As homeowners, you should learn how to do minor home repairs so you can resolve problems immediately, especially when a handyman cannot come to your aide when you need him. These home repairs will help you ensure your home is running smoothly and prevent more severe and costly damages developing from these minor problems.
Handyman Home Repair Tips
1. Resolving a continuously running shutoff valve.
If you find your shutoff valve failing to switch off properly, you either have to replace the entire valve or just the washer only. If your valve is easy to replace, you can quickly run to the nearest hardware store to find a replacement valve. Otherwise, you will need to replace the washer instead.
To replace the washer, you need to switch the main water valve off, unscrew and remove the stem. You need to bring the stem to a professional to help you identify the right type of washer that you need. Gordy the Handyman will help you identify the specific type of washer that you need to fix your continuously running shutoff valve. Before placing the new washer, be sure to clean the valve body first. It should be free of any grit and debris.
2. Tightening a wobbly showerhead.
The key to fixing a wobbly or loose shower head is expanding foam. This is available in many nearby hardware stores. All you have to do is remove the trim ring and spray some expanding foam right into the gap between the pipe and the wall. The foam will harden; thus, locking the pipe into place. Use painter’s tape to protect other parts of the shower head. You might also want to cover the walls with plastic so they will not be damaged in any way.
3. Hiding a hole in the ceiling.
If you have an unattractive hole in your ceiling, you do not have to patch it and repaint the entire ceiling to resolve the problem. You can opt to hide the hole instead by covering it with a smoke detector. Smoke detectors are affordable and easy to install. Plus, you not only hide the hole in your ceiling but you also added a security measure to your home. There are other devices that you can install in your ceiling to hide the hole. Seek recommendations from your handyman on the most appropriate and cost-effective device to install.
4. Keeping cabinet doors closed.
After some time, cabinet doors may become loose and may be difficult to keep closed. This is a safety hazard if you think about it since someone might accidentally trip on the open cabinet. To keep your cabinet doors closed, you will need to install a magnetic door catch. These are available in your local hardware stores and are very easy to install. All you need is your screwdriver and a measuring tool to properly align the magnetic catch along with the strike.
5. Removing water stains in the ceiling.
To effectively remove water stains in your ceiling, you will need to use bleach and water solution. Mix 1 part bleach to 10 parts water and place the solution in a spray bottle. Spray the water stain with the solution and wait for 1 to 2 days. Be sure to protect your walls from being accidentally sprayed or splashed with the solution by covering it with plastic sheathing. You should also wear safety goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands from the solution. Keep in mind that bleach is a chemical that should be handled with care.
6. Preventing your toilet chain from frequently kinking.
If your toilet chains are frequently kinking, it may cause continuous running of water in your toilet tank and, thus, result in wasting water. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to cover most of the chain with a plastic straw. Remove the chain from the arm and slide the plastic through the chain before reattaching to the arm.
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29577