Home Improvement Tips For The Average Person


Home improvement projects are a wonderful way to make the most out of your home. Spare yourself a great deal of grief by deciding beforehand what your expectations are and how you plan to achieve them. You will then know it is done right and it will be quality work.

Changing a tire can be problematic if you don’t happen to be a very strong person. Loosening the lug nuts, in particular, can take more strength than many of us have. Use a cheater bar! A yard long piece of pipe that is just big enough to fit over the end of your lug wrench will give you that extra leverage to get the job done.

The filter that is part of your air conditioner should be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. Clogged filters make your unit more inefficient which ends up costing you more money and energy. It can also hurt the unit in the long run. To halt buildup, change the filter monthly.

You want a flourishing lawn and plants in your yard. One of the best ways to attain this is to fertilize them in the fall, before the first frost. This will give them a boost when they start to grow again in the spring. This extra feeding will bring rewards all of the next summer.

Sometimes traditional and economical methods of dealing with squeaky doors may work for you. Here is a cheap alternative that you can try: Remove the hinge pin as normal, and rub it with regular bar soap. Then replace the pin and open and close the door to let the soap disperse on the hinge parts.

If you door still squeaks despite your best efforts to remedy the situation, it may just need a new hinge. Of course, you can find them at any store that sells home hardware. All you need to do is take apart the hinge, and then attach both sides to the wall frame and door. Try aligning the hinge and replacing the pins.

Try to keep the amount of pictures you nail to your wall to a minimum. Many people seem to get carried away with dozens of photographs and prints hanging on the wall. Add about 4 to 5 pictures to your wall, arranged in nice frames, to create a dramatic, but uncluttered look.

Looking for a way to improve your home? Instead of hiring an interior designer to decorate your home for you, buy home decor magazines and books to use as inspiration. Give yourself some time to learn. Take some design elements from pictures you see, and use other people’s ideas to help spark your creativity. Spend the money you would on an interior designer on your furniture and accessories instead.

You don’t have to throw out your old wicker patio furniture. Sure, it may be weathered, but you can make them good as new. Replace your old cushions, or sew a new cover for them. Buy some cheap spray paint in shocking black or elegant white and spray your wicker set in the chosen color. Make sure to wear a protective mask over your mouth for safety. This can make your patio set look good as new and give you a reason to spend the day outdoors.

When not done properly, making home improvements can be a real nightmare. Hopefully, you have gotten a lot of advice that helps you on the way to successful home projects.


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