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Home & Garden

Mr. Handyman offers ideas for simple home repairs during winter

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If winter has you feeling stir-crazy, there are tasks you can accomplish inside your home that will have you feeling better about being stuck indoors.  Walk through each room, making a list of the things you’d like to do, along with the tools and supplies you’ll need.  Focus on small, quick fixes or improvements.


For squeaky door hinges, spray some WD-40 or a puff of powdered graphite along the pin where the hinge turns.  If your floor boards are creaky, try dusting talcum powder into the seam where the floorboards meet.  Or try an anti-squeak repair kit, such as “Squeeeek No More”.


Look for sagging towel racks or wobbly toilet tissue holders.  Unscrew the fixture to determine the cause; it’s usually an ineffective plastic drywall anchor.  Replace with a more substantial anchor, like a toggle bolt.  Loose handles or hinges on furniture, cabinets, and doors can usually be quickly adjusted with a screwdriver. 


It’s also a good idea to stay up-to-date with your safety checks.  Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors at the same time every year, and you won’t have to deal with the annoying chirping sound they make when the battery dies.


Test your GFCI outlets to make sure they’ll trip and reset correctly; bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor receptacles are required by code to have them.  An electrician can replace any faulty outlets; consider adding the latest generation of protected outlets that test themselves.


Check your clothes dryer vent.  Vents clogged with dryer lint are a major cause of house fires; vacuum lint out of the pipe where it connects to the back of the dryer, and wipe lint off the exterior vent so the flap works correctly.  Check around the house for brittle, cracked, or frayed electrical cords, or damaged plugs, and replace them.  For more information, please contact:

Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale

245 W. Roosevelt Road #69

West Chicago, IL

Phone:  630-657-0378


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