Friday, July 18, 2014
The idea of do-it-yourself repairs may sound intimidating, but the most common fixes are simpler than you think. There are a number of regular repairs you can do on your own, with the tools you have at home. This will save you money, time and stress.
Here’s how to conquer three common household problems…
1. How to unclog a toilet
What you need: a toilet plunger or a toilet auger.
First, you need to know the difference between a sink and a toilet plunger. A toilet plunger has an added extension to make it easier to pull a clog out. Minor clogs can be cleared up with some water and several plunges. Major clogs may need a toilet auger, which is a wire-like tool that goes deep into the bowl of the loo. To remedy any major issues, run the end of the auger until it reaches the blockage and start cranking. A good enough grip with the auger should pull out the clog.
2. Unclogging the sink
What you need: hot water, a sink plunger, drain cleaner and drain snake.
Like unclogging a toilet, this can be done with a few expert plunges or even by using your hands. The first step would be to clear out any sink traps over the drain itself, then pour hot water into the drain to melt any potential grease. For stubborn blockages, use a drain cleaner. If the obstruction persists, use the drain snake to break up the closure.
3. Squeaky door
What you need: lubricating oil spray, long pliers and a hammer.
Spray lubricating oil on the hinges. If that doesn't work, oil the hinge pin or the pin that sits between the flat plates on the hinge. Remove the hinge pin by rotating it clockwise and counter clockwise using long pliers. Once it's out, give it a rub down with a cloth to remove the dust. If the pin is bent, you can correct it by hammering it down.