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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.

I’m a burglar – here’s how to outsmart me
From burglars’ mouths to your ears: Here are the vulnerabilities they look for when they’re deciding whether to rob you blind.
22 signs your house is vulnerable to being robbed
Here’s how to make sure your home doesn't become the latest crime statistic.
13 garage mistakes that could put you in danger
Try these tips to make your garage safer for you and your family.
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20 hidden things in your home that may be a fire hazard
Keep your family and property safe by being mindful of these hidden fire dangers in your home.
17 of the most brilliant ways to fix things with baking soda
These baking soda uses are about to make your life much easier.
13 things a handyman won’t tell you (but every homeowner should know)
How to find the most trustworthy handyman for the job, the household things you can fix yourself, and your handyman’s biggest pet peeve.
33 home repairs you need to make before someone gets hurt
How many of these home repairs have you put off to next week… and the next week… and the next week? Find out why that’s downright dangerous.
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17 things you need to throw out ASAP
Remove the dangers from your household with this handy guide.
14 exterminator nightmares that will make you cringe
You won’t believe what these experts have run into on their house calls.
22 subtle ways your house might be making you sick
From off-gassing rugs to harsh chemical cleaners, your home could be harbouring a number of potential toxins. Find out how to protect yourself and your family by following this healthy home audit.
Breathing easy – a guide to increasing airflow at home
Taking steps to improve the airflow in your home will let you and your family breathe easy – and enjoy the benefits of a fresh and revitalising home. Here’s how.
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40 handy hints for cleaning every nook and cranny of your house
You’ll have every corner of your house spick-and-span in no time by following these seriously smart house cleaning hacks. 
20 clever uses for ammonia you’ll wish you knew sooner
Ammonia often plays second fiddle to bleach, but it’s one of the most powerful cleaning products in your arsenal. Here are 20 smart ways to use ammonia all around the house.
22 cheap ways to make stuff last longer
Making your stuff last longer is a great way to get more bang for your buck. From running shoes to spectacles, here’s how to get the most out of everything under (and including!) your roof.
DIY Door Basics
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 dishwashin...
How To Prevent Pest Infestations
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 whi...
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Maintain A Period Home
Restoring the decorative details of an old home is just as important as maintaining the structural elements of the building. Decorative timber, tiling and metalwork help define the style of a home and add character. A lovingly maintained period home...
Get Rid Of Mould
Millions of people 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 infestation but t...
How To Hang And Frame A Door
Jamb moulding components are available and DIY installation is a lot easier if you apply a few clever tricks to speed up the job. If the walls are out of plumb or the floors aren’t level, you will need to correct these problems first or the door won’...
For The Shingle Ladies: Handyman's Guide To Roofing
Learn the difference between “stair-stepping” and “staggering” shingles when you have to know how to shingle a roof, and why staggering, though faster, is more controversial.
How To Replace An Internal Door
Replace an old door to freshen up the appearance of your hallway.  Often, all it takes to give a tired and outdated hallway a lift is installing a new door. The main areas of this cottage had been recently renovated, which highlighted the need...
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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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
Sticking Window
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, t...
Fix a Flyscreen
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 scr...
Seal The Tub With Silicone
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’...