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Door Frame Repair

fh01jun_repdoo_01Having an especially bad start to the morn? Rushing out through the front door and the handle gives away and lands into your hands. Cursing, you still try to shove the handle back into its original place but now you exert way too much pressure and just as you’re about to kick the door open you hear a CracK! Resonating through the door. Lo behold! The door frame has given way. Beyond frustration, you remove your jacket and gloves and wonder how to go about repairing it. Presenting tips on the same.

Door frame repair sounds difficult doesn’t it? It’s not. If you follow these instructions it’ll be like a piece of cake. Ready? Here goes.

Initial Survey

The first thing that you need to do is study the door and determine the damage that has been done. Check if it is a slight crack in the frame or whether it has completely come off. Once you study this you will know what method needs to be used. Sometimes you needn’t even get the tools out.

Trim Trouble

  1. Begin by removing

Home Exterior Improvements

fh16jun_remove_01Remodeling does not involve only renovating the interiors of the house. Making exterior improvements to the house is equally important, and should not be ignored. It encompasses renovations done to improve the outer appearance of the house. However, these ideas should be easy to implement and less expensive. Time is also one of the constraints to be considered. The best time for making such improvements is fall, i.e. immediately after summer.

Painting the House

When you decide to color your house, choose a different color for the porch, deck, columns, shutters, and other architectural details. Remember to choose colors that go well together and balance each other out. Another important factor is that the paint should sustain well for a long time. Exposure of the paint to weather changes should be taken into consideration while choosing the color and texture. There are many different varieties of emulsion paints that you can choose from.

Decks and Deck Railings

Building a deck is easy and inexpensive, and also increases your living space. A deck is made mainly of wood. It is built from the ground

Roof Shingles Repair

sm-img_0089A lot of people face roof problems such as leakage, damaged shingles, or even problems with the chimney or roof vents. Roofing shingles are a type of roof covering which have numerous single components overlapping with each other. These components are generally rectangular in shape, and are placed from the bottom edge of the roofing through to the top. Various types of shingles are available in materials like asphalt, ceramic, wood, and cement. As these coverings are constantly exposed to various weather conditions like heat, rainfall, and cold, it is natural for them to get eroded over a period of time. Weak ones can also get blown away whenever heavy winds or storms blow over. The damaged or broken ones need replacement, as they cause water leakage problems and also weaken the total roof structure.

Repair Procedure

Step 1
First, you will need to gather all the materials that are required for the repair job. These materials include roofing nails, tar paper, adhesive, new roof shingles, and a hammer.

Step 2
Figure out which shingles need replacement. Then, start removing the damaged

Home Improvement Tools

With the current economic turbulence and uncertain real estate market, it’s always a good idea to take care of small repairs and fixes around the house. Which is why, many homeowners are beginning to take interest in buying essential tools for the job. However, these tools can also come in handy for people who live in apartments. Investing in a fully-functional and fully-loaded tool kit really has its own perks. So let’s find out what they really are.

List of Necessary Tools for Your Home

Regardless of where you live, the following tools are an absolutely necessity. Search for a tool kit that has most of the tools mentioned below. Research as much as you can for deals on tool kits or individual pieces. With an overall expense of approximately US$ 200-300, you can easily stock your garage with these tools.

* Note – The prices of the tools may vary depending on where you purchase them, and at what time of the year.

Toolbox: Instead of keeping all the tools lying around the house and/or garage, why not collectively keep them in the toolbox to make your life easier. Buy a soft canvas bag which has a lot of pockets for

How To Repair Gutters

Good drainage is essential for keeping a home free of mold, rot and other water damage. Knowing how to maintain your own gutter can save money. Gutter repair is a moderately difficult home improvement project, due to the need to work at roof-level heights.

Common gutter problems

Here are some of the most common problems you might encounter with your rain gutter system:

  1. Clogs
  2. Leaks
  3. Loose gutters
  4. Water dripping behind gutters
  5. Noisy downspouts
  6. Stains

Fortunately, there is at least one solution for each of these problems. Some are easy fixes, and some demand more expertise. One thing they all require is working on a ladder. So if you don’t handle heights well, or have physical challenges that make extended time on ladders ill-advised, repairs are best left to a professional.

How to repair gutters: 6 solutions for 6 common problems

  1. Gutters can become clogged with leaves, branches and other debris. You need to clear this debris using a trowel, brush and garden hose. A more permanent solution is to install gutter guards which will keep the debris out.
  2. Leaks can occur at seams, end caps or holes that develop in the gutters. The best solution is a

How to Repair a Garage Door

Trying to repair a garage door on your own can leave you feeling unhinged. It’s frustrating when parts warp or buckle. Most modern garage doors and replacements have a long life and are relatively maintenance free. But not always. If you’ve sat in your driveway waiting for the remote to work or, worse, been trapped inside your garage when the tension springs or chain failed, you’ll appreciate help in getting it repaired and pronto!

According to Robert Rayfield of Northern California’s Chaparral Builders, many older doors require routine servicing to lube the bearings, check the chain and tension springs and align runners. A maintenance service call, he says, runs between $150 and $200 depending on the garage door and system. That’s still lower than the $450 charge he says contractors will charge for installing a new system, not counting materials.

What can go wrong with a garage door?

Newer systems have a composite cable that requires little maintenance and provides longevity from seven to ten years. Sectional doors may cost a little more than tilt-up ones, but they offer greater safety, service life and ease of operation, Rayfield says. However, if your door and

How To Repair Windows

Windows are generally low maintenance and many homeowners can go years without ever having a problem, but eventually just about everyone has a window that needs attention. Some window repairs are DIY-friendly and only need a few adjustments or some lubrication, but other issues may be beyond your abilities and a window contractor should be consulted. One of the traits of an experienced DIYer is being able to recognize when it’s time to call in a professional.

Tips on how to repair windows

Most common window repairs fall into four categories:

  1. glass issues
  2. operation difficulties
  3. air infiltration
  4. water leakage

Glass issues usually involve cracks or fogging between the window panes. Both of these repairs should be left to a window contractor. Fogging can indicate that a seal on your double-paned windows has broken and moisture is getting between the panes of glass. If the window manufacturer is still in business, a new sash may be available and they are normally easy to install. A glass contractor can often replace the glass panes in older windows when the original company is a mystery or no longer around.

Window repairs for operational difficulties

It’s not out of

How To Repair Your Floors

The techniques used for floor repair vary with the type of flooring and the type of damage. Let’s look at how to repair your floors for some common problems.

Floor repair for carpets

Does that spot on your carpet keep coming back after you clean it? Many spot cleaners contain a detergent. The detergent residue in the carpet grabs dirt from shoe soles. Same place, new dirt! Try a non-detergent spray cleaner like Woolite’s OxyDeep, or their pet-stain formula. Apply sparingly, let dry, and vacuum. Repeat if necessary. If that fails, the carpet can be patched. For large stains or rips, a leftover remnant of your carpet is ideal. Alternately, the installer can steal carpet from a closet floor. He’ll cut out the damaged area and install the new piece, using double-sided carpet tape or hot sealing the seam and restretching the carpet over the tack strip. The stained carpet or a new remnant can be installed in the closet.

Tile repair

If tile is cracked from having something heavy drop on it, you’re in luck. The substrate is probably fine. However many tiles crack because the underlying wood substrate is deflecting more than

How To Repair Pipes

The three most common types of pipes found in most homes are water supply lines, plumbing drains and gas lines. Your home will only have gas lines if you use natural gas or propane for appliances, such as a heating system, stove range or water heater.

If you suspect your gas lines need a pipe repair, shut the gas off at the main cut-off valve and immediately call a plumbing contractor. Attempting a DIY repair on a gas line can be extremely dangerous and should always be left to the professionals.

How to repair old pipes

Depending on the age of your home, the water supply lines and plumbing drains could be made from many different types of material. If you determine that one of these lines is leaking, it’s usually a good idea to have a plumbing contractor do an inspection. The best way to do a pipe repair on some older lines is to replace a section with more modern materials and if the leak is age-related, the plumbing contractor may suggest upgrading the entire system.

DIY-friendly pipe repair

Regardless of how old your home’s plumbing system is, these common

How To Repair Your Roof

A roof leak can damage your home’s insulation and sheetrock and if neglected, may necessitate costly structural repairs. Your first thought might be to set up a ladder to do a little investigative work, but that’s not always a good idea. Working on a roof can be very dangerous and whenever possible, should be left to the professionals–even falling from the roof of a one story home can result in serious injuries. However, if you must, here are a few tips that can help you locate the leak and do your roof repair.

How to repair your roof without falling

The most difficult part of doing a roof repair is often locating where the water is finding its way into your home. Water has a tendency to travel, and that damp spot you see on your sheetrock ceiling might be far from the actual leak location. If you have access to your attic and the underside of the roof sheathing is exposed, this can be a better indicator of where the water is actually entering. It’s often easy to spot water staining on the plywood or OSB board, because it shows up as dark shading.

How to Repair a Door

A broken door can be anything from just a nuisance to a serious problem. Not sure how to repair a door? Some jobs are best left to the professionals, but these three fixes are easy and require only a few tools:

1. Your door squeaks

Haunted house sound effects are not part of your home security system–there’s no reason to live with a squeaky door. Use a hammer and a nail set to pop the hinge pins up one at a time, starting with the bottom hinge. Once you have the first pin partially removed, use white lithium grease or a silicone spray to lube the pins. Keep a rag handy for drips.

2. Your door sticks or doesn’t close properly

Heat and humidity causes wood to expand, and the movement of a door over time can cause a door to bind. The first step is to find out where the door is sticking. You can use carbon paper between the door and the sill or jamb to help you figure this out if you can’t easily tell.

If it’s rubbing along the top edge or along the top, outer edge of the

How to Repair a Fence

One important aspect of maintaining your property is keeping fences in good repair. A damaged fence can compromise privacy, security and the appearance of your home. Use these tips to tackle the most common fence repair projects.

Fence post repair

Fence posts support the slats and rails of wooden and vinyl fences, or the pipes and fabric in a chain link fence. You will usually need to disassemble the portion of the fence you are trying to repair. A few rules of thumb, regarding different types of fence posts:

  • Wooden fence posts can often be splinted to repair damage or dry rot.
  • Metal fence posts that are bent will usually need to replaced.
  • Vinyl posts can sometimes be glued with special PVC glue.
  • A fence post that is tilted, loose or wobbly can be fixed by digging into the footing, returning the fence post to the proper position, and then reinforcing the footing with concrete.

Repairing fence rails and slats

One common problem with wooden fence rails is that they pull away from their posts. Most rail and slat damage is caused by rotting wood. Use these six tips to repair wooden fences:

  1. Wooden fence

How to Repair a Deck

Warm temperatures can feel great after a long cold winter and often bring thoughts of outdoor family gatherings and steaks sizzling on the grill, but before you start looking for the charcoal–how did your deck weather this past winter? Snow and ice can be tough on exterior wood so it can be a good idea to give your deck a quick inspection before hosting the first picnic of the season. Fortunately, many common deck repairs are fairly easy and if you have basic DIY skills, your family can be using the deck to get their summer tans in no time at all.

Think safety when doing deck repairs

The last thing anyone wants while enjoying a summer evening in the great outdoors is a sudden and very painful injury. When inspecting your deck look for items such as these:

  1. raised or loose nails and screws
  2. loose floor boards and handrails
  3. splintered or broken boards
  4. warped boards
  5. problems with structural members

Loose or raised nails and screws can usually be handled very quickly with a few taps from a hammer or by using a drill with a screwdriver bit. If you don’t seem to hit anything solid, you may

Concrete Crack Repair

Cracks are formed mainly due to inadequate compression of the underlying ground before the concrete is poured, or improper construction at the expansion joints. The only solution available to this problem is crack repair.

Minor Repair

Ensure the surface is thoroughly dry before beginning work. Chisel out the crack using a chisel and hammer. Vacuum the surface to get rid of debris and dust. Mix the patching compound as per the directions given by the manufacturers. Add a latex additive to it in order to improve its strength and flexibility for natural expansion. Apply the compound over the crack with the help of a small putty knife and smoothen up the surface. Allow surface to cure before filling it with an additional patch.

Major Repair

Prepare the surface for repair by keying, and cleaning the area. Mix the patching mortar according to instructions written in the manual. Using a putty knife, ensure the cracks are sealed with the mortar mix. Smoothen up the rough edges with a wooden float and use a metal trowel to give it a better finish. Apply water on the patched area, once a day, to improve bonding of the concrete.

The moment you discover the crack you must

Wall Plaster Repair

There are several reasons as to why you might see ugly cracks and holes appearing in plaster walls. Plaster walls look magnificent when new, but with age it requires a fair bit of touching up so that your house keeps looking stunningly beautiful. As architects would put it, while the house settles down on its foundation, cracks start to become visible on plastered walls. However, before getting on with the repair, let us try to understand why your walls develop cracks in the very first place.

Reasons for Cracks on Plaster Walls

It is of ultimate importance that you find out the exact reason behind the visible cracks as otherwise a deep-rooted and unattended problem will make the cracks recurrent no matter how many times you bring yourself to repair them. Here are some factors that could be the culprit behind your damaged walls.

  • It is a known fact that wood absorbs moisture and inflates and contracts seasonally. So, the wooden frames of doors and windows in your house are no different. But plaster is not absorptive and neither expands nor contracts. So, if the minimum space between your wooden frames and plastered walls is not left, the plaster

Pocket Door Repair

Pocket doors are one of the best alternatives that can be used to save some living space. They are sliding and fit into the wall. They are also known as the pocket. If a person wants to open the door and go to another room or space, he simply has to slide it in the wall. So, instead of the person pulling it towards himself or pushing it forward, he will just have to slide it to the side. This is how some space is also saved.

Repairing a Pocket Door
If pocket doors are used for a substantial amount of time, they tend to show some problems. The problems can be different, such as problems in sliding in a smooth manner, damage in the track, door gets off track, a warped door, and similar others. Many people have a misunderstanding that repair is a very difficult task. However, with few simple instructions, assessments, and the correct tools; you can execute the repair tasks very easily. The only key is to first assess the cause of the problem and then begin the work. It is better if you have a friend with you for assistance.

Damaged Track
If you think

How to Fix a Hole in the Wall

Holes are easily formed on your wall due to various reasons, like, removing the nails used for fixtures, regular wiring, plumbing, etc. If you find that the walls in your house have been damaged due to any of the aforementioned reasons, then simply follow the step-by-step instructions given below.

Materials Required

  • Putty knife or chisel
  • Broad knife
  • Patching plaster
  • Latex bonding agent
  • White-pigmented shellac
  • Nails
  • Dusting brush
  • Paint
  • Sanding paper
  • Sponge

Procedure

Step 1
Clean out the loose material around the hole using a chisel and then dust off this area with a dusting brush.

Step 2
Next, take the latex bonding agent and dampen the edges of the hole. Read the manufacturer’s instructions before mixing and applying it.

Step 3
Now you’ll need the patching plaster. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and prepare the mix accordingly. Using a broad knife you have to apply the plaster to fill up the hole. A single layer is usually enough for small holes.

Step 4
In case of deep holes, you would need an extra layer. In this case, after applying the first layer in the hole, press it inside and let it set for about 30 minutes.

Step 5
After 30 minutes, take a nail and score the surface. This will help fix

Home Improvement Addition

Renovating your home is certainly the best opportunity, not only to step-up your living space, but also to add to the value of your house. There are many ways in which you can increase the value of your house. You can get attractive interiors done, expensive furniture installed, and even build a fireplace. However, all these things would not add as much value as a complete well-planned home re-modeling would. When you think of financing the plan, you need to be well-prepared by considering many factors. Getting to know all the important aspects such as home market values in your locality, minor home upgrade expenses, architectural plans and patterns, home improvement loans, timetable, and schedule for completion, can save you valuable time and preclude unnecessary stress.

Considerations

Zoning Policies and Regulations
The first thing you need to do is receive permission from the local government authorities to commence with the construction. In a majority of regions, you are required to abide by your city or town zoning policies and ordinances, and also obtain a construction license before building an extension to your home. The expenses for such licenses may differ from state to state. However, you need to be ready

Repairing Water Damage

Generally, water damages that are mild by nature are not as challenging as some extensive damages that should be left only to the experts. Different remedies are available for damages incurred by ceiling, drywall, and hardwood floor. Most water damage is a result of faulty construction, improper maintenance, and lack of awareness of humidity, vapor, and condensation in the house environment. Rotting wood, rusting steel, de-laminating of materials are other causes of such problems.

Ceiling

Above the water drip, there would be an attic (floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage). If you can access it, try to find the roof leak in it. Using a bucket under the leak, collect the water, and remove any standing water using water absorbing rags. In case you are unable to fix the problem at once, tarp the roof so as to prevent the water leakage, and work on it once the weather clears. The damp spot in the ceiling has to be left dry and cleared of any flaking paint or drywall. After the repaired area dries, use a stain sealer to seal any stained area and then repaint.

Drywall

Repairing water damage

How to Repair Stucco

Stucco is composed of water, a binding material, and construction aggregate, and is mainly used as a strengthening material. It is a building material that gives the walls an attractive look. Moreover, it is durable and weather-proof. Its use in the United States dates back to the 19th century. St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C. is an example of one of the most important stucco structures of the 19th century. This material was considered to be a far more superior, inexpensive, dryer, and a warmer material than the bricks by Andrew Jackson Downing, an architect of those times. There are two types of stucco, the traditional and the modern. The traditional variety consisting water, sand, and lime; whereas the modern one consists of sand, water, lime, and Portland cement. The modern stucco is a cement plaster wall covering used for exterior walls of the building. It sometimes might also contain a mixture of additives that include synthetic acrylics and fibers. This mixture is added with an aim to increase the strength. Other than walls, it can also be applied on wood. From the above discussion, it is understood that stucco is a vital material to strengthen the wall