home improvement

by:Keyuan     2020-06-22
Bernard Gladstone Zhan
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Silicone rubber calking, sealing and bonding compounds may be one of the most versatile and useful materials that are frequently used (
Even occasionally)
Solve the maintenance problems in your home.
As a direct derivative of the early days of research in the country\'s space age, silicone rubber products have a wide range of supplies in paint and hardware stores, as well as department stores, timber mills, as well as cars and marine goods stores.
They have plastic extrusion tubes of all sizes, as well as cartridges suitable for standard size calking guns, currently produced by two large manufacturers
Dow Corning and General Electric.
Although each formula is somewhat different, all silicone rubber has different formulas, adhesives and adhesives depending on the usage of each product (
Three uses most brands are suitable)
They are similar to tough rubber consistency, which, when used internally or externally, remains flexible indefinitely even when exposed to extreme temperatures and humidity.
Most homeowners who are already familiar with these products first encounter these products in the form of Bath calking materials --
That is, it is used to seal the seams around the top of the bathtub, where it connects the porcelain brick walls on both sides.
Unlike hard dry grout, which usually crack after a relatively short period of time, silicone rubber calking compounds remain flexible, so they \"give\" any movement of the walls and floors and therefore do not crack.
The newer form also has mildew resistance, which is a common problem with other sealing fillers.
Advertising commercial builders have long used these tough rubber compounds for calking on the outside of buildings connected with metal and glass, or where metal meets concrete and other building materials.
Now homeowners are learning these advantages.
Silicone calking lasts almost indefinitely and will be combined with materials such as glass, metal concrete and wood without difficulty (
As long as the surface is clean and dry).
However, none of these paintings have been drawn until recently
There is a form now (made by GE)
This is the only one that can be drawn.
Because the material has white, gray, transparent, black and metal, painting is usually not a cosmetic problem.
In addition, due to its unusual adhesive quality, this is ideal for many sealing jobs where regular calking can be messy or unsuitable for use
For example, close the external wall opening where the pipe or wire enters, prevent leakage in the metal sink, seal around the air conditioner, seal leakage around the brick chimney and roof filling, close the loose Storm Belt or the opening around the window (
An important fuel saving measure).
Inside the house, it can be used to seal the pipe leakage in the waste water pipe, repair the holes in the trash can or bucket, and punch in around the shower door, sink and bathtub.
In addition, its high adhesive strength enables it to be used to glue loose bathroom tiles for mounting cup holders, towel racks and other accessories to the Wall (
Even on tiles)
, And various bonding work when using glass, metal and other hard bonding materials
Especially where semi-flexible bonds are more popular.
An example is to glue loose washers around the refrigerator door and paste the back wind and rain peel around the doors and windows.
Because silicone sealant dries to true rubber consistency, they can also be used around the house to form an instant washer and a rubber bumper with a custom design.
For example, if a gasket is required around the refrigerator door, or a lid on some machinery (such as an air compressor), a silicone ribbon can be applied around the edge and then the door or lid is closed to properly form the material (
This must be done immediately as it starts setting in less than 5 minutes).
Apply a piece of wax paper on a relative surface to prevent it from sticking together, and then the wax paper can be removed after the rubber is dried.
These same qualities also make it ideal to apply a non-slip and scratch-proof bottom on the bottom of the ashtray, Lamp Holder and other accessories that may scratch the top of the furniture.
Can also be used to make carpet anti-skid-
Just apply some free dabs on the lower side to dry.
The same technology
Apply some dabs and allow them. to dry—
It can also be used to repair worn door bumpers, or to make bumpers on the edge or back of the door to prevent damage to the wall or other nearby surfaces when the door is suddenly opened.
A good use is to repair worn insulation on wires or connections, and to make them waterproof when wires or connectors must be used in external or wet locaAll silicon tube dispensers and cartridges, and the ink cartridge has a plastic tip to distribute narrow beads neatly (
At the time of distribution, advance in the direction of the tilt of the nozzle, instead of moving away from the tip of the nozzle).
After use, the remaining material in the nozzle should be allowed to harden naturally, as this creates an air-tight seal that prevents the remaining contents from hardening.
Then, the next time a tube or ink cartridge is used, the hardened residue can be easily removed by screwing down the nozzle and then poking out the hardened residue from a wider end, problem: my house has a glass wall that is split from wood strips and has been painted several times.
The paint is really peeling off right now and I want to remove it all so I can put a nice \"paint\" on the wood \".
How to remove the paint without using the torch?
I\'m afraid to use the makeup remover because it could damage the calking that keeps it. J. S. , East Hampton; N. Y.
A: The only sensible way is to use a semi-paste paint remover.
I don\'t know what you mean by the damaged glass bracket because I \'ve never heard of the glass holder inside the frame.
There are metal \"points\" that can be done.
The putty outside is only for sealing.
If the stain remover does soften or damage some putty then it must be replaced as well.
Question: After every heavy rain in spring, the water penetrates through the walls of my basement.
The house was built in 1928 and the walls may never have been waterproof.
What are the steps you suggest to stop the leak? 0. W. B. Montreal in Quebec
Advertising answer: some waterproof paint is sold inside the walls of the basement, but it doesn\'t sound like this will solve your problem.
I\'m afraid the only solution is to waterproof from the outside with a film coating --
This means digging down the entire perimeter around the basement.
You may also need drain bricks.
A version of this file was printed on page 34 of the New York edition on January 20, 1974 with the title: Home improvement.
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