5 More Home Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Home Remodeling

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A few months ago, we wrote a blog titled “5 Home Repairs You Can Do Yourself,” and got some pretty great feedback, so we thought we’d write another with even more home repairs that you can do yourself.

Cracked/Broken Tiles

Floor tiles can crack because of wear and tear or because of something heavy being dropped on them. If you have just one or two broken floor tiles, you’re in luck – they’re easily replaceable. Simply chisel out the grout from around the edges of the broken tiles and remove them. (You can drill a few holes into the tile to help break it up, if needed.) Scrape off the old adhesive and apply new adhesive to the back of your new tiles. Position your tiles, then press down firmly to form a bond. After the adhesive dries, you can grout your new tiles.

Clogged Drain

Whether it’s in your kitchen or bathroom, at one point or another, you’re probably going to experience a clogged drain. There are several ways to unclog a drain (and our bath solutions experts recommend staying away from chemical cleaners). Try mixing 1/3 cup vinegar with 1/3 cup baking soda. Once it starts to fizz, pour it down the drain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, flush with hot water. Or cut off the top of a wire hanger and straighten it out, making a hook at the end. Use the hanger to grab and pull whatever’s clogging your drain, then rinse it with hot water. You can also resort to a sturdy flat plunger.

Torn/Peeling Wallpaper

Fixing torn or peeling wallpaper only requires adhesive, a small brush, and a steady hand. Carefully peel back the damaged wallpaper and apply a thin layer of adhesive with a small brush. Place the wallpaper in its original spot and use a damp sponge to smooth it back into place and let it dry thoroughly.

Broken Light Switch

There’s always a danger involved in trying to fix electrical issues, but fixing a broken light switch is pretty simple. First, turn off the breaker that powers that light switch. Then, unscrew the two surface plate screws, then the two screws on the mounting piece underneath. Then, remove the wires from the back of the switch, paying attention to where each wire is. Plug the wires into the new switch in the same pattern, making sure to establish the ground wire. Then, reattach the switch to the mounting piece and replace the surface plate.

Old Faucet

If your faucet has seen its days and it’s time to replace it with a new one, start by turning off the water supply. Then, disconnect the water supply lines from under the faucet. Disconnect the lift rod from the faucet and remove the nuts. Remove the p-trap and disconnect the drain from the sink. After that, follow the instructions for installing the new faucet. Attach the new drain and drain rod, then reconnect the water supply lines.

Just remember – some major home repairs are best left up to the experts. Call the professionals at P.J. Fitzpatrick today!

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