#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!
#4 How to Pick Up a Big Paint Spill on Carpet
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Issue: Paint spill on carpet.
What to do: Find an old box and cut two pieces of the cardboard out. Using the edges of the cardboard collect the horrific mess of paint. Transform the cardboard cutouts into a “scoop” and scoop up the paint back into its paint bucket without dripping spots along the way. Once the big areas are picked up, get two large buckets and fill one with fresh water while using the second to drain the dirty water.
Completely cover the paint stain with the water and quickly scrape the paint and empty into the empty bucket. Rinse and repeat.
Just remember not to let the carpet dry until a family member returns with a rental steam machine (unless you have one – highly recommended for carpet owners) so keep saturating the stain with water until the machine is ready to use.
#5 How to Pull Out a Nail Without Dinging the Trim Up
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Issue: Nail stuck in wood
What to do: Force the claw of the hammer into the shank of the nail and perform a rocking motion going sideways while using the claw’s edge as a pivot point. Keep repeating the process until the nail is pried out. By implementing this technique, we are ensuring that the pulling power is at its highest while giving little stress to the handle. Do lay the hammer on a block to protect the finished surface. To get a straight pull, size up the block so the pivot point gets as close to the nail as it can.
Take the claw of a cat’s paw and run it under the head of the nail and pry it out since a cat’s paw can grasp nail beads. Then hit finish nails all the way through with a pin punch or nail set without the need to pull them – working best on 5/8 inch thick finish trims. Lastly, seize the finished nail on the backside of nippers and pry out the nail allowing the head to pull through with as little wood breakage as possible.
#6 How to Deal with a Downed Power Line
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Issue: Downed power line
What to do: The only tip you will need for this is to call your electrical provider to turn off the downed line. Never assume a downed line is completely dead as the residential power lines carry a deadly 7,200 of volts. Stay far away and let the trained professionals take care of the job.
#7 How to Hang Heavy Objects on Drywall
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Issue: Hang heavy object on drywall
What to do: In order to hang heavy objects onto drywall, it is recommended that we use the correct hardware for both the frame and wall. If we are to hang a T.V mount, we will want to use lag bolts and at least two studs. Now, toggle bolts are small wing-typed metal bars that are used as fasteners. The winged bars open up after its inserted inside the wall to hold a heavy object. Toggle bolts come in two separate parts. One: The toggle that we insert in the wall. Two: The bolt that will screw into the toggle. We will need a hole drilled into the wall to be able to insert the toggle bolt.
Another option is to do as the picture shows – rip the plywood in the center with a 45-degree bevel for the length we need and then attach it.
#8 How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
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Issue: Small kitchen fire
What to do: Just remember the four-letter acronym (P.A.S.S.) and the cardinal rule of fire extinguishers ( 8 seconds of life support with no time for errors so be READY to aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Do not aim at the flames) and you’ll do just fine.
Squeeze the lever
Sweep the sprayer from side to side
#9 How to Spot Asbestos
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Issue: Home built before the 70’s or vinyl flooring put in before 1986
What to do: If you’re living (or moving into) in a home that was built before the 70’s, it’s recommended that you get your house inspected for asbestos. Asbestos is a carcinogenic mineral fiber that can be found in metal that was used for furnaces, pipes, artificial ashes in gas fireplaces, ceiling tiles; vinyl floors (made before 1986), cement siding shingles, textured paint, painting compounds, and many kinds of other insulations. We know this is a post about DIY, but in this case calling a trained professional is important as the fibers can be dangerous to one’s family if it becomes airborne – eventually leading to cancer.
#10 How to Keep in Contact During a Blackout
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What to do: We kind of miss the days of sitting by the wall twirling the phone cord for hours, but those days are gone. However, it is still important to have an old-fashioned phone in the home for emergencies like a blackout where a cell phone needs electricity; whereas the phone company will still provide phone use to a non-cordless phone. Also, make sure to have a list of contacts that don’t require and app to access.
#11 How to Fix a Hammer Mark on Trim
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Issue: Miss the mark and dinged up the wood with a hammer
What to do: Dents in wood do to missing the mark with the hammer don’t have to be a permanent fixture as you can remove the ding on the wood trim easy peasy. We will first take a sharp needle to poke holes into the ding and pat it with a cloth that has been dampened. Moisture from the cloth will cause the wood to expand, and the surface begins to smooth out the ding on the wood. Next, dampen up the dinged area with a bit more water and lay an iron on a metal bottle cap that sits over the hammer ding – bada bing the ding is gone.
#12 How to Deal with a Seized Lock
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Issue: Sticky door lock
What to do: If you have a sticky door that leaves you caught in the rain, it’s time to stop turning that key and begin fixing the problem. Having graphite lubricant or WD-40 (WD-40 should be your last resort) on hand will be the key (pun intended) to fixing the issue. Lube up the lock mechanism with either lubricant you have and if this tip doesn’t work then, you might have a broken tumbler or spring that needs a good locksmith. Make sure to give the new lock annual maintenance with a strong Teflon spray.
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