Tips and Procedures
Learn how to restore appliances to the appearance and function they had when new.

Appliance Tips

Drying Shoes

Don't put wet shoes in your electric dryer - the vibrations caused by the shoes banging around on the drum can break the heater coils when they are hot and fragile. Put all of your wet shoes down in front of your self-defrost refrigerator. Confirm which side of the toe plate has warm air coming out when the refrig is running (it's usually the left side) and put the shoes in the air flow.

Repairing Refrigerator Door Seals

Thoroughly clean the area to be repaired and dry with a hair dryer. Put as much of the magnetic strip back in the seal as you can. Lay down a thick (at least 1/16 inch) layer of white silicone sealant over the area to be repaired. Cover the exposed magnetic strips and fill in any areas of the door seal that are missing. Now cut strips of wax paper that are about 2 inches wide and completely cover the silicone sealant on the front surface of the door seal. You can fold the edges of the wax paper down around the old seal and it will create a mold for your new seal. Now gently close the door. The sealant will conform to the space between the refrigerator and your old seal. Make sure that the sealant fills in all air gaps in the seal. The wax paper can be removed about 8 hours later. A good time to make this repair is just before you go to bed and you will have a new seal by breakfast.

Wax Job

Give your appliances a waxing using ordinary car wax (doesn't have to be the expensive stuff). They will shine like new and rusting is inhibited.

Carpet Your Workbench

Place a carpet pad on the top of your dryer to prevent dents and scratches when you use it for a workbench. Carpet samples or scraps work great!