Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Simple DIY Fixes For Irritating Household Problems

Whether you are into home DIY or not, it’s always worth picking up a few skills here and there. They will serve you well long into the future - and save you a considerable chunk of money, too. However well your house looks now, you can bet that a month, year, or decade from now, something’s going to break. And if that comes at a time when funds are short, it’s going to be hugely problematic - particularly if it is something important broken, like a cupboard door or a bed. With this in mind, I thought I would pull together some super simple, super quick fixes to some of the most irritating household problems. These ideas are easy enough for anyone to take on, and will stand you in good stead for starting off some more complicated projects should you decide that DIY is a good fit for you. Let’s take a closer look.

The endlessly running toilet

While toilets appear to be very stable, sat there in your bathroom in stony - or should that be porcelain - silence, there is more movement than you might think going on in the background. It’s all this movement that is usually the cause of one of the most common household irritations - the running toilet. In the vast majority of cases, it’s an easy fix and one that you won’t need to call the plumber. The common culprit is the flapper - the little gadget that allows water into the bowl when you flush and blocks water when at rest. These flappers are made of plastic, and will deteriorate over time - all you need to do is pick up a spare for a couple of pounds and replace it.

The hole in the wall

Holes in the wall appear all the time in houses of all varieties. Perhaps your holes are from a botched attempt at hanging a TV on the wall or trying to put up shelves without the use of a spirit level. Maybe your kids have taken a shine to throwing hard objects around the house - it’s more common than you might think! But regardless of the reasons, let’s not beat around the bush -  these holes are an eyesore. But it’s a simple fix. Just fill up the hole with a Polyfilla product, making sure you smooth out the mixture with an appropriately sized putty knife. Once you are done, smooth down with some light sandpaper, and re-paint - et voila! Your wall is in perfect shape again, and you’re halfway towards becoming a professional plasterer…

The ripped fabric

You spend a small fortune on a brand new set of sofas and chairs. And within a few weeks, the fabric has been ripped. Was it your kids? Your pet? Your husband? No one is owning up. Regardless, you might be surprised at what you might be able to achieve with a simple glue gun. Grab one from somewhere like Glue Guns Direct and reattach the fabric, making sure you use the glue gun from the underside up. The result won’t be perfect, but no one will notice.

The clogged drain

Everyone suffers from clogged drains from time to time. Whether it’s hairballs in the bathtub or remnants of dinner’s past in the kitchen sink, a clogged drain can be a huge pain. While most people head towards gunk-destroying chemicals, there is another easy fix. Turn off your water at the mains, and unscrew your sink, before getting a knitting needle and slowly bring back the gunk carefully. If the dirty stuff has gone beyond the U-bend, just get beneath the sink and carefully unattach the piping. Clean out the offending mess, and all you need to concentrate on is ensuring you screw everything back up tightly before turning the water back on.

Filthy tiles

Your bathroom and kitchen tiles take a hell of a beating over the course of a year. But it is easy to clean them - just wipe away with hot, soapy water. The problem with tile usually lies with the grouting - it can stain, develop mould, and will look old, ugly, and filthy over time. All you need to do to fix the issue is go to your local hardware shop and buy some grout cleaner. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation and apply it everywhere while using gloves. Leave it to work for a few hours and then wash off - your tiles will look as good as new. And all for the price of a cup of coffee from Starbucks and a little elbow grease.

Hope these tips help - let me know how you get on!

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