We’ve all had to change a bulb at some point. It’s always at a point when you really could do with a working light, but it’s easy enough to fix.
But what about other issues around the home? There’s the living room door that needs sanding down to stop it grazing the wood floor or that cupboard that could do with a revamp. If you have some minor DIY jobs that you want to try for yourself without spending a fortune or having to call in a specialist, here are some ways to tackle them.
Plane a Door
If the weather is causing your wooden doors to swell, it might be just a case of sanding them rather than having to get out the circular saw. Firstly, assess where the door is sticking and mark where these are with a pencil.
Once you’re happy with where the problem areas are, unscrew the hinges from the door frame and move it to a spot where you can easily access the area you intend to plane. How you plane the door varies depending on where on the door needs attention.
If you’re planning the hinge or door handle sides, go with the direction of the wood grain to avoid any damage or splintering. It’s important to use light pressure here as these are functional parts of the door.
To plane the top or bottom of the door, go from the outside to the centre of the door with the planer. Like planning the long sides, take your time and only plane small amounts at a time in order to keep track of how much wood is being shaved down. Also, plane both sides so that they’re equal. From there, re-hang the door and check it’s fixed.
Change a Table Leg
Replacing a damaged table leg can be a straightforward bit of DIY. Begin by removing the old leg. This should be easily done as a lot of table legs can be easily unscrewed. If your table is old, this might need some effort and if it’s screwed into place, you’ll need to whip out your screwdriver.
Sanding down the area before screwing the new leg into place allows you to smoothly attach it without any grime or dirt getting in the way. Once you have screwed it in, make sure it’s tightly in place and check that it is fitted well by returning it to its upright position.
Adjust a Cupboard Door
Badly-fitting cupboard doors can be infuriating. One of the most common issues is a tight-fitting hinge. To adjust it, use a pencil to mark where the hinge needs to be moved to in order to get the door to fit flush with the frame.
Next, remove the screws and shift the hinge to the ideal spot. Follow this up by screwing into place.
Another issue with door hinges is the noise they emit. If there is an incessant squeaking that oil won’t fix, it can be a sign they’re fitted too tightly. In this instance, it’s worth upgrading to a new hinge entirely.
Are you planning on doing it yourself around the home? What tips and tricks do you have up your sleeve to get the jobs done?
Disclosure: Collaborative post