Putting Off Minor Repairs? Here Are Some Tips for the Meantime…

From on April 15, 2009 in Tools and Tips

When it comes to imperfections in the home, some mistakes are more glaring than others. While it’s tough to hide damage from a fire or a leaky roof without restoration, we can conceal minor carnage to the home. Such as, damage from carpenter ants or a crack in the wall. Here are some common ways to disguise or fix those trouble spots in the house.

Easily Hide a Masonry Crack

A masonry wall can crack and should be fixed immediately. To hide this blemish, you’ll need to follow some simple procedures. Prepare the section of wall by cleaning off any loose debris. A hand broom and putty knife should do the job. Just wet down the area with a damp rag and press the masonry into the crack. Give it ample time to dry, and then apply masonry primer and paint to hide the fissure. The masonry reinforces the wall and nobody will ever see the crack.

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Recurring Cracks: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Some older homes have reoccurring cracks in the plaster. Homes with wooden frames will absorb energy and contract or expand with the change of humidity. This causes stress to build up in the frame; a slight movement in the frame will release the stored energy. Permanent repair to this crack can be very complicated and sometimes frustrating. Some homeowners prefer the out of sight, out mind method. They’ll hide the crack with a picture or cover it up with wallpaper.

Prevent Ant Infestation

If you have an infestation of ants in the home, getting rid of old wood piles next to the home and cutting down over hanging tree limbs can drive the ants away. Another suggestion is to keep the wood off the ground. This will create air flow and help the ants find a new home, instead of shaking-up in yours.

Use Wood Putty to Hide Scratches and Dents

Wood putty is great for scratch and dent repair on wood floors, crown molding, or stained wood around a skylight. It can also fill gaps in tongue and groove laminate floors. The putty is specifically made to hide damage, but remember to touch it up now and then.

Forget Table Scratches with a Runner

A table runner can hide the scratched surface of a dining table. This décor item adds a splash of color to parties and enhances the beauty of the table. This room is usually the setting for special occasions and social gatherings so it’s a great idea to use a runner regardless.

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Make Your Own View

Got a bad view? Hide it by blocking the window with a hanging plant. Or better yet, use decorative window film to create your own view. Application of this vinyl covering is very easy and it provides increased privacy in the home.

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Prevent the Litter Box Aroma

A smelly litter box may or may not qualify as damage to your home, but there are some great ways to combat the odor. Start by cleaning the cat box daily; the cat should have full access to a clean box every day. This is the biggest step you can take toward controlling the smell. Try placing scented oils in bowls of potpourri around the house; this will also help cover the litter box odor. Finally, sprinkle carpet fresheners on area rugs and vacuum them up twice a week. This should hide that litter box aroma and keep the house smelling fresh.