Linda Cottin is a freelancer for the Lawrence Journal-World. She writes the Fix-It Chick column.
- Fix-It Chick: Replace a bathroom faucet that’s broken beyond repair
- January 20, 2018
- If your lavatory faucet is beyond repair, or you just want an updated look, replacing an old bathroom faucet is easier than you think. If the old faucet handles are 4 inches apart, the faucet can be replaced with any standard single or double handle lavatory faucet.
- Fix-It Chick: How to avoid frozen pipes over cold months
- January 13, 2018
- When the temperature outside drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind begins to blow, uninsulated water lines and drain pipes are likely to freeze. A few simple steps can help avoid a problem before it happens.
- Fix-It Chick: Purchasing the right ice melt to battle snowy conditions
- January 6, 2018
- With so many products available, choosing the right ice melt can be a slippery slope. If you are concerned about the environment, pets, children, or concrete the safest thing to do is to avoid ice melt products altogether.
- Fix-It Chick: Clean a furnace flame sensor
- December 30, 2017
- If your gas furnace keeps cycling on and then turning off within a minute or so, it might be the result of a dirty flame sensor. Getting the furnace up and running again may be as easy as cleaning the sensor.
- Fix-It Chick: Make sure your fire extinguishers are working properly
- December 23, 2017
- While the chestnuts are roasting on the open fire, take a moment to perform a safety check on all of your fire extinguishers.
- Fix-It Chick: Jigsaws versatile, easy to use with right knowledge
- December 16, 2017
- Jigsaws are affordable, versatile power tools that can cut circles and squares around and through wood, plastic, metal and tile. Using a jigsaw is easy with the right blade and a little know-how.
- Fix-It Chick: Installing a GFCI outlet
- December 9, 2017
- Ground fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) outlets should be installed in areas where moisture is a concern, such as kitchens, bathrooms and unfinished basements. They should also be used for electrical outlets mounted on the exterior of the home and for outlets that are within 6 feet of a water source.
- Fix-It Chick: 11 tips for last-minute winterization
- December 2, 2017
- Are you ready for winter? Here are 11 tips that may help you catch one or two things you forgot to do last month.
- Fix-It Chick: Patching a tubeless tire
- November 25, 2017
- At some point in time, it seems every car tire will eventually wind up with some foreign object stuck into the tire tread. Even if the tire does not immediately start leaking air from the puncture wound, the offending object will compromise passenger safety and ultimately cause irreparable damage to the tire. Taking the vehicle to a tire shop and having the puncture wound professionally repaired is the right thing to do. Sometimes that is not an option, and in those situations a quick and easy temporary repair can be made with a tubeless tire repair kit.