December 31, 2010 |
More this week on vinyl floors being discolored by rubber-backed rugs. I really didn't know how widespread the problem was when I first wrote about it because I don't have vinyl flooring, but it is indeed a problem. Lowe's employee Jerry McHale from West Lancaster said he had the same situation occur in his house, only the floor turned a deep purple, and it could not be cleaned. McHale and his wife had placed a rubber-backed floor mat inside the French door in their kitchen that led to the deck.
March 30, 2011 |
NEW YORK - In most ways, Sarah McCarthy is your typical high schooler. She has a job and college plans, but also a peculiar passion: She's a vinyl fan. That's right. She likes analog. And none of that hipster new stuff or a USB-ready turntable from Urban Outfitters. To this 16-year-old senior from Centreville, Md., there's nothing like the raw crackle, the depth of sound, her delicate hand on diamond-tipped stylus to spin the dusty stash of records she found in her grandfather's basement.
August 26, 1990 |
Two record shops in Ardmore are going against the tide that is sweeping more cassette tapes and compact discs into music collections. They refuse, in fact, to sing an epitaph to vinyl LPs. Mads Records, at 9 W. Lancaster Ave., and Plastic Fantastic Used Record Exchange, 26 W. Lancaster Ave., are among the few places where customers still can buy records, and the owners say the stores plan to stay that way. "I don't think as many people are...
April 13, 1994 |
Dear Anne and Nan: A problem of utter importance has entered my dull and meaningless life. An answer is needed immediately! I need to know how to remove pen marks from vinyl. - Phillip M. Kittanning, Pa. Dear Phillip: Actually, this is not an insignificant question but one we are frequently asked, though perhaps not with the same desperation. You have a number of choices, and perhaps one of them will work. If someone in your household uses hair spray, try that. Or rub ink marks with rubbing alcohol.
June 27, 2016 |
The past has caught up with the future, or maybe it's the other way around, on the sweaty factory floor of Independent Record Pressing just off I-295 in Bordentown. Most of the workers there weren't born when what they're making today was big. General manager Sean Rutkowski, 46, was, though he came of age in the era of cassettes and CDs. But in a surprising return from near-death, vinyl records are back on the turntable, in demand by recording artists and music consumers alike after years of relegation to flea markets and used-record stores.
February 12, 2016 |
When we first meet Richie Finestra, the hero of Vinyl , the new HBO drama about the 1970s glory days of the music business premiering with a two-hour Martin Scorsese-directed pilot at 9 p.m. Sunday, the exec played by Bobby Cannavale is scoring an eight-ball of cocaine. It's 1973, and Finestra, the stressed-out head of American Century records, is in rundown Soho in Manhattan. Before breaking off his rearview mirror for a snorting surface, he has a brief conversation with his dealer.
May 4, 1994 |
Dear Anne and Nan: We have a shiny brown linoleum floor that is plagued with dull scuff marks. The scuff marks are not dirt, but are due to the removal of the shiny coating. Is there any way to correct these marks? - Holly Eaves, Pawcatuck, Conn. Dear Holly: It's hard to tell how serious your problem is from your description. If the linoleum or vinyl isn't seriously worn, dampen baking soda with water and rub the scuff marks in a circular motion until they are gone. Rinse, then wax. If your floor is newer and of the "no-wax" kind, apply an Armstrong product called "New Beginning," available wherever Armstrong flooring products are sold.
September 10, 1993 |
Those vinyl tiles used for flooring are popular and can be a fairly easy way for a do-it-yourselfer to successfully install a new floor. After you've done the work on such a project, it's always disheartening to have things go wrong. Here are some ways to fight back. One common problem is that a lone tile will start to curl along an edge. If you don't fix it, somebody will trip on it. The first thing to do is apply a little heat to make the tile more pliable. Either use a heat gun or press the edge with an iron.
December 11, 2011 |
They were still pressing 78 rpm records in the late 1940s when a Long Islander named Allen B. Jacobs took an office on Broadway, in what was then the heart of Manhattan's music business. Jacobs' new on-the-cheap label, Tikva Records, would eventually be pressing 12-inch LPs, just one change transforming the recording industry. But the changes that interested Jacobs were the ones he captured on vinyl, no matter what size. He started a record label - its name is Hebrew for "hope" and is also the name of Israel's national anthem, Hatikva, or "the hope" - that thrived on change and representing it, and then, when the change had become the status quo, died out. Now, the music Tikva sold has been rediscovered (rediscovered more than "found," as it was never really lost; Tikva records have sat all along in basements, attics, and bins at vinyl trading posts)
August 10, 2014 |
Q uestion: My townhouse is built on a slab, and I have ceramic tile in the kitchen. A few of the tiles have chips where items were dropped. Is it possible to have the ceramic tile removed and replaced with vinyl? This is not a job I would do myself; I would hire a professional. Just looking for some ideas and what the pros and cons might be. Answer: I'm glad you will be hiring a professional, because I've seen so many botched jobs by amateurs. It can be done. I assume the tiles are in a mortar bed on the slab.