7 of the Easiest Household Repairs to Do Yourself
Some home repairs call for a professional. However, some of them are really not that difficult and can be done with a little research and effort. If you’re interested in saving money by doing easy household repairs yourself, this is the article for you. Here are seven common home maintenance problems and how to fix them.
Knowing When to Stop
One of the best ways to save money on repairs is knowing when to call a professional. So, if you’ve already spent way too much time on YouTube trying to figure out how to fix something, it’s probably a sign that a professional should come in. Otherwise, you may end up making the problem worse. This ImproveNet tool makes it easy to find pros near you.
Small holes in the drywall are often simple to fix. For small holes or dents (e.g., nail/screw holes): apply spackle, allow it to dry for 24 hours, sand down the area, and paint over it. For larger holes: apply a patch screen, apply several coats of drywall compound on the patch and surrounding area, allow it to dry, sand down the area, and paint over it. If the hole is larger than three inches or so, it may take a little more effort (and tools) to fix it.
Cracked caulk in your trim or baseboards can easily be fixed with, well, more caulk! All you need is paintable caulk, a caulk gun with the tip cut to 45 degrees, your finger, damp paper towels, and painting materials. Use the caulk gun to apply the caulk along the crack in short increments, using your finger to smooth out the caulk as you go. If excess caulk gets on the wall, trim or baseboard, wipe it off with a damp paper towel. Once you’ve applied the caulk and cleaned the areas, allow it to dry. If necessary, touch up the wall, trim, or baseboard with paint.
Sticky drawers happen to the best of us. For wooden drawers, this can be fixed by simply applying a household paraffin wax, such as Gulf Wax, to the drawer slides. For drawers with metal slides, clean the tracks with a cloth and spray a lubricant, such as WD-40, on the slides.
Slamming Cabinet Doors
If your cabinet doors shut with a loud bang, no worries; this is the easiest fix on the list. All you need to get is bumper pads. Clean the back of your cabinet doors to remove any dust or dirt, and stick a bumper pad on the top and bottom corner of the door. Problem solved!
If your toilet clogs, bring out the plunger before making a panicked call to the plumber. If the clog is still there after several attempts with the plunger, pour a bottle (or half-bottle) of chemical clog remover and let it sit for about 15 minutes. If you don’t have a clog remover available, you can use dish soap. Pour one-half cup of liquid dish soap down the toilet, let it sit for 30 minutes, and get back to it with the plunger. This should take care of the problem.
Scratches in Wood
If you have wooden furniture, you’re probably no stranger to scratches. As long as the scratches are not significantly deep, you can hide them pretty well by using a touch-up marker. Since it typically takes several coats, you’ll want to choose a color that is slightly lighter than the finish on your furniture. Check out this article for other ways to repair scratches in wood.
It’s important to call a professional for the major repairs, but you can save a lot of money by fixing some things yourself. Evaluate how much time, money, and effort the repair will cost you before committing to DIY. We live in a day where endless online guides and YouTube videos make DIY home improvement possible, so take advantage of it!