Home repairs can be more manageable with a few handy tricks up your sleeve. From fixing a leaky faucet to installing a new light fixture, our guide will allow you to take charge of home maintenance and find confidence in tackling these projects head-on. We’ll discuss the right tools for the job, how to prevent some common headaches, and more!
There’s nothing more frustrating than a leaking faucet or showerhead. Fortunately, replacing these common bathroom fixtures can be fairly easy with the right tools and know-how. A screwdriver set, adjustable wrench, pipe tape, Teflon tape, utility knife, and bucket are all you need to take care of most basic plumbing. Your bathroom can be back in tip-top shape in no time! However, if the issues are the tiles in the bathroom, a broken tub, or a shower leak, it might be in your best interest to call a shower repair service. A great hack for repairing a leaking faucet is to simply wrap Teflon tape around the base of the faucet where it meets with the sink. This simple step can save you a whole lot of money!
A Leaky Toilet
Sometimes when we’re busy with life, it can be easy to forget about that leaky toilet. However, not fixing the issue promptly only leads to more serious problems down the road. Fortunately, most toilet leaks are easy to fix with a little know-how. You’ll need a plunger, replacement flapper or fill valve, plumber’s putty, and an adjustable wrench to take care of most simple toilet repairs. If you have no idea what these parts are called, don’t worry! These tools will be all you need to take care of even the most complex toilet issues.
A Broken Washing Machine
No one wants a broken washing machine. Unfortunately, fixing these machines can be a pretty big project for a novice. However, if you have a screwdriver set and adjustable wrench at home, it’s very easy to fix your washer. Many times, the washer simply needs an adjustment to its belt tension. If it’s loose, you can tighten the screw with your adjustable wrench, or if it’s too taut, you can loosen it. Your washing machine should be back in good working condition in no time!
Replacing a kitchen faucet, oven rack and other basic parts are simple with the right tools. Sometimes, your kitchen faucet needs cleaning, and if the issue is greater, it needs repairing. A screwdriver set, adjustable wrench, utility knife, bucket, and plumber’s putty will be all you need to complete many common kitchen repairs. If it’s your oven rack that has broken, simply remove the racks and replace them.
Fixing The Dishwasher
Dishwashers are another appliance that can be relatively easy to fix. Unfortunately, many times homeowners end up calling a plumber to replace parts of their dishwasher when they could have easily fixed the issue themselves. A broken dishwasher is typically caused by two issues: either the water supply isn’t working or there’s no power getting to the dishwasher. The first thing you’ll want to check is the water supply. If there’s no power, it might be time to call your local electrician. If the power is working but the dishwasher still won’t turn on, check for a tripped breaker or fuse in your house’s electrical system and reset it if necessary. Sometimes this is all you need to fix your dishwasher!
A Broken Fridge
A broken fridge is no one’s idea of a good time. With the right tools, however, you can fix your broken refrigerator and be back to normal in no time. A screwdriver set, pliers, and adjustable wrench will be all you need to handle many common fridge repairs. One of the most commonly replaced parts of a fridge is the filter. If your fridge isn’t cooling properly, check to see if the filter is dirty or clogged. Simply pop out the old one and replace it with a new one of the same size!
Home lighting repair doesn’t have to be a huge project. Many times, it simply means replacing blown light bulbs. If your fixture is more complex than that and needs to be rewired or moved, you probably want to call an electrician. However, if you notice a flickering light, a simple replacement of the dimmer or a few blown bulbs in a pendant fixture can be a quick and easy fix. This applies to all kinds of lighting in your home from lamps to fans! Keep in mind that you’ll need a step ladder to reach ceiling lights. Also, check for electricity running with a voltmeter. If you don’t see anything, call an electrician. A great hack to keep light bulbs organized is to use a muffin tin!
Wall and Floor Repairs
Filling in holes and textures can be a cinch with wall spackle. Once you’ve covered the area with a spackle, make sure to sand it down so your permanent repairs will blend seamlessly with the rest of your wall. You might also want to take a paintbrush to touch up the paint so your fix is less noticeable. You also want to ensure that the spackle is completely dry before you paint over it or your results will be lackluster.
Carpets are prone to damage and tears, which can be difficult to fix with a staple or nail. The best way to go is using the tool pictured below. Simply place it over the damaged area of carpeting, squeeze the handle together and pull up! This should leave behind a clean hole in your carpet for you to easily place a replacement carpet tack in. Squeaky floors are also no fun for anyone, so tackling the job of fixing them is quick relief for all involved. The best way to fix squeaking floorboards is with wood glue. Simply spread the glue over the loose plank and wipe away the excess! Your floorboards should no longer squeak after this quick repair.
Keep in mind that there are several other simple home repairs you can do yourself even without a set of tools. Replacing light switches, patching drywall, and replacing electrical outlets are just a few examples! These smaller projects don’t always require specialized tools if they aren’t beyond your abilities.