5 Quick Solutions for a Quieter Home
Check out these five simple solutions for eliminating squeaks, rattles and bangs all over your house.
Water Hammer Arrester
That loud BANG you hear when you turn a faucet off or the toilet stops running is called “water hammer.” For about $40, you can fit one of these SharkBite water hammer arresters between the supply and the faucet, and then you won’t have to live with that loud bang any longer. They come in different fittings so you can attach them to toilets or washing machines just as easily. To learn more about water arresters, check out How to Use Water Hammer Arresters to Stop Banging Water Lines
Slow-Close Toilet Seat
One of the most obnoxious noises in the house is the unexpected crash of the toilet seat. To eliminate it, install a slow-close toilet seat. They’re sold for both round and elongated toilets for about $40. Need to repair your toilet seat? Here’s a quick fix.
Soft-Close Drawer Slides and Pistons
Tired of your drawers and doors slamming shut? These devices catch them and ease them closed. The best part is they’re easy to install with a few screws. The dampers come in packs of up to 50 and are about $2 apiece. The slides come in pairs and are available in several lengths starting at $15 for 12-in. slides. Interested in updating your cabinet drawers? Check out these 7 Roll-Out Cabinet Drawers You Can Build Yourself
Rubber Bumper Pads
These rubber bumper pads can be used all over the house to keep rattles at bay. With these peel-and-stick pads, you can put a quiet barrier between doors that rattle, drawers that bash, furniture feet that squeak across the floor, and knobs that bang. For $7.50 you can get a pack of 200 in different shapes and sizes for all kinds of applications. If you like this, you’ll love Home Repair: How to Fix Kitchen Cabinets
3-in-One Oil is a must-have around the house and can be used to stop squeaks in hinges and other moving metal parts. Unlike aerosol lubricants, the telescoping drip spout on this bottle helps you get the oil only where it’s needed. With this $7 bottle of all-purpose oil, you can forget about messy overspray and drips.
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