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Remodeling Contractor Tips For 10 Simple La Jolla Home Repairs You Can Do Yourself

To keep your home looking its best, there are many easy repairs you can do yourself. These don't take a lot of time or money, so you can spend your weekends enjoying your home instead of working. For more tips on easy home repair projects, check out the websites for home improvement and hardware stores such as Home Depot (workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/), Lowes (lowes.com) or Ace Hardware (acehardware.com).

Clean a chandelier. Put on a pair of while cotton gloves, one dry and one dampened with glass cleaner. For crystal, use one part rubbing alcohol to three parts distilled water. Make sure the chandelier is turned off and cool. Wipe each part first with the damp glove, then the dry glove.

Fix squeaky door hinges. Rub petroleum jelly or spray WD-40 onto the hinges that are squeaking. Move the door slightly back and forth to work in the lubricant. If this doesn't work, lift the hinge pins halfway out and lubricate them with three-in-one oil, wiping clean with a rag. For more tips see the wd40.com website. The company is based here in San Diego.

Fix a squeaky or scuffed floor. Sprinkle talcum powder over the area that is making noise. Sweep it into the cracks. Remove extra powder. If you have a linoleum floor that is scuffed, rub the spots with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or with an eraser. You can also try WD-40 on scuffs, making sure to clean thoroughly with detergent to remove grease.

Stop a drip, drip, dripping faucet. Shut off the water to the faucet. Unscrew the faucet handle and remove it. Remove the packing nut with pliers. Unscrew the valve stem and remove it. Take out the screw that holds the washer in place. Remove the washer. If it's still in one piece, you can use it to find a replacement at the hardware store. Check the manufacturer's website for more information. Buy a new washer and install it, reversing the steps you followed to remove it.

Perk up a drooping cane chair. Wet the underside of the cane chair with warm water. Let dry overnight. Repeat if necessary.

Prepare to paint properly. Before painting an area, or a room, take a few extra minutes to prepare. This can make all the difference between a poor or average paint job and an excellent one. 1. Remove any wall switch and outlet covers from the walls. 2. Remove doorknobs from doors. 3. Loosen any light fixtures so you can paint around them easily. 4. Clean the surfaces you are painting with a damp sponge or dry cloth. 5. Fill in any holes or rough spots with putty, even out, let dry and sand if necessary. 6. If sanded areas are prominent, consider applying primer just to these areas. 7. Apply masking tape to areas you don't want to paint, such as baseboards, cupboards, window trim. 8. Lay down a drop cloth.

Remove a stuck light bulb. Cut off a foot-long piece of duct tape. Press the center of the tape into the middle of the bulge. Fold the loose ends in half so they stick together. Grip each folded end between a thumb and index finger and twist the tape counterclockwise.

Remove stains from a bathtub. Mix equal parts cream of tartar, baking soda, and lemon juice, making a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain by hand or with a cloth. Let sit for half an hour and rinse well with water. Repeat if necessary.

Unclog a toilet. If you suspect a large object is blocking the toilet (such as a toy one of your children put in), put on rubber gloves and pull the object out. If there is no object in the toilet, try pouring in a bucket of water after the water has lowered. This added pressure will sometimes dislodge blockages. If this doesn't work, use a plunger, making sure the suction cup is completely covered with water before you start plunging. If you have your own snake, use that, or compressed air delivery tools available at a plumbing store.

Unstick a window. Spray a silicone lubricant onto a rag, then wipe the rag along the window tracks. This should work for metal, wood, or plastic.

If you think you may require assistance beyond the above home improvement tips, consider hiring professional. Browse our La Jolla home remodel and contractors directory to find local home remodeling contractors in La Jolla and experts who can enhance the appearance of your home.


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