Mel Sherman

Mel Sherman

For nearly a decade, Mel Sherman has thrown himself into every aspect of the home improvement industry. By listening to what professional contractors have to say, Mel has been able to garner information about nearly every home improvement discipline. Combining his wit and knowledge of the industry, Mel has written numerous articles about how to fix common household problems by yourself, without having to hire a professional contractor outright.

For example, in his article “What to Do if Your Toilet Won’t Flush” (, he explains that in the dire situation of when your toilet won’t flush, the first thing to do is determine why the toilet isn't flushing. It's an issue with either the flush mechanism or the drainage system. In both cases, you'll know right away where the issue is. If you press the flush handle and it doesn't do what it's supposed to, the flush mechanism is the problem. If you press the flush handle and everything works properly up until the part where the contents of the bowl flushes away, then the issue is the drainage system. For a drainage issue, he recommends unclogging it using a flange plunger or a closet auger (see article for more details).

In his article “How to Fix Rattling Windows” ( he explains that if the glass is loose, you can use a putty knife to apply caulk to the cracks between the glass and the sashes to secure the glass and make it airtight. For a loose sash, he recommends installing weatherstripping using nails or adhesive backing, and he gives step-by-step instructions for exactly how to install it with confidence.

He also wrote about how to fix creaky stairs in his article “How to Fix Creaky Stairs” ( In this article, he explains how to repair the creaky cacophony coming from the stairs in your home by first identifying the precise location of the creaky noise on step and then silencing them by inserting wedges or shims into the gaps between treads, risers, and stringers. For stairs that have an underside that is finished with drywall or plaster, he recommends screwing the tread back together with the riser or stringer if they have become loosened.

Check out more of his articles below for more helpful DIY tips!

Frost Buildup in Freezer: Why it Happens and How to Prevent It

Posted by Mel Sherman | Apr 05, 2017

If you need to don a parka and grab an ice pick every time you need something from the freezer, you may be dealing with a bad case of frost buildup. (Now read that sentence again...

What to Do About a Sticking Door

Posted by Mel Sherman | Apr 03, 2017

What is a sticking door anyway? It's a door that gets stuck in its frame, making it difficult to open and close. A door could start sticking for several reasons. But whether it's...

How to Fix a Noisy Bathroom Fan

Posted by Mel Sherman | Mar 28, 2017

For his utter genius, the guy who invented the noisy bathroom exhaust fan should win the Nobel Prize. With one simple device, he solved two critical issues that had distressed bathroom...

What to Do About Noisy Pipes

Posted by Mel Sherman | Mar 21, 2017

Are noisy pipes cause for alarm? They should be. Your plumbing is the kind of thing you don't really think about too much. Until there's an issue - then it's hard to think about anything...

What to Do About a Leak Under the Sink

Posted by Mel Sherman | Mar 15, 2017

Ever deal with a leak under the sink? The leak may go undetected for a while because it's commonly buried deep at the back of a seldom-used cabinet. By the time the leak is discovered,...

How to Repair Torn Carpet

Posted by Mel Sherman | Mar 09, 2017

Carpeting is great. It adds color and coziness to any room and makes a home feel, well, homey. There's really no doubt about it - nothing pulls a room together like some good carpeting. Which...

What to Do if Your Toilet Won't Flush

Posted by Mel Sherman | Mar 06, 2017

Not to sound too dramatic, but have you ever been overcome with terror because you just used the bathroom and now the toilet won't flush? Of course you have, you're human. But despite...

Why is Paint Peeling Off My Walls and What Can I Do?

Posted by Mel Sherman | Mar 01, 2017

Have you ever seen a wall with the paint peeling off? The blistering, curling paint, the nasty tangle of cracks, the flakes littering the floor - it isn't pretty, that's for sure....

How to Fix Rattling Windows

Posted by Mel Sherman | Feb 22, 2017

If you've got rattling windows, you already know how loud and annoying they can be. A loose pane of glass or sash is enough to cause most windows to rattle anytime it's windy or a...

How to Fix a Squeaky Door

Posted by Mel Sherman | Feb 15, 2017

A squeaky door can be irritating - especially if you're sneaking around the house in the middle of the night to fix yourself a sandwich and the rest of the family gets out of bed...