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QUICK DIY D-O•I PROJECTS DIY home improvements can be very rewarding, both in terms of saving money and the sense of accomplishment you'll feel when you fix annoying problems around the house; and use your creativity to decorate your living space with clever ideas. 10 QUICK FIXES TO MAKE AROUND YOUR HOUSE SQUEAKY DOOR HINGES V Spray a little WD-40 onto the hinges - moving the door back and forth to WD-4 work in the lubricant. V Or try rubbing the hinges with petroleum jelly. V If these tricks don't work, lift the hinge pins about halfway and Ilubricate them with three-in-one oil, using a rag to catch drips. SQUEAKY FLOOR V For a temporary fix, sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy area and sweep it into the cracks. V Be sure to remove any traces of powder if you're ever going to refinish the floor. PEELING WALLPAPER V With a knife, smear wallpaper paste onto a piece of writing paper. V Rub the paper against the underside of the peeling section. V Press the wallpaper against the wall. V Slide the writing paper out and smooth away bubbles with a clean cloth. DUSTY CHANDELIER Allow the fixture to cool. V Wear a pair of white cotton gloves - one dry, one dampened with glass cleaner. (For crystal, use one part rubbing alcohol to three parts distilled water.) V Wipe each prism with the damp glove, then the dry one. STAINED TUB V Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. V Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. V Let sit for a half hour, then rinse well with water. STUCK SLIDING WINDOWS A little silicone spray lubricant (sold at hardware stores) will grease the skids. V Spray it onto a rag, then wipe along the tracks, whether they're metal, wood, or plastic. HARD-TO-REMOVE DECALS V Spray the decals and the surrounding areas with WD-40, lifting the edges to get underneath, if possible. V Let sit, then gently scrape away the decal with the edge of a credit card. V Degrease the tub with liquid dishwashing soap. SLAMMING DOOR V Soften the slam of a door by affixing a few pieces of peel-and-stick foam weather stripping around the doorstop. Or get a wide rubber band and wrap it around the doorknobs on both sides, stretching it across the edge of the door. V Don't cover the latch. HARD-TO-REMOVE LIGHTBULB V Press the center of a foot-long strip of duct tape onto the middle of the bulb. V Fold each loose end in half so it sticks onto itself. V Gripping each end between your thumb and index finger, give a counterclockwise twist to loosen the bulb. DRY CUTTING BOARD V Revive your board by gently warming a bottle of pure mineral oil (available at drugstores) in a bowl of hot water. mineral oil Wipe the oil onto the surface with a soft cloth. V Wipe off the excess four to six hours later. SINKS: HOW TO UNBLOCK A SINK plunger outside wall tap -basin, sink or trough inspection opening S Bend trap gully trap unscrew to clear bowl or bucket to collect trapped waste pipe water and debris. ground STEP 1 If water is draining slowly from a shower, bath or sink, the cause is often hair trapped in the plug hole or trap. Clean regularly. If this isn't the problem, block the overflow holes at the top of the sink. Use damp kitchen paper or a rag so that the jet of air and water is forced through the system and not back out of the overflow. BLOCK THE OVERFLOW There should be enough water in the sink to cover the rubber part of the plunger. STEP Place the plunger over the plug hole and push up and down quickly to force a jet of water through the waste pipes to dislodge the blockage. Take out the plunger and check the water drains away quickly. PUMP THE Run the taps for several minutes to flush away any debris and unblock the overflow holes. PLUNGER AND RINSE STEP 3 If the blockage hasn't been shifted, bail out as much water as possible and place a bucket under the plastic trap directly under the sink. Unscrew the plastic collars at both ends of the trap (a tea towel wrapped around the plastic will help give more grip). BAIL OUT THE SINK STEP 4 Remove the trap and clean. There may also be hair or debris trapped in the plug hole so clean this at the same time. REMOVE & CLEAN THE TRAP Re-fit and run the taps to check the blockage is clear. STEP If there is still a problem, check if the drain is blocked by lifting the nearest inspection cover to the sink. You will need a set of drain rods to unblock the drain. CHECK THE DRAINS If the problem is in the waste pipes inside the house, try unscrewing the trap and using a piece of flexible wire or a toilet auger to clear it. AND WASTE PIPES PAINTING HOW TO PAINT A ROOM FAST CLEAN SURFACES WITH TSP STRAIN THE PAINT CUT IN SASHES Sponge walls and trim with a TSP cleaning solution to clean off dirt, oils and grease and prep the surface for better paint adhesion. Pour the freshly mixed paint through a straining cloth to remove finish-marring lumps. Cut in along windows. Avoid time-consuming taping. GROOVE TEXTURED CUTTING-IN TECHNIQUE MIX IN A PAINT EXTENDER CEILING EDGES Cutting a slight groove along textured ceilings leaves a smooth edge for your paintbrush to follow. Paint right to the edge on your second pass. Paint extenders slow drying and help prevent lap marks. CUT ONE WALL TAPE OFF HORIZONTAL TRIM START AT THE BOTTOM ΑΤΑΤΙΜΕ Tape on horizontal trim catches roller spatters. Load the roller with paint and start Damp paint from cutting in will blend with the paint from the roller. at the bottom. COVER PAINT TO KEEP IT FRESH n your roller tray. If you need to take a break for more than 10 minutes, cover the paint. Paint dries fast, QUICK TIPS FOR CHANGING KITCHEN CABINET PULLS & KNOBS Changing the knobs or pulls on kitchen cabinets and doors can make a nice visual statement to your kitchen at a low cost. TO REMOVE OLD KNOBS OR HANDLES AND REPLACE THEM: loosen the screw on the back of the door that holds the old hardware in place, then remove the knob or handle. TO SIMPLIFY PLACEMENT OF THE HOLES FOR THE NEW HANDLE: check your home improvement store for a template that serves as a guideline for lining up standard holes at the side or bottom of the door. RIDGID MARK AND PRE-DRILL YOUR HOLES CAREFULLY. Before putting your new handle in place, fill any holes left by old hardware with wood putty, and paint that area. ROTARY TOOI POINTED CUTTER BIT ATTACH THE NEW HANDLES WITH SCREWS. FILLED HOLE BLACK HOLE OIL-BASED woon PUTTY DIY SAFETY TIPS WEAR QUALITY SAFETY GLASSES: Invest in tight-fitting protective eye wear that conforms to the contours of your face. About half of the 2.5 million eye injuries that occur in the United States every year happen at home. • Get into the habit of putting on protective glasses whenever there's even a small chance of flying dust. RESPECT LADDERS: When you use a ladder, keep reminding yourself that heights are dangerous, and be carefully observant at all times. • Situate ladders on stable, level surfaces. • Lock A-frame ladders in the open position. • Never step on the top two rungs of a ladder. • Lean ladders against vertical surfaces with a one-foot spread at the base for every 4 feet height. • Never use aluminum ladders near utility poles or around electrical wires. • Never place a ladder in front of a door that swings outward unless the door is locked. SPE WEAR A DUST MASK OR RESPIRATOR: Just because you're covering your mouth and nose with a mask of some sort doesn't necessarily mean you have all the protection you need. • Some respirators are designed to filter out particulates, while others will also protect you from harmful fumes. • Evaluate the job and decide what is the best respirator to buy. No single respirator will protect you from all potential threats, though. BE CAREFUL AROUND ELECTRICITY: The electrical current in your home is powerful enough to kill you. Keep these electrical safety tips in mind: Electricity and water don't mix. Use a voltage meter to make sure whatever you're planning to repair isn't getting any electrical current. • Never perform electrical work when standing on an aluminum ladder. • When working with electricity, wear rubber soled shoes or work on a rubber mat. Don't use tools in damp conditions unless they're connected to a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). • Never bypass the on/off switch of a piece of equipment by using the power cord instead. Never use tools with frayed cords or disabled guards. LEAVE GAS REPAIRS TO THE PROS: One big problem is that you can create a leak and not realize it until there's a dangerous gas build-up in your home. The smell will tip you off, but by that time, static electricity could set off an explosion. • If you have an upgrade in mind, call your local power company for information. • If you smell gas in your home, don't stop to call anyone or diagnose the problem yourself. Get your family together and leave. Call for assistance from another location. REFERENCES 12-quick-home-repairs-10000001573775/ 1st. HOME IN PLACE INSPECTIONS INC.

Quick DIY Projects Info-graphic

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Do you cringe every time you open that annoying creaking door or step on a squeaky floor? Does a blocked sink raise your stress levels? This useful DIY Guide will help you to fix the common problems y...




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