- If your doorknob is rattling
usually it can be fixed by tightening the tiny set
screw just behind the handle. If this doesnít
help, you may have to replace the spindle that goes
through the hole in the door.
- If hinges are still squeaking after
oiling, remove and clean with some steel wool.
- Remove hinges one at a time to
avoid having to rehang your door.
- If you have a hollow front or back
door it may be a good idea to replace it with a
solid or even metal door because a lock is only as
good what it is attached to.
- Never try to apply any type of oil
to a floor thatís squeaky. Squeaky floorboards
should be nailed at an angle with the nail heads
just below the surface of the wood.
- If floors creak try sprinkling the
area with plain old talcum powder. Rub it in lightly
and sweep away the remaining powder.
- Lean an extension ladder against
the house or gutter. For safety the ladder should
extend a couple of feet above the gutter.
- Wherever you see debris remove it
using a trowel or other implement, proceeding around
the house clearing all blockages.
- Take your garden hose up the ladder
and run water through all your gutters clearing them
thoroughly. If water does not run clearly through
your downspout, itís clogged.
- Try to use a strong flow of water
to clear your downspout. If youíre still not
having success, you may need a plumberís snake to
- Each time you clean a blockage
flush the downspout with water.
|Leak in Basement Wall
- You must pin point the crack creating
- Get yourself some hydraulic cement
and mix following instructions, usually to the
consistency of putty.
- Wait a few minutes until it stiffens
- Use a trowel or putty knife, forcing
the cement into the crack or hole, and hold it there
for a minute or two until it stays there itself.
- Add more cement until the water stops
- Shave or file down the material until
itís even with the wall.
|Paint and Painting
- Old paint sometimes gets lumpy. To
remedy this cut a piece of wire mesh to fit inside
your old paint can. It will naturally sink to the
bottom carrying any lumps with it.
- Stirring in a drop of black paint
into your white paint will actually make the white Ė
- Hard to reach corners and tiny touch
up jobs are easily handled by using a common household
Q-tip (ear swab) to paint with.
- Using a ratio of 2 teaspoons of
vanilla extract to 1 gallon of paint will help cut
down on those strong paint odors.
- To remove paint from skin try using
cooking oil. Usually just as effective as commercial
cleaning products, without the irritation.
- Try wrapping the pipes with hot
cloths or towels.
- Also try a steady heat from a hair
- Remember to never let the pipe get
too hot to touch with your hands.
Here are 8 easy steps to remedy the
dreaded leaky faucet:
- Turn off water under sink (or at
- Open faucet to drain water.
- Unscrew faucet handle.
- Unscrew nut that holds faucet stem
- Pull out faucet system.
- Remove the screw at the bottom,
which holds the washer.
- Remove the washer and replace it
with the same size new washer.
- Repeat last 6 steps in reverse
- If your storing tools in a damp
basement or garage try putting some mothballs in
your toolbox to absorb moisture.
- You can rub self-polishing floor
wax on your metal tools, let dry and youíll see
this is a great precaution to avoid tools from
- Prevent your garden tools from
rusting by keeping them in a bucket of dry sand.
Finding a Wall Stud
- Generally wall studs are located 16
inches apart. If you start at the corner of the wall
and measure 17 inches you should find the center of
the stud. Be careful though electrical wires often
run through the center of studs.
- If you have a common compass you
can simply draw the compass across the wall and youíll
find the needle will be attracted to the drywall
- Believe it or nor mixing your
plaster with vinegar instead of water will make a
Protect your Walls
- Place a small piece of masking tape
over the spots on the wall you plan to nail (when
putting up pictures for example).
- If youíre using a ladder thatís
leaning right against your wall, you may want to
cover the top ends with old socks to protect the
wall from getting damaged.
- If your windows are a little sticky
youíll find that some beeswax applied to the
pulley stiles will make the window slide much
- If your windows are sweating itís
probably one of two things. If the inside window is
sweating, the storm window is not properly sealed.
If the storm window is sweating, then the inside
window is leaking.