While there are a fair share of home repairs that require a phone call to an expert, you may be surprised to hear about these five repairs anyone can do. The next time you find yourself in one of these scenarios, take your best shot at doing it yourself to save yourself a chunk of change.
Have you noticed any of your drains lagging behind on how quickly they drain? This may be a simple fix that will only take you a few minutes and a handful of supplies. If the drain you are looking at unclogging has a stopper of any sort, you will want to remove that first and clean it.
If cleaning the stopper doesn’t work, fill the sink or tub with a few inches of water and plunge the drain. If you’re still striking out, try purchasing a snake for the drain and using that to collect any debris that may have collected within the pipe for a free-flowing drain.
Patch a Hole
If you recently removed a nail from your drywall, your eye may be focusing in on that one small hole left by it. Well, good news, you can definitely patch that right up. Purchase a spackle knife, lightweight putty, sandpaper, primer, and your wall’s paint color to make it look new again.
Fill in each hole with the putty and scrape the excess off with the knife. After the putty is dry, sand the area until it is smooth. When you have completed those steps, paint the area with primer followed by the matching paint color for a wall that looks brand new.
Clogged gutters can cause quite a bit of damage inside of your home by causing water to leak into certain areas, under your siding, or around the base of your home. Preventing this type of damage is important and quite an easy task. Every spring and fall season, use a ladder to simply reach your gutters to allow you to remove any leaves and debris from your gutters. It’s that simple.
Cleaning a Dryer Vent
Lint buildup is a dangerous occurrence that can easily cause a fire in your home, which is why it’s important to know how to prevent this from happening. First, you should always be emptying your lint trap prior to every load of laundry.
To clean the dryer vents more thoroughly you should aim to unplug the machine, remove the access panel on the front, and vacuum around the motor and heating element annually. You should also purchase a dryer vent brush to remove any additional lint that may have accumulated within the vent duct tubing that is located at the back of the dryer.
Over time, caulk around the exterior of your bathtub may become worn or just won’t clean well anymore. Caulking your tub is a simple task that only requires some painters tape and tube caulk.
All you have to do is clean the area very well, apply the tape above and below where you want your caulk line to be, apply the caulk, and smooth it out with your finger. You’ll also want to immediately pull off the tape while the caulk is still wet to prevent any caulk from being removed with the tape as it dries.
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