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I’m on a roll with these home-styled posts! Is there anything more frustrating than when something in your home breaks or is in need of repair? This is especially annoying if you need to spend money getting a professional, such as a plumber or a carpenter in to help you with the damage. But have you ever thought to try and fix these issues yourself? Don’t worry; you don’t need to have expert DIY skills to be able to fix some of the most common household breakages and damage. In fact, most of the common issues are a lot easier to fix than what you might first think. Ready to fix some issues that have been bothering you for a while? Here are some very easy fixes and solutions to some of the most common household repairs. Let’s do it guys!
A Leaking Tap
When you notice that one of your kitchen or bathroom taps is leaking, you just won’t be able to take your mind off it. It will continue to drip and the sound of water continually dripping is sure to drive you up the wall! So, it’s important that you deal with this before too long. You’ll just need the right tools for the job, including a screwdriver, pliers, and replacement joint. First of all, make sure you turn off the property’s water supply. Then, remove the screws from the top of the tap so that you can remove it. You might just need to clean underneath this to stop the leak, but more often than not, you will need to replace or tighten the tap joint. Once you have done that, you can then put the top of the tap back on. Be sure to screw it tightly before you turn the water supply back on. Voila, all done!
Another noise that can be incredibly frustrating is creaky floorboards. Thankfully, though, this doesn’t usually mean that there is anything wrong with the boards, and there is rarely any reason to replace them completely. And you don’t have to live with the creaking either. It’s just a sign that the boards are aging, and there is a way you can get rid of it. Firstly, pinpoint the exact location that is creaking. There could be more than one spot. Sprinkle talcum powder along any cracks that are in this spot and use a knife to help the talc get deeper into them. Hopefully, that will be enough to stop the annoying noise! If not, you can simply use screws and nails to secure it more. In fact, the current screws in the boards might just need tightening up.
Broken Wooden Furniture
Has the leg on your favourite dining-room table or stool snapped or got a large crack through it? Don’t panic; that doesn’t mean you need to throw it out and dispose of it just yet. There are ways you can fix this damage. If the leg has snapped clean off, you could simply try using a 12 volt battery glue guns to stick it back on. Ideally, you should always use a wood glue as this will be the best adhesive for the material. If glue won’t work, then you could always try securing the leg with some nails or even screws.
Holes In Plaster
Holes in plaster on walls can look very unsightly so it is always best to get them filled as soon as you can. Not only do they look unsightly, but they also look like they could be very expensive to fix. After all, lots of people assume that they will need to call out a plasterer to come and fill in the holes and then replace the plaster over them. However, that is rarely the case. Lots of people are surprised at just how easy it is to plaster over these walls themselves. Just remember that you should never simply paint over the holes or cracks. They will still be visible underneath the paint. Instead, get some putty from your local DIY shop. This can then be used to fill the walls. In some cases, this may be enough and you can then paint over the putty. If that doesn’t work, though, you can just smooth over some plaster over the putty. Once the plaster is dried, you can then paint over it.
A Blocked Toilet
Is nothing going down your toilet? Ugh, this is most homeowner’s worst fear! They instantly think that they won’t be able to use it until a plumber can come out to take a look at it. You can do something yourself, though, which should help to solve the issue. First of all, boil a full kettle and then pour this down the toilet. The hot water should start to dissolve or dislodge the block. If that doesn’t work, you just need to go into your kitchen and grab some baking soda. Pour a cup of it into the toilet and give it time to sink to the bottom. Once it has sunk down, add a couple of cups of vinegar. Leave this all to sit in the toilet for around two hours. Then, come back and flush the toilet. You should find that the mixture of baking soda and vinegar has successfully dissolved the blockage!
A Jammed Window
Can’t seem to open or close your window without it sticking? Don’t worry; here is a very simple solution. Firstly, run a knife along the edges of the frame to remove any excess dirt that could be causing it to stick. If it is the dirt’s fault, it should be easier to open once removed. If you still seem to be having difficulty in moving the window up and down, you can then use a lubricant like WD40. Once the window is open and moving along its rungs smoothly, make sure you clean it regularly to prevent it from sticking again.
Welp! So, there you have it. There are some very easy fixes and solutions to the majority of common household breakages and damages. Now you don’t have to spend money on getting help again!
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