DIY Tricks To Repairing Your Home
Let’s face it, not all of us can afford a brand-new spanken home! Sometimes we have older homes that need a little OR a lot of TLC (Tender Love and Care- not to be confused with the awesome singing group ‘TLC” in their prime during the 90’s!) I have a few common problems that homeowners want to fix but have NO idea on HOW to go about it… Until now! you’re welcome people!
Dang You Squeaky Floors! Not To Worry, There’s A Solution!
Well, you’ve lived long enough with those dang squeaky floors, my goodness, how is one suppose to be a quiet, sneaky super ninja in the house full of creaking and cracking?! Wouldn’t you like to fix this problem, so you can sneak up on a family member and scare the living crap out of them OR wouldn’t you like to keep your little munchkins sleeping and not wake up to the sound in the floor sounding like your house is going to fall from underneath you? It’s not a lot to ask!
So here’s what you do… put in new floors (only kidding!) Grab your wallet, speed to the store (watch out for the old lady crossing the street!) then enter the store and buy Talcum powder, if you don’t have a soft mallet and the store carries one, BUY IT! OR you can use towels and a regular hammer.
- Step One: generously sprinkle the talc on the annoying creaking parts of the floor. Walk throughout your home and get ALL the spots (except if you have teenagers that may be a little mischievous and want to sneak out, leave their room and pathway to the doors noisy and cracking!) It’s called keeping tabs on those teens…HA!
- Step Two: Get your soft mallet OR fold a towel and get your hammer… What you’re going to do is lightly pound on the squeaky areas to work the talc powder into the cracks.
- Step Three: vacuüm the excess powder… And now dance around because you’ve easily fixed your problem and can now be a professional Ninja/Scarer/Spy.
Clogged Drain? Well, That’s Too Bad! Here’s How To Fix It
Tis the morning, you wake up and slowly make you way to the bathroom. You want to throw some water on your face to start the day fresh and alert… You turn on the faucet and what the heck?! the water is NOT draining properly, you have a clogged sink… what do you do? You quickly leave knowing your spouse is going to wake up and they’ll have to deal with it (good thing you fixed those squeaky floors because you can actually get away with this.) No-No, that’s not right!
You grab a bucket, rubber gloves, and your adjustable pliers OR pipe wrench. You’re going to DIY this (you can do it!) but be aware it can get nasty, gross, and make you want to vomit-good thing there’s a bucket in front of you!
- Step One: put the bucket under the curve part of the pipe (the ‘U’ shaped part) Also known as the P-trap- if you want to get all technical!
- Step Two: Loosen the slip nuts on both ends of the P-trap (lefty loosey!) You can use your hands to loosen unless it’s too tight and that’s what the pliers/pipe wrench is for.
- Step Three: wiggle the P-trap free (careful now, it can get messy!) Pour what’s stuck in the P-trap into the bucket, and clean out the trap (with your rubber gloves on)
- Step Four: reattach the P-trap. Only use your hands to tighten the slip nuts because using a tool may tighten it too much and crack the pipe (then you’ve got bigger problems people!)
Tub Troubles: Replace That Worn-out Caulk
So you notice the caulk in your shower is starting to look gross, you’re sick of looking at the sore-eyed spot and want to fix it… Good for you! (this is easy people, I’ve done it a few times over the years of being a home owner) Go to the store, throw everything I’m about to list in your cart and head to the check out so you can go home, fix you r problem, and feel super accomplished and admire your work. Here’s what you’ll need: utility knife OR a plastic caulk-removal tool, all-purpose cleaner, painters the (if you’re a perfectionist!), a tube of silicone caulk, a caulk gun.
- Step One: take out the old caulk and throw that nasty stuff away (if you slice through the old stuff it loosens its seal and is easier to remove)
- Step Two: Take that all-purpose cleaner and clean the area thoroughly. Let it dry!
- Step Three: Apply the painters tape just below and above the caulk area to create an even professional look.
- Step Four: put the caulk tube into the caulk gun and use the utility knife to cut the tip of the tube. Hold the caulk gun at a 45 degree angle and start at one end of the tub and work your way slow and steady to the other end.
- Step Five: wet your finger and run it along the caulk to create a smooth seal. Peel off the tape while the caulk is still wet (this is important!) Then wait out the drying instructions before using the tub (you’ll find that information on the tube!) Makes your tub look as good as new, pat yourself on the back, job well done!
I was going to share more solutions to homeowner problems on this post, but I feel this is getting a little too long… So stay tuned (visit often!) so you don’t miss out on when I share more DIY home repairs… I’ll be sure to add a few more common problems and solutions for you amazing DIY fixers so you can enjoy your homes even more! There’s always something to fix…
Feel free to ask me to look up certain projects you need help with in your home in the comments section, that way I can share it for the next home repair post.
Take care readers
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photo 2: houzz.com
photo 3: forumsanandtech.com
photo 4: thisoldhouse.com