Jimmy The Renovator :
Repairs That Will Save You Money
Everyone enjoys the sense of satisfaction of a job well-done. Nowhere else is this more true than projects completed in your own home. Repairmen are expensive, but luckily there's many ways to prevent the need one. However, you must take care to not cause more damage while repairing minor flaws in your home.
The secret repairmen don't want homeowners to know is that almost everyone can become adept at do-it-yourself damage control. You can save substantial amounts of money by simply staying on top of your home maintenance. Fix that squeaky door, unclog the toilet, keep your wood floors in tip-top shape, and many other projects. I'll tell you how.
Squeaky Doors: This repair is as simple as removing the pins from the hinge one at a time, applying household oil to each one, then opening and shutting the door a few times after replacing them to work the lubrication through.
Brilliant Wood Floors: When it comes to wood flooring, preventing problems before they occur saves you both time and money.
· Get to Spills Quickly: Never let liquids sit on a wood floor, especially alcohol as it can eat through floor wax.
· Don't Let the Sun Shine Through: Sunlight can discolor wood flooring. Close the drapes or install sheers to let the light in while keeping the sun out.
· Planter Problems: Houseplants are a beautiful accent to any decor. They can also be damaging to your wood floors. Place a glazed ceramic or plastic coaster under plants, and check often to make sure rings aren't cropping up.
Restoring Resilience to Vinyl Floors: Take good care of this type of flooring and it will forgive you for just about anything.
· Stubborn Stains: By using a solution of 1 part ammonia to 10 parts water, and a plastic scouring sponge, most stains can be easily removed. Once the stain is gone, restore the shine with a bix of floor wax or polish.
· Black Heel Marks: Use a soft cloth to rub the mark with either silver polish or white appliance wax. Remove any excess with a soft, clean cloth.
Unclogging a Toilet: Before you begin, bail out any excess water if the bowl is more than half full.
· To stabilize the plunger, rub some petroleum jelly around the lip before use.
· Secure the plunger over the drain hole and pump rapidly 10 times. If the toilet remains clogged, wait one hour and try again.
· If plunging fails, move on to a toilet auger. Insert the bent end in to the drain hole, and turn the handle clockwise to move the auger through the drain and the obstruction. Slowly remove the auger while still turning the handle clockwise.
· If neither of these methods works, you will unfortunately have to contact a plumber.
Preventing Costly DIY Mistakes:
All thrifty homeowners like to fix as many things in their home as possible, but simple mistakes in the repair process can cost you three times as much if you must call in a professional. Here are some of the most common mistakes.
1. Cheap Tools or the Wrong Tools: When you plan on going the DIY route, invest in quality tools. It's likely you'll use them more than once, so it's a good investment to make.
2. Being a Little Too Thrifty on Materials: We all love a bargain, but know where to draw the line. Quarter-inch drywall may save you big bucks, but it's about as effective as a curtain when it comes to soundproofing. The same rings true for plywood. Go for a thicker piece for a stronger foundation. The moral of the story- Do it once, do it right.
3. Thinking a Little Knowledge is Sufficient: Too many people watch one home improvement show on TV, or borrow a book from the library and think they're ready to tackle any project. Don't rely on minimal knowledge, and don't start with big projects. Seek out the advice, and assistance, of someone skilled at the project you're working on. Also, consider taking a workshop offered by a home improvement store. They're often free or very low in cost.