Engle Realty: Louisiana Real Estate
Residential & Commercial Real Estate Sales and Rentals
Doors to your house should always be well maintained. They are used constantly day in and day out, especially the main entrance to your house. Here a few tips that will help your door function well year in and year out:
Problem: Squeaky Doors
Solution: Squeaky doors is really the sound of bare metal scraping against bare metal. WD-40 is a spray on lubricant that will solve the job. Sold in any home improvement stores, such as Lowe's or Home Depot, WD-40 is a spray on lubricant that stops doors from squeaking instantly. Simply spray WD-40 onto the door hinge. (Works great on squeaky car doors and even metal chain-link fence gates too!) A good practice when spraying the WD-40 onto the hinge is to work the door forwards and backwards until the liquid works its way into the inside of the hinge. WD-40 works like magic. My favorite WD-40 product is the bottle with a nozzle that folds down and then folds out at a 90 degree angle. It is super efficient, and is good to carry in your toolbox.
Problem: Key is hard to move in and out.
Solution: WD-40. Yes, WD-40 solves this problem too. Simply spray it into the keyhole of the lock and the key will slide in effortlessly. This usually happens after a windy rain that pushes water into the key hole, causing the key to stick.
Problem: Door is weak, easy to break in to.
Solution: Replace the short screws that your door lock came with, with longer screws (3 and 1/2 inch long at least). Make sure they are long enough to go all the way through your door frame and into the studs of your house. That way, if someone tries to kick your door in, they will have to use a lot more force to do so. (Oftentimes, the screws are only screwed in to the door frame, which can break with little force.)
Problem: How do I make a door more theft-proof?
Solution: Having windows on front doors are sometimes elegant and inviting to guests, however, they can also be inviting to thieves. One break of the glass and they have access to the door lock. If you are to have a glass panel, make sure that it is the extra thick glass that is at least two pains. Doors with no windows are much safer.
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