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Mike Klimek

Home repair columnist

Mike Klimek is a licensed contractor and owner of Las Vegas Handyman. Questions may be sent by email to handymanoflasvegas@msn.com. Or, mail to 4710 W. Dewey Drive, No. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89118. His web address is www.handymanoflasvegas.com.

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Predrill hole to prevent split wood

When you screw together two pieces of hardwood, you need to predrill the hole. This allows the shaft of the screw to enter the hole without splitting the surrounding wood.

Drain pan is useless if it is not connected to drainpipe

Many people have drain pans installed under their water heaters or washing machines, but many of those pans are not connected to a drainpipe. With that setup, all you are doing is delaying the inevitable flood by about two minutes.

New switches are easy way to update home

Replacing the switches with rocker-style switches is easy and will make a dramatic change. In addition to the switches and cover plates, you also must replace the outlets to match.

Fast-moving masonry blade will cut bricks, blocks

If your project includes cutting things like bricks, blocks or roof tiles, then you need a large, fast-moving masonry blade. If you are cutting lots of these items, you might want to rent a masonry saw.

Use laser level to ensure spacing is exact

The more expensive laser levels are self-leveling and others require the operator to adjust them. The great thing though, is that they are extremely accurate, even for long distances.

Replacing coach lights an easy project

Replacing coach lights is a perfect project for a would-be electrician. In fact, you don’t even have to use a ladder if you don’t have one, but you will need to stand on something solid to reach the lights.

Exterior caulking seals cracks

Caulking is a fix-all for all sorts of situations since it’s a great adhesive in a pinch, but it shines at filling gaps. You might even call it “weatherstripping in a tube.”

Neglected barbecue will need thorough cleaning

If you like cleaning your oven, then you’re going to love cleaning the barbecue. The igniter should be checked and the burners need to be cleaned out because, over time, sauces and food have dripped onto the ports where the propane should be flowing out.

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