Relax. Here’s how to make short work of every common repair annoyance.
These are the 7 most-needed repair tips every homeowner should know.
1. Fix a Leaky Toilet
Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect:
- Identify the correct flapper using model number of toilet.
- Turn off water valve (clockwise).
- Flush toilet to drain.
- Remove old flapper.
- Clip chain to lever.
- Attach new flapper to mount pegs and check chain length.
- Remove and adjust length to be allow about 1-3 links of slack, if needed. Reattach.
- Turn water valve back on (counterclockwise).
- Test and you’re good to go.
2. Repair Drywall Holes
The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.
3. Adjust Cabinet Doors
Changes in humidity can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver.
4. Open a Stuck Window
Windows stick when paint, dust, or moisture builds. Use a utility knife (or a pizza cutter) to remove old paint. Be careful not to gouge the wood sash. If high humidity is making windows hard to move, run a humidifier that sucks moisture out of air.
5. Stop a Leaking Faucet
A dripping faucet can waste 5 gallons of water per day. If you can’t replace the faulty part immediately, tie a string around the faucet and let it fall into the drain: Dripping water will silently flow down the string.
6. Silence Door Squeaks
Take the squeak out of doors by lubricating top and bottom hinges with a little WD-40 or white lithium grease. If you don’t have any on hand, olive oil is a quick but temporary fix.
7. Turn Off the Main Water Line
Don’t wait until water gushes into your house to search for the main water line. When things are calm and dry, locate and practice turning it on and off.
Written by Lisa Kaplan Gordon / Houselogic.com