7 Simple & Quick Fixes To Make Around Your House
Are you looking for doing some quick and simple repairs around your house which will not take lots of time & also can be done easily without spending too much money. Go through the list below where we have identified 7 different fixes you can undertake on your own on a weekend to add value to your home.
Fix#1 Replacing a Toilet Handle
Toilet handles sometimes get stuck and broken. Fortunately, this is a simple home fix you can do very easily :
- The first thing to do is to shut off the water valve and flush the toilet to drain out all the water in it. Remove the wing nut from the handle.
- After removing the lid of the flush, remove the handle by unscrewing the nut at the back. This nut holds the tank lever.
- Once the nut is unscrewed, pull the handle out. Be sure to hold the nut and washer in place and remove them later so that they don’t fall into the tank.
- There will be a nut and washer at the back of the new handle too. Unscrew them firstly.
- Push the stem of the handle into the hole on the toilet tank where the older handle was.
- Now screw the nut and washer onto the stem, but be careful to insert the washer first and the nut later. Attach the wing nut back onto the handle.
- Turn on the valve again and flush once to make sure that your handle is working properly.
Fix#2 Fixing Squeaky Doors
Squeaky doors are easily the simplest yet most annoying thing that needs to be fixed around the house. Here are three simple solutions to this effortless but annoying problem. If none of these work, then replace the hinge with a new one.
- Aerosol Lubricating Oil
- You can find these at any hardware store and seek the help of the staff to find the one to fit your exact needs. Be sure to purchase one that will penetrate the hinges. All you need to do is spray it onto the hinges and open and close the door a couple times. This will ensure that the oil penetrates the hinges and the squeaking should stop almost immediately.
- Fixing the Hinge Pin
- If the squeaking continues despite the lubrication. Remove it from the door. There will be a round hinge pin that sits between the plates and hold them together. Remove it by moving the pin clockwise and counterclockwise. You can do this with the help of long pliers. Remove dust and rust from the hinge pin with a brush or wire wool. If it is bent, then straighten it out with a hammer. Replace it back onto the door and spray with the lubricant.
- Rub Vaseline onto both sides of the hinges. Open and close the door a few times.
Fix#3 Repairing Slamming Doors
Fixing doors that slam is literally one of the easiest things ever. Here are the steps:
- Buy a packet of felt pads from the hardware store. These are used mostly to avoid the surfaces from getting scratched or marked up.
- Simply put them onto the strike plate. You can also put them on the door jamb, on opposite corners.
- Another thing you can do is get a thick elastic rubber band and slide it onto one handle and stretch it over to the other side and slide it onto the handle on the other side too.
Fix#4 Replacing a Switch
Light switches can be pretty easy to replace if you take the right precautions. Here is how to replace a switch that is the only control point of a light.
- Turn off the power at the main circuit or fuse.
- Unscrew the switch plate and remove it. To ensure that the circuit is inactive, check with a voltage tester.
- Pull the switch out completely with the wires still attached to it.
- Compare the switch that you want to replace with the one you want to replace it with, and look for similarities. When the power is switched off, it comes easier since you can match the connectors. To avoid confusion, remove and connect one wire at a time.
- Attach the wires to the screw of a similar colour as in the original switch. Remove half an inch of the insulation with pliers or wire strippers and twist it onto the screw in a clockwise loop.
- Wrap it in such a way that when you tighten the screw, it gets wrapped even tighter.
- Very carefully, put the new switch plate back into position and screw it in the right place. Once that is done, turn on the power.
Fix#5 Repairing Leaking Sink P-Trap
The P-trap is a drain fitting which is u-shaped, used to trap a little water once the sink has been used. When it starts leaking, you can simply replace it following the given steps and tools such as a small bucket, an adjustable wrench and a P-trap fitting.
- Remove the P-trap with the help of an adjustable wrench. Place a bucket underneath it to catch the water that will fall when you remove it.
- Remove the compression ring and the nut holding it in place and put the nut and compression ring from the new p-trap fitting instead.
- Slide the vertical opening of the new –trap onto the downpipe. Tighten the nut and the compression ring with your hand.
- Slide the other hand on to the other side and tighten the nut and compression ring on the other end too.
- To finish off, tighten both nuts with an adjustable wrench.
Fix#6 Fixing a Leaking Toilet Tank
There are a lot of places that toilet tanks can leak from. Here are some simple fixes:
- A Leak from Where the Tank and Bowl Connect: This is a simple fix that only needs for either the washer to be replaced or the nut to be tightened. Steady the nut that connects the tank to the bowl and tighten it with a wrench. If the leak continues, replace the washer. First of all, remove the nut, using an adjustable wrench and then just replace the washer. Reassemble to previous condition.
- A Leak from the Toilet Handle: Start by adjusting the position of the float ball, which could be the reason. You can also lower the water level; all you need to do is adjust the water-intake assembly. You need to pinch the clip on the thin metal rod and slide it and the cup downwards one inch at a time. Also make sure that the overflow pipe is a half inch below the handle.
- A Leak from the Shut Off Valve: First turn off the water supply and remove the packing nut and disassemble the valve. Turn it to remove using joint pliers. Remove and clean the washers. If they are damaged then purchase new ones. Take them with you to the hardware store so that you can get exactly similar ones. Place the cleaner or the new washers and reassemble the valve. Turn the water supply on to check if the leak still persists. If it does, the best thing to do is to purchase a new one at a hardware store. Install it according to instructions given on the packet itself.
Fix#7 Repairing Faucets
Faucets look complicated, and therefore they seem complicated to fix. But they are rather simple to fix as they are caused mainly due to worn out cartridges and washers. Here we will deal with common areas for leaks on faucets.
- The Spout O-Ring: the O-ring located towards the base of the spout gives you problems. Simply remove the grub screw which can be found behind the spout and twist to release the spout. Lifting the spout allows you access to the O-ring which you can either cut or pry off with a screwdriver. Replace this by rolling on another O-ring. Simply align the marker on the faucet with the groove on its body to reassemble.
- Gland O-rings: The first thing to do is to remove the Valve and the damaged O-rings and replace them. By turning the spindle and the valve body in the opposite direction to each other you can gain access to the gland O-rings. Simply cut these away and replace them. Reassemble the valve you had removed. Once you’ve put it into the body of the faucet, reassemble it.
- Reseating Faucets: This is really simple and to begin, you have to remove the valve. Try removing the seat with the help of a valve-seat wrench and simply replace with a new one. If that doesn’t seem to work, you need to screw a reseating tool and do this into the thread of the body of the faucet. You need to be careful to avoid damaging the threads and turn the handle of the reseating tool, grinding carefully until the surface is smooth and clean. Reassemble the faucet once you’ve replaced the valve.