4 Home Repairs You Can Do on Your Own
Whether it be accidentally locking your own door or cleaning the grime stuck in bathroom tiles, we’ve all had our fair share of things that needed to be fixed at home. Most of the time, we find ourselves hiring the local repairman to do the job for us, spending a whole lot of money on a task that can easily be done ourselves. With a few items such as lock picking tools, a screwdriver, and our ever-so-helpful guidance, you are bound to find yourself surprised by how great of a handy man or woman you actually are!
Unlocking a door without a key
First up, what you’ll need for this job are basic lock picking tools: a tension wrench and a lock rake. After you’ve acquired these items, understanding the mechanism of the lock is the next step. Doing so requires your trusty tension wrench.
Put the wrench in the lower part of the keyhole and find out which way the cylinder should be turned in order to unlock it. Usually, turning it counterclockwise is the way to go. Spin the wrench in the direction of where the cylinder turns and then hold it. This now allows you to feel the pins on the upper part of the keyhole with your pick. Push the pick until all the pins are set on top. If done right, you will hear a click.
Do this again to all pins while continuing to apply torque with the tension wrench. Eventually you will be able to turn the knob and open that door in no time!
Fixing a leaky faucet
Constantly dripping water can cause different problems. It will eventually damage your pipes and will cause an increase on your water bill, which in long-term will put a lot of your money down the drain.
Fortunately, this can easily be fixed with a screwdriver. The first thing you have to do is turn the water off via the main valve. This can often times be found near the sink. After turning the water off, put a bucket below the pipe ant twist off the compression nuts with your screwdriver. Doing so will remove the curved pipe called the P-trap, which you should thoroughly clean. Tighten the P-trap into place and that should fix up the leak.
Repairing tile grout/caulking
For this task, you will need a new grout, a grout saw, float, and a toothbrush you won’t use anymore. With these items, you can make your tiles look good as new.
First, use the saw to remove damaged grout in between the tiles. Next, pour water into the seams and scrub them with a toothbrush – this will remove the grout you sawed.
Now you can put in the new grout and use the float to keep it leveled and straight. After keeping it with the same surface level of the tiles, you can wipe the excess with a sponge or a rag. All you need to do next is polish it once dried and your tile grout will be once again a pleasing sight to see!
Patching a hole in your wall
The problems with moving paintings and frames from one wall to another is that nail and screw holes are always left behind. Luckily, there is a quick and easy solution to patching those up. With some spackle and a putty knife, you can cover those holes in a matter of minutes.
Spread spackle in the whole using your putty knife and then allow it to dry. Once dry, you can use sandpaper to polish off the craggy exterior it leaves and level it with the wall.
If the hole is bigger than the size of screws and nails, you can cut out a rectangular piece of the drywall surrounding the hole and place it inside the wall. After that, add drywall tape around the seams, use joint cement to keep it together, and scrape it with a putty knife until it is flat. Once the compound finally dries, you can smoothen it some more with sandpaper.