DIY no longer seems to have the same appeal it once did. While past generations were all very handy, it seems that fewer people are carrying out repairs themselves. Of course, there are a range of problems which are simply too difficult to attempt on your own, but there are also plenty that require significantly less effort so you don’t need to call in the experts.
There are a variety of problems that seem to occur in every home, and many of them have relatively straightforward solutions. If you’ve been putting off that DIY task for months and months, here are a few quick fixes to give you that push in the right direction.
There’s nothing more frustrating than a toilet that just won’t seem to stop running. A common cause is a leaky rubber flapper, which allows water to flow into the bowl when you flush. You can confirm that this is the cause by putting some food colouring into the tank. Next, wait a few minutes. If you see the colour bleeding back into the bowl, head down to your local hardware store to pick up a new flapper. If the issue seems more complicated, you may have to get it touch with some plumbing heroes. They’ll be able to get your toilet up and running again.
Holes in the Wall
If you’ve recently taken a picture off your wall, you will have been left with an ugly looking hole that you will want to fill up. Use a putty knife to fill up any holes with premixed spackling. Wait for it to dry and then use a sanding sponge to smooth over the spot. If you don’t have any original paint that was used on the wall, simply head down to your local paint store where they will be able to match the colour if you bring in a sample.
If you have a sticky lock that’s causing you difficulty, all you need is a bit of lubricant to help sort out the problem. While WD-40 spray silicone may seem the most obvious solution to the problem, it can end up attracting dirt and worsening the problem. Try some powdered graphite instead. Use some that comes in a tube so you are able to squeeze it into the keyhole. Don’t forget to put a little on the latch as well.
Diverting Gutter Run-Off
Gutters that are leaking water right next to your foundation can cause a whole host of problems. A flexible corrugated drain pipe will extend your gutter downspouts so you can divert it away from any areas which are getting close to the exterior of your property. Whether you choose to bury the pipe or leave it exposed, make sure the water is being diverted away from the house rather than towards it.
If your window has been painted shut, use a utility knife to score the paint. Next, use a putty knife and gently tap it into the gap using a hammer. This should get your sticky window loosened up again.
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