September 3, 2016

Rather than leave the bathroom blinds closed at all times, apply an attractive window film that will create privacy without blocking natural light. has a lot of choices in design and patterns to choose from.

I can install this if you want it. :  )

August 27, 2016

If tightening the bolts on the base doesn't stop it, buy some plastic shims from a hardware store and slide them under the toilet to stabilize it.

If there's caulking around the base, you may have to remove it to slip the shims under the toilet.

Re-caulk after insta...

August 20, 2016

If you love to cook with garlic and other strong herbs and spices, your butcher block my not smell very good after a while.  To sanitize a wood cutting board or counter top, wash with a solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach in 1 quart of water. To eliminate odors, pour some...

August 13, 2016

Restaining your wood fencing can sound like a long weekend project.  It doesn't have to be.  

 You can purchase a garden sprayer from your favorite hardware store. It would be good to pressure wash the fence the day before to get off all the dirt and loose stuff....

July 23, 2016

Here's a quick and inexpensive fix that will have you loving your gate in no time! 

Purchase an anti-sag kit at the hardware store.  Stanley makes them for about $12.00.

Follow the instructions to attach the hardware to the gate.  Run the cable from the bottom of the lat...

July 16, 2016

Do you have a door that swings open or closed on its own?  Here's a quick fix.

Pull out one of the hinge pins.  Lay it on a sturdy work surface, and hit it midpoint of the shaft with a hammer.  You are trying to create a small bend in the pin to create some friction in...

July 9, 2016

I've been there too!  The problem might be debris has jammed the wheels. 

If your wheels are in good condition, you can probably get away with just cleaning them.

Remove the sliding door from the jamb (the door that moves only).  Turn the adjustment screws countercl...

July 2, 2016

Continuing with older window fixes from last week, you may have experienced your locks no longer line up.  The problem could be the rear sash was painted without it being all the way against the top jamb.  In order to release it, carefully cut the paint-sealed seam wit...

June 25, 2016

Living in Long Beach, we have some older homes that still have the beautiful original windows and hardware.  At some point, the ropes that hold the weights to keep your windows from falling down will break.  They make alternatives to retrofit your windows and will last...

June 18, 2016

If you have marks or scratches on your furniture, trim or floors, in most cases, you can hide them by using Minwax markers.  They come in nine different colors for around $5.00 each, and  provide a pinpoint stain applicator for expert results.



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