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Welcome to the Natural Handyman's
Do It Yourself Q&A Page!

"Seek... and Ye Shall Find" answers to your home repair questions!

These are NH's "short subjects", primarily questions asked by our readers and many featured in our (now discontinued) newsletter, the Handyman Letter. We have lumped them into categories below.  Each page may have one or more related questions!

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Home Repair Q&A Categories

AC/Heat air balancing

Adhesive techniques and products

Air conditioner, room

Air compressor, buying


Attic ventilation


Baseboard heating

Basement, pipe condensation

Basement waterproofing

Bathroom ventilation and fans

Bearing Walls

Bifold and sliding closet doors

Blinds, install and repair

Brass, cleaning

Cabinets, hanging

Carpet, fraying edge at tile

Carpet, loose in mobile home

Carpet stain

Carpet, removing tackless nail strips

Caulk, bathroom

Caulk, painting over

Caulk, removal

Caulk, siding

Ceiling, cleaning spray textured

Ceiling, texture

Ceiling and wall repair

Ceiling fan

Ceramic tile, removing and repair

Chain lock, door security




Christmas tree

Circular saw, removing blade

Cleaning, misc. household

Clothes dryer

Compression fittings

Compressor, buying

Concrete slab, sunken

Concrete and masonry stains

Condensation, interior

Contact paper, removal

Countertops, cultured marble repair

Countertops, cutting/drilling laminates

Countertops, painting laminate

Countertops, restore/repair laminate

Countertops, restore/repair solid surface

Countertops, sealing wood

Cutting board, sealing wood

Deck building, misc.

Deck cleaning

Deck materials, choosing

Dimmer, failure

Door, bifold

Door, cabinet

Door, locking/closing issues

Door, paint problems

Door, pocket repair

Door, sliding repair

Door, swing or "hand"

Door jambs, replacing/repairing

Doorbell, troubleshooting

Drain, blocked

Drain, through floor or slab

Drilling pottery or ceramics

Entryway, tile installation clearance problem

Fan, ceiling

Fan, ventilation

Fan, whole house exhaust

Fan speed control, overheating

Faucet, drip

Faucet, temperature/pressure issues

Filters, furnace

Flag, US proper display

Floor, glue-adhesive removal

Flooring, install, remove and maintain

Flooring, outbuilding or shed

Flooring, squeaky

Fluorescent fixture

Formica, painting

Freezing pipes

Furniture repair

Garage door

Garage door, hits ceiling or track

Garage door, remove

Garage door lock, disable

Garage door opener

Garbage disposal

Gas, natural or propane


Glue techniques and products

Grab bar

Ground fault circuit interrupter

Grout, selecting and matching

Grout, repair and seal

Gutter, maintenance and cleaning

Hammock, hanging

Handrail, height

Handyman business, starting

Hanging heavy items

Hanging light items, towel bars, etc.

Heating, baseboard

Heating, steam

Heating/AC air balancing

Ice dam solutions

Insect and pest issues

Insulated glass



Lazy susan repair

Laundry chute

Leak, plastic pipe

Lights and lighting

Linseed Oil

Lock, door chain

Locks and locksmithing

Maintenance tips

Mantle, hanging on masonry

Marble, polishing

Masonry cleaning

Masonry cutting

Masonry repair

McPherson toilets


Mildew and mold

Milk paint, making

Mirror, one-way

Miter saw, choosing

Mold and mildew

Mortar, repointing

Odor, plumbing drain

Paint, determining/choosing type

Paint, doesn't dry - tacky

Paint, home-made

Paint, odor

Paint, peeling

Paint, preparation issues

Painting, over contact paper

Painting, over wallpaper

Painting, radiators

Painting, technique

Painting spray texture popcorn ceilings

Painting, vinyl siding/shutters

Pest and insect issues

Pipes, prevent freezing

Plastic laminate painting

Pocket door, repair

Power washer, selecting and using

Pressure treated wood, use and choosing

Radiator, painting

Railing, height

Refrigerator, misc. issues

Roof, repair and installation

Roof painting

Saddle valves

Safety bar

Screw, stripped removal

Sink, drain odor

Sink, trap replacement

Sink, replace glued-in ceramic


Sliding and bifold closet doors

Sliding screen door, doesn't work

Shower head, select, install and repair

Shower door

Stainless steel sink, brighten

Software, home repair

Steam heating

Storm door, repair

Storm windows / screens

Stripping paint from metal

Subflooring, installation

Tape removal from walls

Telephone troubleshooting

Texture painting

Three-way switches

Threshold, doorway

Tile, removing and repairs

Tile, countertop and backsplash

Toilet cleaning

Toilet condensation

Toilet repair and adjustment

Toilet, basement upflush

Towel bar, adjust and install

Tub, removal method

Vinyl floor, install and repair

Vinyl siding and furniture, painting

Vinyl tile, floor preparation

Wallpaper, various issues

Wall and ceiling repair

Water heating and heaters

Water heating, furnace temperature

Water pressure problems

Water treatment


Weed control

Well, maintenance and adjustment

Whole house fan

Wicker, preservation

Window, energy saving ideas

Window, storm


Windows, insulated glass

Wood, rotten

Wood, finishing