How do you keep your home healthy? DIY home repairs don’t have to cost a fortune, especially when you can be your own handyman for quick fixes and maintenance. Your home is an investment, so checking up on it and making sure everything in your home is running efficiently will extend its life and make it much more comfortable for you to live in. Here are some easy do-it-yourself home repairs and maintenance checks that you can do yourself:
Not only is a constantly running toilet annoying to hear, it’s a money pit. You’re paying for that water that’s draining down, which will cause your water bill to go up. Here’s how to stop it, and have your toilet running normally again.
1. Turn the water off, first. the knob is located behind the toilet.
2. Lift to top of the tank off, and make sure the float and the arm are secure. Usually, the problem can be solved here, by lifting the arm, and making sure the float drops into place.
3. If the toilet doesn’t stop running at that point, you may need to replace the interior components. This is inexpensive, and parts can be easily purchased at home improvement stores.
Before deciding that the disposal is broken, make sure it isn’t just clogged. There’s a simple fix to this that will save you money and time.
1. Slide under your sink and unplug the garbage disposal unit. If you can’t locate the plug, make sure you flip the circuit breaker for the disposal. This is extremely important, as you do NOT want the blades to start turning as your hands are de-clogging the appliance.
2. You’ll now look for a reset button, located on the unit. Push it, and wait until you hear a “click” sound to let you know it’s been reset.
3. Feel around and use a flashlight, if necessary, to see if there is anything stuck or lodged in the main mouth of the disposal. Remove it, and check again.
4. If it still isn’t running, check around the blades of the disposal to remove any debris that might be there. You may need an Allen wrench to manually move the blades, which should dislodge the object.
Turn the power back on, and you’re in business!
Long window blinds are not only unsightly, they can become potential hazards for small children and pets. Shortening those blinds doesn’t take a professional, and when you are your own handyman, you’ll save money, too.
1. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry the plugs out of the bottom rail. Don’t lose them – you’ll want to replace them later. Cut the pull cords above the rail, if they are knotted. If they are threaded through the plugs, cut them close to the plug.
2. Slide the rail out.
3. Simply cut the cords and slide out the slats to the height you want them.
4. To reassemble: pull the cords through the plugs, and insert the plugs once again.
Ceiling fans can be a life saver during the hot months, but a wobbly ceiling fan poses a danger, and can get pretty frustrating to listen to. A lot of ceiling fans are installed on light fixture electrical boxes – which means that it could eventually become very unstable, as it isn’t fitted properly. If your fan is installed like this, you’ll want to properly mount it on a fan-rated box.
1. Test the fan for sturdiness on the support bracket. If it is easily moved, tighten it. If you are unable to tighten it, you’ll need to get an adjustable fan brace found at home improvement stores.
2. Look for the ball joint, where the fan support bracket rests. The tooth on the fan support should evenly and easily sit in the joint.
3. Check all of the screws and bolts where the fan blades are attached, and tighten them.
4. Check your blades. If they are warped or bent, you’ll need to replace them. That should be your last step! Now, turn the fan on and if everything is tighten properly, the blades aren’t bent, and it’s installed correctly, it should stop wobbling!
If you’re doing home renovations or improvements, laying new carpeting or working on an interior door itself, you’ll need to remove it. Instead of pinching your fingers or struggling with the weight of the door, here’s an easy way to remove it.
1. Close the door, making sure it’s latched.
2. Remove the hinge pins by tapping on the bottom of the hinge pin with a nail. Be sure that once they are popped out between 1-2 inches, you pull them out the rest of the way with your fingers.
3. Put a piece of cardboard under the door. This protects the floor underneath it.
4. Pull the door up off it’s hinges by holding the door knob with one hand, and under a hinge with the other.
Becoming your own handyman will make you feel great about the work you can do in your home, and save you costly repairs down the road. The more you learn about the ins and outs of your home, the more you can help it heal when damaged, and maintain the value of it.