Sooner or later, owning a home comes with necessary maintenance. Sometimes you will need to hire a professional. But many smaller repairs can be easily fixed yourself. So, relax. Lisa Kaplan Gordon of Houselogic has put together a great guide that shows how to make short work of seven very common repair annoyances from a leaky toilet to a sticky window. Watch quick videos on these top maintenance issues:
1. Fix a leaky toilet. Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect — and solve other likely problems. Fixing a dripping faucet is a repair you can also tackle on your own. Just don’t forget to turn off the water supply before you get started.
2. Repair drywall holes. The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.
3. Adjust cabinet doors. Changes in humidity can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver.
4. Open a stuck window. Windows stick when paint, dust, or moisture builds. Use a utility knife (or a pizza cutter) to remove old paint. Be careful not to gouge the wood sash. If high humidity is making windows hard to move, run a humidifier that sucks moisture out of air.
5. Stop a leaking faucet. A dripping faucet can waste 5 gallons of water per day. If you can’t replace the faulty part immediately, tie a string around the faucet and let it fall into the drain: Dripping water will silently flow down the string.
6) Silence door squeaks. Take the squeak out of doors by lubricating top and bottom hinges with a little WD-40 or white lithium grease. If you don’t have any on hand, olive oil is a quick but temporary fix.
7) Turn off the main water line. Don’t wait until water gushes into your house to search for the main water line. When things are calm and dry, locate and practice turning it on and off.
See the guide, watch the videos, and read more at: http://www.houselogic.com/blog/preventative-home-maintenance/home-maintenance-101-things-every-home-owner-should-know/#ixzz3ZBDFzVJH