By Jerri Farris

An vital consultant for homeowners and renters alike, this useful little ebook will provide help to wear a brand new rest room seat, swap an air filter out, unclog a drain, caulk a sink, patch a gap within the wall, switch a lock, exchange washing machine hoses, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Com). Just twist the end of this hook-shaped hanger into the drywall, and push the wire up and into place.  h v Hang a shelf. Most shelves come with brackets—at least two, but possibly more, depending on their length. On the back of each bracket, you’ll find hanging hardware. Hold the shelf and a bracket together as though they were on the wall, and measure the distance from the top of the shelf to the center of the first screw hole. Next, measure the distance between the screw holes on the bracket, center to center.

Tap the edges of the lid with a rubber mallet to make sure the lid is on securely. Write the date and the name of the room where the paint was used on the lid, then place the can, upside down, in storage. (The paint against the lid keeps air from infiltrating the can. ) Don’t let the paint freeze, and don’t store it near a gas furnace or water heater.  v Recycle leftover paint. If there is more than an inch of latex paint left in a can, it can be recycled. Check with your community’s hazardous waste disposal facility— most operate recycling programs.

Hang the brackets from the screws, and then position the shelf on top of them.  Quick Tip Murphy’s Law: If you strip a screw (wreck its slots when you drive it), you’ll probably need to remove it with a screw extractor. The exact instructions vary a little depending on the manufacturer, but basically you put the extractor bit into your drill, and drive it into the stripped screw, creating threads for the extractor to grip. Next, you reverse the drill and back the screw out of its hole. A screw extractor isn’t very expensive, but it’s worth its weight in gold.

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