {j . When you rotate tires from one wheel to the next. Or take a half hour and do it yourself.. DAVID SIMPSON . or about every other n nn Note: lf your vehicle has directional wheels or tires. Gheck with your dealer or tire manufacturer if you're unsure. For tire pressure. .or four-wheel-drive auto. it simply means the air temperature inside the tires is the same as the air temperature outside the tires. Most vehicles should have their tires rotated every 4. Fig+*r* A $uEg**tcqj tir* rotetion FRONT. iif i. but at least you won't be stranded. giving them a longer life.000 miles.000 to 8. Watch for uneven wear Check the condition of your tire treads every month or so and watch for the telltale signs of uneven wear (see Figure Art Direction Photoqraphy B). WEAR ON OUTER EDGES -\ i THE FAMTLv HANDvMAN rranncl zooo 8l . however. sary or fill them to the proper pressure. So if it's really cold. Manufacturers differ on the rotation pattern and the process can difler depending on whether you have a rear-wheel-. drive the car a few miles to warm the tires first. Check the tread wear and replace the tires if neces- lf your tires are worn on either the inside or outside of the tread.r:i i l ri lf your tires show wear on the center of the tread only. rotate them front to back on the same side of the vehicle. oil change. so checkyour owner's manual. you'll need to have your vehicle's alignment checked.:rrir"'l. DRIVE VEHICLES REAR. For the proper inflation pressure. and all the air will leak from the tire. Check the tread depth and replace the tires if necessary or fill them to the proper pressure. you have overinflated tires. fiont-wheel. BILL ZUEHLKE f-i"{. Iook in your owner's manual or look for a sticker on the driver'sside door post. Note: Extremely low temperatures (below 0 degrees F) may cause the inflation valve to stick. you distribute the wear more evenly over all four tires. WEAR ON CENTER lf your tires show wear on the outer edges of the tread.WHEEL.ter and an Arizona summer. The temperature usually takes about three hours to equalize after your tires are hot from driving.

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