In our homes, some old parts need to be repaired. These home repair works sometimes cost a lot, but if you can do them yourself, it is the best way to save money. In addition, doing this kind of maintenance work for your home is an enjoyable thing to do. Let’s review a few useful samples:
Home Repair: Floor Repair
Creaks and gaps in wooden floorboards cause irritation and drafts, but they can be easily fixed. Concrete floors may sometimes be uneven, so bumps should be chipped away with a chisel and club hammer. Lift damaged vinyl tiles with a hot iron over aluminum foil.
- Square-edged boards: If a board is cracked or split, find the joists by locating the nails at each end. Drill close to the joists and cut out the board with a saw. Replace it with a new piece of wood.
- Tongue-and-groove boards: Saw out a damaged tongue-and-groove board along the edge. It cannot be replaced, so substitute it with an ordinary floorboard, supported at each end by a block of wood screwed to each joist.
Home Repair: Quick Insulation
Using homemade filler: Fill spaces between floorboards with “papier-mâché” made from newspaper and wallpaper paste. Sand smooth when dry.
Home Repairs: Squeaky Floors
Using talcum powder: To silence squeaks, shake talcum powder between floorboards. Attach loose boards to the joists with long nails at an angle.
Home Repairs: Doors
To prevent a door from slamming, install a spring door closer or use a doorstop. Stop a door from rattling by moving the lock catch or putting a draft protector inside the frame. Lift a sagging door by tightening or moving the hinges. Repair rotten parts of wood quickly.
Home Repair: Sticking Doors
- Finding the problem: Rub chalk down the edge of the door, then close it. The chalk will leave a mark on the frame at the contact point. Plane the area. If sliding doors stick, apply floor polish to the tracks.
- Lubricating a hinge: Treat a sticking hinge by rubbing pencil lead along the spine. Alternatively, smear a little light oil along the hinge with a cloth, working the hinge back and forth until it moves freely.
- Oiling sticking locks: To loosen a sticking lock, put a little oil on the key. Put the key in the lock, and give it a few turns to loosen the lock.
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