Quick Fixes Around the Home

Don't despair. Some repair projects around the home may need a professional's attention, but you can dispatch many others with the quick fixes we've compiled here.



country skills - quick fixes - tea window cleaner
Strong tea — in fact the stronger the better — works very well as a window cleaner.
ANNE FRAKER
country skills - quick fixes - swollen door
Wet, swollen wood is the cause of sticking doors. Use a hair dryer to remove moisture from areas that stick, then use a wood sealer to keep moisture out.
ANNE FRAKER
country skills - quick fixes - sticking lock - graphite
To lube a lock: color the fitting key with lead from a pencil. Then stick key in lock and move back and forth.
ANNE FRAKER
country skills - quick fixes - scaffold
A mini-scaffold made from inverted milk cases and a board is a reliable quick fix when you need to reach repair projects up close to the ceiling.
ILLUSTRATION: ANNE FRAKER
country skills - quick fixes - drill ceiling
If you have to drill into the ceiling, use a disposable pie tin to catch falling sawdust and debris.
ANNE FRAKER

















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