Repairing Window Screens

It seems the minor repairs around the house are never quite completed. Just when you think everything is just how it should be, you notice a loose piece of molding or a scratch on the cabinets. Small upkeep issues might be nuisance, but tending to them is what keeps your house looking so good. If you can fix a problem yourself and save money, even better. Some small home repairs are very simple for homeowners to accomplish themselves. Like finding a hole in the window screen. Why buy a new screen if you can fix the other one? A small hole can be sewn back together by using a needle and thread or twine. Try to find a twine that will match as closely to the screen as possible, like silver or gray. The very best thing to use is a needle with a large hole and some very thin wire, but thread or wine will work.

Tie a knot in the twine and go through the first hole of the screen that’s still intact beside the tear. Catch the knot of the twine with the needle and pull the needle through the knot, securing the twine to the first hole. Take the thread across the tear, to the next intact hole on the opposite side of the tear. Go back and forth over the tear, following the pattern of the normal screen grid. Go across the tear to the adjacent hole, down one hole, then across to the adjacent hole. Continue this pattern until the hole is covered vertically.

Now do the same thing horizontally. Go from the bottom, over the vertical thread, then under the next vertical thread, over the next, and so on. This will put the woven pattern back into the tear.

To get the torn pattern exactly right, it is sometimes easiest to start in the middle of the tear or hole, then work outwards towards the end. go back to the middle and do the same thing to the other end. For a very jagged tear, cut a square out around the tear, then cut a new piece of screen for that area. With a perfect square, it’s much easier to make the repair. Attach the four corners first, then whip stitch the new screen piece to the old one. Trim if necessary.

A more unique way to repair a screen is to glue small trinkets to the screen – one on the inside, one on the outside. This works for small holes and tears. Just glue one jewel or butterfly or whatever you’ll be using to decorate your screen on the outside of the hole, then press another trinket on the inside of the hole. Put a few more of these around on the screen and your screen is decorated beautifully and no one can tell there ever was a hole.

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10 Ingredients Substitutes

If you don’t have the correct ingredients at hand, use this list of substitutions for common cooking ingredients.

1. Alcohol/Liqueur

When making substitutions for alcohols, it is important to keep the volume of liquid in the recipe the same as originally called for. Depending on the recipe, apple juice or chicken broth often makes a good substitution for wine. When using flavored liqueurs, extracts can be substituted if you make up the balance of the liquid with water. For example, if a recipe calls for a 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, you could use 1/2 teaspoon orange extract. Just be sure to get the same level of orange flavor. This may take some experimentation.

2. Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar can be substituted for a teaspoon baking powder.

3. Honey

11/4 cups sugar plus 2/3 cup liquid (use whatever liquid is called for in the recipe) can be substituted cups of honey.

4. Butter

Unsalted butter can be substituted for regular butter in any recipe. It is not necessary to add salt. margarine can also be substituted for butter. Do NOT use low fat spreads or light butter for baking.

5. Buttermilk

1 tablespoon vinegar plus enough milk to equal 1 cup or 2/3 cup plain yogurt plus 1/3 cup milk can be substituted for 1 cup buttermilk.

6. Chocolate Chips, Semi Sweet

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped can be substituted for 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips. When substituting for chocolate chips, make sure to use the same type of chocolate (i.e semi-sweet, milk)

7. Chocolate, Semi-Sweet

3 tablespoons chocolate chips or 1 square (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate plus 1 tablespoon sugar can be substituted for 1 square (1-ounce) semi-sweet chocolate. 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder plus 7 tablespoons sugar plus 1/4 cup fat can be substituted for 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate.

8. Chocolate, Unsweetened

1 2/3 ounce semisweet chocolate (reduce sugar in recipe by 2 teaspoons) or 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon butter, margarine or shortening can be used instead of 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate or 1 ounce pre-melted unsweetened chocolate.

9. Coffee

1/2 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules can be substituted for 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee.

10. Cornstarch

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or 2 teaspoon arrowroot starch can be substituted for 1 tablespoon constratch.



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The End Does Not Justify the Means

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The end does not justify the means.” I remember my philosophy teacher once asked me to give my opinion regarding this topic in one of our class sessions way back in college. In a layman’s approach, this simply means: “what is done wrong is wrong and what is done right is right.

A lie could be the most unpleasant word for the ears. Even a white lie is still a lie. But, who doesn’t lie? Personally, it always shred me up to the least bit guilty to tell a lie no matter how small it is. But can it sometimes be right to use bad means to achieve a good end? Sometimes, we do fail to examine carefully whether the end in view is really good or not, instead we rash. I think there’s nothing in this world can justify the means except the end which it is intended to serve.

Just my two cents…
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