Whether they’re window repairs, door repairs, siding repairs, or another type of repair, the experts at P.J. Fitzpatrick get a lot of request for home fixes. However, some of them are things that you can do yourself with a little time and some tools. These include:
Toilet That Constantly Runs
This is usually a sign of a brittle or deformed flapper valve that needs replaced. You can find a new one for a few dollars at your local home improvement store. First, turn off the water to the toilet and flush it afterwards to get rid of the water in it. Then, unhinge the chain from the toilet rod and pull the flapper valve off. Put the new flapper in its place and reconnect the chain. Then, turn the water back on and test it out.
Jammed Garbage Disposal
It can be a little intimidating when your garbage disposal jams, but it’s something you can usually fix with pliers and an Allen wrench. First turn off the power to the disposal. Then, place an Allen wrench in the center hole on the bottom of the unit and turn to move the flywheel. This should loosen whatever is jammed inside. After that, you can use a pair of pliers to loosen other debris or pull out whatever is jamming the disposal.
If your home is old, you may have a few incidents of cracked or deteriorated caulk, which can lead to water leaks (and eventual mold damage). To fix it, all you have to do is remove the old caulk, which is most easily done with a softener you can find at your local home improvement store. After that, apply paint thinner to the area to remove any residue and let dry completely. Then, cut the tip off of a new tube of caulk and apply a smooth, even line over the area.
When a toilet gets clogged, it’s usually minor enough for you to be able to unclog. Get your hands on a toilet plunger, which is a bell shape (as opposed to a sink plunger, which is flat). Fill the toilet with enough water to submerge the head of the plunger and thrust downward until the water flows freely. If you’ve tried multiple times and the toilet is still clogged, get a toilet auger and run the end of it into the toilet. When you reach the clog, turn the crank, grip the clog, and pull it out.
Patching a Drywall Hole
Most holes can be fixed pretty easily with a few tools: putty knife, spackle, drywall, electric drill, wood board, and screws. If your holes are small (like from nails or screws), simply clean off the area, then fill with some putty. After it dries, sand it down so it’s flush with the wall.
For larger holes, cut a square around the hole and remove the surrounding drywall. Place a wood board inside the wall and screw it to the existing drywall to make a brace for the new drywall. Then, cut a new piece of drywall the same size as the opening and place it against the wood board (glue the two together with some adhesive). After that, screw the drywall to the board and spread a layer of spackle over the entire area, including the seams. Once it’s dry, add another layer, then sand down so it’s flush with the wall.