When problems arise in your home, or you see things that you’d like to make an upgrade to, you may be inclined to reach for the phone book right away. While there are certain home repairs that call for a professional, there are other things which can be easily solved yourself.
With enough patience and dedication, you can beat the learning curve of DIY home repairs and do it without the help of anyone for a fraction of the price.
Here are some of the easiest things you can do yourself without having to call anyone to help.
A Clogged Sink
All it takes is one earring falling down the drain or a large amount of hair to wreak havoc on your sink. When it starts to overflow, and there’s no chance it’s going to drain yourself, you may start looking for plumbers in the phone book.
However, a plumber is going to put you out at least $100 just for coming to your house. In reality, a clogged sink is pretty easy to fix yourself with the right tools and patience.
You’ll need to grab a plunger and start trying to clear the blocker through the pressure that the plunger creates. Once you’ve noticed that the obstruction has passed, then run hot water down the sink. If it still hasn’t been cleared, locate the U shaped pipe under the sink and open it ensuring that there’s a bucket below. All of the dirty water should exit, and your clog should be cleared.If none of this works and you believe you’ve made a mess, it’s time to contact one of the local plumbers who may be able to help.
Although carpets are a soft alternative to wooden floors and considerably cheaper, over time they can quickly start to accumulate stains.
Rather than assuming it’s time to replace your floors altogether, opt for shampooing your carpets. You can usually rent the equipment at a local hardware or grocery store.
Rather than painting over wall cracks, consider filling them yourself. All it takes is some plaster, sandpaper, and a few other easily obtained items to get started.
A simple Google search will teach you how to fill the crack effectively without having to call on an overpriced professional to do it for you.
A lot of people are afraid to hang their curtains themselves since it requires drilling and carefully positioning the rods in a high area.
However, don’t panic. Replacing your curtains doesn’t have to be something only a rocket scientist could do. Just be sure to measure the distance from the top of the window to the floor so that you know they won’t be too long or short in the place you’ve positioned them.
If you don’t want to bother with a drill, there are retractable spring rod options which can be glued to your wall.