Easy Fixes All New Homeowners Should Know How to Do

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As much as owning a home is a major goal for the majority of the populace, few realize how much effort goes into maintaining the average house. While it’s not worth your time to learn how to fix things like foundation cracks, there are many repairs any homeowner can do alone. Here are five of the most common repairs you should know how to do in an emergency.

Stop a Running Toilet

A running toilet is caused by some kind of problem with the float valve mechanism. Lift the tank cover and observe the valve in action during a flush. Ensure that the chain connecting the flapper to the float is taut. Check the flapper hinges for sticking and adjust the refill valve as needed.

Unclogging a Sink Drain

Generally speaking, a sink that won’t drain properly is usually the result of an obstruction in the U-shaped "P-trap" underneath. Start out by running some drain cleaner through the pipes. If that doesn’t work, get a monkey wrench and disconnect the P-trap and trap arm. Clean each to remove obstructions and buildup on the walls.

Installing a New Light Switch

While electrical repairs might seem daunting, swapping out a light switch is child’s play. First, kill the power to the room where you’re working. Unhook the wires to the old switch and connect those wires to the new switch in the exact same manner. For more complicated renovations, call a qualified CMC Electric repair company.

Patching Holes in Drywall

Fixing a hole in the wall is rarely a big production. For small holes, use self-adhesive mesh and a few layers of joint compound. Larger holes will require you to create a "California patch" made from a piece of drywall. Cut out a square around the hole and screw the sheetrock to the studs.

Caulking a Door or Window

Sealing doors and windows can greatly reduce heat loss and energy waste. For starters, grab a few tubes of GE Silicone II or DAP Latex Window and Door Caulk. Apply a bead of caulk to any gaps around the edges of windows or doors, taking care to maintain a uniform thickness. Make sure it seals correctly and thoroughly the first time.

Before attempting any home repair, it’s important that you understand the skills required, as well as the time and money involved. For simple jobs like the ones described here, the DIY path is a no-brainer. More involved procedures should be left to seasoned professionals.

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