For major repairs, it’s always best to hire a professional to get the job done properly. Yet, when small things happen, we can typically fix those issues ourselves — it’s just a matter of knowing how. Before you hire someone for the smaller tasks, learn how to do them yourself.
Holes in Drywall
We have all experienced that door handle-shaped hole in the wall. And yet, many of us don’t know how to fix it. If the hole is small, like the impression of a nail, a smear of spackling will suffice. Larger holes, however, warrant more work. To begin, get fiberglass tape and drywall compound. Use a knife to clean the edges of the hole. Next, cover it completely with tape. Then, layer the drywall compound over the surface. Allow it to dry, and add more layers as needed. Once it is as thick as you require, smooth it with sandpaper and paint it to match your wall.
Drawers can break in many different ways. Two of the most common are thehandleand the glidingtrack. To fix a handle, start by unscrewing and removing it. Place masking tape over the back of the hole, and then use wood glue to fill it. As it dries, pack the hole with toothpicks until it is full. Once they have firmed up, cut any protrusions off and then re-attach the handle by screwing it in. As for fixing a gliding track, it’s best to simply replace them altogether. Remove your drawer and see if you have a side or bottom mounted track. Then, find the same make and model, as this will allow you to line up the holes in your drawer. Match the sides and install your new gliders to restore a broken or stubborn drawer.
Unclogging Toilets and Drains
Unclogging drains is often an easy fix. Most kitchens have what you need to resolve even the toughest of messes. Take equal parts baking soda and vinegar, and pour them into the bowl to loosen your clog. Begin with the baking soda, and then introduce the vinegar. If the clog is particularly stubborn, add more in small increments; the last thing you want is an overflow. Once you’ve let the mixture sit a few minutes, pour in some boiling water to help break things up. If you find drain clots, a drain snakeis a helpful tool to pull them out. The vinegar and baking soda trick also works on drains if you misplace your snake.
Cracked Crown Molding
Sometimes, crown molding can crack as it ages. This can be due towood shrinkingas it dries out over time. If the seam of the molding has separated, resulting in a crack, use a little caulk to fill the gap. Once it’s dry, paint it to match the molding, and you should have a perfect seam again. If the crack is moreextreme, you may need to spackle and sand it down. Spackling allows more freedom to shape it, so works better for larger projects. Once it is dried and sanded, paint it to match, as with the caulk.
Filling Grout and Caulk
Nothing makes our bathrooms look worse than missing chunks of grout or old caulking. The most difficult aspect of fillinggroutis making sure your colors match. You need to clean out the grout itself using a vinegar mixture and a specialized saw. Fill in the gaps, and clean the edges. When it dries, you can use a sponge to scrape off any grout that is on the tile (you may need to set it depending on the kind you chose).Caulkingis similar. Remove old caulk, and then clean the area. Let it dry, then add strips of painters tape to create a sharp line. Use a caulk gun to line the tub. Next, smooth the caulk. Wait at least 24 hours before using your shower.
It takes work, but doing the small things around your home helps foster a sense of pride. If you feel confident, don’t give the job to a handyman — learn the little repairs yourself.
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