#13 How to Check for Termites
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Issue: Suspecting termites
What to do: Begin by throwing on some old clothes and crawl under the house to remove any piece of scrap to investigate for termites. You will want to be educated on what signs to look out for that will expose a termite issue. Check for embossed, branchlike tubes that will show yellowish/cream-colored insects.
Next, you will need to look at your siding for where the foundation and siding adjoin to see if there are speckled sized feces or masses of dirt that is the size of tiny pin-holes. Just one spotting of these feces warrants a quick phone call to a licensed and bonded exterminator because termites come in thousands so where there is one, there is bound to be termites everywhere.
#14 How to Unclog a Sink
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Issue: clogged sink
What to do: The first attempt at a clog should be using a plunger or plunger’s helper and if that doesn’t work then proceed to the more the next fix-it.
Take a bucket and lay it under the P-trap beneath the sink and loosen the nuts up and remove the P-trap and look inside to see if you can see what has been causing the clog. If the clog is remaining head out to the local hardware store and purchase a hand snake (or wire coat hanger) and begin the dislodging attempt by fishing the hand snake through the clog.
#15 How to Remove a Stripped Screw
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Issue: Stripped screw
What to do: Overestimating how far down the screw needed to go can result in a stripped screw and not the perfect flush look we wanted. Using a rubber-band can be your helping friend in this scenario – plus needle nose pliers!
You will want to wiggle the pliers around the head just enough to not break other parts while being able to wrap the pliers around the head. A manual screwdriver will also be good for this as a power drill delivers too much pressure for the screw.
#16 How to Install Weatherstripping
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Issue: Weatherstripping windows
What to do: Trying to heat up a large home can become costly, especially if windows are allowing the heat being emitted to escape; working the heaters a lot harder. To combat that add some weatherstripping adhesive to windows that will remain shut for the duration of the cold season. Do use a weatherstripping that is easily peelable.
#17 How to Stop the Squeaks
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Issue: Squeaky floor (hall monitor)
What to do: Sneaky off to the kitchen has never been tougher when you have a wooden hall monitor ratting you out. Combat that snitch with some talcum powder (baby powder) and sprinkle onto the noisy area with a generous amount then sweep gently into the cracks.
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