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20 Home Repairs You Can Make Yourself

May 30th, 2018

Not everyone is taught how to care for a home. But by a certain age, you should know what you’re doing.

Here Are 20 Things You Should Know About Your Home By The Time You’re 40

1) How To Flush When The Water Stops

Your water can stop pumping during a power outage. You can help the toilet flush by dumping gallons of water in the bowl or by filling your toilet tank with a bucket of water. This will flush your toilet but won’t refill it.

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2) Suck Out Clogs

If you have a clogged drain you can suck it out. Use a wet-dry vacuum to suck out the clog. Wet a rag and use it to seal the nozzle around your drain.

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3) Tennis Ball Parking

Don’t pull into your driveway too far. Hang a tennis ball so that it touches your windshield when you pull in. It will prevent you from going too far.

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4) Seal Outlets and Ceiling Gaps

Once you start paying an electric bill, you’ll be looking for ways to save. One way is to seal all outlets and other gaps in your wall. They let in cold air and will help you save on your electric bills.

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5) How to Fix a Leak Or Drip

The sound alone is enough to drive one crazy. But it can also cause you to waste water and money. Learn how to fix a leaky faucet here.

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6) Change the Locks

Unfortunately, losing keys can happen. But you don’t have to go and call the locksmith. Learn how to change your own locks in the video below.

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7) Fix a Running Toilet

You don’t need to call your plumber if the toilet is running. Save money and do it yourself. Learn how to fix this here.

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8) Fix Squeaky Floors

No one likes a noisy squeaky floor. It’s actually possible to fix it on your own. Learn how here.

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9) Crack in the Drywall

After a while, cracks can form in your drywall. You’ll need a taping knife, utility knife, drywall, tape, joint compound, and setting compound. Learn how to get the job done here.

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10) Fix Cracked Grout

Grout can crack and chip over time. Good thing is that you don’t have to tear up your entire bathroom. Learn how to create a quick fix here.

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11) Unbalanced Washing Machine

You can throw your washing machine off balance if you overstuff it or if you put too many heavy things in it. To relevel it, you’ll need pliers and a pry bar for this five-minute job. Learn how to fix it here.

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12) Is Your Refridgerator Running?

Before you run out and buy a new refrigerator, you might be able to fix it. And without calling the repairman. Learn how to fix common refrigerator problems here.

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13) Fix A Water Heater Pilot Light

When your water heater pilot light goes out, it could be a bad thermocouple. This shuts off the gas to your pilot light. It will cost you $20 to fix. Learn how here.

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14) Fix A Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal starts to smell, it means you’ll have to clean it out. But if it’s not working correctly, you can fix it yourself. Learn how to lean it out here, fix the splash guard here, and replace the disposal here.

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15) Create a Dimmer Switch

Replacing a light switch is easy. And installing a dimmer switch is easy too. Learn how to do this here.

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16) Fix the Deck

There are lots of different repairs youf deck might need. Whether it’s a new board or replacing a nail or railing. You can learn how to replace most deck issues here.

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17) Replacing a Toilet

If you just flat out need a new toilet, this is something you can do yourself. All you need is to buy the toilet. You’ll find a step-by-step guide on how to replace a toilet here.

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18) Fix a Stubborn Lock

Fixing a stubborn lock is much simpler than you believe. Just rub the teeth of your key with a pencil. The graphite will lubricate the lock when you insert it into the door.

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19) Fix Your Clothes Dryer

There are a few things that can go wrong with your dryer. But with a few tools and a little time, you can make a fix. You’ll find a dryer repair guide here.

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20) Electrical Stove Repairs

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Another place where you can save on repair costs is your electric stove. Replacing a burner or burner socket is a breeze. Learn how to fix your electric stove here.

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