5 Common House Repairs You Can Do and What is the Right Equipment?

We all take pride in our homes because it’s where we go to rest and it is also where we express our style and personality. It is also where we feel most comfortable, because everything we need is available, just the way we like it. But as is expected, sometimes, things will go wrong. In most cases, you’re going to have to call up a professional to come and take care of the situation. However, there are instances where you can actually take care of the issue yourself. Instead of wasting time unnecessarily waiting for someone to come over, we’ve made a list of the 5 most common house repairs that you can take on yourself.

1. Fixing Damaged Pipes

Instead of waiting days for the plumber to give you the time of day, there is actually a way for you to fix damaged pipes. Depending on whether the pipes need to be sealed or changed, you need to make the change accordingly. If they only need to be sealed because they’re leaking, then you need to invest in a new rubber seal and replace it. If you want to change the pipes, then this is something that you can do as well. You need to remove the damaged pipe and connect the pipes together using water soluble paper to hold them together initially. After that, all you need to do is weld them together, and once the water runs through the pipes, the water will dilute the paper that you used to stick the pipes together.

2. Repair A Dent In The Wall

You can easily repair a dent in the wall yourself. First, go to your local utility store and get the necessary items to fix the dent. First stuff the dent with some newspaper and then proceed to fill the area with a joint compound. Make sure you get a good putty knife and use it to smooth over the compound to make it blend in with the rest of the wall. Leave it to dry for one day and then paint over it. Make sure that you get the exact same color as the wall so it doesn’t stand out and look patchy.

3. Remove Old Wallpaper

If you have an old or peeling wallpaper that you want to get rid of, there’s no need to call in the professionals — you can do it yourself! Make a mixture of equal parts water, fabric softener and ammonia, and mix it well in a spray bottle. Spray onto the wall and leave for a bit, get a scraper and it will come off with ease. This way, you can remove your old wallpaper easily and also look into putting up the new yourself as well.

4. Take Care Of A Running Toilet

When it comes to a running toilet, this is definitely something you can do yourself. It probably means that the flapper is ruined, and you just need to replace it. To do so, you want to drain out all of the water first, so cut off the water supply and flush the toilet until all the water is drained. All you need to do now, is replace the flapper, and you’ll have the instruction set out clearly at the back of the new flapper’s back. 

5. Fix A Stuck Garbage Disposal

Unclogging a garbage disposal is easy enough, and it can easily be done by you. Make sure that the first thing you do is unplug it so you don’t risk getting hurt. Using an Allen wrench, you want to position it as far as you can so that you can move the flywheel that is on the inside to rotate it, this should do the trick to undo the clog easily. 

There are plenty of repair jobs that you are certainly capable of doing yourself, and the 5 that we’ve mentioned here are some that you are more than capable of doing. You don’t have to waste time and money every time something goes wrong in your home. First, do a bit of research to see if it’s something that you can manage to do on your own. It’s important that you use the correct equipment when you are making changes and also extremely important that you consider your own safety as well because you don’t want to make things worse, or end up hurting yourself. So make sure that you follow instructions carefully and that you’re using the correct items, and you should be well on your way to being a successful home improvement professional!