This week, our Curees are being asked to fix one thing in their home themselves. We realize that can be a daunting request (Personally, I'm all thumbs when it comes to home repair, as likely to cause more damage as to fix something) but here's a list, courtesy of Popular Mechanics which includes something for everyone, from beginning handyman to Mr. Fix-It...
- Change your cabinet's knobs: The longest part of this job may be deciding which ones to get.
- Quiet rattling doors: a big challenge in LA where earthquakes are constantly shifting the relationship between door and jamb.
- Silence squeaky hinges: one step beyond the simple fix
- Keep cabinet doors closed: ditch that rubberband you've been using
- Hang pictures perfectly: whether you prefer your pictures hung in lines or in groups like Kate Spade, here's a tip on doing it perfectly.
- Attach felt bottoms to furniture legs: For heavy pieces of furniture, try plastic gliders
- Make steps and stairs non-skid: stick on abrasive tape is one answer. If your steps are polyurethaned or painted, try setting aside a small portion, mixing it with sand and using this adulterated portion in place of abrasive tape.
- Straighten sagging shelves: If you can't bear to thin out your book collection
- Recess your toilet paper roll: this is definitely a repair that requires patience
- Freshen the toilet seat: Swapping out your old seat for a new one is an easy improvement for your bathroom. And if you've just moved into a new apartment, we think it's one of the first things you should be doing.
- Replace your showerhead: this is a simple fix that can add much to your quality of life
- Switch your light switchplates: pick these up while you're getting new knobs.
- Raise a bar: mount a pull up bar and improve your arm strength with work out at home
- Add a closet shelf: don't let unused space go to waste
- Cushion the tool collection: and make sure it's up to date
- Put pot lids in their place. One solution. Here's another.
- Mount ledges for bath storage: because there's never enough room for all our toiletries
- Clear countertop clutter: Putting up a knife rack is on our list of kitchen improvements for renters
- Suspend your stemware: If your cabinet shelves are high enough, this is a great way to store stemmed wine glasses.
- Enforce cord control: or try these suggestions from unpluggd, our sister site.
For the full article, including the details on how to DIY, click here.
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