Do-It-Yourself Home Repairs

One of the downsides to owning your own home is that you are responsible for fixing everything yourself, or hiring somebody else to fix it for you.  I’m not about to hire somebody else to do what I am able to fix myself if I don’t have to.  So today I spent some time fixing various things around the house.  Most of this was tightening down the hardware on cabinets, closets, and drawers of everything in the house.  Most of these were quite loose, which is what prompted me to go around tightening everything.  The more involved fixes were replacing the cylinder of a door knob and re-glueing a wood panel on the entertainment center.

The door cylinder after being replaced.

The door cylinder after being replaced.

A few weeks ago, my wife noticed that one of the bathroom doors was being difficult in turning the door know.  I finally got around to checking things out today.  It turns out that the cylinder, or whatever its real name is, was not retracting the door latch and needed to be replaced.  Luckily, one of the previous owners to the house had taken a door off and stuck it in one of the sheds and I was able to scavenge the cylinder mechanism as a replacement.  If another cylinder goes bad, I will probably have no choise but to purchase a new one.

Using books instead of clamps to re-glue a wood panel.  Large, textbook like programming books work well for this.

Using books instead of clamps to re-glue a wood panel. Large, textbook like programming books work well for this.

The other fix I did today was to re-glue one of the wood panels on a door in the entertainment center.  The panel has been attached on only a single edge since I moved into the house.  Today I detached the door from the entertainment center, pushed the panel completely out of the door, removed the remaining glue with a razor blade, and then glued the panel back in with wood glue before putting the whole thing under a stack of heavy books.  This should allow the glue to hold the panel well.  After the glue cures, the door is going back onto the entertainment center.

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