Ten Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

It’s likely that every homeowner will be confronted with having to fix something in the home at some time. Some of the most common problems can be fixed by any homeowner with the right tools and a bit of knowledge.

1. Turn Off The Main Water Line

Knowing where the main water line valve is and how to turn it off can save your home from significant water damage if a pipe breaks. The main water line valve is usually located on an outside wall near the front of the house.
2. Fix a Leaking Faucet
Leaking faucets can occur frequently when washers wear out. Generally, it’s not difficult to repair a leaking faucet once you determine the type of internal components and what parts are needed to fix the problem.

3. Unstick a Window

To unstick a wood-framed window, use a hammer and chisel to break apart the seams that may be stuck with paint. Then, spray on a bit of silicone lubricant and slide the window upward.

4. Stop A Running Toilet

usually, it’s a loose flapper piece that causes a toilet to run continuously, wasting water and money. Determine the type of flap your toilet uses and replace it with another. These flappers are available at home improvement stores and hardware stores.

5. Change A Fuse/Reset Circuit Breaker

The main electrical box is generally in the garage or in the basement, contained in a large, metal box that hangs on the wall. Reset circuit breakers by moving the switch to one side returning it to its home position. Replace fuses are needed.

6. Stop a Creaking Floorboard

An annoying creak in a wood floorboard can be fixed by finding the loose boards and nailing in a shim to the underside of the floor to hold the floorboard tightly.

7. Silence a Squeaking Door

A squeaking door is easy to silence with a bit of WD-40 or other household lubricant. Just determine which hinge is causing the noise and apply a small amount of lubricant.

8. Fix a Hole in Drywall

You can fix a small hole in drywall with some ready-to-use drywall compound. Smooth the surface.

9. Change a Furnace or Air-Conditioning Filter

Measure your filter and replace it with a similar one from your local home improvement or hardware store. Filters should be changed monthly.

10. Use a Caulking Gun

Caulking those cracks and spaces around doors and windows prevents heated and cooled air from escaping, which your furnace or air-conditioner work harder and wastes money in energy costs.

Mae is a writer about green living, including solar power. In her spare time she likes to read and watch old reruns on TV.


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