Home repairs can quickly become very costly. First, one thing needs to be fixed, which leads to another and before you know it you’re breaking the bank with home repair costs. Admittedly, some home repairs such as electrical work and foundation fixes should be left in the hands of a skilled professional. On the other hand, there are several simple home repairs that can be done without hiring a professional.
Be that as it may, not all repairs are easy, and some can still be costly even without a contractor’s bill. The parts alone can be pricey depending on what you are fixing. Don’t let that discourage you! Here are five, ten-minute home repair tips and tricks that will leave you feeling like a DIY pro:
1. Fix That Rickety Chair
You might think this one is simple and doesn’t need to be explained. You take it apart, re-glue the wood, and you’re finished. However, there is an even easier way to fix that old rickety chair in a matter of minutes. No disassembling the chair and waiting for the glue to dry. All you need is a drill and some trim-head screws. Take your drill and drive the screws into the bottom rung from the outer leg of the chair. This will stabilize your rickety chair in a matter of minutes!
2. Fix a Water Shutoff Valve
If you don’t hire an experienced plumber for your next water problem and plan on repairing it yourself, it’s imperative to know that you need to shut off the water valve prior to starting your repair. If, for some reason, you try to turn the water valve off, and it doesn’t turn off, you’ll need to replace the valve. Replacing the valve will require a quick trip to the hardware store for a new valve. Be sure to remove the old water valve and take it with you. You won’t want to purchase the wrong one and have to go back and exchange it. Now all you need to do is clean out the area where the water valve goes. There may be built up gunk or grit preventing the valve from working properly. Clean it out with a washcloth soaked in warm soapy water. Once the valve area is clean, replace the water valve and begin your plumbing project.
3. Fix a Loose Showerhead or Pipe
Does your shower head wobble when you adjust its position? You can fix it in a matter of minutes with a little bit of expanding foam. You can find this at your local hardware store and in the hardware aisle at your local grocery store. This method works great on shower heads and other wobbly pipes. Most applications are relatively similar. Simply apply a few squirts of the foam and let it set. The foam will harden and lock the pipe in place. Always read the directions and warning on the label.
4. Fix Those Unruly Cabinet Doors
You’ve all been there. You shut the cabinet door, and it pops right back open. It is a very annoying yet a very easy fix. All you need to buy is a magnetic door catch. These are sold at your local hardware, grocery or department store. There are several kinds of door catch styles. Roller styles will work, but the magnetic ones are a lot easier to work with and line up. All you have to do is attach the two pieces of the magnetic door catch with a screw. One piece will be screwed into the door, and the other will be screwed into the cabinet frame. Now your unruly cabinet doors will shut properly and stay shut!
5. Fix a Seam in Your Wallpaper
Wallpaper was very popular at one time, it lasts longer than painting and is easy to install. However, if you have wallpaper in your home, it’s probably very old and may need to be removed and replaced. If you’re lucky and your wallpaper looks great, aside from a few loose seams, all you need to do is fix the seams. You can do this in under ten minutes, depending on how many seams you have to fix.
The back side of wallpaper is made up of a durable paste. This paste can deactivate over time and cause the seams to come apart. All you need to do is reactivate the paste at the loose seams. Do this by applying warm water. The best way is to use a washcloth soaked in warm water. Remove the washcloth and ring out any excess water. You don’t want to apply too much water. Place the washcloth onto the loose seam for at least two minutes. It’s kind of like applying a temporary tattoo; if you don’t hold it on for the right amount of time, it won’t turn out right. Now just apply a little bit of seam sealer to the back side of the wallpaper. Press the wallpaper back to the wall, making sure that it is even and free of air bubbles. Using a roller can come in handy during this step. If you don’t have a roller on hand, you can use a credit card or other hard, plastic card to smooth out the area. Now you need to clean off any excess sealer. Do this with a soft, damp sponge.