what you need to know about water damage

I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.

Tips For DIY Lamp Shade Replacement


Lamp shades are made from fragile material and can be easily crushed. Once a lamp shade is broken, you have two choices. You can either pay for professional lamp repair, or you can fix the shade yourself. DIY lamp shade replacement involves removing the original lamp shade from the rings and replacing it with fresh material. If you're interested in completing a project like this, these tips will help.


  • Pencil
  • Poster board
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Cloth
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks for glue gun


In this procedure, you'll make a poster board replacement for the original lamp shade. Once the poster board has been cut to the right shape and glued to the lamp shade rings with hot glue, you'll cover the poster board with the decorative fabric of your choice. Lighter fabric like loose canvas or burlap may be preferable over dark fabric, because dark fabric will darken the room. Of course, it's your choice.

  1. Hold the poster board up against the cracked lamp shade so that the poster board wraps completely around the lamp shade. 
  2. Tape the poster board in place so it stays temporarily wrapped around the lamp shade. Use just one or two pieces of tape to hold the poster board together so that you can easily take it apart when you need to. 
  3. Draw a line around the top of the poster board where the top of the lamp shade begins, and draw a line around the bottom of the poster board where the bottom of the lamp shade ends.
  4. Cut off the part of the poster board above the line you drew on top and below the line you drew on bottom so that you've created a poster board model of the lampshade over the lamp shade itself.
  5. Remove the poster board and trim the edges you just cut so that they're more smooth and even. 
  6. Cut away the old lamp shade so that what remains are the two wire rings inside the lamp shade.
  7. Use a bead of hot glue to glue the top ring to the top inside of the poster board. Wrap the lamp shade around the ring and hold it there until the glue and the ring are stuck together. 
  8. Glue the ring from the bottom of the lamp shade to the bottom of the poster board following the same procedure you followed in the previous step.
  9. Glue the seam up the side of the lamp shade so that the poster board is secure around the rings.
  10. Wrap your chosen fabric around the new lamp shade. Follow the same procedure as in steps 1 through 5 to create a piece of fabric in the shape of the lamp shade. When you cut off the top and bottom of the fabric, leave extra space so that the fabric can be wrapped over top and bottom edges of the poster board.
  11. Hot glue the fabric the around the poster board with a bead of glue at the top, bottom and up the side. 

That's it! Of course, this solution to a crushed lamp shade involves destroying the old lamp shade. If the old lamp shade is something you happen to be attached to, you could be better off seeking lamp repair service instead. For professional help, contact a skilled lamp repair person, such as Lamp Repair & Shade Studio, in your area. 


21 July 2015