We all find ourselves stuck at home sometimes needing quick fixes to simple things and it’s always good to learn new ones before they happen! You may even surprise your neighbor by knowing ways they can fix easy tasks around their home.
No matter what, each homeowner always wants to know more ways to keep their home in tip-top perfect condition. Here are 5 of my favorite DIY home repair tricks:
Silence The Squeak Under Carpeted Floors
If you have a house with wooden floors under your carpet, then you know ALL about squeaky floor boards. Whether the wood underneath has started to warp or it just wasn’t tightened down properly when it was made, there are really easy ways to fix this with simple things you probably already have.
For this you’ll need a utility knife, trim head screws and a home electric drill. The best type of trim head screws are the ones with at least half an inch at the top that has no threads or the floor will not suck down tight.
Identify the area of flooring that squeaks and with a utility knife cut a small hole in the carpet for the screw to fit in. Begin to drill the screw down into the floor. As soon as the head is almost fully submerged, pull the carpet around the screw above the head and continue to drill the screw completely down into the floorboard. Check if the squeak is gone. There will be times where you may need to repeat these steps multiple times and it is best if you can hit a support beam below (although not always possible).
Fix That Door That Sticks
Years ago I learned that doors that stick usually have very easy solutions. Typically, when a door was put it, it didn’t stick and it was put there with the correct measurements. So this means that the door is likely not hanging properly. If it is a wooden door and it has warped, then this wont fix that as you will need to “plane” the door to make it smaller. Don’t read on if that’s you.
If your door is simply no longer hanging properly, close the door and pull up the pins that hold the door in place with a pliers. Take the door down and then tighten all of the screws. If you find certain screws no longer hold and are stripped, look at the screw size and look for a longer screw so that you can dig it deeper into the frame to give it a better hold.
If this doesn’t fix it and it seems the door isn’t straight, you may need to take the hinge off the wall and add a piece of cardboard behind the hinge to give either the bottom or top part a boost to straighten out the door. Straightening out a door can often be the line up it needs to no longer stick.
Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger
While this may seem like a pretty gross topic to discuss, we have all been there when you’re at a friends house, the toilet wont flush, and there isn’t a plunger available. Instead of leaving it there or having to risk the embarrassment of asking your friend if they have a plunger try these simple steps first!
First thing is to start running hot water in the sink. You’re going to want to use as hot of water as you can so let it run for a while to get it hot. Then grab any type of soap or shampoo and pour a generous amount into the clogged toilet (if you see dish soap then that’s the best!). Hopefully the water has slowly started to go down in the toilet bowl by this point. Grab a bucket or any container and fill it with hot water and pour it into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for a while with the hot water in it until the water level lowers.
Try to flush again and if it doesn’t go down, repeat these steps again. If necessary use the toilet brush and put a plastic bag around it or if you see a wire hanger to push some of the debris down. If after trying these multiple times and it still hasn’t worked, it’s time to tough it up and tell your friend you need a plunger.
Fix That Wobbly Chair Or Table
If you have an old table or chair that seems to wobble a bit more than you’re comfortable with or the table has started to lean a bit, there’s a simple way for you to fix this without any extra wood pieces. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of glue.
You’ll need wood glue, sandpaper, small 1 inch screws, a drill and a small chisel (a flat head screwdriver works too!). Begin by pulling each of the legs of the table/chair off. Separate all pieces and mark them so you know where they go after. Then take your chisel and chip off all of the wood glue that was there. You’ll need to make sure you get most all of it off so that it will fit properly back into the hole you pulled it from.
Once most of the glue is gone, take your sandpaper to each of the holes and legs. This will make sure that the rest of the glue is gone and it will create a rough surface for the legs to stick again into the holes. Creating a tight bond will make sure it no longer is wobbly.
Clean the holes off and add generous amounts of wood glue back into the holes. Push each piece back down and use a hammer to ensure it’s fully pushed in. Wipe any excess glue off. You’ll want to make sure it is standing up in the position it is supposed to be in so it glues down in the perfect position. You may need rope or other objects to hold it up in place while the glue is drying.
If it still is a bit wobbly in some areas, you can drive a small finishing screw into the inside connection area of the leg/hole to secure it more. You can also do this while the wood glue is still wet so it fastens some glue into the screw hole.
How To Stop A Squeaky Door Hinge
While most of us consider this to be common knowledge, I have found myself quite surprised with how many people do not know the magical powers of WD40!
Simply purchase a can of WD40 from any hardware store and spray it directly on to the door hinge. You may want to hold a rag underneath the hinge as much of it will spray around the area and drip down. If after applying to all hinges it still squeaks you may need to pull the metal pin up with a pliers on each hinge and apply some directly to the pin.
Bonus Tip: How To Check Car Battery Using A Multimeter
I do have one extra bit of information for you in case you wake up in the morning and find your car won’t start. Check if it’s your battery easily and safely by using a multimeter device. If you don’t have one yet, it’s an affordable and really useful device to keep around the house.
Open the hood of your car and locate the battery. Turn your multimeter device to 20V (or above 15V at least). Put the red connector to the red knob of the battery and the black connector to the black knob of the battery. Make sure your fingers are NOT touching the metal prong but rather holding the plastic/rubber handles.
If your multimeter device says around 12 volts, then your battery is working fine and you’ll be on to the next step to find out if it’s a fuse or wiring, etc.
Hope you enjoyed some of my simple DIY tips. I’ll be sure to post more in the coming weeks for you. If you have any questions about these or have any favorite tips of your own, feel free to comment below.