4 Things Around the House You Didn’t Know You Can Fix Yourself

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Maintaining a house is a huge financial responsibility.

A house is a never-ending project that you continually have to pour money into. When something goes wrong most people’s first response is to call someone out to fix it. However, there are a lot of simple jobs around the house that you can do by yourself and save yourself the money it takes to call out a professional.

Here are some of them.

A Toilet Lever

There will be plenty of times where you notice the flush on your toilet not working properly due to the toilet lever.

Your flush may be running slower or your lever may not be flushing your toilet at all. As soon as the problem arises, you’re likely to think the worst and get straight on the phone to a plumber. But, often times all you need to do is lift the toilet lid and reattach the chain properly.

If you notice your lever rusting, you may need to replace it or some of the parts that connects the handle to the flapper.

Unclogging the Toilet

All toilets will become clogged at some point, especially if they’ve been in use for years.

Avoid putting anything down the toilet that isn’t toilet paper. For example, kitchen towel or baby wipes. When a clog does occur, the first thing you can try is a plunger. If there isn’t much water in the toilet, pour enough water in to make plunging easier. Minor clogs should be easy to sort out.

If the clog is tougher to clear, try using a toilet auger instead. All you need to do is thread it into the toilet until you reach the clog, twist and pull the clog out.

Clearing Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals can be loud and daunting when they’re blocked, so it’s no wonder most people don’t want to go near them.

But, if your disposal is blocked, it could be an easy job to clear it. Make sure you cut the power before attempting to clear it. Use an allen wrench to adjust the flywheel and loosen any clog. You can then use pliers to free the clog and fix the problem.

It’s important to purchase a durable garbage disposal, so take a look at some reviews beforehand where you can discuss most of them.

Holes in the Wall

Even when you’re renting, you’re bound to create some holes in the wall.

Nail or screw holes to hang pictures or artwork will be everywhere when you leave the property and you’ll need to cover them up if you want to get your deposit back.

Just use some spackle to fill in the holes and let it dry. Once it’s dried out, take some sandpaper and sand out the excess until the spackle is flush with the wall. You can then paint over it and no-one will know the difference.

Save yourself some money and attempt minor jobs in the house by yourself.

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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market.

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