Some quick home DIY repairs

No matter what your level of expertise, there are plenty of small fixes you can do around your home with relative ease.


Here are four common repairs that any homeowner can do:


1- Fill cracked drywall - Using a taping knife, smooth a piece of nylon drywall tape over the crack, working from the centre toward the edges. Cover the tape with a thin layer of joint compound and let dry. Apply a second coat, feathering at the edges. Sand, prime, and repaint the area.


2- Silence squeaky floors - Scrape the joints between your floorboards to remove dirt, and then sprinkle a little baby powder between the squeaky ones. Bounce up and down on the area to work the powder into the joint.


3- Repair a sticky sliding glass door - To clean the tracks, vacuum each door by moving it to one side and then the other. Afterwards, clean the tracks with denatured alcohol. Spray the upper track with silicone spray and rub paraffin wax along the lower one.


4- Re-caulk a bathtub - Remove the old caulk. Tape above and below the joint that needs caulking and fill the tub with water to weigh it down and open the joint. Squeeze a thin bead of caulk along the open joint. Use your index finger to smooth out the caulk; remove tape and wipe away excess with a damp rag. Let it dry according to the products instructions.

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