We all have those pesky things that need to be fixed, improved or cleaned around the house but we don’t want to pay someone since , we can do it ourselves. Some of these things are simple and can take just a few minutes, and completed with minimal tools or repair know how. Here I have included a few home repair hacks that are helpful for any home in Northern VA.
1. Sticking Key
Do you have to jiggle the key to unlock your door? –This could be just corrosion or dirt so don’t change the lock yet— First rub the cuts on the key with the lead of a graphite pencil, or spray a little powdered graphite into the opening in the lock. The graphite works as a lubricant in the tumblers to allow it to turn with ease!
2. Pet Hair on Upholstery
Get Pet hairs off upholstery faster— Use a pair of rubber gloves instead of a vacuum…. Wipe your hands over the surfaces of your couches and chairs in one direction. The fur will ball up, and you can just throw it away.
3. Garage Wall Bumper
4. Moldy Washer
Moldy Washer? –Clothes come out of the washer smelling musty? You probably have a bit of mildew. Put one cup of baking soda in the washer, and run one empty load on the hottest water setting. The baking soda will remove and clean the mildew and your clothes will now come out swelling clean!
5. Squeaky Hardwood Floors
Squeaky Wood Floors? — When wood rubs against wood it squeaks. Silence the squeak by sprinkling cornstarch or baby powder over the area that creaks, and then use a broom to sweep it into the cracks between the boards. The cornstarch will act as a dry lubricant between the wood surfaces to quiet the creaking…. you’re welcome!
6. Stripped Screw
Stripped Screw? A stripped screw head can make repairs very difficult. Just place a wide rubber band in between the screwdriver and the stripped screw head. The rubber band should help grip the screw as you slowly extract.
7. Carpet Dents
Heavy furniture can leave behind unattractive carpet dents. Just take ice cubes and place them over the carpet dent and melt. If the dent is really stubborn, you may need to fluff a bit with a fork or tooth brush!
8. Low Flow Faucet
It could be as simple as hard water deposits and little bits of debris. The Aerator screen could be blocked. Remove the aerator by twisting it to the left and clean it out then soak it in white vinegar for a few hours to remove the debris and deposits.
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