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Q:I saw a photo online of what looked like interior wooden curtains that slid together on an overhead track to cover a window. How is this accomplished?
A:The wood curtains were probably mounted using rolling door hardware. An interior rolling "barn door" can add to the décor and also make efficient use of available space. Companies such as Custom Service Hardware offer rolling barn door hardware kits, which consist of a guide track that is mounted above an entryway (or window) and wheeled hardware from which the door (or wood "cur- tains") hang. Once installed, the door or curtains can roll from side to side along the overhead track.
Q:Is there any easier method of extracting a broken fence post than digging up the entire concrete base?
A:After removing the fence rails from each side, loosen the post and footing by rocking it from side to side. Dig out some of the dirt around the post and lean it back and forth. If it's too heavy or firmly embed- ded in concrete to remove, you can extract it by using a car jack. First, nail or screw a foot-long 2x4 block to the post about 18 inches from the bottom. This will be your lifting point. Nail a 2x6 crosswise to the post directly beneath the block, forming a "t" shape. Rest one end of the 2x6 on the car jack and the other on concrete blocks. Raise the jack to lever the 2x6 and lift the post up by the 2x4 block.