Handy Tips, Advices and Warnings
To remove old wallpaper, first
pull off as much as you can, then soak the remaining with
Fleecy. It will peel off easily.
After wallpapering or painting,
write the amount under a light-switch plate and you’ll
always know how much wallpaper or paint you need for that
If you have a small hole in your
wall (after moving pictures etc.) take a wax crayon as
near the colour of your wall as possible. Rub the hole
with the crayon, polish with a dry cloth and the hole is
Clean out old nail polish bottles
and fill with “touch up” paint for scuffs and scratches
that may occur on your walls.
When hanging pictures on plaster
walls, put a small piece of adhesive tape where the nail
is to go in. Drive the nail through the tape. This helps
prevent the plaster from cracking.
Before wallpapering a wall, apply
a coat of clear varnish to any grease spots. This will
prevent the grease from soaking through the new paper.
Instead of applying wallpaper
with a sponge, dip a paint roller in the solution, squeeze
slightly to prevent dripping and roll it over 20-30 sq.
feet at a time.
Buy stair carpeting a little
longer than needed. When it shows signs of wear it can be
shifted downward to delay replacement.
To avoid wearing out spots on
heavy traffic areas, use extra pieces of material cut out
of the same material as the rug or linoleum.
If your kitchen cupboards have
worn out or if there are scuff marks around the handles,
remove handles and glue on tiles to cover the scuffs.
Replace handles over the tiles. This adds an interesting
colour accent and saves replacing or refinishing the
When a drain is clogged with
grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into
the drain, followed by a kettle of boiling water.
If your water taps have a
tendency to freeze during a cold spell, leave your taps on
slightly. Running water will not freeze.
Frozen water pipes can safely and
easily be thawed out by using an ordinary hair dryer
nozzle directed at the frozen pipe.
To tighten cane-bottomed chairs,
turn them upside down and liberally apply hot water to the
underside. Dry the chairs in the sun.
When sanding or refinishing,
cover your hand with an old nylon stocking. Glide your
hand over the surface to be redone. Any rough areas will
snag the stocking where more sanding needs to be done.
To restore odour to an old cedar
chest or closet, sandpaper lightly. This reopens pores in
the wood to restore breathing.
Spring-type clothespin are useful
as clamps to hold lightweight glued materials together.
To find a wall stud, hold a
pocket compass level with the floor and at a right angle
to the wall. Slowly move it along the surface of the wall.
Movement of the compass will indicate the presence of
nails and reveal stud location.
You always have a measuring tape
in your pocket -- a dollar bill is exactly six inches long
and just short of three inches wide.