Do It Yourself (DIY)
Do it yourself tips, projects and fails.
Do it yourself is often born out of necessity. Finding a trustworthy person to do certain tasks at a reasonable price is often difficult.
In some cases, finances dictate that you need to take on a major project by yourself. One example is patching and sealing an deteriorating asphalt driveway. To have it resurfaced by a contractor would cost upwards of 15 thousand dollars which exceeded the available funds. The alternative was to patch and seal it to stabilize it for now.
Other projects are small such as adding a spinner handle on a water shut off valve to speed things up. This is something that requires a bit of ingenuity to conceive and execute.
There are also things you do out of expediency such as using a pipe wrench to straighten bent metal.
One of the first things to go on most grills are the flame tents. The angled metal that goes over the burners. They are very easy and inexpensive to replaceContinue reading
If you have a lot of papers with personal information, mushing them might be an alternative to shredding them.Continue reading
The light went out on my mom’s range hood and the fan wasn’t working. What I found was (potentially) shockingContinue reading
The hot water on my kitchen faucet was leaking for a while. It was one of those things I just wasn’t able to get to. I decided to try replacing the cartridge instead of the faucet.Continue reading
My mom smelled something that smelled like wiring burning while driving her truck. She took it to the service center but they didn’t find anything. When she pulled up for Easter dinner, I could smell it. The engine compartment seemed OK. I got out the laser thermometer and took readings on the calipers. That identified the problem.
I was working in my home office and noticed that the furnace wasn’t running. The forced hot air furnace is 35 plus years old and belongs in a museum, not a house, but I’ll get around to that later. I found that the problem wasn’t the furnace. Continue reading
I was cutting and stacking some large pieces of White Oak that Asplundh had trimmed for Peco. They left the logs neatly stacked by the street.
They seemed heavy. I found a free online calculator that gives you an idea of what any given log weighs.
I have forced air central heat. My office is in a breezeway and doesn’t get quite enough heat. A simple solution is a booster fan for your register.