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Hanging Doors and Fixing Walls. A Parents’ Guide…

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Alternatively titled “Coping With Teenage Testosterone. From a DIY Perspective”, This article explores the main reasons for having to replace an interior door or fix a hole in an interior wall.


It also, thankfully, contains links to information regarding how to do the work…


Remember what it was like to be a teenager?

It was tough, right? No-one understands teenagers – at least not anyone outside of their inner circle of equally idealistic lovers of the same music. Adults, who are all fascists, don’t even try to view the world from their children’s perspective…

As I recall – and it was a long time ago – the worst was when inanimate objects would look at me with contempt after an argument. So many things would fail to give me the respect I deserved as a free thinking, brilliant, progressive, young, maverick misunderstood genius… I just couldn’t cope with that…

So I showed them.

Especially the more brittle and breakable, defenseless yet still disrespectful, shoulder-height targets within our home – I’d not hesitate to put a young-manly fist right through them.

If my adolescent ass-holery is a picture familiar to you in a more contemporary way: if you have one or more teenagers at home, and if even though you’ve managed to empathize with and support them, the insensitive bedroom wall or door still wound them up to breaking point, earning a well-deserved smack…

Well, you can be forgiven for being at a loss as to how to cope with the situation. It is, afterall, extremely difficult to get two antagonists to compromise when one party is simply impossible to converse with. And the other is made from gypsum, or from cardboard, fresh air and flimsiest, cheapest wood available.

Luckily, we’re here to help – we just might have the answer for you: How about you give the angry adolescent in question the tools, materials and know-how that will enable them to repair the damage themselves, thereby giving them and the holey offenders a chance to re-bond? This wonderful approach fixes aesthetic, insulation and privacy problems, whilst simultaneously providing your post-pubescent power-puncher a soul-nourishing learning experience. Perfect!

 

 

Spare interior doors at Tim’s Reusables are pretty cheap, so I’m sure your oft-angry offspring will be quite delighted to pay… Just $25 gets a lovely, like-new, well-mannered replacement, that’s unlikely to ever incur the young fellow’s wrath – especially after they’ve spent a few hours bonding through the tricky hanging process, which is described and demonstrated by a talented handyman at the first link below this witless waffle…

As for drywall, well, having to perform reparative surgery often helps someone understand the fragile nature of the beast, causing them to treat it more gently in future. See how damaged wall bonds permanently to both a patch and its knuckle-happy nemesis via the second link.

We had a look around the World Wide Web and found these comprehensive guides. They’re perfect for taking the youngsters through the healing process. They’re also quite handy for anyone reading this to have a go at either job themselves. We toyed with the idea of making our own videos, but we’re not particularly videogenic, and years of breathing sawdust has ravaged our vocal chords – not exactly natural movie stars. Besides, we no longer have teenage destroyers at home. And we completed our therapy a long time ago…

Good luck!

Click here for a great guide to door hanging.


Or here for how to patch drywall.