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DIY Updates You Can Complete in 20 Minutes

Home may be where the heart is, but your home may be looking a little shabby these days. You love your home and keep it in good condition, but you don’t have the budget or the time for extensive repairs, long-term do-it-yourself projects, or expensive HGTV renovations. Luckily, if you are little creative you can find 10 repair projects around your home that will take you 20 minutes or less. These solutions are easy, quick, and affordable, and can make all the difference.

Doing the Doors

Lubricate squeaky door hinges by rubbing a little petroleum jelly or WD-40 on the hinges. Wwing the door back and forth, so the lubricant spreads throughout the hinge.

Stopping Stains

To remove stains from your tub, mix together equal amounts of baking soda and cream of tartar, and add enough lemon juice to make a paste-like consistency. Spread this mixture across the bottom of your tub and over the stains. Leave for a half hour then rinse with hot water.

Caring for Cushions

If your couch or chair cushions are looking a little flat, leave them outdoors in a sunny place for a couple of hours. Flip halfway through so the sun doesn’t fade the fabric. The heat and light will evaporate the moisture from the cushions, restoring them to their fullness.

Scaring Away Scuffs

It is easy to prevent furniture from scuffing your floors. Attach felt stickers or rubber pads to the bottom of your furniture legs to protect your linoleum or wood.

Honing in on Holes

Patch wall holes and fill other holes left from nails, screws, and more with a lightweight patching compound. Smooth with a damp sponge when the compound dries and dab with wall paint.

Resist Rattling

Fix your rattling windows by adding weather stripping along the inside of the window frame. If individual frames rattle, caulk the window pane.

Doing the Drains

The bent wire hanger method is surprisingly effective for most drain clogs, but you can also flush the drain with 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar. Use Drano or another chemical solution only for tough clogs.

Bothering the Boiler

Check your water boiler for signs of rust, blockage, and excessive dirt. Clean your boiler using a vacuum, making sure the power on your boiler is turned off first. Check the thermostat to make sure the reading is accurate. If your boiler has more serious issues, it might be time to call in the specialists at Air Control Spokane to make repairs.

Part from Peeling

To patch peeling wallpaper, smear a small amount of wallpaper paste onto the backside of the peeling paper and press the wallpaper against the wall—hold for at least a minute. 

Monitoring Monoxide

Check your carbon monoxide detector. Test your detector to make sure it is working properly, and replace the batteries at least every six months.

Quick DIY projects will soon have your house feeling like a home. For tips or help with more extensive projects, contact your local electricians or plumbers for help.

 

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