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This week we talk about removing a stone fireplace mantel and repairing broken window slats.

In this week’s radio show, we’re talking repairs and removals!


Use caution when removing a heavy, stone fireplace mantel.

Removing a Stone Fireplace Mantel

Lisa Dylina in Vero Beach, Fla., is wondering how difficult it would be to remove a stone fireplace mantel and replace it with a wood one. 

To remove this heavy stone, you need to use a sledgehammer to bump it up and loosen it from the tile. Try using a baby sledgehammer, as it will be more manageable for this indoor project. Once you bump it loose enough to see a crease between the mantel and the tile, use a chisel to separate it completely. 

Definitely have someone help you with this so you don’t injure yourself while removing it. Use a piece of plywood and a drop cloth to protect the wall and hearth, in case you drop the stone mantel.

Keep in mind when removing the corbels, the tile behind them could be damaged and not presentable after. Whatever wood supports or corbels you install next need to cover that same footprint or larger to hide the damage.

Skip to [9:09] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.


These broken slats are nearly impossible to fix without removing a pane of glass.

Repairing Broken Trim in a Double-Pane Window 

Two vinyl trim pieces have become detached inside Tracy Ammons’ half-round double-pane window. So, how can he get this trim back in place?

The manufacturer probably mulled the windows together and installed them as one unit. You would need to contact the manufacturer for repair. You usually can see the manufacturer’s name etched in the corner of the glass. 

If you can’t find the manufacturer, it can still be fixed despite not knowing the brand. Call a glazier. They can see if there is a way to get in there to fix it. If it’s sealed, they would have to remove the interior pane, fix the slats, and replace the window.  

Skip to [19:51] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.


A pool provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew to form.

Ridding a Pool Deck of Mold and Mildew

Bobby Cleveland from LaGrange, Ga., pressure washes his deck every two years, only to have it taken over by mold and mildew again and again. Now, he’s looking for a permanent solution to keep it clean for years to come. 

First, pressure wash the pool deck using a round concentrated washer. Then, allow it to dry and use a masonry sealer. It’s clear, fairly inexpensive and won’t change the look of the concrete or make it slippery. Apply one light coat over the surface with a garden sprayer. Then apply a second and third coat. This will prevent the water from soaking into the concrete. 

Try using an industrial product like Envirosafe Algae and Mildew Cleaner or Trojan Masonry and Concrete Sealer.

Skip to [43:36] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

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