For most homeowners, weekends can seem more like an unpaid second job than a break, where you have to spend all of your free time fixing up the house. In most cases, home repairs can cost large amounts of money, especially if you have to hire a professional. So how can you avoid these high costs? Often, the best way to cut down on your expense is by doing things yourself.
If you are not handy or have a knack for construction, home repairs can seem overwhelming, but there are many ways to make minor maintenance and repairs affordable and easy. Included here are a few repairs that you can easily accomplish this weekend, for a low price!
Besides the incredibly annoying sound of water dripping, leaky faucets can also contribute to a large amount of water waste every year. In order to combat this problem, you will need to repair your leaking faucet. Faucet repair kits are incredibly affordable and should only cost you a few dollars. In most cases, you will simply need to tighten a few washers and replace O-rings. The rubber gaskets that help your faucet seal could also have become encrusted with mineral deposits, which can be removed with a soak in white vinegar.
Squeaky or Loose Hinges
If you have kids, you are aware that they are pretty great at slamming doors. All of those door slams can cause the hinges to loosen, making your door sag and squeak. In most cases, fixing a hinge can be as simple as tightening up the screws, but if you do need to replace it, just drill new holes in a new spot on the door. Additionally, if your door is squeaky, spray a little WD-40 or rub petroleum jelly on the hinge. This entire repair should only cost you a few pennies and 15 minutes.
If you have lived in your home for any length of time, peeling wallpaper is bound to occur sooner or later. The solution to this unsightly development is remarkably simple. Spread wallpaper paste onto a piece of writing paper and apply it under the corner of your peeling paper. Slide the writing paper out from under your wallpaper, taking care to smooth out all bubbles from the wallpaper as you go.
With any bathroom that is used regularly, stains are bound to occur. They can develop from hard water, dirt, or bath scum. To remove stains from your bathtub, shower, or sink, head to your kitchen pantry. Mix equal parts baking soda with cream of tartar and add lemon juice to form a paste. Massage the paste into the stained areas with a soft cloth and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse off the paste to reveal a sparkling white tub!