5 Quick Fix It Home Projects
Some home repairs do not require calling a professional. Most people are even able to fix them on their own and save themselves some money in the process. If you are wondering where to start, here are 5 quick fix-it home projects to inspire you.
If you think you can’t handle some home repairs yourself, check out these home improvement ideas to learn how to do it.
Patch Your Laminate Flooring
Patching your laminate floor is one of the simple wood projects you can work on to keep your floor in good shape. When you see cracks in your laminate flooring, fix them immediately so that your floor lasts for a long period.
First, wipe the damaged area with a clean, wet cloth to remove dirt from the gaps and allow the floor to dry. Next, apply wood filler into the cracks to fill the gaps. Lastly, stain the area with a color that matches the floor.
Repair a Clogged Toilet
A clog in your toilet can result in water damage in your bathroom that will require restoration by a professional. It is important remove clogs immediately to prevent this.
To fix your toilet, unclog it using a drain snake or auger, this is a slender and flexible tool used to dislodge clogs in toilets and general plumbing. Below are the steps to follow:
- Prepare Your Toilet: Put a piece of cloth around your toilet’s base to prevent any mess from spilling around. Place a large bucket nearby and wear rubber gloves.
- Extend the Auger: Put the auger’s end into your toilet bowl and ensure that it’s pointing down the drain towards the clog.
- Find the Clog: Depending on how far the clog is, you may need to keep pushing the auger’s end down the drain until you feel the clog.
- Break Down the Clog: Once you have found the clog, push the auger back to bring the clog up the drain.
- Flush Your Toilet: After you have retracted the drain snake, dump the clog into the bucket you put aside earlier on. Repeat this process until you can flush your toilet properly.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs growing near your home provide shade that keeps your house cool during summer. However, shrubs that are above your roof might encourage birds and squirrels to live inside your attic.
Moreover, trees that touch your home’s siding make it susceptible to water and pest damage.
If the shrubs touch the siding, water can leak and cause mildew or mold to grow in the walls of your house. Trimming the shrubs will also allow you to keep them away from the exterior A/C unit.
Repair Cracks in Your Plaster
Cracks in your home’s plaster indicate structural problems. If the cracks are minor, you can repair them quickly. Plastering the cracks can improve the appearance of your house. First, score the crack using a utility knife to remove loose material.
Next, cut the paper drywall tape using scissors to fit the crack. Mix the drywall joint mixture properly and spread it over the crack and then put tape on the crack. Sand the repaired area gently to avoid exposing the tape and to smoothen bumps.
Clean Your Gutters and Roof
It’s crucial to clean your gutters regularly especially during the fall and spring. Instead of postponing this project, climb a ladder and remove accumulated dirt from the gutters using your hands. To remove dirt from downspouts, use a plumber’s snake and hose.
Cleaning your gutters also gives you the opportunity to check your roof. Be sure to inspect damaged or missing shingles. Also, look for black residue that may require you to re-shingle your roof while removing debris from your gutters.
Whether you have a few minutes or hours to upgrade the look of your home, these home improvement ideas are easy to execute. Try any of the ideas over the weekend and you will be amazed at how much fun you will have.