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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.

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How To Make Old, Worn Drapes Usable Again

by Paul Burton

If you've discovered some old, worn drapes in a box of a relative's items or even in your own attic, you do not have to throw those drapes away. If you like the general pattern, there are ways to make them usable once again. Here are four steps to follow:

Take the drapes to a dry cleaner.

Many older drapes were made to be dry-clean only. Unless you can find a tag on the drapes that states they can be machine washed, it is best to assume they are dry-clean only. Dry cleaning is also easier on fabric than putting it through the wash, so if the drapes are looking a bit worn, sending them to the dry cleaner will ensure the wear does not become worse. Having the curtains dry cleaned will remove musty odors, dust and mild stains that may be making them look more worn than they really are. Contact a company that specializes in fabric restoration dry cleaning to ensure it's done correctly.

Examine the drapes for holes.

Look over the drapes, and see if there are any actual holes in them. If there are not, then you can move ahead to the next step. If you do see holes, it is time to do a little experimenting. Hang one of the drapes on a curtain rod, and pull it back in various ways. See if there is a way you can pull it back or tie it back so that the hole is not visible. Once you discover that method of hanging, keep it locked in your memory so you can hang your curtains in that manner once you're done reviving them.

If you cannot find a way to hang a particular panel in a way that hide the holes, toss that one in the "discard" panel and focus on re-purposing the remaining panels.

Add new fringe.

Often, the edges of old curtains begin to look frayed and worn before the rest of the panels do. Luckily, you can easily fix this problem. You'll need a sewing machine, some scissors and thread, and a few lengths of fringed trim that match your curtains and are cut to the length of the curtain's edges.

Pin the fringed trim to the fraying edge of the curtain -- about 1/2 inch from the edge -- and then use your sewing machine to secure the trim permanently with a line of stitches. You should no longer be able to see the fraying edges underneath.

Now that your curtains are clean and newly trimmed, hang them up and position them in a way that hides any little holes. Enjoy your new/old look!

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