Hole in Your Rubber? Caulk it.

The washing instructions on most rubber-backed area rugs read, “Machine Wash Warm. Do Not Tumble Dry,” or something to that effect. I consider these directions suggestions, as I machine dry my rubber-backed area rugs within an inch of their lives. The effect? Holes in the rubber. And sometimes, if I’m really lucky, rubber confetti sifting to the floor as I take my toasty rug from the drier.

Penny-Pincher’s Alternative

A few years ago, after growing weary of spending the cash to replace perfectly good rugs with holey backs, I tried repairing them with caulk, although I had no idea, at the time, if caulk was machine wash and dry-able. Continue Reading

Hole in Your Textured Ceiling? Fill ‘er Up!

The only thing more unsightly than a hole in a textured ceiling is a badly patched hole in a textured ceiling. Follow these very easy steps and make those holes and patch jobs disappear.

Note: this process works best for average-sized nail and screw holes. The one in the example was approximately 1/4″ in diameter. Also, the ceiling and all supplies were white, but because of light conditions, they look grey.

What Was Used

Sheetrock brand All Purpose Joint Compound

Homax Acoustic Texture Patch for Ceilings, which comes with a brush applicator

Small knife

(All supplies, besides the knife from my kitchen drawer, were purchased at Menards)

What Was Done

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