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Home Living : July 15th 2008
2 HLF - Publication, Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Way to stop the rot The rot is uncovered. Drill a series of holes around the affected area and apply the anti-rot treatment. The area is now ready for painting. HOW MUCH? A two-pot mix treatment costs $25-$30 a litre. A squeezable gel costs about $25 for a 430g tube. Earls Wood Hardener is a new single- solution spray that costs $12.95 for a 250ml container and $10 for a refill. Rotting timber in window sills can often be patched and repaired easily and inexpensively, sparing the expense of replacing the affected timber. Two tell-tale signs of rotting timber are raised or bubbling paintwork and subsidence in the wood's surface. What you will need You will need a pocket knife, drill and large drill bit, chisel, sandpaper, rot treatment, spray bottle, woodfiller, putty knife and paint. Sink the knife into the rotted timber to determine the size and depth of the affected area. This will help you decide if it is worthwhile to repair the timber or replace it. If the knife goes right through the sill, depending on the width of the damaged area, it might be better to replace it entirely. Alternatively, cut a small section from the sill that can be replaced with an appropriately-sized piece of fresh timber. If the area is small enough to repair, use a chisel to cut out any loose or rotted timber. Chisel away the affected area and drill a series of holes around and on either side. These holes will also be filled with the rot treatment to create a barrier against future incursion of moisture into the area. On vertical surfaces, drill holes on a downward angle and also drill small holes into the patch area if the rot is more than 6mm deep. The treatment Lightly sand the repair area to create a smooth finish, preparing it to apply the rot treatment. Ensure the area is free of dirt, dust and grease. Apply the treatment liberally to the fresh timber base and surrounding areas by either pouring, sponging, brushing or spraying it. A spray gun is effective for squirting the treatment inside the drilled holes. Some rot treatments come in a bottle equipped with a nozzle. Allow the treatment to dry, according to manufacturer's instructions, which can be from 12 to 24 hours and can also depend on the weather. Once the area is dry, fill it. Get advice from your hardware store on the best type of woodfiller as these vary depending on whether it is for exterior or interior use, or whether a painted or natural finish is desired. Using a putty knife, apply the woodfiller to the area, filling it as flush to the original surface as possible. Take care to fill the drilled holes properly -- it might pay to pre-fill them. Wait a short time for the filler to harden slightly then fill again to ensure the filler goes as deep as possible. Again, drying time varies according to the product -- from one hour up to a few hours. Finishing touches Once everything is dry, sand the filled area using a medium grade sandpaper. Clean dust from the area, then paint. Details: www.renobrothers.com.au HOMELIVING RENOBROTHERS Renovation experts Matt and Simon Judkins show you the way to make DIY easier SHUTTER SPECIALISTS + LIFETIME WARRANTY + FREE QUOTES PH: 9868 5373 ONLY 2102046i hln wk36 SELECT FROM QUALITY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND IMPORTED PRODUCTS WE WILL NOT BE BEATEN ON ANY COMPARATIVE PRICE UPTO10 YEARS WARRANTY AUSTRALIAN OWNED COMPANY CUSTOM MADE Call now on 9869 3336 or mobile number 0424 234 266 for an obligation free measure & quote. www.shutter-up.com.au 2376250i hln wk02 SPECIALISING IN Built-in Wardrobes Office Systems Entertainment Units Kitchens Joinery LIC. NO. 198153C Showroom open Saturday & Sunday 492 Parramatta Rd, PETERSHAM For a FREE design quote call: 9572 7515 www.expressionsbydesign.com.au INNOVATIVE DESIGNS UNSURPASSED QUALITY SERVICE EXCELLENCE 2384485K Strongest Ceiling & Wall Repairs Ceiling & wall expert Old ceilings restored Best background in Australia Work further than Aust. Standards 35 years experience Call Kerry Kelaher Builders Lic No R80718 0406 798 557 (anytime) *Conditions Apply 2348208i hlnw wk1 RESTORE CEILINGS? CRACKED CEILINGS? CRACKED WALLS? 50% OFF* (Call now!) shutters blinds curtains SALE NOW ON Free In home measure and consultation or visit our showroom Open Tuesday - Sat 9.30 - 5pm Sunday by Appointment www.stylehouse.net.au 9629 9445 2073564i hln wk3 48 Windsor Road Kellyville - (plenty of parking)
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