Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | March 12, 2022

This week, we talk about removing a stone fireplace mantel and how to repair broken window slats.

In this week’s radio show, we’re talking about repairs and removals!


Removing a Stone Fireplace Mantel

Use caution when removing a heavy, stone fireplace mantel. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Dylina)

Lisa Dylina in Vero Beach, Fla., is wondering how difficult it would be to remove a stone fireplace mantel and replace it with a wood one

To remove this heavy stone, you need to use a sledgehammer to bump it up and loosen it from the tile. Try using a baby sledgehammer, as it will be more manageable for this indoor project.

Once you bump the mantel with the sledgehammer, and it’s loose enough that you can see a crease between the mantel and tile, use a chisel to separate it completely. 

You’ll definitely need someone to help you with this so you don’t injure yourself while removing the mantel.

In addition, use a piece of plywood and a drop cloth to protect the wall and hearth, in case you drop the stone mantel.

Keep in mind when removing the corbels, the tile behind them could be damaged and not presentable afterward.

So, whatever wood supports or corbels you install next will need to cover that same footprint or larger to hide the damage.

Skip to [9:09] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.


Repairing Broken Trim in a Double-Pane Window 

These broken slats are nearly impossible to fix without removing a pane of glass. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Ammons)

Two vinyl trim pieces have become detached inside Tracy Ammons’ half-round double-pane window.

So, how can he get this trim back in place?

The manufacturer probably mulled the windows together and installed them as one unit. You would need to contact the manufacturer for repair.

Can’t remember where you got the windows? No problem! You usually can see the manufacturer’s name etched in the corner of the glass. 

If you still can’t find the manufacturer, this problem can be fixed. Just call a glazier; this is the official title of someone who fits glass into windows and doors.

They can see if there is a way to get in there to fix the broken slat. If the window is sealed, they would have to remove the interior pane, fix the slats, and replace the window.  

Skip to [19:51] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.


Ridding a Pool Deck of Mold and Mildew

A pool provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew to form. (Photo courtesy of Bobby Cleveland)

Bobby Cleveland from LaGrange, Ga., pressure washes his pool decking every two years — only to have it taken over by mold and mildew again and again.

Now, he’s looking for a permanent solution to keep this surface clean for years to come. And he’s come to the right place for advice because we can definitely help! 

First, pressure wash the pool decking using a round concentrated washer. Try using an industrial product like Envirosafe Algae and Mildew Cleaner.

Then, allow it to dry and use a masonry sealer. Try an industrial option like Trojan Masonry and Concrete Sealer. This is clear, fairly inexpensive and won’t change the look of the concrete or make it slippery.

Apply one light coat of the masonry sealer over the surface with a garden sprayer. Then apply a second and third coat. This will prevent the water from soaking into the concrete. 

Skip to [43:36] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

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