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By OLT on Friday, July 19, 2013


Q. The grout around my bath is unsightly, is it difficult to replace?

A. Bath and shower tiles get a lot abuse. Whenever you shower or take a bath, they get eroded with water as well as soap. Afterwards you use bleach and other chemicals to clean the same tiles. All of this abuse will cause the grout between and around bath tiles to become discoloured and worn. When grout becomes worn, it dries and cracks. When grout is damaged, it needs to be replaced with new grout. It is not a difficult one but it is slow and tedious. You can hire a qualified professional at or you can tackle the job yourself.

By OLT on Thursday, July 11, 2013
Q: With the recent good weather we have been out on our small garden deck most evenings. I have noticed that it is beginning to show signs of wear and tear – with some rotten planks and discoloured areas appearing. Can you give me some advice on how to maintain decking and to prevent this in the future? Thanks, Chris, Galway.
A: As I write from the confines of my office on the warmest day of the year so far, I am filled with envy at the thought of you out relaxing outdoors on your sunny garden deck! No doubt many families across the country are realising the very same benefits that decking provides at the moment – and long may it continue!
By OLT on Friday, July 05, 2013
How do we get rid of a foul bathroom smell?
Recently we moved in to a house built in 1960 and started to notice a constant and foul smell from the en suite bathroom in the master bedroom. A plumber cut off a drainage pipe outside of the house but it didn't work. We also tried to bleach the toilets and it didn't work either. Can you please tell us what might be the cause and how to fix it? Many thanks, Amy.



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