10 Things You Should Know How To Repair

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Let’s face it, calling a repair person can be a pain. They often have scheduling quirks, and the bill can leave you feeling like you just swallowed a wad of cash. But fear not — there’s a whole world of basic repairs that you can tackle yourself, saving money and feeling pretty darn accomplished in the process. Now, I’m not talking about rewiring your house (leave that to the pros), but there are plenty of everyday fixes that are within your grasp.  Grab a cup of coffee, put on some comfy clothes, and let’s dive into the wonderful world of DIY repair.

Tighten a nut on a kitchen sink faucet.
Tighten a nut on a kitchen sink faucet. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Around the House: Your Handyman Headquarters

The house is where most of our minor meltdowns occur – a leaky faucet, a wonky door, a clogged drain. But don’t despair — these are exactly the kinds of things you can conquer.

Plumbing Power

A leaky faucet is like a tiny financial drip, drip, dripping away your money. Fortunately, it’s usually an easy fix. With a wrench or screwdriver (and maybe a new washer), you can silence that annoying leak and save yourself some cash. Feeling a bit bolder? A clogged drain can often be unclogged with a trusty plunger or a drain snake. There are plenty of video tutorials online to walk you through the process — just be sure to grab a bucket in case of, well, backup.

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Doors that Don’t Cooperate

Does your door stick or swing shut like a pendulum possessed? These can usually be fixed with some minor adjustments. For a sticking door, identify where it’s rubbing and shave a bit off the frame with sandpaper. An unbalanced door might just need a few turns of the hinge screws.  There are also handy weatherstripping kits you can install to keep drafts out and cool air in.

Preparing to install a LED light bulb.
Preparing to install a LED light bulb. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Light Fixture Blues

Does your light fixture resemble a disco ball on the fritz? Many lighting issues are caused by loose connections or a dead bulb. Turn off the power at the breaker box first, then check the bulb and tighten any loose screws in the fixture itself. If that doesn’t do the trick, replacing the fixture itself is often a straightforward process — just make sure the new fixture is compatible with your existing wiring.

Cracked Champions

We’ve all bumped into a wall (literally) and left a nasty crack. Don’t panic.  Small cracks in drywall can be easily fixed with some spackle, sandpaper, and a little paint. There are even patch kits available for bigger holes. Just follow the instructions, and your wall will be good as new in no time.

Clothes That Last: The Art of Mending

Fast fashion may be convenient, but it’s not exactly kind to your wallet or the environment.  Learning some basic sewing skills can extend the life of your clothes and save you money in the long run.

Button Bonanza

A missing button doesn’t have to mean retirement for your favorite shirt. Buttons are surprisingly easy to sew on, and there are even kits that come in a variety of sizes and colors. In no time, your shirt will be back in action.

Ripped Reality

Does your favorite pair of jeans have a tear threatening to become a gaping hole? A simple running stitch or patch can prevent further damage and extend their lifespan. There are even iron-on patches that require no sewing at all, perfect for a quick fix.

Zipper Blues

A stuck zipper can put a real damper on your day. Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of lubricant like graphite or candle wax to get it moving smoothly again. If the zipper itself is damaged, though, replacing a zipper isn’t as daunting as it sounds. With a little practice, you’ll be a zipper-fixing pro in no time.

Using a file on a wooden plank with various tools.
Using a file on a wooden plank with various tools. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Beyond the Basics: Venturing Further into DIY

Once you’ve mastered the homefront fixes, you might be ready to tackle some slightly more adventurous repairs.

Furniture Flipping

Thrift stores and garage sales are treasure troves waiting to be discovered.  That old dresser with a few scratches?  With some sanding, paint, and new hardware, it could be a statement piece in your home. You can find tons of furniture-flipping inspiration online to get your creative juices flowing.

Appliance TLC

Sometimes, appliances just need a little TLC to keep on chugging. A clogged dryer vent can decrease efficiency and be a fire hazard. Learning how to clean your dryer vent is a simple but important task. Many basic appliance problems, like a washing machine that’s not draining properly, can often be fixed with a little troubleshooting and some help from online resources. Just be sure to unplug the appliance before tinkering with it, and never attempt repairs beyond your skill set.

Tech Tune-Up

These days, most of us rely on our electronic devices for work and entertainment. The good news is that some minor tech repairs are within your reach. A sluggish computer might just need a good cleaning and some decluttering. Replacing a dead laptop battery can be surprisingly simple, and there are plenty of tutorials online to walk you through the process. For more complex repairs, though, it’s always best to consult a professional.

Always turn off the power at the breaker box first for safety.
Always turn off the power at the breaker box first for safety. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Safety First: Essential Tips for DIY Success

Before you grab your toolbox and dive headfirst into repairs, remember: safety first.

Power Down

Whenever you’re working with electrical wiring, always turn off the power at the breaker box first. There’s no shame in playing it safe.

The Right Tool for the Job

The right tools can make all the difference. Invest in a basic toolbox with essential items like screwdrivers, a wrench set, a hammer, pliers, and a level. Having the proper tools will make the job easier and safer.

Knowledge is Power

Don’t be afraid to do your research. The internet is a wealth of information, with countless tutorials and guides on how to fix almost anything. There are also plenty of DIY forums where you can ask questions and get advice from experienced handymen and women.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you get in over your head, don’t be afraid to call in a professional. There’s no shame in admitting that something is beyond your skill set. A repair person can help you get things back on track and teach you a thing or two in the process.

The Takeaway: DIY Empowers You

There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from fixing something yourself. Not only do you save money, but you also gain a sense of accomplishment and self-reliance. Next time you encounter a minor household mishap, don’t despair. Embrace the DIY spirit, grab your toolbox, and give it a shot. You might surprise yourself with what you can achieve. Remember, even small repairs can make a big difference in your home and your wallet. Happy fixing.

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