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Tips for wood and Screws –

  • A bar of soap can be rubbed on various wooden surfaces to serve as a dry lubricant. This is especially useful when dealing with stuck drawers, chipped hardwood flooring, difficult screws, rusty saw blades and other situations involving wood on metal.
  • Secure a loose screw by brushing clear nail polish over it. You may need to hold it in place until everything dries, but when it does, the screw will no longer be loose.
  • Replace the nails in your porch, deck, and outdoor furniture with screws. This might take some time, but it will allow you to walk around barefoot without the risk of nails sticking out of the wood. It can be done quite easily with any drill, especially if you remember to rub the screws down with soap first.

Tips for Cleaning and Clogs –

  • Baking soda and vinegar can be used to open a clogged drain. About a half cup of each should do the trick. Let stand for about 20 minutes and then run hot water for a bit after that. Combine with use of a plunger on tougher clogs.
  • To clean or unclog your showerhead, mix a little bleach or white vinegar with some water in a zip-top freezer bag. Immerse the fixture in the bag, and then fix it in place with a rubber band. Let it soak for about a half hour. This can be done while everything is still stuck to the wall, and is much easier than having to disconnect all that plumbing.

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 An Ounce of Prevention –

  • Petroleum Jelly can be used in place of spray grease to fix or prevent squeaky door hinges. This may need to be applied to the inside of the assembly for maximum effectiveness.
  • Place a small piece of scotch tape down first before pounding a nail into the wall. This prevents the chipping of paint and crumbling of drywall.
  • Cheap beer can be sprayed or sprinkled on garden plans to ward off slugs. This does no damage to the plants but works well in keeping the hungry munchkins from consuming my entire garden before I’ve had a chance to harvest.
  • Sources say cinnamon is a natural bug repellent. If you have ants in your home, try sprinkling cinnamon around in trouble spots.

Most of this can be done with household items, but a few require access to a standard tool kit. Anyone who is serious about home repairs will need to start with the basics. Your collection will grow the more projects you try. It is important to start slow and simple, then work your way up to more complicated projects. Be prepared to spend more than it would cost to hire a contractor if you insist on doing things yourself, and always know when it is time to call a professional for help. Like anything else, DIY home repair is a long journey that requires a lot of trial and error. With patience, experience, and time, anyone can make their dream home a reality.

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