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  • House Crashers: My gutters are old and I can't afford to put on new ones. Some of the pieces have become loose at the seams. I think a few can be attached. Can I do that, and what's the best way?

    -IanJ

    Yes, you should be able to repair the gutter joints. You'll need some gutter or silicone caulk. Disassemble the joint by unclipping the gutter length from the joint ... clip. Remove the adjacent length of gutter to give you clear access to the internal profile of the joint clip. Apply the caulk around the edge of the gutter's profile. Reassemble the joint, fixing the clips securely back in place. Wipe away any excess caulk with a cloth.

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  • Bath Crashers: I have a couple of cracked tiles in my shower. They are a standard size and solid color, so what I want to do is remove the cracked tiles and replace them with patterned Mexican-style tiles. It won't cost me a lot and I'll get a whole new look. My question is: what is the best way to remove one single tile at a time?

    -AngusP

    Good idea. Use a grout rake to remove grout from around the edge of the broken tiles. Weaken the tile surface further by drilling a number of small holes through ... it. Then use a club hammer and chisel to remove sections of the broken tile. Be sure to wear gloves and protective goggles. To add the new tile, apply tile adhesive to the back of a tile and position it, checking that it sits flush. Use spacers to maintain grout gaps. When dry, remove the spacers and regrout the joints.

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