studs are usually located 16 inches (400 mm) apart. If you start
in the corner and measure 17 inches (425 mm), you should hit the
center of the first stud. Be careful, electrical wires often run
through the center of the studs.
way to locate a wall stud is to use the commercial stud finer. However,
if you don’t have one, you can substitute with a common compass,
which works almost as well. Simply draw the compass across the wall
and you will find the needle will be attracted to the drywall nails.
Place a small piece of tape over the spot on the wall you plan to
When fixing small wall cracking, instead of mixing the plaster with
water, use vinegar. Evidently, this makes a stronger fill.
spots can be lightened and often removed by applying a mixture of
cornstarch and water. Allow mixture to dry, and then brush away.
Repeat if necessary.
prevent grease spots on old wallpaper from soaking through to new
paper, paint the spots with shellac before applying the new paper.
it or not, a piece of rye bread or an artgum eraser rubbed over
wallpaper in long vertical strokes, will often remove soiled spots.
applying wallpaper in areas of the house where dampness or steam
tends to occur, as in the bathroom or the kitchen, try this helpful
tip. As soon as the wallpaper dries, paint some clear shellac over
the joins and edges. You’ll find that this will help prevent
those areas of the paper from peeling back and looking unsightly.
wallpaper can be re-glued. Using wallpaper paste, smear some on
a piece of writing paper wish a kitchen knife. Blot excess. Working
from the point closest to the intact wallpaper, rub the passed paper
against the underside of the unglued wallpaper. Hold paper against
wallpaper for a moment. Then slide the writing paper out and press
the wallpaper against the wall. Smooth away any air bubbles.
repair a rip or immovable mark, take some of the original paper
and cut a piece an inch or two larger than the damaged area. Make
sure the pattern matches. Hold the patch securely over the matching
area and cut through both layers of paper with a sharp wallpaper
knife. Ensure your cut lines are larger than the damaged section.
Now, remove the old piece and glue the new piece into place. Invisible
getting ready to wallpaper, start straight! Don’t trust room
corners. Suspend a chalked weighted piece of string from a high
point on the wall. When it comes to rest, pull it taut against the
baseboard. Snap the string at the center. The mark it leaves will
be a true vertical.
to measure for wallpaper…
a formula for determining how many rolls you’ll need to cover
any room in your house. Measure the height of the ceiling (floor
to ceiling measurement). Measure the length of two walls and the
width of two walls. Total the lengths and widths and multiply by
the ceiling height. Divide this total by 25.
The room is 10ft. / 12ft. and the ceiling is 8ft. high. The total
lengths and widths is 10 + 10 + 12 + 12 = 44ft. You then multiply
44ft. by the ceiling height of 8ft. to arrive at 352. Divide 352
by 25 to get just over 14 single rolls. You can usually deduct 1
single roll for every 2 openings such as a door or window. However,
after making all the calculations and deductions, add 1 single roll
on the pulley stiles will make the window glide easily up and down.
a tap washer…
Turn off the water under sink, or at source.
2) Open faucet to drain water.
3) Unscrew faucet handle.
4) Unscrew nut that holds faucet stem in place with an adjustable
5) Pull the faucet stem.
6) Remove the screw at bottom which holds waster.
7) Remove washer and replace with same size new washer.
8) Repeat above steps in reverse order.
buying a replacement washer, buy 2 or 3 extra and tie them with
a twist tie to your shutoff valve beneath the faucet. Next time
you’ll have the right size on hand.
the tank float by first removing the lid and simply lifting the
float. If it stops the water, bend the rod connected to the float,
down slightly. Also check for a leak in the float. Unscrew it from
the rod and shake. Replace if there is water inside.
you find the head of the nail you are trying to remove comes off
(or was headless in the first place), grip the nail as tightly as
possible between the claws of the hammer. Then, pull the nail out
by moving the handle of the hammer side-ways instead of the usual
remove a stubborn screw, hold the tip of a hot soldering iron against
the head of the screw for about 15 seconds. The heat should expand
it enough to make it easier to remove with your screwdriver.
place the blade of the screw driver in the head of the screw and
tap the handle of the screwdriver with a hammer while exerting anti-clockwise
fix wobbly knobs, create a sandpaper washer by cutting a small circle
of sandpaper and making a hole in the center. Glue the washer to
the knob with the abrasive side facing the drawer or door and screw
the handle in. It’ll grip a lot better.
hammering a nail into wood, to prevent the wood splitting, first
cut the tip of the nail off with a pair of sharp wire cutters.
driving in small nails or tacks, first place the nail between the
teeth of a comb. Now you can hit the nail with your hammer while
your fingers are out of harm’s way.
way of protecting your fingers is making sure the head of your hammer
doesn’t slip off the head of the nail. You should rough up
the face every so often by rubbing it over some coarse sandpaper.
Light Bulb Removal…
remove a lightbulb that has broken in a ceiling fixture try this.
First turn off the power supply to that outlet. Then, using a piece
of cork, carefully push the cork into the broken bulb and remove.
twice, cut once.
test an electrical circuit before beginning work. A voltage tester
is simply 2 wires with a little bulb between them. Make sure you
periodically check your voltage tester in a circuit that does work
so that you are sure it’s operating.