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Five Home Repairs Anyone Can Do in Time for the Holidays

Today’s guest post is in collaboration with Ridgeons.  It’s coming to the holiday time again, in the second part of the year, where we wonder where the time has flown, and how we’re going to do everything in time.  I have to say, I think every girl should have a drill and a few screwdrivers tucked away in a tool box.


The holidays are one of the few times a year that all corners of the family have the chance to spend quality time together. That means that the months leading up to it are the opportune time to make any improvement to the home that you’ve been putting off lately. Here are five simple repairs anyone can do.

Squeaky Hinges

A squeaky door hinge is bearable with just few people in the home, but with a full house constantly moving between rooms it can quickly become gruelling. Fortunately, it’s a quick fix. Spray a little WD-40 onto the hinges and then move the door back and forth to work in the lubricant. If this doesn’t work, you could also try rubbing petroleum jelly directly onto the hinges.

Slamming Doors

Equally annoying can be slamming doors, especially if you have excited kids running around. You can soften the blow by affixing a one or two pieces of felt pads inside the door frame. If you forget about this one, and don’t have time to run to the shops, hook a wide rubber band around the doorknobs on both sides, making sure it doesn’t cover the latch. This will help to cushion the impact.

Peeling Wallpaper

Noticed that edge of wallpaper starting to peel out of the corner of your eye lately? Peel the paper back until you reach the point that it’s securely attached to the wall. Now use a small paintbrush to apply a thin layer of glue to the back of the loose piece. Once reattached, smooth it down with a clean cloth, being careful to remove any air bubbles that have formed.

Dry Chopping Boards

With all of those vegetables to prepare for the big meal, it might be time to bring new life to that chopping board of yours. If it has any deep cuts, you might want to sand these down as they’ll trap food and make it more difficult to clean later on. User a sander like those available here. Wooden boards will also start to dry out over use so warm a bottle of mineral oil in some hot water. Wipe the oil onto the surface with a soft cloth and then wipe off the excess a few hours later.

Stained Bathtub

If you have any stains in your bathtub that don’t seem to disappear no matter how hard you scrub, try speeding up the process with the help of a little white vinegar. Pour in three cups along with some hot tap water and the let the tub fill up over the stain. Give it a few hours to soak and then when you let the water drain out any stains should easily scrub off.

Have any alternate tips yourself? Let us know all about them in the comments below.

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