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The Single Woman's DYI Household Repairs
Single Women Make Repairs Too
Single women can make household repairs that can help keep their budgets in line. In most cases, even the least mechanically inclined women can remove the inhibitions to make simple household repairs until they can afford professional repair service.
It's far simpler to replace parts in your toilet tank than to spend a few hundred dollars paying a plumber to do these jobs. Today, the tank float and other parts are relatively simple to replace and the cost is surprisingly low.
But, what about a sudden annoying leak in a pipe joint? The following tip may help. Invest in a small roll of pipe dope and some plumbing cement. First apply the plumbing cement to source of the leak and then seal with the pipe dope.
When household lubricants are unavailable to loosen bolts and screws, use a dab of ordinary vegetable oil. Allow at least ten minutes to elapse before attempting to remove the bolt or screw.
A cold heat solder gun is a big help when a favorite jewelry clasp or chain needs repair. These are hand-held and simple to use.
Make a habit of oiling door hinges and other household items as part of a regular maintenance plan. It can save a lot of time, energy and money in the long run. This is also true of electrical wiring, extension cords, etc. that should be checked for fraying. In some cases, ordinary electrical tape can prevent further fraying.
Invest in a large eye, curved needle to repair thick fabrics like leather and denim. Use an emery board to smooth chips in china, glass and porcelain.