A vintage mid-century chair is always a great find. Unfortunately, the affordable ones are usually in bad condition, and they get passed up by many buyers because it's intimidating to figure out where or how to fix them. Last winter I bought a mid-century chair at an estate sale for $15, with broken webbing, and worn-out cushions. But the structure of the chair was in excellent condition. If you find one like this, don't pass it up! Continue Reading
Don’t sweat the small stuff, especially when the ‘stuff’ is household repairs. Here’s a rundown of things you can DIY with handy links to tell you how to do them.
Broken tile? Go here.
Torn vinyl? Easy peasy.
Scratches in a wood cabinet? Here’s what you’re looking for.
Frozen icemaker? This’ll do.
Loose laminate? Gotcha covered.
Worn-out caulk? No problem.
Stained grout? Get it out.
Drippy faucet? Stop it.
When Instructables Pro, Kathleenhenri, spied this broken Arne Jacobsen chair lying in a pile of trash bags at the college where she works, she swooped in for the rescue. Right away she had to “stop the bleeding”, so to speak, by gluing and clamping the splintering plywood at the break. She resourcefully proceeded to patch, cut, and paint a redesigned masterpiece.
See the complete Instructable right here.
Hearing the repetitive dripping of a leaky showerhead can nearly drive you nuts! No amount of bending, angling or tightening the faucet does any good at all. Here’s the first and easiest things you can do to try to remedy the situation:
1. Remove the showerhead from the pipe coming out of the wall
2. There will be a small washer or O-ring made out of plastic or rubber just inside the showerhead nozzle. If the O-ring is dry or damaged, replace it. Continue Reading
Any active home eventually results in some damaged drywall. Nail and screw holes, banged up paint jobs, even cavitiy-ish gapes from errant doorknobs, tools, and other sharpies.
Thankfully, it’s an easy(ish) fix, and HandymanHomeRepair has got a perfect how-to for getting the job done.
“Sheets of drywall are generally quite strong, but they are only made out of gypsum plaster that has been pressed between two sheets of thick paper. The thing that ensures rigidity is the kiln drying process. Continue Reading
This is one of the best DIY tips I’ve ever come across. In the video below, a pro shows us how to easily patch holes in drywall without nails, tape, wood or ANY backing material whatsoever. To give it a go yourself, all you need is a scrap of drywall and some compound. Ingenious!
Slipcovers can be a lifesaver – until you see what happens at the dry cleaners. Unfortunately, not all slipcovers have neat, finished, serged seams inside. If the seams have been stitched with a very skimpy seam allowance, a tumble at the dry cleaners will likely leave you frowning when you get them back. Here is a quick little pic-torial to show you how to fix those torn seams yourself and save $$$.
All You Need:
sturdy straight pins
fairly heavy duty sewing machine
seam ripper (possibly)
What you do:
When you blow out your very fav summer khakis, something has to be done. DON’T discard just because of a little wear and tear. These khakis came with the frayed hem for the broken in look, we won’t mess with that. The big problem happened later, as seen below, on the front and back of these well worn shorts. The technique used to mend these tears is exactly like the Ottoman Tear Repair. Same technique-many uses. Continue Reading
Folks, this project is not for the squeamish. It’s real life. A few spots, tears, chunks out of furniture you just aren’t ready to chuck. My friend pleaded with me to do a repair job on this tired ottoman that has a giant tear, nay, RIP, right down the middle of the top. It’s a long story about the owner, her 6’9″ football playing son, the reason they need a quick fix and so on. Continue Reading
Ripped screen doors are not acceptable. Not only do they look tacky, they aren’t doing their jobs of keeping out bugs. So, in preparation for the upcoming warmer weather, here’s a quick video showing us how to replace those tattered screens. (Can’t see the viewer below? Go here.)