Put that phone down for just a sec…before you spend your hard earned money on outside sources to fix your little home repairs (or bugging your brother-in-law, again) there are a few tips you should know that will help you to become more self-sufficient and put money back into your pockets.
We have compiled some clever little tips and tricks that will go a long way in ensuring your household continues to run smoothly without turning into a money pit. Read on to our 33 Home Repair Tips I Wish I Knew Sooner to find out more.
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#1 Fix a Leaky Faucet
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Issue: Leaky Faucet
What to do: First steps to fixing a leaky faucet are to turn the water supply off by turning off the valve under the sink. We will want to replace the washer. Take an old rag and put it into the sinks drain to prevent losing any small parts. Remove the handle by removing the screw cover and taking the screw out. Pull off handle.
Next, separate the stem with a wrench (do make sure to line up all the parts you are removing and keep them in order of how they go back together) and investigate for any signs of deterioration of the plastic cartridges or other rubber parts. Look for replacements, if needed, at the hardware store and replace the cracked parts and put them back together in the same order of removal.
#2 Drill Through Tile Without it Cracking
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Issue: Drilling through tile
What to do: Have carbide-tipped masonry drill bits on hand for this job as they are the best for drilling into the tile and you will need something that can handle rock-hard surfaces to get through the glazed outer surface and the hardened part without it cracking.
#3 How to Pick an Interior Lock
Issue: Interior door locked & no key
What to do: This next tip may seem like a “no-brainer”, but I’ve witnessed plenty of people caught in this predicament to no better than to assume. So here goes, most bathrooms and bedrooms are equipped with a privacy lock that comes with slim keys. The keys are equivalent to the matching sock that disappears. We can make a makeshift “key” using household supplies like paper clips, pin-head nail, or the lady of the houses bobby pins. Slip the “key” into the tiny slot and compress the spring inside and turn – wallah!
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