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Home Living : March 13th 2012
MB HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3 HOME MAINTENANCE GO WITH THE FLOW GIVE YOUR KITCHEN A HAND It pays to keep an eye out for leaks and other small maintenance problems in the kitchen. Janita Singh DOING small maintenance jobs regularly can add years to your kitchen. That's the message from TV presenter, builder and author Luke Van Dyck. ''If your kitchen sink tap is leaking, you often do not need to replace the entire tap,'' he said. ''It's just a matter of replacing the washers.'' Here are some common kitchen problems and Luke's tips on fixing them without breaking your budget. Problem: Kitchen cupboard doors becoming loose. Solution: Get out the screw- drivers. It's most likely a matter of tightening the hinge. Problem: Leaking kitchen sink. Solution: Must be attended to as soon as possible otherwise it will damage the structure be- cause the timber will soak up the water, expand and fall apart. It's simply a matter of unscrew- ing the items and replacing them. Make sure you fit all the rubber O-rings in the pipes before you screw them back up. When doing the plug and waste, put the rubber gaskets in place then tighten up. Problem: Cracks around the bench top and splashback. Solution: Scrape out the old grout and vacuum the joint. Refill the grout between the bench top and splash back with a mould-resistant neutral cure silicone. To do this, mask up the bench top and tiles to protect from excess silicone. Squeeze into joint, then spray soapy water over it and remove excess with a stick or your finger. Remove tape and re-spray with soapy water, then run your finger over it once more. RENOVATE EASY WAY Plan your kitchen properly. YOUR kitchen needs to stand up to lots of wear and tear. It may also date and it's likely that even with all the right care and maintenance, it will need renovating at some time. For the project to run smoothly, have all your major cost items like the sink, taps, dishwasher, oven, cooktop, mi- crowave and fridge, selected and all codes and model num- bers available to the kitchen company before they start. That way the kitchen com- pany will have the dimensions of the appliances and they will fit into the space available the first time. ''I can't tell you how many times cabinets have been taken back to the factory to accommo- date an appliance,'' Luke Van Dyck said. ''It's also important to plan and be realistic about the timeline.'' KING WARDROBES 9725 2266 BUILT IN WARDROBES www.kingwardrobe.com.au • Free measure & quote • EFT & major credit cards • Lifetime guarantee • Combined 30yrs experience • Service all areas • Quality customer service #534/- $%3)'. 4/ 35)4 9/52 .%%$3 2182629 6/3 DIY Wardrobes Cut to size 10% OFF PURCHASE FREE stainless steel handles with every wardrobe purchased Offer ends 14th March 2012 Conditions apply WINNER Specialising in custom designs and manufacturing for kitchens and joinery All projects managed by Sheree Degabriele Free no obligation measure and quote Info@kitchensbyemanuel.com.au www.kitchensbyemanuel.com.au 22 Foxall Rd, Kellyville 2214359 28/2 9629 6866 Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. Offer supercedes previous offers. PROMO CODE: NORTHWEST 60% OFF* UP TO HOP INTO EASTER WITH 29097 • VERTICALS • VENETIANS • ROMANS • ROLLERS • PANEL GLIDES • SHUTTERS • AWNINGS PHONE NOW FOR YOUR FREE MEASURE AND QUOTE. SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT (Monday-- Friday & Sunday) FREE quotes ALL suburbs Check out our NEW website at www.sydneyblinds.com.au We offer a range of Gable and Flat Awnings and Carports, Conservatories and Sunrooms, designed to suit your needs and your budget. FREE QUOTES Phone 9627 1922 Interest Free terms - conditions apply Awning with Gable (6000x3000) $4340 Screen Enclosure with Glass Wall (6000x3000) $7000 Unit 1, 58-60 Melbourne Road (Cnr Brisbane Rd) Riverstone www.adamsnewdawnliving.com.au Improve the value of your home 2196826 13/3 AUTUMN SPECIAL Over 25 years
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