Tuesday February 2, 2021
You can save yourself a great deal of time and money every year if you know how to do certain home repairs. Following are some simple DIY hacks every homeowner should know to keep a house in good shape without professional help.
Unclogging a Toilet, Sink, or Bathtub
- Using a plunger
- Pouring very hot water down a toilet or drain
- Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup or two of vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit for some time before pouring hot water down the drain.
Call a plumber if these methods don't work or your sinks/toilets are continually becoming clogged.
Caulk helps protect your floors and walls from water damage. If you notice it's coming off or becoming discolored, you may need to strip it and apply a fresh coat.
Thankfully, it's not hard to strip and replace caulk. Apply caulk remover to existing caulk, strip it off, apply paint thinner to dry out the area, and then apply a fresh strip of new caulk. Caulk strips are ideal if you aren't sure you can keep a steady hand as you apply caulk from a tube.
Roof gutters should be cleaned twice a year. You can clean your gutters without professional help -- but you should have a partner who can hold the ladder to prevent accidents. Use your hand, a trowel, or a gutter scoop to remove all the debris.
It's best to call a professional if you need to repair a large hole. However, fixing a small or mid-size hole is a relatively simple job.
Purchase some putty and apply it to the hole. Scrape off the excess and allow it to dry. Sand the area with sandpaper to make the spot even with the rest of the wall and then paint it.
Investing time and effort in keeping your house in good working order can prevent serious, long-term problems. Invest in a basic toolkit that includes the materials listed above along with paintbrushes, a hammer, screwdrivers, a wrench, and gardening gloves. With the right tools and a bit of hard work, pesky problems can be dealt with in no time.
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