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The Super Handyman: Removing nuts from bolts

Removing a nut from a bolt can be done several different ways. A wrench is a good choice. I usually grab my ratchet set for the extra power. But a nut that has worn corners, either from abuse or just regular wear and tear, is going to be tough to remove with any tool. What you really need is a second nut, the same size, threaded onto the bolt, right up next to the damaged one. With this setup, you can grab both of them together and try to remove them. The second nut will be easier to hold on to, and this may allow you to remove them both at once.


Dear Kelly: When the seasons change, so does my decor. I’m not rich, but I will remove the grass mat rug and replace it with a fall-colored, softer rug. I also replaced the bright pillows with some warmer-colored pillows. I add a throw blanket and some candles. These are simple things you can do, like me, on a budget, to give your home a warmer look for the fall season. – T.R.

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If you are constantly repairing drywall corners in heavy-traffic areas around your home, you are a prime candidate for corner protectors. They come in a variety of colors or clear, and easily can be tacked right onto the wall to keep corners from being damaged.


Dear Ms. Carrell: I found the carpet protector that you had talked about a while back. It was the perfect way to protect our carpets when the painters came in to do the ceilings. They already knew about it and had a roll of their own to use. I was amazed to see how they used it, and wanted to share this with you and your readers. They slid the roll onto a paint roller and extension pole, and rolled it out onto the carpet with the roller. It was super fast this way. Cool, huh? – S.P.


Q: Our spa is adjacent to the wooden pool deck. I see a lot of white stains on the wood that look like they must somehow be coming from the overspray from the spa. Is there some way to prevent this white stain from happening? How do we clean it? – J.B.

A: Sand the areas that are affected by the white stain. You can apply a matching stain to correct the appearance. If you use a penetrating stain, then you will be done. If not, you should apply a sealer to the wood. This is going to be a constant battle, so apply a coat of new sealer annually.


Dear Super HandyMom: I like to shop at flea markets and resale shops. I ran across a salvage store that sells old doors, windows, trim and things like that out of old houses. Look in your community and see if you have one of these stores. They are a lot of fun to look through, and you never know what kind of treasures you will find. – N.M.


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