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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 15 Nov 2016
Every home needs occasional repairs and maintenance. While you can always outsource maintenance and repairs, some of them may not provide satisfactorily results. Moreover, hiring maintenance workers can also be quite an expensive affair. So why spend on simple tasks when you can do the same thing yourself. Here are 5 DIY Tips for home owners to fix things that are not fine at home:
Fixing dripping taps
Leaking faucets and dripping taps are a common occurrence in every home. But you need to dial up the plumber each time you notice the dripping water. You can easily fix this problem by following few simple steps.
- Turn off the water to the sink
- Place a rag near the drain to stop the small part from going into the sink
- Dismantle the tap and replace the old rubber washer or O-ring with a new one.
Unclogging a Sink
Clogged sinks are a result of solid particles getting logged in the sink pipes. Although there are chemical drain cleaners available in the market, they hardly work and may even damage your pipes. If you know how to fix them, then you can do it yourself in a few minutes.
- If you cannot see any particles longed in the sink, check the U-shaped pipe under the sink.
- Place a bucket underneath and unscrew the pipe.
- Clean the dirt lodged in the pipe and fix it back.
Fixing wall studs
Whether you are hanging a painting or a bookshelf, these simple steps will help you put it up in a jiffy. You need not call a carpenter for such a simple job.
- Buy some good quality wall studs from a hardware store
- Knock on the wall and locate a spot that feels solid
- Place the stud in the desired location and secure it firmly with a hammer.
No matter how many times you sweep or vacuum, squeaky clean tiles are difficult to achieve. You do not have to hire professional cleaners to do the job. Follow these steps for squeaky clean floors.
- Prepare a mixture of water and vinegar
- Leave the mixture on the floor for five to ten minutes
- Scrub the floor with a soft bristled brush and dry with a cloth.
You can save some extra bucks by pasting wallpapers by yourself. If done carefully, it will look as good as a professional wall paper job.
- Use a primer if you are pasting wallpaper on a dark colored This will help make the wallpaper look brighter.
- Start papering in an inconspicuous spot if you end up braking the wallpaper pattern.
- Allow a two-inch overlap between two pieces so that the wallpaper appears seamless.
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