How to easily replace door hinges

After only a few weeks of living in the new house, I had HAD IT with the door that goes from the laundry room into the garage. We use this door like 20 thousand times a day, and the door had self-closing hinges.

These door hinges are seriously the most annoying door hinges in the history of ever. Okay, okay, I’m being a little dramatic, but seriously, I hate them. Every time I’d quickly run into the garage to grab something, the door would slam itself shut behind me. Seriously drove me batty.

We tried propping the door open for a week or so but it was still so irritating. Also, the door is filthy and needs to be painted. Yuck.

So of course I bought new hinges and replaced them! I purchased some basic hinges made for exterior doors.

Replacing door hinges is super easy. It doesn’t matter if you are doing external or internal doors, you can swap them out really easily.

The easiest way is to replace one hinge at a time. You don’t need to take the whole door down, just remove one hinge and replace it with a new one, then do the next one, and finally swap out the final one.

This took me about 10 minutes. Not only do I have a door that actually stays open now, I also have chrome hardware instead of the gold. I’ll be replacing all the hardware in the house over time so eventually it’s all chrome.

Obviously this is a personal preference for me. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who love having the door self-close. It is definitely useful to have the door close by itself if you have pets or kids who never close doors! But for us, we like choosing to leave the door open if we want to.

We are loving not having the door slam in our face. And I really love chrome!

Seriously, that’s how easy it is to replace hinges. No door removal or anything. Such a simple and inexpensive update to a dated home.

Easy DIY matching M&M costumes

For Halloween this year my daughter and her friend want to be “matching cute M&M girls”. They had it all worked out in their minds, all I had to do was take them to the costume store to buy some accessories and then make M&M shirts using my Silhouette Cameo.

I think they turned out pretty darn cute if you ask me!

If you’d like to recreate this costume, here are the accessories:

Hair bow, fish net gloves, tulle tutu, t-shirt. They paired the entire outfit with some black leggings.

To make the shirts I dusted off my Silhouette Cameo, found the M&M logo on google, imported it to my Silhouette software, cut it out on some flocked heat transfer material, and ironed it right onto the pre-washed t-shirts.

I think these two are going to be the cutest Trick-or-Treaters on the block this year!

How to change the plug on your dryer to accommodate a 3- or 4-prong outlet

Have you ever moved to a new house, gone to plug in your dryer, and CRAP! the plug doesn’t fit?

Most houses come with either a 3-prong or 4-prong outlet for your dryer. If you purchased a new dryer chances are the dryer didn’t come with a power cord at all, and when you move houses you have a 50/50 chance that the current plug will work with whatever outlet your house comes with.

So what are you supposed to do? Call an electrician for a pretty penny just to hook up a new power cord for you? It is one of the easiest DIYs out there. There is no reason you need to waste your hard earned cash when you can easily swap out the dryer plug yourself.

Our new house has a dryer outlet for a 3-prong plug. Our last two houses have had 4-prong outlets, so our dryer has a 4-prong outlet on it.

Honestly, the most annoying thing about this entire situation is not even having to swap out the cord; it’s when you go to plug in your dryer and you need to use the dryer RIGHT NOW and you discover your plug doesn’t fit. Argh! Trip to the hardware store!

If you plan ahead you can always order a 3-prong plug or 4-prong plug on Amazon. Otherwise, any hardware store should carry these replacement cords.

I obviously purchased the 3-prong cord to match the 3-prong outlet in the wall.

And now, to swap them out… My dryer has a diagram on the back of it showing exactly how to attach the cord to your dryer. Seriously can’t get much easier than this.

First, locate where your cord attaches to the back of your dryer. You can see that the 4-prong cord currently attached to the dryer has 4 wires attached to the back of the dryer.

Carefully remove all the small screws and remove the cord from the dryer. Again, CAREFULLY. You will need these screws again and it is very easy to accidentally drop them down the back of your dryer into the abyss, never to be recovered again.

Following the diagram on the back of the dryer, attach the new cord to the dryer. The only difference between a 3-prong and a 4-prong is that the 4-prong has a white (ground) wire that attaches to the back of the dryer and the 3-prong does not. Both types of cord have an L1, L2, and a neutral.

Once you screw your new cord into your dryer, plug ‘er into the wall, step back, and marvel that you totally rocked this all by yourself. It will be an empowering moment, so take a minute if you need one.

Now get back to work. The laundry is piling up. It doesn’t just wash itself (well, it kinda does, but you have to load it in there).

Here’s my very messy, very newly unpacked laundry room. We’ve done exactly ZERO projects in this room since moving in 4 weeks ago, but I’m sure you will cut me some slack. We did just move in after all. I wish folding laundry were as quick and easy as swapping out the dryer cord.

Now go DIY something! And come back and tell me what you DIYd. I love hearing stories from YOU also.

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