Easy Home Repairs

  1. Squeaky hinges? 
    1. If you don’t have WD-40, for an easy substitute, you can use cooking spray. Just spray a little on the hinges of your cabinets or doors and you’re set. 
  2. Loose screws? 
    1. If you can’t manage to keep your screws in place, you can paint the screw with nail polish, and it will act like a glue to keep the screw in place. 
  3. Leaky washing machine?
    1. Check the water hoses connected to the back of the machine — the leak is most likely coming from a small crack in the rubber. If so, you’ll need to replace the faulty hose immediately, before a major break occurs. Turn off the water supply (so you won’t come home to a flood) and buy a new hose at a hardware store. To install it, unscrew and remove the old hose, then screw the new one in and tighten it with a wrench.
  4. Spots of mold on your walls?
    1. Remove the fungi with a mixture of 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of warm water. Scrub the area thoroughly, then rinse with clean water. When the spot is dry, repaint. (If the problem is widespread, consult an expert.)
  5.  Running toilet?
    1. Lift off the tank’s lid and take a look. If water is overflowing into the vertical tube, you’ll need to lower the water level in the tank. To do so, simply bend the arm on the float downward or, in newer models, squeeze the adjustment clips and slide the float down. If the water level isn’t the problem, add a little food coloring to the tank and wait about 20 minutes. A change in color in the toilet bowl means the flapper — a rubber diaphragm at the bottom of the tank — is leaking and needs to be replaced. Turn off the water supply behind the toilet and pop out the flapper with your hands. Take it to a hardware store and ask for a replacement. The new one should pop back in the same way.
  6. Cracks in your driveway?
    1. Remove loose debris and spray the area with a hose. Apply a crack filler designed for asphalt and let it dry thoroughly. If cracks are deep, fill them with sand, then use the filler for the last 1/4 inch.
  7. Have a dent in your wall?
    1. Wedge a wad of newspaper into the dent, leaving about a 1/4-inch gap between the paper and the rim of the hole. Use a putty knife to fill the gap with joint compound (available at any hardware store), then smooth it with the blade. Let the compound dry for 24 hours, then paint over the spot. (Depending on location and color, you may need to repaint the whole wall.) If the joint compound creates a slightly raised surface, rub it down with a fine-grain sandpaper.

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