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Allow latex paint to cure fully.

Byline: Florence R. Niles

Dear Henri: I have a pine board that is mounted inside in my family room. About two months ago, in warm, dry weather, I painted this new board after lightly sanding it, with two coats of Benjamin Moore Super Spec Interior Latex Semi-gloss, allowing the first coat to dry for 24 hours. Everything seemed fine with the finish. I did not put any objects on the board for another three days.

I now find that any object that sits on this board for about a week without being moved tends to stick to the paint, which appears to be completely dry. In reading online about latex interior paint, comments have been made that latex paint tends to be "sticky.'' How do I paint wood shelves in the future to avoid this? Will using a primer work?

A It sounds as if the paint was applied too thickly to cure fully. It would have been best to prime the bare wood first, followed by a thin coat, which should have dried in the 24 hours you waited before applying the second coat, unless the humidity was high when you painted the shelf. The second coat may also have been applied too thickly before the first one had thoroughly cured.

Allow the paint to cure completely over several days or weeks and it should be fine.

Q I have a combination microwave/exhaust fan mounted over my freestanding gas range, but the air is recirculated back into the kitchen. I want to add an outside vent. The stove backs against a north-facing outside wall, and it seems like adding an outside vent would be fairly straightforward, directly through the wall above/behind the stove.

There also is space to run a vent pipe straight up through the second floor into the attic; directly above the first-floor location of the range is an enclosed interior void (where the tub/shower unit forms a right angle to the sink/vanity in a bathroom). The attic is unfinished.

I do not want to allow cluster flies (or any other pests) into the house through an added vent. I already have a cluster fly problem that I have been unable to solve. I am willing to pay extra to ensure that nothing gets into the house though a new kitchen vent, but from what I have read on the Web, there do not appear to be any foolproof solutions. How do I vent my range to the outside, and avoid any insect ingress?

A Have you made sure that you can convert your fan from an indoor exhaust to a ducted outdoor one? If it is feasible, choose an outside jack with a tightly closing flap. Look the jack over carefully when selecting it to make sure that there are no gaps through which cluster flies or other insects can enter the duct. Also check to make sure that the filter on the fan is so tight that even if insects got in the duct from outside, they cannot get in the kitchen.

Q Our house was built in 1984 in St. Albans, Vt. The contractor used Crestline windows (they look like storm windows) -- which has two panes and the bottom slides up and the screen is then visible. This set of windows is outside of the regular windows. In 1993, we were able to order replacements, and the receipt description was: "double-hung, clad combo, 28 inches wide by 42 inches wide, white.''

We need to replace several of these double-hung clad comb windows. The vendor is no longer in business and we have inquired with our local limited vendors.

Can you suggest a vendor who sells these windows or another option for the window.

A Try calling Crestline Windows and Door customer service at 1-800-826-5509. The company's address is P.O. Box 309, Medford, WI 54451. You may be directed to a dealer closer to you or a replacement may be offered directly.

I have not been able to find any other source for these windows.
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Title Annotation:Homes
Author:Niles, Florence R.
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Oct 27, 2013
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