DIY seems to have become something of a lost art, especially amongst younger people. It seems that the old skills are no longer being passed down from generation to generation as they once were, which is a major problem as people are not able to sort out issues in their own home.
While some problems like a pipe leak or boiler breakdown may be too tricky for the DIY novice, there are plenty of simple fixes for common problems around the home. Here are just a few for you to try your hand at if you are having any of these issues.
Squeaky Door Hinges
A door that is constantly squeaking every time you open or close it can get very annoying, very quickly. Try spraying a little WD-40 onto the hinges, while moving the door backwards and forwards so the lubricant gets worked in. If this doesn’t work, use a little bit of petroleum jelly. If you’re still not having any joy, lift the hinge pins up about halfway and use three-in-one oil to lubricate them. Remember to put down some sort of rag to cover the floor underneath so you don’t get any oil on the carpet.
Peeling wallpaper is one of those things that seems to get more and more irritating every time you look at it! Use a knife to smear some wallpaper paste onto some writing paper. Next, rub the writing paper against the underside of the section that is peeling. Press the wallpaper against the wall and slide the writing paper out. Use a cloth to smooth away any bubbles.
Stuck Sliding Window
If you have a sliding window that keeps getting caught or has become very stiff, use some silicone spray lubricant to grease the skids. This should be readily available at all hardware stores and shouldn’t cost you a great deal either. Spray the lubricant onto a rag and wipe it along the tracks. This should work whatever material it is made of, whether wood, plastic or metal.
We’ve all been there - there’s a through draught in the house and suddenly a door is blown shut causing you to jump out of your skin. You can soften the slam with some simple home repair by affixing some foam weather stripping around the doorstop. Otherwise, you can take a wide rubber band and wrap it around the doorknobs on both sides. Stretch it across the edge of the door without covering the latch.
Changing A Hard-to-Remove Light Bulb
Some light bulbs seem to be stuck in place with superglue when you try to remove them. Use some duct tape on the middle of the bulb, folding each end in half so it sticks to itself. Grip the ends between your thumb and index finger, turning the bulb in an anticlockwise direction which should help to loosen the bulb. This technique should help give you some added grip and will save you from trying to force the bulb out.