To own a home is everyone’s dream but it comes with a lot of responsibilities rather than just relaxing weekends and peaceful evenings. It’s a constant commitment to keep your private sanctuary safe and organised. While occasional fixes are part of the bargain, even a dedicated DIY individual requires an expert for most home repairs.
But, there’re few things that every homeowner MUST know to fix instead of running for a professional. So roll up those sleeves, pick up the tools and begin making some quick general repairs but, go through the details below just to make sure you’re moving on the right track.
1. Paint job like a pro
Whether it’s painting a whole room or just covering a small nail hole; know how to do it like an expert. This is important if you haven’t owned a home for quite a while as appropriate colour increase the home value as well as add some style and flair to the living space. Imagine a room or particular corner of the home showing off irregular roller marks, sloppy paint job, spatter, cracks and peels; not only you but anyone entering the space would feel uncomfortable.
Remove jutted fixtures and hardware that might get in the way as you paint. Also pull down the curtain rod, door hinges and switch-plates before you paint just to ensure a smooth and even coat. While its important chipping off old paint before applying a fresh coat, you can simply clean or wash in case repainting. Apply a primer on scraped areas but if they’re large, consider primer incorporated paint and save yourself from an additional step.
2. Treating the doors
Doors; either big or small need occasional repair and maintenance for the removal of squeaks and sticking! While wooden interior doors are safer as compared to those on the outside, they’re still subjected to seasonal climate change. Humidity may swell and crack the wood if there isn’t much room between the door and frame. Inspect the doors and make sure there aren’t any loose hinges, screws or deterioration.
To even out the door, you’ll need a special carpenter’s tool; basically a plane to scrape a fraction of the wood from the edge. Draw a line along the door; right at the spot where it hits the lintel or jam and if it’s at the top-side of end of the handle, you can easily smooth without clearing off the hinges. Just be extra careful when making a cut to avoid splinter or veneer and if nails are jutting from the edge, hammer them first before smoothing out and paint.
Binding or sticking the doors may put extra pressure on the hinges and cause squeaks whereas oxidation of the wood is another reason. Lubrication is a simple solution and if you actually do it properly, it may go a long way. Just in case the squeaking persists, try cleaning the hinge pins by scouring a bit using a steel wool.
3. Caulk application
The rubbery stuff between the shower, sink, wall, floor, toilet’s outer rim and bathtub is referred to as caulk. It’s actually a seal to prevent moisture accumulation and once applied, would glue itself for a long time so you can easily do it yourself. However, caulk tarnishes and deteriorates which leaves your home vulnerable to mould and mildew.
Installing a new caulk and removing the residue is another part of general home repairs. It’s important eliminating residue from the previous caulk otherwise the new one would fail to stick. Use a razor sharp scraper but be very careful as it may cut your hand. Once removed, clean the area with paint thinner and allow it to dry completely before installing a new one.
You may work with a caulking gun or standard tube but it takes time to handle it properly. Start by practicing on a piece of plywood and be sure to bring extra caulks as they’re inexpensive. Cut a cone-shape tip large enough to accommodate widest of the gap.
4. Faucet washer repair
To fix a leaky faucet is one the most common home repairs in all. May sound insignificant but Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated an average home wastes more or less 11,000 gallons water every year only with assorted leaks and drips. Fixing doesn’t require being an expert but you may proceed being a little bit familiar.
Begin by shutting the water supply of the entire house and if you’ve compression-type faucet, working on them would be much easier. In case you aren’t familiar with the type of spouts, check the manufacturer’s guidelines and extract the information about replacement parts. Proceed with the following easy steps when replacing a compression-type faucet;
– Unscrew the handle and remove it. Screw is likely to be found under the designed metal or plastic cap.
– Remove the packing nut and here you’ll need pliers as well as some strength to remove without breaking it.
– Take out the washer and the screw holding it. Carefully examine the unit before replacement as you may end up fixing the wrong size that may further aggravate the leaky issue.
– Simply install the new one and make sure it fits perfectly.
The above DIY home repairs are most common and you should know how to do these. In the end I’d like to add a word for downtown apartments section of one property consultancy firm for its valuable insights & facts on the topic.