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DIY Home Repairs Easy as A-B-C

Updated on September 29, 2014

Home Repairs – As Easy As A-B-C!

Regardless of what type of home you live in, at some point, something will be in need of repair. It can cost a whole lot of money to call in the pros, though there are times one simply has no choice. For those of us who enjoy keeping as much money in our pockets as possible, here are some home-repair tips that cost less than $10 a piece! Not only that, but they are easy and will last a long time to come—anyone can do them!

Let’s get started!

1: Cracked Floor Tile:

If the crack in a tile is a hairline variety, you might get away with leaving it alone for a while, but sooner or later it will need to be repaired. Take a hand-held drill (even the small variety will work well) and drill a small hole through the very center of the tile piece. The tile will begin to break up into good-sized sections. Next, use a screwdriver to pry away the broken tile pieces. The pieces should remove with no effort since the grout has probably dried to the point of offering no adhesion.

It’s important to note that the first drilled hole should always be in the very center of the tile. If you need more drilling to produce more broken pieces, simply add another drilled hole about an inch from the center, in any direction. Multiple holes can be drilled away from the center hole if necessary, but chances are one or two holes will do the trick. This pattern of drilling will ensure no adjacent tiles become cracked.

Next, you will add waterproof, liquid nails (from a caulk gun or squeezable tube) and spread it like you would toothpaste, and apply in a zig-zag pattern onto the exposed surface. Position the replacement tile in place. Add grout, according to manufacturer’s directions, and allow to completely dry before applying any pressure on that area of the floor. You’re done!

2: Wobbling Chair:

We’ve all experienced it—a chair that wobbles due to one leg that, for whatever reason, is just a tad shorter than the other three. You’ll take clear silicone and apply a small dollop under the defective leg (the part of the leg that touches the floor). You’ll apply about a quarter-inch thickness and you can smooth it out a bit with a small piece of cardboard. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours and your chair can join the ranks of those that stand without any tilting.

3: Broken Light Bulb:

It’s dangerous when a light-bulb breaks off due to someone attempting to turn the bulb to remove it. When all you have left in the socket is the base of the bulb and a remnant of some broken glass, the first thing that should be done, immediately, is turn off the power to that area. Next microwave a potato that has been cut in half and cook it until it becomes fairly soft. The duration of microwaving will depend on the size of potato and the power of the micro-oven. Place the cut end of the potato over the broken glass piece that is protruding—give the potato a firm but gently nudge into the broken bulb. Apply a few gentle taps on the uncut side of the potato (facing you). Use twisting motions in a counter-clock-wise direction and voile`--your broken bulb will be removed once and for all!

4: Creaking Door:

Creaking doors are incredibly annoying; and the cause is usually due to the hinges that are making the noise. Simply spray a small amount of WD-40 onto all the hinges. If the noise still exists, take a smaller-sized screwdriver and insert it into the underside of the hinge. With a hammer, gently pound the screwdriver upward into the bottom hinge opening and you will notice that the pin on the top of the hinge will begin to rise upward. Remove each pin, one at a time, and clean away any obvious grime and replace the pins, one at a time. A wire brush and a rag works well with removing built-up gunk on the pins.

5: Leaky Shower Head:

A leaky shower head is an easy fix and your first step will be to remove the shower head. First, place a piece of vinyl tape around the back of the shower head where you will be using a wrench to twist the head off. The tape is placed where the wrench will be placed and will prevent any marring due to the twisting of the wrench. The shower head will turn and twist off in a counter clock-wise direction.

If you look inside the shower head, you’ll be able to locate an ‘O-ring’. Simply remove it with a screwdriver and remove any corrosion that has built up on the ring. If the ring seems to be in good shape, there’s no need to buy a new one. If the ring does need to be replaced, be sure to save it so it can serve as a visual for an exact duplicate to be purchased at a hardware store.

Insert the new ‘O-ring’ but before you screw the shower-head back on, use the sticky side of Teflon tape and twist it around the thread area of the neck portion that is extending from the wall. The stickiness will remove any residue on the thread area. Remove the tape and screw the shower head back on—easy deal!

So many repair and remodeling projects can be done by you, the homeowner, and you can celebrate your repair abilities by going out to dinner with the money you saved by not paying someone else to do the job!

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