Q & A

If you have a query relating to home improvement, home maintenance, home DIY or decorating a home then this is the place! Send your queries to our DIY Diva and we will answer them as best we can. If we don’t know - we’ll find out for you. Submit your question and we'll post and answer. In this way we can build up a comprehensive library of information that everyone will be able to access.

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Tina

Sent: 21 January 2017 11:59 AM

Subject: Kitchen countertop

I need my kitchen countertop relaminated. Is this something you can help me with? It's 1x1.5m, 1x1m, 0.5x0.5x2m are the estimated dimensions.

Hi Tina,

On www.Home-Dzine.co.za we offer ideas and inspiration. For this type of project, you will probably need to search for a local handyman / carpenter to do the job for you.

Janice

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Maserame

Sent: 20 January 2017 07:43 PM

Subject: Custom made door

I need a custom made door (perspex maybe) for an en-suite-bathroom. The measurements are: width 77cm x height 205cm. There is no frame.

Hi Maserame,

On www.Home-Dzine.co.za we provide ideas and inspiration. For a Perspex door you will need to either get in touch with a company that supplies Perspex, or a local handyman that can arrange the cutting and fitting for you.

Janice

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Hannecke

Sent: 20 January 2017 09:42 AM

Subject: Polished concrete flooring

I would just like to find out about a price for polished concrete flooring with exposed agregate?

Hi Hannecke,

Here on www.Home-Dzine.co.za we offer ideas and inspiration, but do not provide projects and or / services. There are plenty of contractors that deal with polished concrete and a local Google search will put you in touch with someone in your area.

Janice

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Margie

Sent: 20 January 2017 12:37 PM

Subject: Prevent flooding

I have a storm water drain running under my simplex patio as there is a natural stream flowing through. There is an ugly wall built on the patio to prevent flooding, but it is taking up a lot of space and I'd like to move it back or change it to a feature wall somehow - and perhaps create a water feature to give it a wow factor - any suggestions? The wall takes up half the patio, I have thought of trying to move it back and maybe incorporating planterboxes or something like that - just not sure if this massive wall is really necessary!! The stream is probably about 6-8ft down from patio level. The stream runs through Ballito KZN down to the ocean which is about 80m from this unit. I want to remove the carport style pergola as well and move the gutter to open up the space + bring light indoors. Also thinking of creating a waterfall or fountain using the water from the stream.

HI Margie,

Have taken a look at the photos, but it is still difficult to assess the situation. However, it would be my suggestion that you get in touch with your local town planning to find out if you can even touch the wall. They have safety and municipal regulations that apply to storm water drains, and it may be that you are not allowed to move or change the wall if it is offering protection. Did you build the wall or did the town planning build the wall? Furthermore, you will not be able to make the stream a water feature, as this may compromise the flow and cause future complications. All-in-all, it would be far better to have any improvements approved and know that what you do is OK than have to worry about removing them later.

Janice

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Martin

Sent: 20 January 2017 07:29 AM

Subject: Glass bar counter top

Can you perhaps forward contact details of a glass top supplier or two. I am looking at possibly using a glass top on a bar counter.

Hi Martin,

As concerns glass suppliers, this differs from region to region, so it’s best to use Google search to find a supplier in your particular area. For a glass top you should opt for a 10mm thick safety or tempered glass top.

Janice

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Reggie

Sent: 17 January 2017 03:58 PM

Subject: Removal of rust

Please advise a product to use for removing rust on mild steel.

Hi Reggie,

There are quite a few products that can be used for removing rust, all of which can be found at your local Builders store.

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/diy/diy-restore-iron.htm

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/garden/garden-clean-tools.html

Janice

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Lebo

Sent: 16 January 2017 09:24 PM

Subject: Spray over enamel paint

I painted supawood with enamel paint. Is it possible to put primer over it and spray paint it with 2k paint rather?

Hi Lebo,

You can spray over the top of the oil-based enamel paint, but you will need to sand this with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper to de-gloss the finish before you do. If you applied a water-based enamel paint you only need to give a light sanding before painting.

Janice

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Nigel

Sent: 13 January 2017 03:50 PM

Subject: Barn door

I am looking for the barn door sliding track and accessories. Do you have the various styles and finishes?

Hi Nigel,

This project would either be a DIY project, or you could hire a handyman / carpenter. to make it for you. Try www.handymandirect.co.za or www.countryhomedesign.co.za. If you are looking for steel fittings, perhaps you should consider hiring a local welder to do the project for you.

Janice

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Fanus

Sent: 13 January 2017 11:59 AM

Subject: Mitre saw

I am loving the plans for a mitre saw bench and want to build one. My mitre saw brand differs from the one you are using and I can't determine the height of the storage caddies from the drawing, can you please supply me with more information / measurements if possible?

Hi Fanus,

The storage caddies on either side of the saw on my mitre saw bench are 70mm high, but you can quite easily adjust the height of these to match the plate height of the saw.

Janice

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Enthiape

Sent: 13 January 2017 03:29 PM

Subject: Liquid sander

Is it advisable to use a liquid sander on an antique piece of wood furniture that I intend to paint?

Hi Enthiape,

I try to avoid using liquid sander if possible, plus it isn’t necessary. If a piece is properly sanded by mechanical methods, you shouldn’t need to spend more on this product. Wood primer and then paint is all that is required, unless using chalk paint, and then you can leave out the primer.

Janice

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Jeanette

Sent: 13 January 2017 10:59 AM

Subject: Paint colour

I would love to know what the paint colour is, used in the living room below:

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/decor/decor-maximise-small.html  (green).

Hi Jeanette,

This is exactly what happens when you view colour on a screen. Having viewed the page, I can confirm that none of the colours on the page are green. I would recommend that you pop into your local paint store and look at paint swatches before deciding on a colour. You can even print out the page to take along with you. Additionally, take it home and look at under different types of light. Very often the colour you see on the swatch can appear different once painted onto a wall – it all depends on the amount of light in the room and how different light affects the paint colour.

Janice

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Cyrille

Sent: 08 January 2017 08:38 AM

Subject: Spray paint laminate kitchen

I'm looking at spray painting my laminate kitchen but not very handy myself. Can you advise on someone who can assist us?

Hi Cyrille,

For this type of job, you will need to find someone in your area that deals with spray painting kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, I do not know of anyone first hand, but a Google search should provide you with options.

Janice

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Lebo

Sent: 07 January 2017 12:30 PM

Subject: Cracks on leather couch

I need your professional advise regarding my leather couch. Mid last year, the couch has started to crack, not normal cracks but more like its dry, scuff and powdering of the leather so whenever I sit on it, small leather particles stick to my clothes. What I want to find out is if this is restorable or do I need to re-upholster my couch. Please advise. I can send pictures if need be.

Hi Lebo,

Leather couches require ongoing maintenance to keep the leather supple and soft. Without this, the leather will dry out and could crack. Once it has reached this stage there is very little you can do. You can try applying a leather restorer to see if it has any effect, but failing this it will probably need to be upholstered or replaced.

Janice

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Grace

Sent: 04 January 2017 06:35 PM

Subject: Renovating small kitchen

Would like a quote for renovating a small kitchen on a budget.

Hi Grace,

Visit our Kitchen Section for ideas and inspiration for your kitchen renovation:

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/kitchen/Akitchen-index.htm

Janice

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Ruanne

Sent: 04 January 2017 11:17 AM

Subject: Repainting window sills

The paint from my house's window sills is peeling. I would like to repaint them. Can you please suggest what products I need to use and the process I need to follow to get window sills looking great again? Thanks for the quick response! Have you ever posted something about relaying paving? The paving at house is uneven in place and I would like to relay the paving bricks.

Hi Ruanne,

First, you need to use a paint scraper to remove all the old paint and then a sander and 80-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining loose paint. If you are down to the plaster finish you should apply a plaster primer. If there is still paint you can simply paint over the top of this. Any exterior paint is suitable for painting windowsills. I recently featured my driveway re-do:

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/home-Improvement/improve-paving.html

Janice

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Eben

Sent: 29 December 2016 08:38 PM

Subject: Woodwork classes

I have recently gained some interest in woodwork, however never had any experience in it (never attended a school that offered this as a subject). I would like to get some experience and hopefully new skills in this. Could you send some course details such as curriculum, prices and possible dates on your next courses. I eagerly await your reply.

Hi Eben,

We offer a variety of workshops as part of www.DIY-Divas.co.za, the majority of which focus on DIY related topics. You will find full details on the website, and new workshops for 2017 will be loaded at the end of January. However, if you are more interested in carpentry and woodwork, you should sign up with your local Woodworking Association. These associations offer a wealth of information for those wanting to learn carpentry and woodworking.

Janice

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Marchelle

Sent: 02 January 2017 08:28 PM

Subject: Transfer pictures

Please could you tell me how I can transfer pictures onto wood and what products do i need to use? I watched a u tube tutorial and they used a product called Gloss gel medium. Or do you know where i can go for classes?

Hi Marchelle,

Believe it or not, you don’t need fancy mediums to transfer wording onto wood – try this easy method:

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/craft/craft-stencil-detail.html

Janice

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Moira

Sent: 01 January 2017 06:55 PM

Subject: Paint stripper

Dropped paint stripper on my front door white facias panel. It has left a lump, will it be damaged?

Hi Moira,

Many paint strippers are chemical-based and can do a fair amount of damage to plastics and similar materials, but not sure what you are asking.

Janice

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Jonathan

Sent: 28 December 2016 03:24 PM

Subject: Garden deck

Do you perhaps know of an alternative to this modular DIY decking company? http://www.home-dzine.co.za/garden/garden-deck-squares.htm  They seem to no longer be in existence.

I am looking for something more like this:

http://www.goodtimesdecking.com/good-times-diy-h.html#gt-diy-top

https://www.savoytimber.com/decking/kits/size-3-0m-x-3-0m/3-0m-x-3-0m-value-kit-no-handrail.html

Hi Jonathan,

Have you tried:

http://www.buzon.co.za/Wooden_deck_tiles.html

I don’t think that our local market is large enough to sustain more than one supplier, and this is the case for many international products.

Janice

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Elmarie

Sent: 14 December 2016 04:17 PM

Subject: Butcher's block

What type of beeswax can I use on my butcher's block and where in the Western Cape is it sold?

Hi Elmarie,

You can use beeswax or butcher’s block oil. I know that www.Tools4Wood.co.za supply the latter, and they can ship to Western Cape.

Janice

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Alicia

Sent: 13 December 2016 12:58 PM

Subject: Driftwood look

Hi Alicia

Quite easy to do. Follow these instructions where I used the technique for my dining table:

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/diy-1/diy-pine-dining-table.html

Janice

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Rene

Sent: 13 December 2016 02:18 PM

Subject: Wall folding bed

I am looking on how to build a wall bed/folding bed.

Hi Rene,

There used to be a local supplier for the Murphy Bed mechanism needed to make a fold-up bed, but they have since closed down. Since the mechanism is very heavy, it is not cost effective to look at having this shipped to SA, and without this you can’t make a fold-up bed.

Janice

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Judy

Sent: 05 December 2016 03:25 PM

Subject: Paint countertop

How do I order the Rust-Oleum Countertop Kit and where do I see the different colour options? Where are your branches?

Hi Judy,

The Rust-Oleum Countertop Kit is not available in South Africa, due to the high landed cost for the product. It would have worked out at close to R3000 for the kit, whereas it only costs around R800 to replace with Formica Lifeseal Countertops.

Janice

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Carmi

Sent: 12 December 2016 09:08 AM

Subject: Colour of couch

Good day, I am wanting to change the colour of my couch. Kindly advise what paint I can use. Is it better to spray or use a paint brush. Most importantly where can I purchase the dye.

Hi Carmi,

Previously, a product called www.simplyspray.com was available locally, but this is no longer the case. However, you can still order this product online and have it shipped to SA. I have previously used Rust-Oleum 2X satin spray paint for dining chairs and acrylic PVA on a chair, and you will find instructions here for the projects:

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/decorating/decorate-paint-fabric.htm

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/decorating/decorating-paint-upholstery.htm

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/crafts/craft-spray-cushion.htm

Janice

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Garland

Sent: 01 December 2016 08:48 AM

Subject: Metallic paint

How do you apply the Fired Earth Metallic Paint? I saw on the tin that one can use a lambs wool roller or a brush. However, if one wants the brushed look would you only use a brush?

Hi Garland,

Yes, use a synthetic brush for a brushed effect on a wall. The tin should offer all the instructions necessary for proper application of the product. I have also forwarded a copy of this mail to Builders, to see if they have any additional information for the product.

Janice

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Janine

Sent: 01 December 2016 08:35 AM

Subject: Etching paste

I'm urgently looking for brown etching paste to use for glass.

Hi Janine,

I haven’t seen brown etching paste, but etching paste is available from most larger craft and hobby stores. If you have difficulty sourcing this product, get in touch with www.brasch.co.za or www.dala.co.za to find your nearest retail outlet.

Janice

 

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