Month: April 2016

Giving Pewter an Antique Finish

Patinating a pewter piece turns it from shiny to the dreary, grey finish of age — a look admired by enthusiasts who focus on old pieces. The easiest, least messy means to get this done is to clean and degrease the post thoroughly and immerse it in a industrial pewter blackening solution, following the maker’s time suggestions. Then rinse and dry the piece, gently burnishing it with a soft fabric. (more…)

Pouring a Slab for an Outside Oil Tank

A do-it-yourselfer with fundamental abilities can conserve the expense of a professional by pouring a tiny concrete slab to support an outdoor oil tank. Determine the size and depth of the slab according to the dimension and capacity of the tank. Before beginning the job, consult with this manufacturer’s specifications or consult your local building department. (more…)