Vinyl Floors

A simple but effective way to cover scratches.

Use shoe polish of matching colour to cover up scuff marks and scratches.rnIt's not permanent but lasts a while and buffs up well!


Insects in Wooden Ornaments

A way to get rid of insects that are eating up your wooden carving.

I tried all sorts of insecticides on a nice little Indonesian statuette but none of them worked. There were always liitle tell-tale piles of dust around it. I then tried sealing it in a plastic bag and put it in the deep-freeze for a few days. It did the trick!


Sticking Windows

If you've got a normal casement window and it's always difficult to open, don't just force it open every time because you'll damage it.

If it's really tight then you'll probably have to plane it down a bit, but on all windows it's sensible to rub some candle wax on from time to time because this helps keep them opening smoothly.


Furniture Repair

Small scorches, scratches and stains can be dealt with the following remedies:

Clear nail varnish can be used to fill chipped or scratched varnish. Danish oil can be used to disguise scratches on varnished surfaces - alternatively use a felt-tip pen of the same color or oil paint mixed with some clear furniture wax. Scratches on French polished surfaces can be disguised by rubbing it with a mixture of equal parts of white spirit, methylated spirit and linseed oil. White ring stains can be removed with some car running compound and metal polish rubbed gently onto the surface.


Damaged wall corners

Convex wall corners get damaged over time and need to be repaired.

If the wall is plastered the plastering needs to be repaired by pinning a piece of planed timber flash to the edge of the corner, then plastering up to the batten. When the plaster has dried, reposition the timber to the repaired side of the corner and repeat the plastering process on the adjoining wall. For very exposed corners use zinc-plated metal angle bead, nailed in place then plastered over. For plasterboards use a self-adhesive joint tape or metal angle bead for very damaged corners.


Creaking stairs

Brush some talcum powder along the tread and riser joints of creaking stairs. It solves the problem temporarily.

Alternatively, from underneath, fill the gap between the treads and risers with polyurethane foam filler. The foam prevents the wood from chafing. Make sure that the wooden edges under the stairs that hold the risers and treads tight are not loose. If they are, remove the wedges, remove any dried glue and tap them back into place with some fresh glue.


Broken window

If the glass in your window is broken you can temporarily repair it with thick polythene secured by timber battens around the frame -

or a sheet of plywood if security is important. A simple crack in a pane can be temporarily sealed with Duckt tape on the outside. When you want to replace cracked glass, criss-cross the pane with masking tape – this will stop the smashed glass flying everywhere. Break the pane from the inside with a hammer and a block of wood. Chip out the smaller pieces. Now you’re ready to place a new pane in the frame. Make sure you protect your hands, feet and eyes by wearing thick gloves, safety goggles and leather shoes!

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