Linda Cottin is a freelancer for the Lawrence Journal-World. She writes the Fix-It Chick column.
- Fix-it Chick: Be sure to choose viewer that complements the door
- August 19, 2017
- A door viewer is an easy way to see who is on the other side of the door without opening the door. Peep holes are relatively inexpensive and very simple to install.
- Fix-it Chick: Dimmer switch has many advantages
- August 12, 2017
- Along with creating a relaxed mood, installing a dimmer switch will also save money by reducing energy consumption and by extending the life of any dimmable light bulb. Not all light bulbs or light fixtures are compatible with dimmer switches. Most halogen bulbs, some fluorescent bulbs and many LED bulbs are dimmable.
- Fix-it Chick: Caulking a tub can prevent need for repairs
- August 5, 2017
- Bathtub caulk is more than just a place to grow mildew. A well-placed bead of caulk keeps water from seeping behind the tub and ruining the floor and walls. If the caulk around a tub is peeling, cracked, or just plain icky, a quick trip to the hardware store and an afternoon without a shower could prevent a much more costly home repair.
- Fix-it Chick: Here’s how to patch a drywall hole
- July 29, 2017
- Whether it is a small nail hole or a larger hole, maybe the size of a door knob or a fist, repairing a hole in drywall can be done easily with some spackling putty, a little paint and possibly an aluminum wall repair patch.
- Fix-It Chick: Try this checklist for an ailing lawn mower
- July 22, 2017
- When your mower is down and out, run through this quick checklist before heading to the mechanic.
- Fix-It Chick: Be sure to choose the right paintbrush
- July 15, 2017
- Having the right tools will make any job easier. Having the right paintbrush will make the job easier and smoother.
- Fix-It Chick: Choose the right masking tape
- July 8, 2017
- Masking tape was invented in 1925 by 3M employee Richard Drew after he witnessed auto workers’ frustration as they removed butcher paper from newly painted automotive surfaces. The tape used to hold the paper in place had too strong of an adhesive. When the paper and tape were peeled off after the painting process, bits and pieces of paint were peeled off as well.
- Fix-It Chick: Here’s how to replace a fill valve
- June 24, 2017
- Inside a standard toilet tank, there are three important parts: the flapper, the fill valve and the flush valve.
- Fix-It Chick: Some tips on choosing and installing a new thermostat
- June 17, 2017
- Programmable thermostats can save money and energy, if used properly, but for some, choosing a nonprogrammable or wireless thermostat may be a better option.