Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diy

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Byline: donny

DIY expert Donny Sheridan answers your problems QWE have a large old bathroom sink which we like but now we want to change the taps which are well worn.

They are firmly cemented in and we are worried we could crack the porcelain by trying to loosen them with a hammer. Is there any way we can soften the cement holding the taps? Don & Anne Wright, by email AIT'S putty holding it on and you're best using a blowtorch to heat it for 10 seconds maximum or the sink will shatter. Once you've given it a quick blast the brass back nut under the tap will move, then you can remove the taps.

QWE have a light oak front door and, despite being treated with exterior varnish, the wet has got into the wood and caused black marks.

Could we sand and paint it or would a wood staining treatment be better? Alison McMahon, by email AYOU won't get the black marks out as they are the first stages of mould growth.

If you are going to stain it. …

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