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    10 Quick Fixes Your House Needs

    August 15th, 2016

    Get your house running smooth as an engine with these quick, yet probably overdue tune ups.

    1. Squeaky Door Hinges

      The easiest way to resolve this pesky problem is to spray some WD-40 on the hinges of the door and move the door back and forth in order to work in the solution. An alternative is to use some petroleum jelly. If neither of these tricks works, lift the hinge pins about halfway and lubricate them with three-in-one oil, using a rag to catch drips.

    2. Squeaky Floor

      For an easy and temporary fix, sprinkle some talcum powder over the noisy area and sweep it into the cracks. Note to remove traces of the powder if you ever do end up refinishing the floor.

    3. Peeling Wallpaper

      Apply wallpaper paste onto a knife, and use the knife to smear the paste onto a piece of writing paper. Next, rub the paper with the paste against the underside of the peeling section. Press the wallpaper against the wall and slide the writing paper out. Lastly, use a clean cloth to smooth out any bubbles.

    4. Dusty Chandelier

      Put on one dry cotton glove, and one cotton glove dampened with glass cleaner. For crystal chandeliers, use a solution of one part rubbing alcohol and three parts distilled water. Wipe each prism carefully first with the damp glove, then with the dry glove.

    5. Stained Tub

      Create a paste of half cream of tartar and half baking soda, combined with enough lemon juice to make the mixture viscous. Use your fingers or a towel to rub this mixture into the stains and let it sit for half an hour, then rinse thoroughly with water.

    6. Hard to Remove Decals

      Spray WD-40 onto decals and surrounding areas. Try to lift its edges if in order to get underneath the decals. Let the solution sit, and scrape away the decal with a credit card. Finish by removing the grease in the tub with dishwashing soap.

    7. Slamming Door

      Soften the painful slamming of a door by affixing a few pieces of peel-and-stick foam strips around the door stops. Another quick fix is the wrap a wide elastic band around the door knobs on both sides of the door, going across the edge of the door.

    8. Hard to Remove Lightbulb

      Cut a foot long strip of heavy duty duct tape and press the center of the strip onto the middle of the bulb. Fold each loose end of the strip inwards so that the sticks parts are taped together, and then grab a hold of the ends with your thumb and index finger. Finish with a sharp counterclockwise twist to loosen the bulb.

    9. Flattened Down Cushions

      Overtime, moisture may get into the filling of cushions, causing them to lose its fluff and shape. To replenish them, place your cushions outside on a sunny day for a few hours, making sure to flip them over half way through. The sun will help evaporate the moisture and your cushions should plump up nicely.

    10. Scuffed Linoleum

      Spray WD-40 or apply white toothpaste a dry towel and rub gently against linoleum. Make sure to clean off the residue and grease with water and dishwashing soap.

    Tags: Quick, Fixes, House, Needs, Engine, Overdue, Hinges, Floor, Wallpaper, Chandelier, Tub
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