If there’s one thing i learnt over time, it’s that if you want something done you gotta do it yourself. Having to wait around for people to do them just makes the whole task extra long, and it goes without saying that artisans in Nigeria are a major pain in the butt but a necessary evil and so can’t live with them, can’t live without them! That being said, every one’s gotta learn to do things for themselves most especially around the house. So here are a few tips you can apply whenever you have these little pesky home emergencies / needs, well, at least just before the artisan or the handy man comes through. Thank me later!

  1. SQUEAKY DOOR HINGES

My grand dad taught us this one, after long hours of enduring the noisy squeaky sounds that came as a result of opening and closing our house doors. He made a beeline to the kitchen, asked for a bottle of Palm Oil and applied it on the hinges and they were as good as new. Out of palm oil? Try groundnut oil or anything that contains petroleum jelly.

  1. FURNITURE DENTS IN THE CARPET

Depending on how big the dent is, put a couple of ice cubes on it, wait 6 – 8 hours, lift the carpet fibres with your fingers then vacuum over that area using your vacuum cleaner.

  1. SCUFF MARKS

Using a tennis ball, gently wipe away scuff marks. This effective on wood, vinyl, tiles and painted walls.

  1. CLOGGED SINK

Drop two effervescent tablets e.g. Alka-Seltzer or a pour sachet of Andrews Liver Salt into the sink followed by a cup of vinegar. Wait two minutes and then run hot water from the tap at full pressure.

  1. NAIL HOLES IN THE WALL

Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste over the hole, use a ruler or anything with a flat smooth surface to even out the paste, wipe off excess with a rag or wash cloth and paint if necessary.

  1. SQUEAKY FLOORS

Sprinkle talcum (white /baby) powder over the noisy area and sweep it into the cracks and wipe off excess with a rag or wash cloth.

  1. STUCK SLIDING WINDOWS

Any silicone-based lubricant will do, so shampoos, conditioners etc. are good options. Use any of these lubricants to grease the skids by pouring unto a rag or wash cloth and wiping along the tracks. This is effective on wood, plastic and metal.

  1. FLATTENED DOWN CUSHIONS

Put the cushions outside in the sun for a few hours, flipping them half way through. The sun will evaporate the moisture that has gotten into the filling over time and the cushion will plum back into shape. Be careful not to leave them out in the sun too long so it does not fade the fabric and bring them back in just in time before it rains or nightfall to avoid creepy crawly insects.

  1. CAMOUFLAGE SCRATCHES IN WOODWORK

Hide damages by applying a coat of pigmented wax e.g. Briwax, a pigmented polishing fluid or crayons. This will give a scratch cover effect, making the scratches disappear.

  1. TIGHTEN LOOSE SETSCREWS

Setscrews hold everything from doorknobs to wall hung toilet paper and towel hooks on their brackets. To combat dislodged setscrews, wrap sewing thread clockwise around the screw’s shank and the place it back in the hole.

Author: Cerebral Lemon