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6 Easy DIY Home Repair Projects You Could This Weekend

February 24, 2021

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6 Easy DIY Home Repair Projects You Could This Weekend

Calling your local maintenance guy in times of home repair is the easiest way out. You find an issue, call them up, they pay you a visit, solve the issue, and leave with pockets full. But have you ever wondered what if you could fix that problem? What if it was a DIY home repair chore, and you paid the maintenance guy for nothing?

Many of us feel the same when the job is done, and it gets time to pay the bill. And often, it is not about the money we pay the home repair service provider. It could be the repair was so easy that you could have done it, only if you had tried a little.

In this post, I will share some easy home repair tasks you could do yourself and save your hard-earned cash.

DIY Home Repair Jobs

Fixing a Leaking Pipe

Do you hear water dropping under your kitchen sink? It could be relatively easy to fix.

Some significant reasons for this leakage could include; loose connections, blockage, or corrosion. These issues are relatively easier to identify and fix. All you need to do is get under the sink and look for the problem.

If you see a loose connection, tighten them using your tools. If there is still leakage, the drain pipes might need cleaning. Clean them by losing the connections and unclogging the pipes. And if the leakage still does not stop, you might have to change the pipe.

The average cost saved here could range between $58-$390.

Unclogging Garbage Disposal

This type of blockage may be due to the following reasons:

  • Objects stuck into the disposal.
  • Throwing garbage rapidly.
  • Failing to drain pipes by not running enough water.

To get them fixed, follow these steps:

  • Switch off the electric power.
  • Look into the drain using a flashlight.
  • If something is blocking the drain, use pliers to reach the object and remove it.
  • Wait for 15 minutes until the drain is cooled.
  • Switch on the electric power to see if the drain is cleared.

Experts further suggest throwing half a lemon in the disposal and run the unit for a few minutes. That will not only remove the residue but will also deodorize it. Repeat this technique every few months.

The average cost saved here is somewhere between $70-$400.

Replacing a Faucet

A bathroom or kitchen faucet is easy to change and comes with a handful of instructions with the new piece.

To start replacing the faucet, follow these steps:

Removing the old faucet

  • Turn off the water supply
  • Disconnect the supply lines and lift rod
  • Take out the old faucet

Installing the new faucet

  • Put the gasket on first
  • Insert the faucet through the holes on the sink and tighten the nuts
  • Connect the supply lines to faucet shanks
  • Connect the other ends of the supply lines to the water valves.

The average cost saved here is somewhere between $158 and $342.

Fixing Your Running Toilet

You may find it tough to fix a running toilet, but it is easy to fix and a DIY home repair task.

If you hear constant water-dropping noise from the flush tank, it means that the tank is never getting filled. To get it fixed, you just need two tools (1) pliers and (2) screwdrivers.

Running water could be caused due to any of the three possible reasons:

  • Your tank does not know when to stop filling up, even when it is full.
  • The flapper at the bottom of the tank is not shutting.
  • The fill valve might need a replacement.

All these problems are unchallenging to fix and solve.

Open up the tank and follow the steps to resolve the running toilet issue:

  • If the problem is due to the overflow tube, you just need to adjust the adjustment screw.
  • If the problem lies with the flapper, you need to replace it.
  • And if it is due to the fill valve, change it with a new one.

The whole process seems daunting at first glimpse. But it is a lot easier and saves you some good cash.

The average cost saved here ranges between $142 and $319.

Paint Your Bedroom

We all have seen people painting their rooms. It seems quite exciting to do this task on your own.

Before start painting, get a list of what you will be needing to paint a room:

Make a plan: do all walls of the room require a similar colour pattern or what?

Choose a colour: choose the colour that best matches your furniture.

Tools and equipment:

  • Paint
  • Paint roller
  • Paint roller extension pole
  • Drop cloths
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint tray
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Rags
  • Putty knife

Steps to paint the walls

Preparing your walls and room

Move out everything from the room or place them at the centre of the room and cover everything with a sizeable plastic sheet. Do not forget to cover the floor, or you would be cleaning the entire room.

Now protect the corners, base and crown mouldings, and door and window casings using painter's tape.

Start painting the walls

Once you have the mixture ready, it is time to start painting from the walls. Start with edges first. Use a paintbrush to paint 2-3 inches from the wall. That will give you more convenience in painting the centre of the wall. Once you are done with the edges, you can easily paint the rest of the wall using the paint roller.

After the paint is done, apply sandpaper with light force to remove little bumps.

The average cost to paint a bedroom is $2 to $6 per square foot.

Squeaky Doors

Are you tired of the noise your door is making? Let us get it fixed!

The noise coming from the door is mostly because of old or dried-up hinges. Applying some lubricants will do most of the job. Apply silicone spray on the hinges and let lubricant sit in.

If you do not have silicon spray, you could also apply olive oil or petroleum jelly.

Sometimes the noise could be because of loosening screws of some hinges. Tighten them up, and your issue will be resolved.

The average cost saved here lies between $4.38 and $20.22.

Final Verdict

Like these 5 DIY home repairs, there are some more jobs that you could do on your own. And save some dollars. While there are many problems to fix where you would have to reach out to some home repair service provider.

So, plan a day to identify the issues you could easily DIY and fix this weekend.