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How to Repair the Webbing on a Vintage Mid-Century Chair

by Jennifer Farley

Replace Old Rubber Webbing Mid Century Chair

A vintage mid-century chair is always a great find. Unfortunately, the affordable ones are usually in bad condition, and they get passed up by many buyers because it's intimidating to figure out where or how to fix them. Last winter I bought a mid-century chair at an estate sale for $15, with broken webbing, and worn-out cushions. But the structure of the chair was in excellent condition. If you find one like this, don't pass it up! The webbing much easier to repair than you might suspect. Here's how to do it ...   

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How To Fix A Dripping Showerhead

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Fix A Dripping Showerhead

Hearing the repetitive dripping of a leaky showerhead can nearly drive you nuts! No amount of bending, angling or tightening the faucet does any good at all. Here's the first and easiest things you can do to try to remedy the situation:

1. Remove the showerhead from the pipe coming out of the wall

2. There will be a small washer or O-ring made out of plastic or rubber just inside the showerhead nozzle. If the O-ring is dry or damaged, replace it.

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How To: Repair Ripped Out Slipcover Seams

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Repair Ripped Out Slipcover Seams

Slipcovers can be a lifesaver - until you see what happens at the dry cleaners. Unfortunately, not all slipcovers have neat, finished, serged seams inside. If the seams have been stitched with a very skimpy seam allowance, a tumble at the dry cleaners will likely leave you frowning when you get them back.  Here is a quick little pic-torial to show you how to fix those torn seams yourself and save $$$.

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Sewing: Khaki Shorts Mend

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/13/08

created on: 06/13/08

When you blow out your very fav summer khakis, something has to be done.  DON'T discard just because of a little wear and tear.  These khakis came with the frayed hem for the broken in look, we won't mess with that.   The big problem happened later, as seen below, on the front and back of these well worn shorts.  The technique used to mend these tears is exactly like the Ottoman Tear Repair. Same technique-many uses.

created on: 06/13/08

 

created on: 06/13/08

Supplies you need...

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DIY: Ottoman Tear Repair

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 05/13/08

created on: 05/13/08

Folks, this project is not for the squeamish. It's real life.  A few spots, tears, chunks out of furniture you just aren't ready to chuck.   My friend pleaded with me to do a repair job on this tired ottoman that has a giant tear, nay, RIP, right down the middle of the top.  It's a long story about the owner, her 6'9" football playing son, the reason they need a quick fix and so on.  But the long and short of it is that they aren't ready to...

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DIY: Ottoman Tear Repair

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 05/13/08

created on: 05/13/08

Folks, this project is not for the squeamish. It's real life.  A few spots, tears, chunks out of furniture you just aren't ready to chuck.   My friend pleaded with me to do a repair job on this tired ottoman that has a giant tear, nay, RIP, right down the middle of the top.  It's a long story about the owner, her 6'9" football playing son, the reason they need a quick fix and so on.  But the long and short of it is that they aren't ready to...

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How to Repair Paperback Bindings.

by Chris Gardner

Wiliam Smith from Hang Fire Books writes, "I frequently receive vintage paperbacks where the spine glue has separated from the text block (probably due to reading-wear) and then frozen/dried in a lumpy uneven way that keeps the spine from laying flat…I was wondering if it would be possible to soften the glue with heat so you could smooth and reflatten it."

How to Repair Paperback Bindings.

It turns out, you can. Read all about William's technique here, but be sure to try in on...

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Goodwill Hunting-Modern Coffee Table

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/15/08

Last weekend was spent participating in my favorite sport of Goodwill Hunting.  With the expansion of this chain of fine variety stores, it's becoming difficult to hang on to my change.  It's also taking up lots of time and gasoline.  But what if something tremendous just arrived behind those swinging doors?

I deliberated a bit before shelling out $24.99 for this little cutie.  That's my limit........I guess.

The top of the table has some...

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12 Quick Home Repairs.

by Chris Gardner

Here's 12 quick home repairs: "15 Minute Fixes that won't put a dent in your weekend."

12 Quick Home Repairs.
 
  • Repair marked lineoleum floors
  • Revive parched cutting boards
  • Unjamming sliding windows
  • Plumping up deflated cushions
  • Cleaning decanters
  • Organizing and storing cords
  • Fixing unfurled wallpaper
  • Tightening caning
  • Washing chandeliers
  • Removing stubborn decals
  • Removing stuck light bulbs
  • Whitening bathtub stains.
Read the details from Real Simple magazine.

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Don't It Yourself?

by Chris Gardner

This photo, with an adequate warning and shaming from DIYLife, elicits an important question:

Don't It Yourself?

What should you never do yourself?

Clearly, you shouldn't duct tape your baby to a wall, whether you do it yourself or with assistance.

But what tasks or repairs do you think absolutely must go to a professional? Intense electrical or gas work? Masonry? House cleaning?

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Easy Window Repairs.

by Chris Gardner

When I was in 5th grade, I spent a weekend at a monastery with some Confimation classes from other area churches. There was a young lady from another church that was four years older than I was, and completely in love with me. She had very white teeth, and wore way too much perfume...sometimes I catch the same scent walking by a random woman, and I feel eleven again.

On Saturday afternoon, during a break, she managed to punch her hand through a...

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