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Repairs and Projects Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

By Blue Corona Dev Apr 1, 2016

Keeping up with your home repairs and renovation projects is important for a healthy home. There are so many elements in the home that require maintenance and repairs but most of the time, homeowners don’t know how do these projects. This article discusses repairs and projects every homeowner should know how to do.

Unclogging the Drain

It’s frustrating and happens all too often. Your hair gets stuck in the sink drain or eventually becomes clogged due to dirt and grime. This happens to every homeowner but most don’t actually know how to fix this issue themselves. Instead of pulling even more hair out or draining your wallet to hire a professional, here are a few tips to unclog a drain in your home:

Baking Soda and Vinegar

1. Start by pouring boiling water down the clogged drain

2. Then, empty a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and let sit for a minute.

3. Pour in 1 cup of vinegar mixed with 1 cup of hot water. This is going to start pushing down the baking soda.

4. Cover the drain opening so as the mixture reacts, it thoroughly cleans out the drain instead of rising to the top and pouring out. Let this sit for 10 minutes

5. Finally, cleanse the drain with more boiling water. Test it out and make sure the drain is working properly.

Cup Plunger

1. Seal the overflow drain with a wet cloth or towel.

2. Place the cup plunger over the opening of the sink drain and make sure it creates suction

3. Lastly, with force, push up and down to create pressure down the drain. Continue to do this for about a minute.

4. Examine the drain and test it out to make sure the sink is draining properly. If not, continue the process until the sink is able to drain.

Wire Hanger

1. Use an old wire hanger and straighten it out as much as possible.

2. Create a small hook at one end. Make sure this is a smaller hook to be able to fit down the drain but big enough to grab as much grime and hair as possible.

3. Then use the hook to grab on to the gunk, pull it out and immediately throw in the trash.

4. Test it out by running hot water down the sink. If the problem persists, try the hanger again to see if there were any spots missed.

Cleaning the Gutters

Over time your gutters can become clogged with debris and leaves, so it’s important to clear them out to ensure the proper water path. Clogged gutters can create leaks or cause damage to your home’s siding. Here are a few tips to help you safely clean out the gutters:

1. Use a durable ladder and make sure its properly placed against the house. Make sure you are wearing thick gloves just in case there is anything sharp stuck in there.

2. You can use your hands (with gloves) to clear out the debris but it’s usally better to use a tool such as a trowel in case there are any sharp objects, mud and goop or just anything you don’t want to touch directly. Have a bag handy to put all the debris into.

3. After the gutters are cleaned out, be sure to check for any holes that can be causing leaks and also look for areas that may be sagging or torn to either fix the issue or to replace the gutters altogether.

Repairing a Running Toilet

Running toilets can be obnoxious and keep people up at night. However, the sound isn’t even the worst part. Your water bills will sky rocket because of this issue, so it’s important as a homeowner, to understand how to repair the problem quickly. According to Houselogic, most commonly, the issue is because of the flapper and you can check this theory out by dropping in some color dye into the top of the toilet tank and seeing if that color seeps into the toilet bowl. If you do see the color in the bowl, you should replace the flapper and the valve as well. However, there are several issues that can cause a running toilet, so there are a few other tricks you can try. If you have investigated the flapper and the issue persists, check out some other repair how to’s provided by Houselogic.

Installing Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills by keeping the air you want in and the other air out. This will keep your home at the perfect temperature so you’ll always feel comfortable no matter the weather outside. Weatherstripping the doors and windows can be simple but it’s important to do the project correctly. First, you need to choose the weatherstripping that will work best for your doors and windows, adhesive-style or nail-in style weatherstripping. According to Houselogic. Before installing any new weather stripping, start with a smooth, clean, and dry surface. Remove all old adhesive using an adhesive cleaner and perhaps a light sanding. Fill and sand old nail holes. If old screw holes can’t be reused, fill and sand those as well. Here are few tips, provided by Houselogic, to properly install weatherstripping:

1. Make sure you measure the areas where you are going to install the weatherstripping and cut the material to fit those openings.Cut rubber and vinyl varieties with shears or a utility knife, and metal types with tin snips. Be careful not to bend the thin metal while cutting it.

2. Start with a small area and test it out to make sure that the door or window is able to be opened or closed.

3. Make sure to face the opening of V-shaped weather stripping out toward the elements to prevent moisture from getting inside.

4. For adhesive-style weather stripping, remove the backing and press firmly in place. Removing the backing as you go helps prevent the sticky part of the strip from accidentally adhering to something it shouldn’t.

5. For Nail-in weather stripping, fasten the strips in place by nailing through the pre-punched holes. For double-hung windows, you’ll need to install the lower half, drop the sash, and then install the upper half.

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