One of the main differences between renting and owning a home is the responsibility that comes with owning. When you own a home, you have to take responsibility when things go wrong or break down. It serves you well to learn a few basic home repair skills for the minor issues that may arise. It just might save you some money from having to call a handyman every time. Let’s face it—if you’re like most people today, you are busy with a variety of family and social activities, so it’s essential that you know basic home repair tricks, but especially repairs that are easy. Keep reading for some common household issues that arise as a homeowner and how you can solve them.
Basic Home Repair Tricks
Rickety or unstable chairs. This is a very common home repair problem. If you have some chairs that are a bit unstable, don’t throw them out. Here’s a simple trick to repair them. Take a pilot hole drill and drive a long screw into the leg of the chair from the rung. You can prevent rickety chairs by doing this ahead of time or as a quick fix if the chair becomes unstable. The trick is using long enough screws.
Unsightly holes. A lot of home remodel tasks may leave some fairly large holes in the ceiling or the walls. You can imagine what it would look like if you took down a fan or lighting. To repair a hole that big would cost a good bit. A great idea to hide such a gaping hole would be to put in a smoke detector where the hole is. You get a two for one deal—protection, and an easy home repair!
Sticky cabinet doors. If your cabinet doors have gotten sticky or loose, they will not close correctly. They may even hang open all the time. To easily fix this problem, simply install a magnetic door catch. You can do this in minutes with no tools and you will no longer be tripping and bumping into open doors and drawers.
Ceilings with water stains. It might seem like you should freak out a bit if you see water stains, but there’s no need to panic. It is easily fixed. With a mild bleach solution and a water sprayer, you can make those ugly stains disappear. Make your solution a ratio of 90% water to 10% bleach. Make sure you cover your furniture and carpet with protective plastic sheeting before you spray the ceiling stains. Spray the solution on the stains and wait for 24 hours. You can repeat if needed. If this doesn’t remove the stains, a professional home repair person may need to be called in. Of course, we’re assuming you’ve made sure any leaks which caused the water stains are taken care of.
Not ready to do repairs yourself? Give Gordy the Handyman a call for a quote on your home repair project.
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29577