House Repair Essentials

Knowing basic house repairs can spare you from a headache and spending money on the handyman. If you know how to fix simple stuff like a squeaky door or a clogged toilet, it also saves you time from waiting for help to arrive. Some of the most common repair problems can be fixed in just a few simple steps. 

Doors 

The most common door problem is the noise it produced when it is being opened or closed. It sounds spooky, especially when you’re alone in the house watching horror flicks. You really don’t have to torture yourself hearing that squeaky sound. Most of the time, the sound is produced by rusty hinges. If this is the case, you will need petroleum oil that can penetrate through all gaps of the hinges.  Apply a few drops first, open and close the door to detect where you need to put more lubes. Put more lubes until the noise is gone. 

If the problem still persists, try cleaning the hinge pins. To do this, put a shim under the door then remove the pins one at a time. Scrub the pins with a scorching pad. Apply some lubes before putting it back. 

Caulk 

Caulk is like a rubber bead that you put in adjoining spaces between the floors and the walls and between the toilet’s outer rim and the floor. It protects the floors and the walls from moisture. Some caulk attaches itself to its host surface, which makes replacing it an easier task. However, the hardest part of installing a caulk is scouring the residue left by the old stuff. You need to remove the old caulk completely so that the new one will stick to the surface.  

Remove the old caulk using a putty knife. Once removed, apply paint thinner in the area and let it dry.  You can now start putting the new caulk in place with the aid of a caulking gun. If you don’t know how to use a caulking gun, you can buy caulk strips in the market that you simply unroll and put in place. 

Toilet 

The main problem in the bathroom area is a clogged toilet.  It is very frustrating especially if you really need it right away. The first thing that you need to do is investigate whether there is really something that prevents the pressure of water from flushing down. With sturdy gloves, try to fish out any solid object at the base of the toilet. If the toilet is full of water, remove some first then pour more water. The added pressure can dislodge the blockage. If this will not work, you can use a plunger to clear the toilet.