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If a door refuses to latch, check the positioning of the strike plate. With

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If a door refuses to latch, check the positioning of the strike plate. Within the doorjamb, adjust the... Read More »

If a door swells and is too wide, always plane the hinge side of the door.

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If a door swells and is too wide, always plane the hinge side of the door. Any imperfections... Read More »

If a glue joint comes apart, you must clean off the old adhesive before reg

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If a glue joint comes apart, you must clean off the old adhesive before regluing. To do this,... Read More »

If a hinge is set too deep, remove the hinge, insert a piece of paper or ca

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If a hinge is set too deep, remove the hinge, insert a piece of paper or cardboard, and... Read More »

If a kerosene lamp smokes a lot, try adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of salt to t

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If a kerosene lamp smokes a lot, try adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of salt to the kerosene. Read More »

If a knot comes loose from the flooring you’ve laid, just glue it back in p

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If a knot comes loose from the flooring you’ve laid, just glue it back in place with carpenter’s... Read More »

If a window shade returns to the top too fast, remove the shade, unroll it

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If a window shade returns to the top too fast, remove the shade, unroll it a few turns... Read More »

If concrete has dried on your shovel or wheelbarrow, don’t panic. Heat the

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If concrete has dried on your shovel or wheelbarrow, don’t panic. Heat the metal with a torch. The... Read More »

If leeches attach themselves to you while you’re in swimming, sprinkle salt

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If leeches attach themselves to you while you’re in swimming, sprinkle salt on them. They’ll soon be persuaded... Read More »

If no other treatment is available for bee stings, one of the simplest old-

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If no other treatment is available for bee stings, one of the simplest old-time treatments is a handful... Read More »

If plastic wrap melts onto a warm toaster oven, unplug the oven, let it coo

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If plastic wrap melts onto a warm toaster oven, unplug the oven, let it cool, then remove the... Read More »

If soft chewing gum is stuck in fabric, harden it before you try to remove

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If soft chewing gum is stuck in fabric, harden it before you try to remove it by placing... Read More »

If the bars of your wooden clothes-drying rack leave brown stripes on your

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If the bars of your wooden clothes-drying rack leave brown stripes on your clothes, solve the problem easily... Read More »

If the bars of your wooden clothes-drying rack leave brown stripes on your

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If the bars of your wooden clothes-drying rack leave brown stripes on your clothes, coat the bars with... Read More »

If the bricks in your chimney are starting to crumble from age, seal the ou

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If the bricks in your chimney are starting to crumble from age, seal the outsides with a clear... Read More »

If the flannel backing from a tablecloth sticks to a table, remove the flan

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If the flannel backing from a tablecloth sticks to a table, remove the flannel from the tabletop by... Read More »

If the winters are hard where you live, try to have an R-value (thermal res

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If the winters are hard where you live, try to have an R-value (thermal resistance) of at least... Read More »

If the wooden handle on a hammer or ax is loose, immerse the head in a buck

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If the wooden handle on a hammer or ax is loose, immerse the head in a bucket of... Read More »

If water spots on your windows seem impossible to remove, try applying kero

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If water spots on your windows seem impossible to remove, try applying kerosene. Rub with crumpled newspapers, which... Read More »

If you are going to both refinish and recane a chair, the job will be much

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If you are going to both refinish and recane a chair, the job will be much easier if... Read More »

If you break a hacksaw blade that’s still sharp, don’t throw it away. Make

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If you break a hacksaw blade that’s still sharp, don’t throw it away. Make a handle for it... Read More »

If you burn hardwood in your fireplace, save the ashes to spread around pla

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If you burn hardwood in your fireplace, save the ashes to spread around plants in spring to aid... Read More »

If you burn your tongue on too hot food or drink, sprinkle it with granulat

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If you burn your tongue on too hot food or drink, sprinkle it with granulated sugar. The sugar... Read More »

If you can easily push a knife blade into the wood of a beam in your house,

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If you can easily push a knife blade into the wood of a beam in your house, that... Read More »

If you decide to heat with coal rather than wood, buy anthracite coal, whic

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If you decide to heat with coal rather than wood, buy anthracite coal, which is sprayed with oil... Read More »

If you decide to paint your wood floor, choose an alkyd-resin paint. This i

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If you decide to paint your wood floor, choose an alkyd-resin paint. This is a good finish for... Read More »

If you don’t have one of those rubber jar openers, try substituting a wide

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If you don’t have one of those rubber jar openers, try substituting a wide rubber band. This will... Read More »



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