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Repairing Old Wooden Chairs

Repairing instead of discarding is one of the primary tenets of living a green lifestyle. Wobbly legs are common on older wooden chairs, but that doesn’t mean the chair has to sit in a landfill. [more…]

How to Fix Cracks in Wood

Even though you may have tried to use wood without any cracks, splits, holes, or gouges, sometimes you end up with imperfections you didn’t notice or couldn’t avoid. You can fill cracks, scratches, or [more…]

How to Maintain and Fix Your Dehumidifier

For the most part, dehumidifiers are trouble free, but they do require maintenance — emptying the tank, cleaning it periodically to keep bacteria and mildew in check, vacuuming the dirt from the coils, [more…]

How to Restore a Washing Machine

One way to save money is to keep an older washing machine running longer. Just about anyone can keep their washer in good running order by replacing belts; getting lost socks, buttons, and pins out of [more…]

How to Recane a Chair

Chairs with machine-woven cane are easy to repair. Look at the seat. Does a band of wood on all four sides frame the cane? And is there a “ribbon” between the cane and the wood? If so, you can fix the [more…]

Tips for Refurbishing Used Furniture

Refurbished furniture can add a lot of character to your home. Decorating old or unfinished furniture lets you make a creative statement. Take a look at the following decorating tips. Try some out on [more…]

How to Reglue Chair Dowel Rods

Some chairs and tables are fitted together with a piece of wood (dowel rod) that runs from one leg to another. The dowels are glued into holes cut into the legs. When a dowel rod becomes loose, you can’t [more…]

How to Repair Enlarged Dowel Rod Holes

Some chairs and tables are fitted together with a dowel rod that runs from one leg to another. The dowels are glued into holes cut into the legs. Wood dries out and shrinks with age. [more…]

How to Cover Holes, Rips, or Stains in Curtains

Even if you make them yourself, curtains can be expensive. If you have a rip, tear, or hole in curtains that you really like, don’t despair. You can save them. Take this opportunity to add a bit of fun [more…]

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