Home repairs can often be as frustrating as they are difficult, but with the right knowledge, there are many repairs you can do yourself. Roll up your sleeves and take a look at these easy “do it yourself” home repairs.
Fix that toilet
Toilet not flushing properly? Thinking of calling a plumber? Before you do, we have a few recommendations that could fix the problem entirely. The vast majority of water pressure problems come from the small holes beneath the rim of the toilet. Sediment gets into the small holes and quickly clogs them, greatly affecting water pressure.
The fix on this common problem is very simple. Grab a small brush with stiff bristles, and start scrubbing. You’ll save yourself big bucks, with very little effort.
Toilet leaking? You can probably fix this one yourself too. The number one culprit is usually the ball float – check the level that the water rises after flushing, which can often be above the overflow pipe. If this is the case, all you have to do is adjust the arm of the ball float, problem (likely) solved. If this doesn’t fix the leaking, the second most common culprit is a bad flapper. Head down to your local hardware store and pick one up for less than $5.00. Replace, scrub any calcium deposits in the area, and your toilet will be good as new.
A common complaint from homeowners, squeaky doors can make a home seem like it’s in worse shape than it actually is (and the fix is extremely simple). If you’re planning on selling your home, you should definitely look into this problem. If you have any WD-40 in the garage, spraying the hinges will generally solve the squeak. If not, try putting some petroleum jelly on the hinges – this home remedy has been quieting doors for decades.
While there are several types of faucets, the most common type is the compression faucet. If you’re not sure which type you have, try to find the manufacturer and product number, and run a quick Google search.
Typically, the problem with leaky compression faucets is that they need new seat washers. Take off the cap on the handle, remove the screw, and use a wrench to unscrew the packing nut. Next, unscrew the stem and remove the seat washer. Coat the new washer with plumber’s grease, then pop the stem out of the packing nut and replace the O-ring, the usual suspect for leaky handles. O-rings come in different sizes, so be sure you have the correct size when replacing. As you did with the new washer, coat the O-ring in plumber’s grease, and reassemble the faucet.
For many simple home repairs, baking soda is a great tool at your disposal. A stained tub begs to be fixed, and the good news is we’re here to help. Take equal parts baking soda and lemon juice, and combine them into a paste. Scrub the paste on the part of the tub that is stained, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse with water and your bathtub will be looking as good as new.
What do it yourself home repairs do you have to share? Let us know in the comments section below. And be sure to look to YouTube for any specific examples, it’s a great resource for do it yourself home repairs.