If you have a query relating to home improvement, home maintenance, home DIY or decorating a home then this is the place! Send your queries to our DIY Diva and we will answer them as best we can. If we don’t know - we’ll find out for you. Submit your question and we'll post and answer. In this way we can build up a comprehensive library of information that everyone will be able to access.
Sent: 08 July 2017 12:45 PM
Subject: Letterbox picture frame
I would like to make a letterbox picture frame. Can I get moulding that is ready to cut to size, if so, where, what size and what exactly is it called?
Moulding comes in strips of 1,8 and 2,4 metres and you need to cut yourself. They do stock at Builders Warehouse, or Google a local pine moulding supplier. You can cut with a mitre box and backsaw.
Sent: 08 July 2017 12:30 PM
Subject: Make a concrete countertop
In your article you say the following: Seal your countertop with a penetrating sealer. Do you know where one could get a penetrating sealer, can you recommend a sealer for concrete? I have been searching the internet and cannot seem to find a penetrating sealer that is available in South Africa.
Sent: 05 July 2017 12:07 PM
Subject: Murphy Wall Bed
I saw an article on the Murphy Wall Bed and was invited to view the entire project on your web site, but I have been unable to find anything on the wall bed on your web site.
I removed the articles on Murphy Wall Beds because they are no longer available. There was a company distributing these, but they have since closed down. I installed a Muprhy Wall Bed in my son’s bedroom about 10 years ago and it’s still amazing.
Sent: 03 July 2017 01:39 PM
Subject: Flaking tiles
We have flaking slasto tiles in our sunroom. I do not want to remove them. What options are available to repair?
You normally find that applying a quality sealer for stone tiles will remedy the problem. I have slate tiles throughout and had a similar problem until I applied sealer – no more flaking. TFC ( www.tfc.co.za ) have a great range of products and you can buy at Builders.
Sent: 03 July 2017 11:59 AM
Subject: Woodwork classes
Is the workshop only for ladies. I'm a male and have a keen interest in woodworking, however I don't want to be the only male in there. I am looking for an advanced class.
Perhaps you should consider joining a local Woodworking Association for advanced woodworking skills, and to be with like-minded guys! Google woodworking association in your area.
Sent: 30 June 2017 12:51 PM
Subject: Whitewash face brick wall
I want to whitewash a interior face brick wall with a fire place included. I understand the 50/50 mix of PVA vs water. Do I need to prime first and seal it afterwards?
You shouldn’t need to prime beforehand, but if the bricks are very chalky this is sometimes a good idea. Applying a clear acrylic sealer afterwards will make it easier to keep the wall clean. Prominent Paints have a clear acrylic sealer that you can buy in 1 litre or 5 litre pots.
Sent: 30 June 2017 11:31 AM
Subject: Space needed
I've got a project I'd like to do as a private individual. I am looking for a space in JHB that has the woodworking tools I'd need as I don't have most of the larger equipment personally. Table saw, thicknesser etc. Do you facilitate DIY hobbyist projects? If so, what is you rate?
I would love to be able to help, but the space I use for projects/workshops is also used by a business. Unfortunately, I don’t know of anyone that offers workshop space. There used to be a company in Randburg, but this has since closed down. Perhaps something I should think about.
Sent: 29 June 2017 08:38 AM
Subject: Decorate house
I would like to decorate my house. In my kitchen I have built my cupboards as high as possible. I have a big table with 4 chairs. I was thinking of buying an kitchen island because above the table I have open shelves. The island needs to be on wheels for easy moving.
I agree that a breakfast bar might be a good way to go to replace the table and chairs. This can also double up for extra storage underneath. If space is really tight, you could look at a lift-up top on the breakfast bar and fit the chest freezer underneath this – to free up more space in the kitchen.
Sent: 28 June 2017 12:08 PM
Subject: Kitchen work surfaces
Hi I am looking for kitchen work surfaces.
We have plenty of articles on Home-Dzine that contain links to relevant suppliers. Alternatively, use Google to find a local supplier and/or installer of kitchen work surfaces.
Sent: 28 June 2017 09:15 AM
I need to inquire about edging for my existing kitchen cupboards.
You can buy glue-on or self-adhesive edging strips at Builders and Timbercity.
Sent: 27 June 2017 09:31 AM
Subject: Wood countertops
Do you have square metre pricing on the different wood finishes for kitchen tops?
Unfortunately not. You will need to contact a timber merchant or kitchen installer in your region:
Sent: 25 June 2017 12:54 PM
Subject: Bosch Router POF 1200AE
I am struggling with connecting the router bit. Please assist.
Here are a couple of videos that might help:
Sent: 24 June 2017 10:13 AM
Subject: Removal of tar from concrete flooring
How can I remove tar from concrete flooring. The tar was used with glue to lay tiles about 30 yrs ago. I am at my wits end. Nothing seems to help remove this tar.
Tar is one of the hardest products to remove - from any surface. It is recommended that you chill the tar - you can use ice cubes - to make it brittle enough to chip off and scrape with a plastic scraper. There is also a Genkem Bitumen and Glue Remover that you will find at Builders Warehouse.
Sent: 21 June 2017 07:44 PM
Subject: Roller blinds
I want to make my own roller blinds, but can't seem to find the kit anywhere. I only want the mechanism and pole. Could you perhaps put me into contact with anyone? I would also like to know how to transfer a poem onto an outside wooden table.
We have previously referred readers to
www.blindtime.co.za. They should be able to
assist you. To transfer a poem onto a wood table
there are quite a few options:
1. Use carbon paper, or rub the back of the paper with an HB pencil and trace the design onto the table.
2. Try this technique
Sent: 20 June 2017 11:04 AM
Subject: Pallisade fence
I have a palissade fence which I would like to attach wooden planks so as to create an enclosed garden, can I drill into the pallisade fence? How would I attach pine planks?
You can drill into the steel palisade using a corded (in 550W) drill of good quality, and drill bits for steel. Attach the planks to the steel uprights with bolts, nuts and washers, so drill holes the same size as the bolts you use.
Sent: 19 June 2017 01:24 PM
Subject: Restoring coffee table
I have a coffee table and a side unit made from Imbuia. I would like to restore it. Can you send me a step by step guide how to do it and what products to use?
Thanks for getting in touch. You will find various topics on removing paint, sanding, painting and giving wood furniture a makeover/restoration in our Decorating section:
You first need to determine what finish is on the furniture so that you can remove this, or use chalk paint if you don’t want to spend too much time sanding.
Sent: 16 June 2017 04:10 PM
Subject: Where to buy Rust-Oleum
Do you ship Rust-Oleum products to Pretoria? I'm looking to find them but hardware stores are so inconsistent with their stocking of the product.
Being such a Rust-Oleum fan, it’s disappointing to hear that you can’t find the product. I know that Builders have an agreement to stock Rust-Oleum 2X and a few of their other brands, so they definitely should have this product in store.
Sent: 16 June 2017 12:14 AM
Subject: Dry a sofa
Is there a way to dry a sofa made of faux suede that has been exposed to the elements for one night?
A day out in the warm, fresh air should dry out the sofa. Don’t place directly in sunlight, but a slightly shady or dappled shade and in a place where air can circulate around the furniture to dry it out. After a couple of hours, turn furniture over the dry out thoroughly.
Sent: 15 June 2017 07:55 AM
The inside of my fridge has rust. I need to paint it. Do you have this spray paint available? If so, how much and do you deliver to George?
You will find the full range of Rust-Oleum and Spraymate products at your local Builders, or get in touch with the agents www.spraymate.co.za
Sent: 13 June 2017 01:09 PM
Subject: Purchase tacks
Where can I purchase tacks for my upholstery?
Any decent fabric shop should stock these. I know that Chamdor Faktory, Metro and Fabric Link carry them.
Sent: 13 June 2017 10:01 AM
Subject: Washi tape
Where can I find washi tape in neon colours? I need it for a neon party.
There are links within the article to various washi tape suppliers in South Africa:
Sent: 12 June 2017 02:38 PM
Subject: Cement screed floors
I need a contractor that does cement screed floors, private residence. Can you recommend anyone please. I'm in the Illovo jhb area?
Would definitely recommend that you get in touch with:
Sent: 12 June 2017 10:06 AM
Subject: Woodcarving workshops
I am looking for beginner woodcarving lessons or workshops in the Cape Town area, do you offer these or perhaps know where I can find somebody who offers them?
We do a variety of DIY- and wood-related workshops, but not one that covers wood carving. My recommendation would be to join or contact your local Woodworking Association (there should be several in the Western Cape), as these guys work more with carpentry and woodworking skills.
Sent: 30 May 2017 12:56 PM
Subject: Wall Murals
I want to paint murals on my rhino board ceilings, can I use double velvet? If not, which other paint can you recommend that lasts as long.
You can use Plascon Double Velvet, but it will work out extremely expensive. Acrylic craft paint is just as good.
Sent: 29 May 2017 10:05 AM
Subject: Painting of concrete floor
I’m painting out the double garage and the floor this week. I was reading an article of yours in one of the EASY DIY magazine about paving paint. Do you think I could use the Prominent Paving Paint on the floor of the garage? I believe Roof paint also works but I would rather not paint with an enamel. What would you suggest?
Paving paint is great – all my outdoor paving and concrete was painted with Prominent Paints Paving page – I even clean it regularly with a high-pressure spray.
Sent: 27 May 2017 09:59 AM
Subject: Make canvas frames
I'm an artist looking to print my artwork on wood blocks, canvas bags/purses and then offer framed artwork too. I saw your article on Supawood and I'm definitely not keen going this route. Which alternative do you suggest? Also do you know any suppliers of simple but quality frames made-to-order or premade canvas bags?
There are a few places in Western Cape that supply canvas frames for art and projects - do an online search using Google..
Using 12mm SupaWood is an affordable option to canvas frames, but not if you plan on selling your work.
Sent: 29 May 2017 07:54 AM
Subject: Concrete moulds
Where can I buy the stencil or mold for concrete paving in Gauteng? I like the Belgian rectangular pattern. Also, who supplies stamps or stencils for rock-like finish?
We generally put links in the article to various suppliers relating to each article. You can try:
They should know of a supplier for the moulds.
Sent: 25 May 2017 05:04 PM
Subject: Paint over Flash Harry
I have just put up Nutec cemcent ceilings on my veranda. I primed them with PlasterKey and have applied two coats of Flash Harry White Fibre Flex, just to help in case we have a leak. ( Hopefully not, as a new Firestone rubber roof has been installed). Can I paint Dulux Acrylic over it, for my desired colour, or do I need to put another Universal undercoaton before doing it?
I'm not familiar with the technical specs for this product and would recommend that you contact Flash Harry directly.
Sent: 23 May 2017 11:32 AM
Subject: Whitewash pine ceiling
We would like to whitewash our pine ceiling, how do we do this?
There are several articles on the website that look at this:
Sent: 18 May 2017 12:57 PM
Subject: Removal of red stoep paint
Please could you tell me how to remove red Stoep paint from driveway bricks as well as a small concrete ramp.
You should be able to use paint remover to get rid of stoep (enamel) paint. If it is old paint you may need to repeat until all the paint is removed. Any stubborn remaining paint or staining can be removed with acetone.
Sent: 16 May 2017 08:01 PM
Subject: Picture hanger
In your picture hanging article using a Hilti you make mention of a brass serracete teeth fitting. Do you have a product name for this?
I think the item you are referring to is called a sawtooth hanger.
Sent: 16 May 2017 09:46 PM
Subject: Wooden kitchen counter tops
I'd like to install wooden kitchen counter tops and would like to see the available options, and prices. Where can I look?
There are several companies that manufacture wood countertops and a Google search will help you locate a supplier close to you. Alternatively, make your own. I will be adding butcher block countertops to my kitchen shortly, and posting how-to instructions on the website.
Sent: 12 May 2017 02:33 PM
Subject: Garage workbench top
I am looking for a board, 1200 x 800 to use as a top for a typical home garage workbench, what do you suggest?
There are a variety of materials you could use, such as reclaimed flooring planks (sourced from a salvage yard or online auction), pine planks and laminated pine that you can buy at Builders, or pine plywood.
Sent: 08 May 2017 03:22 PM
Subject: Cutting cornice
When cutting polystyrene cornice with a hack saw and mitre box, what do you mean when you say, turn cornice so that wall must face saw fence, does this mean I must turn it upside down with wall side facing the top.
If you are using a mitre box and not a coping saw to cut 45-degree angles, you don’t need to worry about a fence. Just remember to ensure that you cut opposing angles for the corners. Do a test corner to make sure that the two 45-degree angles line up perfectly.
Sent: 08 May 2017 03:56 PM
Subject: Lay the sandstone tiles onto the old ceramic tiles
I have a 5m foam sheet, keylock, grout, sealer and sandstone tiles for the shower floor. If I sand down the old ceramic tiles can I lay the sandstone tiles onto the old ceramic tiles? How do I proceed with this job?
There are a few articles on www.Home-Dzine.co.za that deal with this topic:
Sent: 05 May 2017 04:56 AM
Subject: Gloss paint for damp shower ceiling
The ceiling above my shower is always getting damp, it was painted with a water based paint. I have a lot of pure white enamel gloss paint. Can I use this for the ceiling and how do I prepare the surface for painting please?
While you can apply enamel over water-based paint, I think you also need to address the moisture problem. If there is excess moisture in the bathroom, you could start experiencing problems with mould or mildew. You need more ventilation in the room. My suggestion would be to look at installing an extraction fan or even put a dehumidifier in the bathroom to try and dry it out faster.
Sent: 05 May 2017 04:53 AM
Subject: Oil based bonding liquid
What is oil based bonding liquid used for?
An oil-based bonding liquid can be used as a primer before applying finishing plaster or RhinoLite, or to seal porous or chalky bricks.
Sent: 03 May 2017 12:14 PM
Subject: Floating shelves
I need to find out where I can buy vintage/antique looking floating shelves.
You may find this article interesting:
Sent: 01 May 2017 06:23 AM
Subject: Bath enamel
I am looking for a product to re enamel my bath
There are a couple of products you can consider:
Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Kit is available at most Builders Warehouse stores around the country.
Sent: 26 April 2017 06:13 PM
Subject: Landscaping around pool
We just built a swimming pool and the area around the pool is in need of finishing touches. Can you please give us some advice on what to do to get the balance right on the wall and around the pool. We are also thinking of installing the Coolaroo shade nets.
We do offer decorating and landscaping advice, tips and tricks in the relevant sections, and you might want to pop onto our Garden section for more information.
A great way to disguise or hide air conditioner units and the like, is to build timber panels that can be placed in front of these.
Sent: 26 April 2017 10:41 AM
How do I get window putty soft?
Mix stiff putty with a bit of Mineral Turpentine or pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Sent: 25 April 2017 02:23 PM
Subject: Paint kitchen units
I have a melamine kitchen, I would like to revamp by painting the kitchen units. What paint can I use?
We offer plenty of advice, tips and techniques in our Kitchen Section. In this section, you will find advice on preparation and painting of melamine cupboards. Plus, information on the different types of paints that are suitable.
Sent: 25 April 2017 01:49 PM
Subject: Kitchen countertop
I like the Wood look countertop with different shades (stripes) of wood look. Could you please send me more info.
provide ideas and inspiration. Where possible, links are placed within articles
to local suppliers.
I will be posting an article shortly on how to make your own butcher-block countertops, probably in the next couple of months as I do my own kitchen renovation.
Sent: 24 April 2017 01:08 PM
Subject: Kitchen cabinet doors
I need to remove vinyl / foil wrap from wooden kitchen cabinet doors and then paint the doors. Can this be done and can I use chalk paint over the wrapped door?
I have just posted an article on Home-Dzine that looks at removing foil wrap for painting kitchen cabinet doors. You can use chalk paint, but do apply a couple of coats sealer to protect.
Sent: 23 April 2017 02:21 PM
Subject: Dremel's 4000/6/128 Platinum
Dremel's 4000/6/128 Platinum Edition. Price please and shipping costs to Cape Town.
Please visit www.Tools4Wood.co.za for product and pricing information on Dremel Products. The article that refers to this product was posted last year, so pricing may no longer be applicable.
Sent: 21 April 2017 11:25 AM
Subject: Wiring (Colour coding)
I just need to know, I have a hob with 4 wires 1- blue, 2- green, 3- red, 4- brown. I need to connect it to a 6-pin connection block. 1 is live, 2 neutral.
If you go according to standard colour-coding: blue is netural, brown or red is live and green is earth. However, the market is flooding with imported appliances that do not accurately follow our colour-coding regulations, especially lighting and appliances, and it is hard to know what goes where. I would suggest that you consult with an electrician, who can test the wires to ensure everything is wired correctly.
Sent: 21 April 2017 08:57 AM
Subject: Advice re building regulations
Just seen the neighbours have strung a comms cable across my property and only inches over part of my home, are they permitted to do this? This does create a hazard for anyone working on my roof (not an electrical hazard) I have checked building regulations but it is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
If your property is not governed by a Body Corporate or HOA, something of this nature would require your permission, unless it is a municipal installation, and even then it should be discussed with you.
Sent: 20 April 2017 03:13 PM
Subject: Concrete stamp
Where can I buy a concrete stamp in South Africa?
Get in touch with www.concretewise.co.za, who should be able to point you in the right direction.
Sent: 19 April 2017 08:24 AM
Subject: PVC Fitting
I came across your website and saw a pvc fitting, could you kindly advise as to where i can get hold of such fittings please.It is a 3-way fitting with a 90-degree bend, not the same as the standard. I can not find anything like that anywhere. I have even been to the dpi plastics wholesaler.
I see that it is also furniture-grade, and we don’t have furniture-grade locally. You should be able to order from overseas – depending on the cost and if it is worth it.
Sent: 18 April 2017 01:01 PM
Subject: Leather Furniture
I have a customer that is seeking a leather shine polish and protect for furniture. After the leather couch has been wiped down they want something to apply afterwards to give it that shine and protection layer. Do you have anything you may suggest please? This is very urgent, your soonest reply would be greatly appreciated.
On the Home-Dzine website we offer advice on the care of leather furniture, but there are several suppliers for products for care and maintenance of leather. Do a Google search for what you are looking for to find your nearest retail outlet.
Sent: 14 April 2017 04:10 PM
Subject: Rubson Refill Tabs
Where in Cape Town can I get your Rubson Refill Tabs.
Rubson products are represented by www.Henkel.co.za. To my knowledge, you should be able to buy refills at your local Pick ‘n Pay or larger supermarket.
Sent: 13 April 2017 11:35 AM
Subject: Plumbing flanges
Where did you source the plumbing flanges for our out door pine table?
There are several suppliers up here in Gauteng. I bought a whole lot of stock from www.incledon.co.za.
Sent: 12 April 2017 09:57 AM
Subject: Bath repairs
I have owned this house for 3 years, I noticed a few weeks ago, cracks on the surface of my bath that's plastic. What can I use for the cracks, or do you think it will be better to replace the bath or the cheapest way to go if I decided to build a shower?
It is never a good idea to try and repair acrylic baths. The flexibility of these baths doesn’t facilitate the use of a sealing compound, and a fibreglass repair kit can work out pricey. If you have the budget, rather look at replacing the bathtub.
Sent: 12 April 2017 09:35 AM
Subject: Bedside cabinet with wheels
I'm not sure if I saw the pic with instructions on your website. It was of a little cabinet/bedside cupboard and wheels were attached too it to give it some height. Was it on your website? I cant seem to find it.
I took a quick look through the DIY projects, but didn’t find a bedside cabinet with wheels. However, there’s no reason why you can’t add caster wheels to most of the designs we have on the website.
Sent: 07 April 2017 09:20 PM
Subject: Paint on masonry
Can I paint epoxy oil base over Coprox Masonry Waterproofing?
Sent: 10 April 2017 06:10 AM
Subject: Printed glass splashback
I am looking to have the section above the hob printed glass 600 x 780mm and the rest coloured glass grey. Can this be done?
There are plenty of options for glass
splashbacks – painted or printed. Do a local
search on Google to find your nearest
manufacturer / installer.
Sent: 09 April 2017 11:29 AM
Subject: Double slatted bed with headboard
I am wanting to make a double slatted bed with a headboard. This will be my first woodwork project. Can you help me, I am looking for a DIY plan.
It’s a big project to start with, but also quite an easy one. We have quite a few projects in our Bedroom Craft section. There isn’t a slatted headboard, but there are plenty of basic beds:
A double mattress is 1370 x 1880, so build the base around this.
Sent: 08 April 2017 03:54 PM
I love the bedroom with the aged vintage pattern giving it an old world charm featured on your webpage. I believe it might be a digital wallpaper. Can you tell me which company I can contact to obtain the same look?
The design you mentioned is offered by high-end wallpaper dealers. It would be better for you to do a local search to find a regional wallpaper supplier.
Sent: 06 April 2017 11:11 AM
Subject: Replace hob
We have replaced the hob and it's slightly smaller than the one that was in place. Unfortunately the older hob has left ugly marks which we cannot get out and they are just sticking out in some places with the new hob. How could we fix this?
You don’t mention what the ugly marks are. If it is silicone sealer you can use a bit of nail polish remover (acetate) to clear this off. Try scraping off with a plastic scraper. There isn’t much you can do if there are large gaps around the hob, other than look at the possibility of replacing the countertop. Will a bead of silicone sealer around the hob not cover up the gaps?
Sent: 05 April 2017 05:32 PM
Subject: Sealer for driveway
Where can I get tar / asphalt sealer for my driveway?
This is not a product you are going to find easily in a hardware store, since it is mostly used by road works. My suggestion would be to get in touch with one of the companies that offer sealer for tarmac/asphalt to see if they can offer a solution. You could also try a.b.e
Sent: 05 April 2017 12:17 PM
Subject: Kiddies wallpaper
Where can I get kiddies wallpaper?
Your best option would be to use Google to find a local supplier of wallpaper for children's bedrooms. There are qute a few suppliers.
Sent: 03 April 2017 01:52 PM
Subject: Cemcrete floors
I have existing Cemcrete Floors, they are though not in a good condition anymore and I wish to revamp them. Kindly confirm if a product can be used to do this and if you can send me instructions.
I would recommend that you contact Cemcrete directly with this enquiry. They will be able to refer this to their technical department for advice and suggestions.
Sent: 03 April 2017 10:49 AM
Subject: Roller blind
How do I make a roller blind and install it?
We do offer a variety of window treatment projects, including Roller Blinds, in our Décor - Window Treatments section:
You can find the roller blind kit at www.blindtime.co.za
Sent: 27 March 2017 08:10 PM
Subject: Painting of refrigerator
How much is it to have a refrigerator painted? Can you paint with red paint?
We wouldn't be able to do this for you. You could either buy Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint at your local Builders store and do this yourself, or find a local handyman/painter that could do it for you.
Sent: 29 March 2017 12:30 PM
Subject: Shelf brackets
I’m converting floating shelves to bracketed supported shelves but I’ve been unsuccessful in locating a source of aesthetically pleasing brackets – they all seem to be of the Industrial shelving type. Can you recommend a source of good quality brackets in Johannesburg?
I couldn’t agree more – we are sadly lacking more suppliers in this field, especially if you want fancy shelf brackets. Unfortunately, I don’t know of anyone offhand that supplies decorative shelf brackets.
Sent: 28 March 2017 11:57 AM
Subject: Bosch tools are great
I attended your full day power tool workshop and immediately went out and bought all my Bosch tools. Thanks to you I know exactly what to do with my tools and I'm already planning a couple of projects that have been brewing in my head for ages. Thanks for making my ideas a reality.
And don't forget that you will find hundreds of ideas on Home-Dzine. Happy DIY!
Sent: 27 March 2017 08:52 PM
Subject: Concrete countertops
I am interested in concrete counter tops but would like a contractor to do the work. Do you have such people?
For advice, and to find a local contractor who install concrete countertops, you can try:
Sent: 23 March 2017 05:46 PM
Subject: Disguise geyser
We have a very ugly geyser in our kitchen (block of flats), mounted horizontally on the wall. What can we do to make it more attractive? Painting galvanised iron/steel seems to be a less than ideal method. What about self-adhesive shelf lining? Will it stick? Or perhaps vinyl flooring (one can buy it by the metre)?
Have you considered boxing in the geyser – making a frame and covering this with panelling? You could incorporate shelving below to make it more inconspicuous. Painting is the next best option, as vinyl would not stick to a geyser, and vinyl flooring would eventually warp.
Sent: 23 March 2017 01:27 PM
Subject: Wall plaster
I have extended my walls up to the high ceilings. I have a problem the plaster for the new part is not smooth it's bumpy but I already painted with it double velvet. Can I use the cement product to smooth it over?
It is not recommended that you plaster over the paint. Rather sand this back and re-plaster the wall. This will also allow you to smooth out the finish, either by sanding or by applying a finishing plaster.
Sent: 22 March 2017 03:05 AM
Subject: Gel stain
I'm looking for a supplier of Gel Stain and an indoor (mat) polyurethane sealer.
You will find both Woodoc Gel Stain and Woodoc 5 Polywax Sealer at your local Builders store.
Sent: 20 March 2017 01:58 PM
Subject: ModPodge on tiles?
We want to re-do our bathroom/shower but we don't have finances to re-tile etc. We use this bathroom on a daily basis (shower - daddy, mommy and our 2 kids) and it is also a kid's bathroom. Can I modge podge over the wall-tiles to give it a new look? Is there something I can use to make it waterproof?
ModPodge would definitely not be a good idea over tiles. It will eventually flake or peel off. You could consider painting over the tiles as a temporary option. Scrub down the walls with sugar soap, rub with 180-grit sandpaper and then paint with oil-based enamel or Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile. You have various colour options if you do this and it will last a couple of years, depending on whether the tiles are gloss or matt. You will also find tips in our Bathroom section:
Sent: 20 March 2017 12:59 PM
Subject: Eyelet curtains
We have just moved into a new home and one of the bedrooms already has a rod installed. I am wanting to make myself some eyelet curtains for this room, but have no idea where to begin. Actual window measurements are 340cm wide x 250cm long. I'm going to buy fabric measuring 280cm wide (cutting 2 drops of 270cm long, thus allowing for hems, etc). Each finished drop will measure 280cm wide and 250cm long. How many eyelets will I need for one drop?
The general guideline for spacing eyelets is every 10cm, so this should help you work out how many you need.
Sent: 17 March 2017 04:33 PM
Subject: Planter boxes
Question regarding planter boxes. I used CCA timber sealed with acrylic sealer. However I stumbled across an overseas article stating one should not use treated timber - do chemicals going into your soil/plants etc. Also not to seal the inside of the planter but only the outside for the same reason. If you line the inside with DPC sheeting aren't you preventing contamination? Assuming its true, is pine doesn't last. Meranti is expensive and doesn't stain as nicely and has less grain. Is it best to build a plywood box and then add trim to the outside?
When it comes to the Internet, you can end up going in circles and end up more confused than you started. I always try to apply some common sense to topics. I suppose treated timber could affect the soil pH to a degree, and putting in a liner would definitely alleviate this problem - as long as you place a gravel bed at the bottom to help with drainage. I use pine for all my projects, as Meranti is over my budget, and have had no problems, but as you say, plywood is cheaper and will last longer. I always use Woodoc exterior sealer to protect the timber.
Sent: 16 March 2017 02:27 PM
Subject: Sticky situation
What glue/adhesive can I use to stick foam to wood? And can it be purchased from builders warehouse?
You will find this SA website very helpful:
Sent: 15 March 2017 07:27 PM
Subject: Kitchen Cabinets
I really appreciate all the advice that you give on your site! I am trying my best to remodel my kitchen cabinets and was wondering with the trim suggestion of yours, if it can be done on melamine doors?
If you want to apply moulding or trim onto melamine doors, sand down the surface where the trim is to be glued until the melamine coating is removed. That way, the adhesive will stick properly.
Sent: 14 March 2017 04:33 PM
Subject: Cracked tiles
I have a lot of cracked tiles on my patio, the patio is huge and I cannot replace all the tiles.
You would need to employ a local handyman / labourer to do this work for you. Try looking in your local classifieds, or do an online search.
Sent: 11 March 2017 09:55 PM
Subject: Granite countertops
I need to re-establish a sound structural (i.e. tensile) joint between two black granite counter-top slabs. What adhesive would you recommend, especially in relatively small quantities and ideally, to colour it black as well? if you cannot assist - what company might offer related technical advice?
To secure the seams on granite countertops, the generally recommended solution would be to use a 2-part epoxy glue. My suggestion would be to get in touch with the guys at Pratley and ask for their advice as to what the best product would be, especially if you want this tinted black.
Sent: 09 March 2017 04:50 PM
Subject: Isoboard ceiling
Ek wil graag weet is ditsinvol om die gladde isoboard ceiling wat net elke 600mm v grove het in jou huis te sit en jy wil die v grooves op vul met filler sodat dit soos een aanmekaar ceiling is. Ek verneem dat met wind wat moonlik kan inkom kan veroorsaak dat die filler sal kraak of as bord nie teen vaste oppervlak soos bestaande pine ceiling kom nie. Ek wil graag weet of dit risiko is en op n spesialis dit moet doen die fillig.
Vir meer inligting oor Isoboard, besoek die Isoboard website. Hulle sal in staat wees om te adviseer indien vul in die groewe word aanbeveel of nie.
Sent: 08 March 2017 08:06 AM
Subject: Toilet stains
I have a problem of stubborn toilet stains. Please can you give me some tips.
There are a few articles you can refer to for tips on removing toilet stains:
Sent: 06 March 2017 12:53 PM
Subject: Article on what to buy for toolbox
Would you consider adding an article to your website on the basic, but essential, contents of a home DIY toolbox? Especially for women like me who are starting out doing things themselves. e.g. recommendations on drills (I already saw mention of a Bosch one on your site), basic tools, etc.
I have done a few, but quite a while ago, so will definitely do an updated 'What’s in your toolbox?' feature.
Sent: 20 February 2017 12:15 PM
Subject: Glass table top
I Have a glass table with dimensions 1200 x 700 attached. I want to stick a gloss black vinyl under the glass to make the table black. Can you advise?
We provide ideas and inspiration, but not products and/or services. Not sure who would do this type of project for you, other than perhaps a company that fits window tint to motor vehicles.
Sent: 19 February 2017 06:48 AM
Subject: Ready made curtains
My husband and I are looking for ready-made curtains that are 2.9 to 3 m long. We are based in Johannesburg. Any chance there might be a place that sells extra length curtains to these specs?
Most larger fabric stores will make these up for you in the size that you require, and are only slightly more expensive than what you will pay for ready-made curtains.
Sent: 27 February 2017 11:50 AM
Subject: Is it easy to hang wallpaper?
I'm thinking of wallpapering a wall but the wall is not smooth - what can I do to fix this?
It's not a good idea to apply wallpaper over a rough or popcorn-textured wall, as the texture will mar the surface of the paper. If you really want to put up wallpaper, you will have to look at either sanding the wall smooth with a sander and 80-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper, or applying a finishing plaster over the wall.
Sent: 24 February 2017 11:50 AM
Subject: Pockethole or biscuit joiner?
I want to add to my workshop and can't decide between a pockethole jig or biscuit joiner. Which do you recommend?
Both a Kreg pockethole jig and a biscuit joiner are invaluable tools for any workshop, and each offers its own advantages. I like using both tools for different projects. The one benefit of a Kreg pockethole jig is that it can be used on narrow sections of timber or board, whereas a biscuit joiner is limited by the size of the biscuit. Look at the projects you plan to make and take this into consideration.
Cost is also a factor, with the biscuit joiner (Tork Craft) being slightly more affordable if you buy from www.Tools4Wood.co.za
Sent: 14 February 2017 11:50 AM
Subject: Wood graining tool
Please can you tell me where I can buy a wood graining tool.
You should be able to buy this tool from www.harlequin.co.za – they ship countrywide.
Sent: 15 February 2017 04:19 PM
Subject: Cordless drill
I have attended one of your workshops where the instructor recommended a small, cordless drill for basic to medium DIY projects. Can someone please tell me which drill it was?
Probably the Bosch PSB 10,8 LI-2 Drill / Driver. You can find at Builders, Makro or www.Tools4Wood.co.za.
Sent: 12 February 2017 08:12 PM
Subject: Mosaic a trivet
I have been asked to mosaic a trivet using a specific design. Generally when I do mosaic I use Pratliglo on the top to seal it and give it a nice glaze. Obviously this is not possible as a hot pot would definitely melt the Pratliglo or set the place on fire as I would imagine it would be highly flammable. Can you recommend anything else I could use to seal grout that would be heat resistant too?
I note that Pratliglo is a polymer resin, and able to withstand a fair amount of heat. Have you tried this with a hot pot, as I’m sure you should be able to use this for your project?
Sent: 11 February 2017 09:38 AM
Thank you so much for your article on the outdoor furniture. I have built a beautiful set of chairs, but now have a problem on how and where to get the cushions made? Also what fabric did you use for out doors? I have gone to Fiona's Fabrics but they are quoting R10k to make the cushions for 3 couches. Any advice/help would be really appreciated.
To be honest, making the cushions wasn’t that difficult – and this by someone who isn’t great at sewing! If you can borrow a sewing machine, I have put instruction on the website for how I made my cushions. And you can buy outdoor fabric at Metro and Chamdor Faktry Sales.
Sent: 08 February 2017 06:25 PM
Subject: Shower door rollers
Looking for old style large shower door rollers.
We offer ideas and inspiration for homeowners, but do not supply any products and / or services. I would recommend that you try and determine the manufacturer / supplier for the door and see if the local agent can assist with spares.
Sent: 09 February 2017 01:53 PM
Subject: Paint or whitewash imbuia
I have a dark wood imbuia sideboard, is it possible to whitewash or paint it, Is that even a good idea?
You can paint over any wood, and the idea is that the paint will enhance or update the piece, but that it can be taken back to wood later. Not everyone loves to paint solid wood furniture, but older pieces are dark and heavy, and especially imbuia, and using chalk paint or a whitewash really gives it a new life. You will find plenty of advice and tips on different methods in our Decorating Section.
Sent: 08 February 2017 11:21 AM
Subject: Wendy house
If I want to build a 6 x 12 wooden wendy house in the back of my parents yard, do I need any approved plan or paperwork?
In most municipalities, a freestanding deck doesn’t require plans. However, if the deck abuts a wall you will need plans. It’s always better to check with your local Town Planning before you build, as it varies from region to region.
Sent: 08 February 2017 09:14 AM
Subject: Rust-Oleum products
Do you sell the Rust-Oleum Rock Solid floor coating product range?
We only provide ideas and inspiration for Rust-Oleum products, but you can buy their product range at any Builders store, or get in touch with www.spraymate.co.za – who are the agents.
Sent: 07 February 2017 05:58 PM
Subject: Hilti products
I was wondering if they were still selling the Hilti nails in South Africa? I've run out of mine and can't find them anywhere. If they still sell the nails, I'll try to find a way so that they can be delivered to Belgium.
Hilti have pulled out of the DIY market and now concentrate more on contractor tools. I haven’t seen any accessories for the Hilti Hammers for a long time. Sorry I can’t be of more help.
Sent: 06 February 2017 01:23 PM
Subject: Strip surface of walnut table
I need to strip a walnut table surface of existing dressing/oils etc so as to prepare it for reapplying whatever would be the most suitable finish. I have had it for 40 years and always used teak and natural oil, but there were marks on it that I tried to remove and rub clean with vinegar/water, leaving lighter areas, thereafter the oil did not absorbed on lighter patches. I have also used sandpaper and steel wool and not sure if I have done all that is necessary on these areas to ensure that whatever is stopping the absorption is removed completely and well-prepared before I apply the final materials, I have been told to apply wood stripper. Help, guidance would be appreciated.
Have you tried using Mineral Turpentine and fine steel wool? This is what I use to removed sealer and oils for wood finishes, especially after sanding. If you don’t want to have to continue applying teak oil, Woodoc have an excellent range of interior sealers and you will find their products at Builders or hardware stores around the country.
Sent: 04 February 2017 07:21 PM
Subject: Ripple paint
Where can I buy ripple paint that you apply with a trowel?
I know that Prominent Pains have a Ripple paint. Have previously applied this with both a trowel and a ripple roller (big yellow foam roller).
Sent: 30 January 2017 01:18 PM
Subject: Pegs and brackets
Where can I select or purchase pegboard pegs and brackets ( different shapes and sizes)?
If you do a local search on Google, you will find quite a few suppliers for pegboard and fittings.
Sent: 31 January 2017 08:21 AM
Subject: Rust treatment
I want to treat rust on a corrigated galvanised iron roof. I have Plascon Metalcare rust converter but instructions on the label say it cannot be used on galvanised iron. What can I use?
There are quite a few products available at your local Builders store that can be used to remove rust from galvanised iron and Builders should be able to offer advice on this. If you don't find what you need at the store, get in touch with their head office or visit their facebook page.
Sent: 27 January 2017 04:22 PM
Subject: Timber deck
We have a timber deck approx, 140m² that needs attention and maintenance. We need an expert to come in and give the deck a complete overall i.e. sanding, cleaning and coating. Can you recommend someone?
Re-doing a deck is a project that any competent handyman can do for you, and you will need to find a local contractor. There used to be a couple of sites for sourcing a handyman, but these no longer appear to be operating, so make use of Google or similar local search engines.
Sent: 26 January 2017 11:33 AM
Subject: Upholster couches
I have a lovely set of couches that I absolutely love but they are however getting a little flat and I wanted to find out from you if it is possible for you to fill them up and make them nice and perky like they used to be. And if it is possible how much would it cost me?
Thanks for getting in touch. However, we offer ideas and inspiration, and advise for those that want to do-it-themselves. For your couch you would need to find a local upholsterer that could do the project for you if you don’t want to do-it-yourself.
Sent: 26 January 2017 08:16 AM
Subject: Screed flooring
I've read your section on screed flooring and found it to be very informative. What is the cost per square meter on average?
Unfortunately, that’s like asking how long is a piece of string. There are so many factors to take into consideration. You could probably work on a rough estimate of between R200 and R250 per square.
Sent: 24 January 2017 09:11 AM
Subject: Re: Dremel cutting wheels
I've been experimenting with the different bits and cutting wheels that came with my Dremel 3000. The cutting wheels that were included didn't seem to be doing the job, unless I had it turned up super high which, like you said resulted in melting.
I agree that a cutting wheel is the easiest and fastest way to cut through plastic. Having done a CD project before using my Dremel 8200, I found that you could reduce the melting around the edges by adjusting the speed. Or, like I mentioned before - just sand away any melted plastic. The Dremel 3000 is an entry-level model, so doesn't quite achieve the same high speed as an 8200, but a diamond cutting wheel should make the difference if you use on high speed, and you can also use these wheels for cutting almost anything
Sent: 25 January 2017 06:24 AM
Subject: Tar driveway
I'm looking for a tar sealant, our tar driveway is busy disassembling. What do you recommend?
Use Google to do a search for products that can be used to seal tar or asphalt - there are quite a few. Not sure if you can buy these at your local Builders or hardware store, or if you have to buy them direct from the supplier. Try a.b.e.
Sent: 21 January 2017 11:59 AM
Subject: Kitchen countertop
I need my kitchen countertop relaminated. Is this something you can help me with? It's 1x1.5m, 1x1m, 0.5x0.5x2m are the estimated dimensions.
For this type of project, you will probably need to search for a local handyman / carpenter to do the job for you.
Sent: 20 January 2017 07:43 PM
Subject: Custom made door
I need a custom made door (perspex maybe) for an en-suite-bathroom. The measurements are: width 77cm x height 205cm. There is no frame.
For a Perspex door you will need to either get in touch with a company that supplies Perspex, or a local handyman that can arrange the cutting and fitting for you.
Sent: 20 January 2017 09:42 AM
Subject: Polished concrete flooring
I would just like to find out about a price for polished concrete flooring with exposed agregate?
We offer ideas and inspiration, but do not provide projects and or / services. There are plenty of contractors that deal with polished concrete and a local Google search will put you in touch with someone in your area.
Sent: 20 January 2017 12:37 PM
Subject: Prevent flooding
I have a storm water drain running under my simplex patio as there is a natural stream flowing through. There is an ugly wall built on the patio to prevent flooding, but it is taking up a lot of space and I'd like to move it back or change it to a feature wall somehow - and perhaps create a water feature to give it a wow factor - any suggestions? The wall takes up half the patio, I have thought of trying to move it back and maybe incorporating planterboxes or something like that - just not sure if this massive wall is really necessary!! The stream is probably about 6-8ft down from patio level. The stream runs through Ballito KZN down to the ocean which is about 80m from this unit. I want to remove the carport style pergola as well and move the gutter to open up the space + bring light indoors. Also thinking of creating a waterfall or fountain using the water from the stream.
Have taken a look at the photos, but it is still difficult to assess the situation. However, it would be my suggestion that you get in touch with your local town planning to find out if you can even touch the wall. They have safety and municipal regulations that apply to storm water drains, and it may be that you are not allowed to move or change the wall if it is offering protection. Did you build the wall or did the town planning build the wall? Furthermore, you will not be able to make the stream a water feature, as this may compromise the flow and cause future complications. All-in-all, it would be far better to have any improvements approved and know that what you do is OK than have to worry about removing them later.
Sent: 20 January 2017 07:29 AM
Subject: Glass bar counter top
Can you perhaps forward contact details of a glass top supplier or two. I am looking at possibly using a glass top on a bar counter.
As concerns glass suppliers, this differs from region to region, so it’s best to use Google search to find a supplier in your particular area. For a glass top you should opt for a 10mm thick safety or tempered glass top.
Sent: 17 January 2017 03:58 PM
Subject: Removal of rust
Please advise a product to use for removing rust on mild steel.
There are quite a few products that can be used for removing rust, all of which can be found at your local Builders store.
Sent: 16 January 2017 09:24 PM
Subject: Spray over enamel paint
I painted supawood with enamel paint. Is it possible to put primer over it and spray paint it with 2k paint rather?
You can spray over the top of the oil-based enamel paint, but you will need to sand this with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper to de-gloss the finish before you do. If you applied a water-based enamel paint you only need to give a light sanding before painting.
Sent: 13 January 2017 03:50 PM
Subject: Barn door
I am looking for the barn door sliding track and accessories. Do you have the various styles and finishes?
This project would either be a DIY project, or you could hire a handyman / carpenter. to make it for you. If you are looking for steel fittings, perhaps you should consider hiring a local welder to do the project for you.
Sent: 13 January 2017 11:59 AM
Subject: Mitre saw
I am loving the plans for a mitre saw bench and want to build one. My mitre saw brand differs from the one you are using and I can't determine the height of the storage caddies from the drawing, can you please supply me with more information / measurements if possible?
The storage caddies on either side of the saw on my mitre saw bench are 70mm high, but you can quite easily adjust the height of these to match the plate height of the saw.
Sent: 13 January 2017 03:29 PM
Subject: Liquid sander
Is it advisable to use a liquid sander on an antique piece of wood furniture that I intend to paint?
I try to avoid using liquid sander if possible, plus it isn’t necessary. If a piece is properly sanded by mechanical methods, you shouldn’t need to spend more on this product. Wood primer and then paint is all that is required, unless using chalk paint, and then you can leave out the primer.
Sent: 13 January 2017 10:59 AM
Subject: Paint colour
I would love to know what the paint colour is, used in the living room below:
This is exactly what happens when you view colour on a screen. Having viewed the page, I can confirm that none of the colours on the page are green. I would recommend that you pop into your local paint store and look at paint swatches before deciding on a colour. You can even print out the page to take along with you. Additionally, take it home and look at under different types of light. Very often the colour you see on the swatch can appear different once painted onto a wall – it all depends on the amount of light in the room and how different light affects the paint colour.
Sent: 08 January 2017 08:38 AM
Subject: Spray paint laminate kitchen
I'm looking at spray painting my laminate kitchen but not very handy myself. Can you advise on someone who can assist us?
For this type of job, you will need to find someone in your area that deals with spray painting kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, I do not know of anyone first hand, but a Google search should provide you with options.
Sent: 07 January 2017 12:30 PM
Subject: Cracks on leather couch
I need your professional advise regarding my leather couch. Mid last year, the couch has started to crack, not normal cracks but more like its dry, scuff and powdering of the leather so whenever I sit on it, small leather particles stick to my clothes. What I want to find out is if this is restorable or do I need to re-upholster my couch. Please advise. I can send pictures if need be.
Leather couches require ongoing maintenance to keep the leather supple and soft. Without this, the leather will dry out and could crack. Once it has reached this stage there is very little you can do. You can try applying a leather restorer to see if it has any effect, but failing this it will probably need to be upholstered or replaced.
Sent: 04 January 2017 06:35 PM
Subject: Renovating small kitchen
Would like a quote for renovating a small kitchen on a budget.
Visit our Kitchen Section for ideas and inspiration for your kitchen renovation:
Sent: 04 January 2017 11:17 AM
Subject: Repainting window sills
The paint from my house's window sills is peeling. I would like to repaint them. Can you please suggest what products I need to use and the process I need to follow to get window sills looking great again? Thanks for the quick response! Have you ever posted something about relaying paving? The paving at house is uneven in place and I would like to relay the paving bricks.
First, you need to use a paint scraper to remove all the old paint and then a sander and 80-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining loose paint. If you are down to the plaster finish you should apply a plaster primer. If there is still paint you can simply paint over the top of this. Any exterior paint is suitable for painting windowsills. I recently featured my driveway re-do:
Sent: 29 December 2016 08:38 PM
Subject: Woodwork classes
I have recently gained some interest in woodwork, however never had any experience in it (never attended a school that offered this as a subject). I would like to get some experience and hopefully new skills in this. Could you send some course details such as curriculum, prices and possible dates on your next courses. I eagerly await your reply.
We offer a variety of workshops as part of www.DIY-Divas.co.za, the majority of which focus on DIY related topics. You will find full details on the website, and new workshops for 2017 will be loaded at the end of January. However, if you are more interested in carpentry and woodwork, you should sign up with your local Woodworking Association. These associations offer a wealth of information for those wanting to learn carpentry and woodworking.
Sent: 02 January 2017 08:28 PM
Subject: Transfer pictures
Please could you tell me how I can transfer pictures onto wood and what products do i need to use? I watched a u tube tutorial and they used a product called Gloss gel medium. Or do you know where i can go for classes?
Believe it or not, you don’t need fancy mediums to transfer wording onto wood – try this easy method:
Sent: 01 January 2017 06:55 PM
Subject: Paint stripper
Dropped paint stripper on my front door white facias panel. It has left a lump, will it be damaged?
Many paint strippers are chemical-based and can do a fair amount of damage to plastics and similar materials, but not sure what you are asking.
Sent: 28 December 2016 03:24 PM
Subject: Garden deck
Do you perhaps know of an alternative to this modular DIY decking company? http://www.home-dzine.co.za/garden/garden-deck-squares.htm They seem to no longer be in existence.
I don’t think that our local market is large enough to sustain more than one supplier, and this is the case for many international products. A Google search will reveal any local suppliers for decking squares.
Sent: 14 December 2016 04:17 PM
Subject: Butcher's block
What type of beeswax can I use on my butcher's block and where in the Western Cape is it sold?
You can use beeswax or butcher’s block oil. I know that www.Tools4Wood.co.za supply the latter, and they can ship to Western Cape.
Sent: 13 December 2016 12:58 PM
Subject: Driftwood look
Quite easy to do. Follow these instructions where I used the technique for my dining table:
Sent: 13 December 2016 02:18 PM
Subject: Wall folding bed
I am looking on how to build a wall bed/folding bed.
There used to be a local supplier for the Murphy Bed mechanism needed to make a fold-up bed, but they have since closed down. Since the mechanism is very heavy, it is not cost effective to look at having this shipped to SA, and without this you can’t make a fold-up bed.
Sent: 05 December 2016 03:25 PM
Subject: Paint countertop
How do I order the Rust-Oleum Countertop Kit and where do I see the different colour options? Where are your branches?
The Rust-Oleum Countertop Kit is not available in South Africa, due to the high landed cost for the product. It would have worked out at close to R3000 for the kit, whereas it only costs around R800 to replace with Formica Lifeseal Countertops.
Sent: 12 December 2016 09:08 AM
Subject: Colour of couch
Good day, I am wanting to change the colour of my couch. Kindly advise what paint I can use. Is it better to spray or use a paint brush. Most importantly where can I purchase the dye.
Previously, a product called www.simplyspray.com was available locally, but this is no longer the case. However, you can still order this product online and have it shipped to SA. I have previously used Rust-Oleum 2X satin spray paint for dining chairs and acrylic PVA on a chair, and you will find instructions here for the projects:
Sent: 01 December 2016 08:48 AM
Subject: Metallic paint
How do you apply the Fired Earth Metallic Paint? I saw on the tin that one can use a lambs wool roller or a brush. However, if one wants the brushed look would you only use a brush?
Yes, use a synthetic brush for a brushed effect on a wall. The tin should offer all the instructions necessary for proper application of the product. I have also forwarded a copy of this mail to Builders, to see if they have any additional information for the product.
Sent: 01 December 2016 08:35 AM
Subject: Etching paste
I'm urgently looking for brown etching paste to use for glass.
I haven’t seen brown etching paste, but etching paste is available from most larger craft and hobby stores.