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10 Home Repair Tips and Tricks

10 home repair tips and tricks

We often agonize over choosing where to live and how our homes are going to look like. When my husband and I decided to get a place of our own, one of our biggest problems was agreeing on what kind of house we wanted. Little did we know, this was just the easy part!

Keeping our home clean and well-maintained was the real challenge. This is why I finally decided to read up and arm myself with these common 10 home repair tips and tricks! And you should too. You’ll sleep soundly every night knowing your home is well taken care of.

10 home repair tips and tricks

1. Repair Wobbly Chairs and Tables

One of the most annoying problems any homeowner could have is wobbly furniture. So to begin this list of common home repairs, here’s a simple remedy for unsteady chairs and tables. Simply take them apart (and label them, so you could put them back easily), and use a chisel to remove any excess glue or wood on the joining parts. Once the “joints” of the chairs and tables are clean, re-apply some glue, and put the parts together. Hold them all with a rope until the glue dries. Easy tip and trick! 

2. Repair Water Leaks

None of us really know the reason why, but sometimes our homes just seem to have so many leaks all at the same time! The solution to this is simple: install a water shut off valve. Before you get started, turn off the main water supply to your house and plan where you’ll place the shut-off valve. Once you’ve decided, just clean the insides of the copper pipe and attach the shut-off valve. This guide has all the details you have to be wary of.

3. Clear Your Mirrors

Ditch the expensive moisturizer because you’re not aging faster than you think. All you need are some common home repairs to see yourself clearly again in the mirror! Here are 4 solutions for cleaning or concealing black spots on your mirror. My favorite is taping aluminum foil to the back of the mirror.

4. Tip For Smooth Sliding Drawers

Common home repairs often rely on a secret trick, and for this one, you’ll never guess what it is. To have your drawers sliding smoothly again, all you need to do is rub a stick of old candle against the bottom of the drawer where it touches the dresser. Do the same for the dresser itself, and you’ll be getting stuff in and out of your drawer without any difficulty.Simply take them apart (and label them, so you could put them back easily), and use a chisel to remove any excess glue or wood on the joining parts. Once the “joints” of the chairs and tables are clean, re-apply some glue, and put the parts together. Hold them all with a rope until the glue dries. Easy!

5. Sticky Door No More

If you have claustrophobic tendencies, you might want to take note of this common home repair. Sometimes, doors getting stuck really scare me more than they bother me, so I followed this simple trick. Cut a piece of thin cardboard in the size of your door shims, and insert it between the actual door shim and your door hinge.

Screw the parts back and voila! Problem solved. Simply take them apart (and label them, so you could put them back easily), and use a chisel to remove any excess glue or wood on the joining parts. Once the “joints” of the chairs and tables are clean, re-apply some glue, and put the parts together. Hold them all with a rope until the glue dries. Easy do-it-yourself home repair!

6. Getting Rid Of Bathroom Mold

Common home repairs are here to address the problem that’s all bothered us at least once in our lives: mold. This guide has 3 tips for getting rid of bathroom mold. Why not begin with the simplest one? Because humidity is often the reason fungi start to grow, simply open a window after a shower to dry out the moisture in the air!Simply take them apart (and label them, so you could put them back easily), and use a chisel to remove any excess glue or wood on the joining parts. Once the “joints” of the chairs and tables are clean, re-apply some glue, and put the parts together. Hold them all with a rope until the glue dries. Easy!

7. Stop Toilet Bowl From Leaking

Too many rookie mistakes have been made in fixing a leaking toilet bowl, so here’s a guide on how to get it right once and for all. The best part?  This quite complicated process costs only 9 dollars.  

8. Fix Stripped Screw Holes

Sometimes a house reveals little quirks only after you’ve lived in them for years. I was surprised to find stripped screw holes in a part of the house one afternoon, so I decided to fix the problem with a toothpick. Yes, just insert a toothpick to fill the hole and screw whatever it is you need to screw onto it. This prevents the hole from creating more cracks when taking in more screwing!

9. Fix Screen Door Closer

Having a screen door at the house has many benefits, but can sometimes require common home repairs. If the problem is just tension, just loosen up or tighten the tension adjustment screw at the end of the closer. If you must attach an entirely new screen door closer, this tutorial also has the right way of putting the closer so you’ll never have to worry about your screen door again!

10. Fix Leaking Copper Pipes

This common home repair sounds hard, but fixing a leaking copper pipe is pretty easy. Just cut out the part of the pipe that’s leaking, and replace it with a clean one to which a SharkBite (the secret) is attached. Simple and efficient!

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