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Man at doorYou may not give much thought to the doors in your home, but they provide privacy, quiet and protection from the elements. But one small problem just may be enough to drive you nuts. However, you don't need to resort to living with the problem, or even call a handyman to fix it. There are several issues that you can easily repair yourself. Below are just three examples.

  • Squeaky hinges: If the hinges to a door squeal each time its opened, all it needs is a bit of lubrication. You can use WD-40, olive oil or petroleum jelly to fix the problem. Pour a bit of the lubrication of your choice onto a paper towel or rag and rub it all over the hinge, working it into the seams. You can perform this task as many times as necessary to stop the squeaking.
  • Loose screws: Some loose screws may simply need to be tightened, while others become loose because the wood around them has rotted or worn. If you're faced with the latter, purchase a 3/8-inch wooden dowel and cut it down so you have a piece for each screw. Remove the screws and drill the existing holes to fit the larger size of the dowels. Coat the dowels in wood glue, insert them into the new holes (saw off any excess length) and give them time to fully dry. Once dry, drill a new, screw-sized hole directly into the dowels and then reattach the door.
  • Drifting door: Do you have a door that drifts toward the closed position when you try to leave it open? It's time to realign the doorframe. Start by removing one of the door's hinge pins and hit it with a hammer until it bends slightly. Then, simply reinsert the pin. The bend will cause extra friction and help prevent unwanted drifting.

Protect your home completely. Call Adcock-Adcock Insurance Agency at (813) 933-6691 for more information on Tampa home insurance.

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