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By: amr On: March 24, 2016 In: Blog Comments: 0

Five Home Repair Tips You Should Know

There is a very good chance that like most people, you simply dread the words home repair. The thought of having to tackle a plumbing issue or having to sort out the guttering or possibly even the electrics is enough to fill you with dread and is guaranteed to stick itself to your to-do list for weeks on end. However there are some things that everybody should know how to do around the house, no matter how inept or how lazy. What follows are five home repair tips that any home owner should know how to do themselves, without having to pay or beg anyone else to do the job for them.

Painting

You will inevitably need to paint at some point, whether it be redecorating a whole room or to simply touch up over a nail hole or scuff mark. Effective painting will help increase the value of your house, and will also create flair and make your home appear more clean and tidy. Bad paint jobs on the other hand, are absolutely horrendous. The golden rule when it comes to painting is preparation is king, so make sure you know exactly what you’ll need, what you need to do, what you need to cover up, and what areas may pose potential problems.

Doors

Doors I hear you ask? You may not have considered it before today, but doors do need occasional maintenance and repair. And with so many of them throughout our homes, it makes sense to know how to deal with them effectively. From squeaking nightmares to doors that stick, it is essential that you know how to tackle these minor problems before they become too much of a nuisance.

Caulk

Caulk is that gluey material between your tub or shower and the wall, and essentially protects the floors and walls from the moisture. It is also prone to discoloration and deterioration over time, which means it can tend to look unkempt and pretty disgusting. Any good home owner should be able to remove the residue from the old caulk without much trouble and damage, and be able lay down the new bead of caulk smoothly and confidently.

Leaky Faucet

Fixing a leaky faucet is one of the most common home repair jobs you will find yourself performing on a regular basis. It can be solved painlessly yourself in a matter of minutes and without having to fork out for a plumber. First of all shut off the water to the faucet, and then you simply unscrew the faucet handle and remove the washer. Source a replacement washer that is of similar model to your previous one, and reinstall.

Unblocking Toilet

Finally, its a dirty job, but someone has to do it. It might as well be you and save yourself some money and dignity in the process. The first step would be to roll up your sleeves, put on some industrial gloves and fish around down there for whatever may be causing the problem. If plan A doesn’t work, you may need to source the plunger and give that a good try. This will be able to dislodge most blockages but in extreme cases, you may even need to uninstall the toilet. At that point it may be time to call in a professional.

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