Do you need any home improvement advice?

Question: My cats decided to use one of the walls in my apartment as a scratching post. The scratch marks are deep into the wall, unsightly, and very noticeable! We’re moving out later this year, and I don’t want to lose all my deposits (even though I guess I rightfully should at this point – […]

Question: My cats decided to use one of the walls in my apartment as a scratching post. The scratch marks are deep into the wall, unsightly, and very noticeable! We’re moving out later this year, and I don’t want to lose all my deposits (even though I guess I rightfully should at this point – dang cats ). How can I cover up the scratches and make them unnoticeable on a textured wall?

Answer: There’s Spackle and cans of texture spray you can get at Lowe’s or something like that. It’s a several step process and then you have to paint that spot again, but it looks waaay better.

Q: We just built a new house and love it but my husband and I can’t decide what we should use to cover the sliding glass doors. I love to dance majestically through my house and not worry about people looking in trying to steal my sweet moves. I don’t like the look of vertical blinds and ain’t nobody got time for curtains… any advice?

A: Have you seen some of those vinyl contact sheets that look like stained glass or frosted glass? I used some for 2 small windows in my living room and they actually don’t look bad.

Q: I have asked my husband several times to fix the plaster on the wall. It’s been like this well over a year. How do I fix it myself seeing as how he won’t?

A: My fix for situations such as this is to Google supplies needed…on hubbies day off, put on work clothes and lay out supplies. He then gets scared and completes project! Works every time!!

 Q: How do I remedy this new “snow door” mother nature has built for me?

A: Just leave that door open and throw a space heater in front of it. In a couple hours it’ll be gone

Q: Basement smells like sewage…? No leaks or anything no clogged drains…we do live in the country though with a septic…any ideas on how to fix a poop smelling basement…? Lol right now I have glade plug ins rocking the space…:/

A: Is there a floor drain in your basement? If so, the trap protecting it may of evaporated, and sewer gases are seeping back from the public sewer/septic system into your basement. Especially dangerous as its mostly methane, and if you have an oil fired boiler, of in enough of a concentration could cause a fire or explosion. If you have a floor drain in your basement, dump a pitcher or two of water down it. It should replenish the trap that’s down there if there is one thus protecting your home from sewer gases.

Q: Toilet tilts when I sit down!!! Is that just some loose bolts?

A: Michael Hoy Probably, on the left and right sides of the base of the toilet under those caps there should be two bolts. Tighten those (not too tight as you may break the porcelain if over tightened), and if that’s not it, hope to god the floor under the toilet isn’t rotten