Capo Kitchen and Bath Blog

How To Use Wood Filler

When it comes to fixing stuff, I like to try to do it myself before calling anyone.  That said, there are some things that are more difficult to do from start to finish, and require a truly skilled craftsman.  For me, that is woodworking.  I possess neither the tools nor the skills to replicate the woodwork that is in my turn of the century house.  I did want to keep the original character of the home, but some of the wood in the trim, moldings, even the floor had gouges, nicks and scratches that were too big to ignore, and having them replicated and replaced was more than we could afford.  So I decided to try one of the under appreciated tools in the tool box- wood filler.

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Options for Shower Pans

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Surfaces show in Las Vegas.  Surfaces is a trade show that focuses on flooring and related industries.   Trade shows are informative and helpful because they present new products and applications to any particular industry.  I saw lots of new items, and some that have been improved upon.  One particular application that stood out was the various ways of creating a shower pan.

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How to Transport Granite Slabs

Prefabricated granite slabs are often used for kitchen countertops and other interior and exterior design applications. There are several things to think about when learning how to transport granite slabs (or quartz, marble, or other prefabricated stone slab) from a granite showroom to your home.

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Tile vs. Linoleum – The Pros & Cons

Bathroom flooring material that works for you.

Are you looking to do a bathroom remodel? Well, flooring is one of the first of many decisions you’ll need to make (yes this is true). And when it comes to finding great bathroom flooring there are many factors to consider. Durability, aesthetics, installation and of course cost should all be considered. And throughout the years countless flooring options have emerged, making your choice even more difficult. 

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Solid Wood vs. Composites

When it comes to solid wood vs. composites many people always assume that solid wood always the best material… This is a question we’re frequently asked and you may be surprised that the answer.

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Slow draining vessel sinks.

One complaint I hear from time to time is that a vessel sink will drain slowly.  Obviously if the drain is plugged it will prevent water from draining properly.  However if the drain is clear and the vessel still drains slowly what is the cause?   Most vessel sinks don’t have an overflow drain.   The overflow allows for more air to get into the drain which aids draining.  Visualize pouring water out of a 2 litre bottle.  It drains slowly.  Now cut a hole in the bottom of the bottle and then pour the water out.  With the hole in the bottle, air can enter the bottle and make the draining much faster.  The grid drain seems to be the biggest cause of slow draining vessel sinks.  This is because the water “sticks” to the grid. grid The surface tension of water becomes an issue with the small holes in the grid.  It’s kind of like water on a widow screen.  You notice that the water does not shed off of the tiny holes in the screen.   The umbrella style drains seem to work better because the water mixes with air before it enters the drain.umbrella  If you are still having an issue with a slow drain, installing a studor vent on your drain may help.   This device is a one way air valve that lets air go into the drain without letting any air out of the drain.  These cost about $25 and are easy to install.  Lastly, it is a good idea to adjust your faucet shut off valves so the flow of water to your faucet is reduced somewhat.  This will minimalize splashing in your vessel sink and will allow your sink to empty a little quicker.

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