Squeaky Door Hinges – Spray a small amount of WD-40 to the hinges, moving the door back and forth for the lubricant to work. You can also use petroleum jelly and rub it onto the hinges. If these doesn’t work, remove the hinge pins then lubricate them with oil. Make sure you use a rag to catch drips of the oil.
Squeaky Floor – For a temporary fix, sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy area and sweep it into the cracks. Be sure to remove any traces of powder if you’re ever going to refinish the floor.
Worn Caning – It’s natural to sag over time, but it’s reversible. The best way to tighten the casing back up, use a sponge to wet the underside with hot water. Let it dry overnight. Repeat it if it’s necessary.
Dusty Chandelier – Allow the fixture to cool. Wear a pair of white cotton gloves―one dry, one dampened with glass cleaner. (For the crystal, use one part rubbing alcohol to three parts distilled water.) Wipe each prism with the damp glove, then the dry one.
Stained Tub – Mix equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda then pour some lemon juice to make a paste. Apply the mixture into the stain with your hands or use a soft cloth. Let it dry for half hour, then rinse well with water. Repeat if necessary.
Stuck Sliding Windows – A little silicone spray lubricant (sold at hardware stores) will grease the skids. Spray it onto a rag, then wipe along the tracks, whether they’re metal, wood, or plastic.
Slamming Door – Reduce the slamming of your door by affixing a few pieces of peel-and-stick foam weather and strip it down the doorstop. Another great solution is to get a wide rubber band and wrap it around the doorknobs on both sides, then stretch it across the edge of the door. Don’t cover the latch.