While a house doesn’t come with an owner’s manual, there are several
things you can do to stay on top of, and ahead of, your home. Knowing
how to handle small maintenance fixes will save you stress and money.
Save your dollars for when it’s really time to call in a professional.
In order to feel confident handling simple maintenance tasks, read
through the following tips and tricks.:
1. Open the garage door when the power is out. Need
to leave the house in a power outage? Pull on that red cord dangling
from the ceiling-mounted operator. This disengages the chain drive,
allowing you to manually slide the door up its track.
2. Remove the base of a broken light bulb. Accidentally
break a light bulb while it’s still screwed into your lamp? No need to
panic, as long as you have a potato in the pantry. Take a raw potato,
cut it in half, and press the sliced end onto the jagged glass. Then,
simply unscrew. This is also a great party trick.
3. Learn how to locate a stud. Trying to hang a
heavy mirror? Nothing is worse than ripping a hole in your drywall. Many
people know how to rap on walls to locate a stud. But there is a
systematical approach, as well. The majority of studs are placed at
16-inch intervals, so once you knuckle one out, you can usually find the
4. Remedy a seized lock. Can’t jiggle your keys in
the door any longer? Don’t worry – your spouse didn’t change the locks.
Chances are, your lock is seized. Instead of calling a locksmith who
will hand you a hefty bill, head to the drug store and arm yourself with
WD-40. Spray some into the lock to get the gears moving again.
5. Unclog a sink. No, not with a chemical pour,
which really only burns a hole in the blockage. To really clear out a
block, you need to clear out the mechanism. To do so, remove the stopper
and block off overflow holes. Then, run water into the sink and as the
water runs, plunge the hole with a plunger. Not enough? Get yourself a
hand snake and push the coil down the drain to clear out the block.
It’s important to remember that you can only DIY so often. Know when
it’s time to bring in the professionals – anything involving electricity
or wiring is usually a good time for the real deal.
Author:Marilyn Cortez Phone: 956-587-1633 Dated: December 4th 2014 Views: 439 About Marilyn: Always ahead of the highly competitive RGV real estate market, Marilyn Cortez is a Spanish speaking ...
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