With just a few simple tips and the proper products, you can solve common household problems without calling in backup.
Renew Wobbly Chairs
Problem: "I love my old dining room set, but the chairs creak and wobble when I sit on them."
Fix it: Some seats get rickety the more they're used, because body weight loosens joints or screws keeping parts in place. To silence squeaks and stabilize the frame, first try tightening all screws, even if they don't look loose. If the chair has interlocking joints, disassemble the joints and fill the crevices with a polyurethane adhesive to bind the parts together. A bottle of Wonderlok 'Em Instant loose-chair repair glue ($11; acehardware.com) can help you fix six to eight chairs. It also works on dressers, tables and stairs.