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23 Nov

Be Your Own Handyman

Posted in Repairs & Solutions on 23.11.15

The world is made up of two types of people- those who do home repairs on their own, and those who call the handyman, as soon as something goes wrong. While it is always good to get a professional to come and do some of the major repairs around the house, certain small repairs and fixes can easily be done by yourself, if you have the right know how.

When you realise that some work needs to be done on your house, you need to first consider whether it is a big enough job, to call in someone else. Tasks like roof painting or replacing your entire pantry, may need professional help and you will have to make that call, since such tasks will require certain level of skill as well as be dangerous.

You may also not have the right resources with you to complete tasks such as roof painting, so you will have to definitely get some professional help. However if it is small tasks, such as the ones mentioned below, you may be able to do it in your own, by using the following tips.

Fixing a Leak

Leaky faucets are a common problem in most households, and are generally caused by worn out washers. You can fix this problem by simply replacing the washer with a new one or you can even replace your entire p-trap. Remember to turn off the water supply before you start.

Opening Stuck Windows

If you have not opened a certain window in your house and it has now become impossible to open, you can use some paraffin or any other store bought spray lubricant, along with a sharp butter knife and pry it open. In order to avoid repetition of the same problem, make sure you regularly clean the window track.

Unclogging the Toilet

This may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but doing it yourself means you can avoid wasting money on professional plumbers. Make sure you use a toilet plunger and not a sink plunger, and that the entire suction cup is covered by water. If there is not enough water, pour some in, and then start giving some good downward thrusts, repeatedly. If a plunger doesn’t work, you may need to get an auger. An auger is pushed down from the toilet bowl into the pipes and then the crank at the end is turned to free whatever is blocking the toilet. 

Cleaning the Tub

If your tub and other bathroom fixtures are starting to look stained, then you can use a simple home remedy to fix it. Make a paste out of cream of tartar, baking soda and lemon juice, and rub it into the stain. After leaving it on for an hour, you can rinse it off and have a brand new looking tub.


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