Some tidbits to make life around the house more pleasant in the new year
We thought we’d share some of our best tips to help ring in your new year, home improvement-wise. We hope you find these tidbits as useful as we do.Dust-Free StorageZip it, clip it, hang it. Wall-mounted pegboard is ideal for storing tools. It’s great for organizing other things, too, such as safety gear, including goggles, dust masks and respirators. Or small hand-held electronic gadgets such as a stud-finder, multimeter, voltage tester or calculator. Even fresh batteries and various small tools and parts can be organized using pegboard. To keep such things dirt-, dust- and moisture-free, seal them in plastic food-storage bags, then put metal spring-binder clips on the tops of the bags. Hang them from a handy pegboard hook. They’ll be easy to see and reach.Improving Kitchen StorageIf your attempts to locate that special pot, pan or can of soup make you feel like Sherlock Holmes, chances are you can use this. A few inexpensive and simple-to-install organizers will not only improve the storage capacity of your kitchen cabinets, but will make your kitchen a more pleasant place to work. Lazy Susans, pullout shelves, spice racks, cutlery trays, trash-can pullouts and undersink pullout caddies are just a few of the accessories found at your hardware store or home-improvement center, and installed in an afternoon. For specialty items or installation help, check with a local cabinet shop.Two Rooms In OneMany houses today have a home office that doubles as a guest bedroom. But when no guests are visiting, the bed sits there, taking up valuable floor space. It winds up loaded with books and papers, just like a tabletop does. Is there a better way? You might try a wall bed – sometimes called a Murphy bed. During the day it folds up out of the way, and the room becomes a den or office. At night, with just the touch of a finger, a full bed lowers into place and the room is once again a bedroom.Automatic Closet LightWhen you open a refrigerator, the light comes on. How would you like that feature in a closet? All you need is a spring-loaded jamb switch and some basic carpentry and electrical skills. The automatic light switch is located in a chiseled notch into the hinge side of the closet doorjamb. Power has to be run from the light to the switch. Many times, removing the door casing does the trick. Tools needed are a drill, chisel and screwdriver. When wiring it, the hot wire (most often black) runs to the switch then back to the light fixture. Electrical supply houses sell jamb switches, as do hardware stores and home centers. If you’re unsure about either the carpentry or the electrical work, consult a pro. Then – as with a refrigerator – it’s door open, light on; door closed, light off.Carrying 4-by-8s Say you need to move a 4-by-8 sheet of drywall or plywood, and no one is around to help. Carrying full sheets alone can be awkward and risky. You could damage the material, gouge a wall or – worse – strain a muscle or your back. Here are a few methods the pros use: Hook the claws of a hammer under the bottom of the sheet – dead center – and lift, using the handle as a carrying grip. Use your free hand to steady the board up top. Another way is to tie an 18-foot rope in a big loop. Slip the loop over the bottom two corners of the board, then lift and pull up the middle section of the rope while, again, using your free hand to steady the board. To protect panel edges or surrounding walls, windows or furniture, slide pre-slit foam pipe insulation over the edges, then haul the board away. Pointing: Caring for BricksBrick is a popular material: rustic and beautiful, fireproof and durable. However, over time, the mortar that holds bricks together can become cracked or loose. That’s when it’s time for pointing, the process by which you remove and replace damaged or missing mortar. First, chip away any cracked or loose mortar with a chisel and hammer. Be careful not to damage the bricks. Then sweep it off with a brush. Brush water on the joints, so dry bricks don’t draw the moisture out of the mortar. Then squish the new mortar into place with a mason’s trowel, vertical joints first, then horizontal, removing the excess and shaping it with a jointer.For more home improvement tips, visit Web site http://www.onthehouse.com or call 800-737-2474 (ext 59).For more home improvement tips, visit Web site http://www.onthehouse.com or call 800-737-2474 (ext 59).
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