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swimming_pool_slide(MCT)—Q: We’re interested in refinishing a fiberglass pool slide that has lost its finish in several spots. Can you tell me whether anything can be done and, if so, what? Since I’m 77 and my husband is 81, neither of us use it, but our great-grandchildren love to.

A: Pool slides are either made of fiberglass or coated with fiberglass gel coat, which is a finishing paint and provides protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You might get some help with restoring it at a pool-supply business or a marine-supply company. They might know someone who does this kind of repair.

Q: When we turn on our kitchen faucet, it runs slowly for a few seconds, “burps” a couple of times, and then flows normally. What causes this? Will it become a more serious problem?

A: A clogged aerator comes to mind, with increasing pressure dislodging whatever is blocking the flow.

Once the water is shut off and the pressure reduced, whatever is clogging the aerator slips back into place. If you don’t have the instructions for the faucet, find the make and model online and look to see how to remove the aerator.

The burping makes me think of air in the inlet pipe, but, as with all readers’ questions, if I cannot see it, it is difficult to diagnose.

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