Finding Your Flashlight When You Need It Most

The power goes out, and you’re looking for your flashlight to find your way around the house. Did you leave it in the junk drawer? Is it in the garage? A quick and simple fix can make it much easier to locate your flashlight when you need it most. If you don’t want to risk…

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How to Repair a Light Fixture

If you have a malfunctioning light fixture, you may be able to fix the problem without calling an electrician. Sometimes, all a fixture needs to work properly is to have a better electrical connection between the light and the tab in the socket. Turn off the power to the light. Use a non-contact voltage tester…

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Easy Repair for Loose Doorknobs

You may wonder why some of the doorknobs in your home or office are loose and wobbly. Over time, they may break or make it difficult to open a door. Instead of replacing the whole knob, did you know there are secret screws you can tighten for a more secure doorknob? Check the inside of…

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DIY Drawer Dividers

Do you have plenty of drawer space but find it difficult to keep everything organized? While you can purchase drawer organizers, these pre-made devices may not fit correctly in your drawers or may not have the right spacing for your drawers’ contents. Instead of spending money on ineffective organization tools, there’s a simple DIY fix…

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How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlets

Need more outdoor lighting, but don’t have the plugs to provide electricity? You could resort to self-powered solar lights, or you could install a new outlet for outdoor lighting. Installing outdoor lighting is something most handymen and women can do on their own, even if there currently isn’t a source of electricity available in the…

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Credit at Closing vs. Repairs

When your listing receives an accepted offer, expect the buyer to enlist the services of a home inspector before the contract is complete. Even a brand-new home isn’t perfect. Buyers often use home inspections to negotiate during the buying process. Home Inspection Purpose A home inspection is designed to ensure there aren’t any significant defects…

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Create a Welcoming Mirror and Message Board

It’s hard for families to stay connected during the week. Everyone is running off in different directions. It’s nice to have a home base area in your house to organize everything and to share important bits of information. Start your own message board with this cute and simple idea. Find a full-length mirror and mount…

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Best Way to Store Miscellaneous Items

We all have that one drawer that holds all of our miscellaneous junk. Some of us even keep our unwanted screws and bolts in a coffee can. But, with these setups, it can become impossible to find what you’re looking for, or even to know if what you need is in the drawer in the…

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Fix Loose Furniture Joints

Loose joints in pieces of furniture can be dangerous. Joints loosen over time with use of the furniture, or as the bonds between the two parts weaken. It’s important to fix them as soon as possible to avoid any injuries. Epoxy fills gaps while also repairing the wiggle. Buy a small double syringe from the…

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Extension Cords: Repair, Don’t Replace

Extension cords are getting more expensive due to the rise in copper prices. Keep your extension cords in good condition by replacing damaged plugs and sockets. Cut off the old plug from the end of the cord. Use a knife to cut the jacket coating on the outside of the wires. Be careful not to…

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Easy Ladder Storage

Ladders can be cumbersome when it comes time to store them, but did you know that keeping them low is much easier than trying to tuck them into a crawlspace or an overhead storage rack in your garage? You may have overlooked some valuable storage space along the lower parts of the walls in your…

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Professional vs. DIY Floor Refinishing

When it comes to refinishing your floors, you might think it’s a bargain to DIY and refinish them yourself. But, if you’re working with old flooring or irreplaceable wood, you may want to stop and rethink that decision for a moment—you’ll be living with the finishing job for a long time and there’s not a…

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Create Vertical Cabinet Space

Most cabinets are designed with horizontal storage in mind. While this works for the basics, there are plenty of items in a kitchen that could benefit from vertical storage options. Cookie sheets, cake pans, muffin tins and other tall baking equipment all store more easily vertically. Standing them on end makes them easier to pull…

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How to Unclog a Slow Sink Drain

It’s usually easy to fix most backed-up sink drains in your home with a few simple tools. Your kitchen and bathroom basins have two places where most debris can turn into a nasty clog. Clean them out regularly to keep your drains free-flowing. Purging them is often a disgusting, smelly, but necessary task. P-Traps Collect…

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How to Install Deck Lighting

Installing new deck lighting is possible without using professional services. If you know the dos and don’ts of installing a new light, it can even be easy. The right lighting can improve the look, feel, safety, and usability of your deck area. If you want to save money on deck lighting, consider taking a DIY…

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Choosing the Right Size Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans move air around the room, saving you money on energy bills. In the summer, set the fan to run in a counterclockwise direction, moving cool air around the room. In winter, set the fan to clockwise to draw warm air up from the floor. To move the correct amount of air around the…

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Perfect Paint Lines Every Time

Have you ever carefully placed painter’s tape and painted a wall only for the tape to cause an uneven or jagged line once you remove it? Professional painters use a simple trick to prevent this. When you use painter’s tape to block an edge, the paint will likely cover part of the tape. This creates…

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Best Practices for Smoke Detector Maintenance

Smoke detectors can help protect you and your family in the event of a fire, but they need proper maintenance to work. Here are some tips for keeping your smoke detector running: Test a smoke detector monthly by pressing the test button. If the detector chirps, then it’s operational. Replace smoke detector batteries once a…

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