If you are a homeowner, and have been for some time, by now you must have realized that it’s not all about sitting back and relaxing on your couch all day long. For you and your fam-bam to enjoy that domestic bliss, a certain amount of work has to be put in all year round.
While professional service providers are just one call away if you need to get some major repair done around the house, you cannot rely on outside help for every little fix that must be done. Here are three such household repairs you must teach yourself to handle even if you’re not all that into DIY projects.
Doors are simple enough right? I mean all you have to do is push and pull them into place and lock them when you want to. However, over the years these humble wooden structures will be subjected to a lot of abrasion and eventually become difficult to deal with. Equip yourself with a Kincrome tool chest that has all the right tools you might need to attend to a problematic door.
Especially during humid conditions, wooden doors can become swollen from inside, and if adequate space is not left between the door and its frame, it will not close properly. You will have to use a carpenter’s plane to slice out just enough from the swollen ends to fit the door perfectly into the frame again.
If your doors make an annoyingly squeaky noise every time you enter or exit a room, that’s probably because there is too much pressure acting on the hinges or because the hinges are oxidized. Some good old lubrication will fix this problem right away and don’t forget to inspect and maintain regularly to keep the structure working smoothly for many more years.
It is always advisable to rely on a professional for assistance related plumbing issues because the cost of doing something wrong when repairing your water lines can cost way more than you’d think. However, making a simple adjustment to fix a leaky faucet is not too complicated, and you can do a proper job as long as you have the right information.
Before you start, shut off the water supply to the entire house. Most of the faucets today are compression type and there are plenty of videos on YouTube that will guide you step by step through the entire process.
This is probably one of the most annoying things that can happen around the house and well, quite unpleasant too. Although the natural response to something of this nature would be to panic, we suggest you put on your detective hat and get to the bottom of the problem, literally!
In most cases, objects that find their way into the toilet bowl can get clogged inside the system, and if yours is a house full of kids, that’s probably the reason. Put on a sturdy pair of gloves and try to find the object and pull it out. If that doesn’t work, try using a plunger. While the conventional accordion style plungers will do a good job when handled properly, flanged plungers work better because of their shape which help create a better seal and send more pressure down the pipes.