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Hardware Tip of the Week: Saving Face; Protect The Wood & Bathroom Design Tips

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Protect Wood:
When you’re ready to hammer and nail in the trim, you’ll want to protect where the nails go into the wood.
Here’s how you can put a shield in place. When nailing decorative molding or any type of milled woodwork or painted trim, don’t let a mis-guided hammer blow ruin the surface.
Instead, protect it with a simple homemade shield. To protect decorative trim from wayward hammer strikes, cut a piece of pegboard a few inches square.
Then start the nail in with a few light taps. Slip one of the holes in the peg board shield over the nail head and hammer away with gusto.
You can do this without fear of damage should your aim waver a tad.
Once you’ve driven a nail as far in as possible, lift off the shield and finish the job with a nailset.
Bathroom Design:
While room design is mostly a matter of taste, there are some basic rules to keep in mind.
Today, you'll learn some bathroom design tips and some how-to-avoid-trouble planning tricks.
For example, don't overwhelm your space by
cramming too much into a small bath (like a big lavish whirlpool tub in a tiny 5 by 7 space).
Doing so takes away from the room and is a waste. Also consider safety.
Tile is slippery when wet; so add anti-slip coatings, nonskid area rugs and handrails in places water and condensation tend to collect.
Also consider who'll be using the room; are they tall or short? This determines the height of everything, from counters to towel bars.
Sight lines are important, too; when the door is open, would you rather see the toilet or a beautiful vanity?
Don't underestimate the importance of lighting -- both for functional tasks and pure glamour.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.