Maintenance

Take care of all those jobs on the DIY to-do list with our easy-to-follow tips and ideas. From fast fixes to essential maintenance you can save money on a tradie and keep your place running smoothly. Learn skills to use in the workshop and garden, to make home improvement a breeze.

How To Install An Internal Door
Replace an old internal door and give the entrance to a room a bright new look. There are lots of reasons you may need to hang a new internal door at your place.  A major renovation can change the layout of a home while building an extension can...
Repair Cracked Concrete
Sponsored article Unsightly cracks in concrete not only detract from the look of a garage or patio, they can also lead to further problems as moisture seeps into the concrete.   Luckily, there’s an easy way you can repair a cracked concrete slab or w...
How To Prevent Pest Infestations

Prevent pest infestations by following these tips 

Summer is a prime time for pesky uninvited house guests to move in. As the weather heats up, hordes of bugs and rodents come out of hiding and make your home theirs. And an infestation can be an embarrassment when the pests make unexpected visits...
Add Leadlight Windows To Your Front Door
When   Handyman   contributor, Rachel Smith, bought her house, she asked Sydney-based leadlighting expert Ray Barlow, to revamp her front door with new leadlight windows. There was space for three windows, consisting of a main panel and two small...
Restore Leadlight Windows
Treat your precious stained glass panels with TLC to keep them in tiptop shape and shining bright.  Glass has been around for thousands of years, with eastern Mediterranean cultures using silica, sand and ash to make it more than 3000 years ago. ...
Maintain A Period Home
Keep on top of maintenance and repairs to preserve the heritage of traditional architecture.  Restoring the decorative details of an old home is just as important as maintaining the structural elements of the building. Decorative timber, tiling...
How To Add An Architrave
Door architraves, or mouldings, cover the gaps between the jamb and walls and are often a decorative feature.  To DIY with an exact fit, use test pieces to check the angle of the mitresaw before cutting to length.  Secure the architrave, lockin...
How To Hang And Frame A Door
When doing a renovation or adding an extension, it often becomes necessary to replace a door and jamb or install a new one from scratch.   Jamb moulding components are available and DIY installation is a lot easier if you apply a few clever tricks to...
Pet-Proof The Screen Door

Pets will find a way to scratch, chew or push their way past a weakened screen

Dogs and cats like coming in and out of the house and if you don’t have a pet flap, they’ll just find a way to push through door and window screens to get in.  This makes the screening inefficient as it creates gaps for insects to enter.  To de...
How To Replace Screen Door Mesh
Screen doors are opened and closed thousands of times a year and, if small children and pets are running around, damage can appear very quickly. On this maple framed door, the mesh in both upper and lower panels has been pushed out from under the...
Install A Screen Door
Install a screen door to add an extra element of security to your home and keep insects and rodents at bay.  Measure the width and height of the door opening in the jamb to determine the door size needed.  Screen doors are available to buy in s...
Man fixing a ceiling fan

It is important to fix your ceiling fan if it is loose

A wobbly overhead fan isn’t just distracting, it can also cause the parts to wear out faster than they should. In extreme cases it can be a warning that the fan is in danger of falling from the ceiling.   Any judder should be fixed promptly but befor...
DIY Door Basics

Learn these basic maintenance tips for keeping doors in top condition. Image: Getty Images 

A combination of exposure to the elements and daily traffic causes timber exterior doors to suffer wear and tear that affects their appearance and function.   CLEAN TIMBER by using a wood oil soap on a stained finish. For painted timber, add dish...
Updating handles can instantly modernise an interior door for minimal outlay. Handles with locks can add extra privacy to bedrooms.   To replace the door handle, check the existing lockset to make sure the replacement matches the hole already drilled...
the effects of rising damp, what rising damp looks like
Flaking paint and damaged surfaces are the end result of rising damp
You can often smell and sense damp before you can see it. When it finally does appear it’s a costly, unhealthy nuisance that has to be dealt with fast.   Rising damp destroys the comfort of a home, creating musty smells and causing or aggravating ast...
We show you how to repair a stuck window by sanding the edges to reduce friction.   “Sticking windows can drive you nuts. Just the sound and feel can be like fingernail on a chalkboard. It’s usually caused by the timber swelling or in this case, too...
We show you how to replace a damaged flyscreen to keep mosquitoes out of your home.   “Nothing drives me as crazy as mosquitoes buzzing around my head at night. All they need to get inside are holes like these in the screen.    A new screen...
We show you how to remove old silicone and apply new silicone around the edge of a bathtub to keep water out.   “A lot of people don’t realise that the joint between the bathtub and the wall needs to flexible. Here they’ve used a grout, which isn’t f...
plumber under sink with tools
Cleaning smelly drains can help rid the house of bad odours
Millions of Australians know all too well the musty, musky smell of mould in their home. It may lurk in a wardrobe or dark corner, or run rampant in a ceiling space, wall cavity or wet area.   Heavy rain and floods can see a big upsurge in infestatio...