Fix It: How to Do All Those Little Repair Jobs Around Your Home
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Never mind the big renos, it's all the little jobs around the house that can end up costing you a fortune - unless you can do them yourself!
Find out how, with handyman and DIYer Scott McGregor, in this essential guide to fixing everything around the home. Full of step-by-steps, simple instructions and lots of inside tips, Fix It will show you how to do all those tricky little jobs you'd rather not pay a tradie for. Get the good oil on: tools; products; materials; greening your home; minor and major repairs; painting; furniture repair and restoration; basic plumbing; decks; outdoor furniture; picture hanging; damp; kitchens; wet areas; floors, walls, doors and windows; carpet repairs; repairing built-ins; and much more.
With easy-to-understand diagrams, Fix It is a must-have item in any home tool kit, next to the hammer, the power drill and a length of wire (just in case . . .).
With Fix It, YOU can do it!
About the Author
Scott McGregor is a respected DIY writer, and a former presenter for a number of DIY television shows.
producing an insulating barrier. There are also commercial versions of this system available. Although not as effective as full double glazing, these panels are a fraction of the price and ideal if you have historic feature windows, such as lead lighting, you don’t want to replace. See Chapter 8, ‘Doors and windows’, for more draught-busting solutions. Floorboards See Chapter 7, ‘Floors . . . and what’s underneath’, for ways to fix draughts coming through floorboards. 74 FIX IT Fix It PAGES
try to repair them. Mix a stiff mixture of Plaster of Paris and apply with a brush or plasterer’s small tool—remember it dries quickly but can be easily shaped by chiselling and sanding back to shape. 108 FIX IT Fix It PAGES 29/8/07 12:54 PM Page 109 Chapter 7 FLOORS . . . AND WHAT’S UNDERNEATH Floors don’t usually give the home handyperson too much trouble—it’s what’s underneath them where problems can arise. If there are serious concerns with your foundations then it’s time to call in
built stairs will have a set of wedges driven into the housings at the end of each tread. If these are loose they should be removed, sanded and then reinserted with a fresh coating of glue. If the stairs don’t use wedges just repeat the block mounting process. If you CAN’T get under-stair access WHAT YOU NEED In addition to the above, you’ll need some timber plugs to hide the screws. Ready-made timber plugs are available at any hardware store in a variety of sizes; 8 mm should do for this job,
It PAGES 29/8/07 12:54 PM Page vii CONTENTS 1. HOW I GOT HOOKED 1 2. TOOLS The basic toolkit A DIY shadow board The more advanced toolkit And then there are the power tools … Hiring tools Looking after your tools Sharpening tools 9 9 17 19 24 31 32 32 3. PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS Key ingredients Fasteners Glues, sealants and fillers Cleaners Tapes, strings, ropes, straps and wires Timber and boards Timber finishes 37 37 41 46 52 53 54 56 4. SAFETY WHILE YOU WORK Number one important
take care when starting out as you can do some damage with an electric sander if you fit the wrong paper or go too hard! Be careful not to sand across the grain, and make sure you press down on it evenly but without too much pressure or you’ll get furrows appearing in your surface. There are several types: TOOLS 29 Fix It PAGES 29/8/07 12:54 PM Page 30 Orbital sander—turns a felt or rubber sanding pad in small circles (or orbits). There are clamps on the end of the pad, or a Velcro base,