here is nothing more frustrating than turning on the faucet and water spraying everywhere because the aerator is all clogged with hard water deposits. Older faucets have aerators that are easy to remove with an adjustable wrench. But the new faucets have aerators that are almost flush with the faucet spout and you can’t just remove it with a wrench. Danco makes a Multi Fit Aerator Key that will fit most faucets and will allow you to remove a hidden aerator. The key has two parts with four key sizes that fit into the bottom of the faucet and when turned will remove all the bottom of the faucet with includes the aerator. Some aerators also have springs in them, so be sure to lay a towel down in the sink to catch any falling parts. The other part of the key is a two sided wrench that will remove internal and external aerators. It is rubber coated so you will not scratch the finish of the faucet.
So next time you go to replace your clogged aerator, get the tool to get the job done easy the first time. You should be able to find them mixed right in next to all the replacement aerators. Oh yes, there is something very important that I need to add. On your new Danco Multi-Fit Aerator Key, there is a bottle opener built in. So when you are done, pop the cap on your favorite beverage. Life is too short not to reward yourself for a job well done.
Now to the email…….
Question: I was just reading your article on removing wallpaper and painting or not removing the wallpaper and just painting over the wallpaper. It was very interesting. We have wallpaper in both our kitchen and bath. We are entertaining the thought of hiring someone to remove the wallpaper and paint. But when I read your article I thought we could do it ourselves. The wallpaper appears to be intact and in good condition. If we decide not to remove the wallpaper and just paint over it, how do we address the many seams? Will it be a problem?
Answer: This is such a great project. And it’s so easy to do. You say that the wallpaper is intact. Check the seams and if you need to secure them use a seam adhesive called Sure Grip. Any stiff lifted edges can be smoothed down with a warm sponge. Clean the wall with just soap and water and let dry. Now you are ready to prime. Use Grip and Seal by Coronado. Grip and Seal is water based for easy clean up and it will dry in twenty minutes. Apply two coats. This will cover any imperfections. Now you are ready to paint. I love Ben Moore colors, and they have excellent paints. The Aura is especially formulated for bathrooms and you can have it tinted in any color. If you want to add texture, you can simply put it in the paint and roll it on while you roll on the paint. This is one of those projects that will cost very little but have a HUGE impact!
Question: I have a loose tile in my shower. It completely came loose in my hand. It’s not on the floor, but high on the wall. I know it’s not real wet up there but I know I need to seal it completely back down. I want to do it myself so is there an adhesive that would seal it back to the wall and then use to re-grout around the tile? The existing grout is white.
Answer: Clean off any crumbling thin set on the back of the tile and shower wall. Then apply Sascho Mildew Free Sealant on the back of the tile in a X. Now press the tile back in place and secure it with a painters’ tape, because it will hold securely and remove easily. Do not use the shower for 24 hours. The next day use Mildew Free Sealant and grout around the tile. If you will use a little liquid soap on your finger while smoothing the sealant it will look professionally done!