A crooked frame usually is due to loose hardware at the joints. Whether you fix it with glue, additional hardware or both, you need to straighten it and make sure it stays straight while you are working on it. A square surely will help. If you don’t have one of these, clamp the frame to the corner of a counter or tabletop that you know is perfectly square. Use this as a guide for your repairs and leave it in place until the glue has set up, if using glue.

Tips from readers

Dear Carrells: I know that tape doesn’t make a proper clamp, but I love to use electrical tape to hold things together while glue is setting up or until I do get a permanent repair made. Electrical tape is waterproof and really stretchy, so you can pull things together really tightly. I always keep a roll inside the house as well as in my garage workshop. I plan to put a roll in each of my cars, too. You never know when you might need some. – T.N.R.


Dear Al: In our new kitchen, the sink is on an outside wall, and those pipes froze last weekend when we had a freeze. I need to insulate them for sure. To thaw them out slowly, we just opened up the cabinet doors and let the heat from the house warm them up enough to thaw them. It took about two hours, but I’m glad to say that we have no leaks. – C.E.


Dear Kelly: I like my old canister vac, but it doesn’t have a light like my upright does. I added a small, magnetic flashlight to the bottom of the metal hose so I can just flip it on and see when I’m vacuuming in the closet or under the bed. It works great and stays on most of the time. If your hoses are plastic, I would suggest taping it in place, as it will hold better. – Y.T.


Dear Al: I noticed that we were getting air in under our doors – the front, back and attic doorway. I went to the hardware store to see what it had in stock. I found some door sweeps for only about $2 apiece. They were easy to install, with just a few screws on each one, and all three doors are no longer letting in cold air. Well, that was super easy! – V.C.


Q: I want to add a border of tiles to my bathtub wall. I bought some really neat used tiles from a salvage yard and have cleaned them up. What do I need to use to cut them with? What type of adhesive should I use? – R.B.

A: We love to see people using vintage building supplies. Use a good wet saw for cutting tiles. Practice on scrap tiles first so you don’t make too many mistakes on the good tiles. Just use standard tile adhesive. Good luck.


Bosch has a winner in its GLM 100 C Laser Measure. The digital measuring device can be pointed at a wall to measure distance. It also calculates area and volume, and – if that’s not enough – it will transfer this information directly to your smartphone via Bluetooth into the Bosch Mobile App, so you can take this info with you to the home center (or workshop) along with your shopping list. Check it out at