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Tips for Costless Home Improvement

by Alice C. Woodhouse
April 14, 2009
┬"Do-It-Yourself┬" has always been regarded as for those people who have the time and patience for creating and reparing things. These days, knowing how to repair things around your own house is a must. It's not a matter of preference anymore, but a matter of necessity! Let's try to learn little things that will help us understand basic repair and home improvement ideas.

Remember that we are trying to save as much money, that's we're trying to take on the challenge of home repairs. With that in mind, try to make as little mistake as possible when doing repairs. Doing more damage can actually lead to a huge waste in money and time. And let's not forget the very effort that we're going to put into it.

Hole In Your Walls

Holes are really not a pretty sight to behold. It's a supremely hair-raising situation when you happen to see a sudden black pit in your pristine wall. When it's a relatively small hole, you can simply use the ┬"Plaster Patch Approach┬":

Mark out a square where the hole is, and carefully cut it out with a small but sharp saw. Use that square cut out to make a model for the replacement. You'll start by making an outline on a plaster board, two inches larger on each side, making it the square more ┬"rectangular in shape┬". Once you have created the patch, take it out and place it on the square cut on your wall. Put some pressure when you place it, firmly but gently. It should look like a weird patch on the wall now, but don't worry! You can sand it over so it will blend in with the texture and give it a little paint that matches the color of your walls!

Be careful when you saw on your wall, you may just make matters worse when you're not paying attention!

Removing Built-Up Floor Wax

America loves its hardwood floors! One thing that they hate is how wax builds up slowly but gradually over the years! It's a hard chore to do, especially if you have no idea what products to use. Remember that no matter what kind of floor you have, your floor needs a little breather from the wax and polish.

First of all, do a good sweeping of your entire floor. Move furniture away from the area so you can get the hidden dust and dirt underneath the upholstery and in the corners. As you go, apply a cheap floor cleanser on a rag and wipe all over the floor. You don't have to scrub it as much, but a little pressure is good. This will help in removing the wax easily, especially when you work one small area at a time. Next, you can now get a fine steel wool (available in all hardware and home improvement stores), as this will get the tough wax out, especially those in between the woods, and those patches which are extra heavy with wax built-up. The fine steel wool is great, because it doesn't really do much scratches and damage to the surface of your floor.

Just because you're being frugal doesn't mean that you can't repair the stuff inside your home. Get a grip and take some action, be confident that you can do a little repair here and there to save you money rather than just let someone do them for a hefty fee! But when you have no idea or experience in the big repairs, don't even attempt them. Take care of your house; you could do a lot worse than spend on a professional, so don't let the problems get too overwhelming and complicated before you do!


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