Tag Archives: house repairs

Removing Paint from Old Window Hardware – DIY

One of my least favorite things about owning an old house is the fact that, somewhere down the line, a lazy person painted over all of the hardware throughout the house. This includes doorknob escutcheons, window hardware, light switch plates, … Continue reading

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Fixing a Leaking Gutter – DIY

Two summers ago, when I had just started scraping and painting the exterior of our home, I put up cedar shingles in the back to match the ones the previous owner had put up in the front. That’s a really … Continue reading

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Lifting Up a Sagging Floor – DIY

Cost, Time, and Skills: This job took two people one afternoon. We got muddy because we were in a dirt crawlspace doing just that, crawling. We used 18,000-pound screw jacks, 4×4 lumber, a circular saw, power drill/driver, and cement blocks. … Continue reading

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