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New House Fix: Tricks for Five of the Most Common Home Repairs

Moving into a new home is an exciting experience, and it can be easy to get lost in all the luxuries it provides. However, part of the deal is keeping everything functional and operating properly for you to continue to enjoy your home. Although many things may take a handyman if a serious problem arises, these five things are issues you should know how to fix yourself.

Fixing Doors
Doors are all over your house, and they're usually something most of us don't think about until there's a problem. Doors can become squeaky and swell and shrink with the changing seasons. If any of these things have happened to your doors, not to worry. Squeaky doors can be fixed by replacing the hinges, or applying lubricant to the problem area. If your door swells up, you may want to plane the edges. Just be careful not to plane it too much. Otherwise, you may have a door that's too small when the season changes.

Painting
Painting seems like a straightforward process, but all too often homeowners do a sloppy job. Learning how to apply paint onto walls, trim, doors, and ceilings is a great skill to have. Half of the process is technique, and the other is learning how to prep the walls properly. It's not a difficult skill to learn, but you need to learn it. Ask your local pain supply store for tips.

Leaking Faucet
Every year, leaking faucets account for the equivalent of a swimming pool in water waste. That's about 11,000 gallons of water being wasted from leaking faucets. Leaking faucets aren't hard to fix, especially if you have a compression faucet. With this type, turn off the water and unscrew the faucet. After you do this, replace the washer with a new one, and you're done. For other types of faucets, or other types of leaks, you may need to check with the faucet manufacturer or your repairman. 

Unclogging A Toilet
This is not rocket science, but there are a lot of households that do not even have a plunger, or the knowledge of how to use one. Homes with small children are prone to have all manner of toys and small objects being flushed down or dropped into the bowl. If the water won't stop after being flushed, turn off the valve and wait for the water to drop. If the water doesn't drop, it's time to use a plunger. Use a plunger that can create a good seal to build enough pressure to work the clog loose which usually does the trick.

Clearing Your Garbage Disposal
Just like your toilet, your garbage disposal may become jammed. When this happens, it's always a good idea to unplug the unit for safety reasons. After the unit is unplugged, get an Allen wrench and use it to turn the fly wheel of the disposal. There's usually a slot for the Allen wrench on the bottom of the disposal, but it may take a few tries to find it. If that doesn't clear the disposal, you may have to reach into the disposal and clear it of debris. Put ice and vinegar into the disposal after the blockage is clear to clean it. If you have a malfunctioning refrigerator, make sure you check the filters below for dust and debris, and have a place like Degree C Pty Ltd on hand for more technical issues.

 

Your new house should be a haven, and when you know some of the proper techniques for fixing and maintaining it, homeownership become easy.

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