Fix breakdowns without calling a handyman

Do you want to fix house breakdowns yourself and save good money at the end of the month? Nothing simpler. But beware don’t mess with jobs that carry risk -electricity, gas and the like- nor that you don’t control well, because in that case the disaster is guaranteed and it can also be dangerous.

Fixing the most common household breakdowns is easy

Do you despair with that trickle of water that insistently comes out of your tap? Or with the closet door that does not slide smoothly and you have to push with both hands to open or close it? Would you like to fix the breakdowns without having to wait for the technician? We give you some tips so that you can solve the most common home DIY jobs.

Fix the leaky faucet

This is likely due to the gaskets being very old and worn. Before fixing the fault, turn off the water to avoid the risk of flooding and then remove the tap. In the two-tap taps -cold and hot- you will have to replace the worn gasket, but if it is a mixer, like this one in the Pixabay photo, you will have no choice but to change the entire cartridge.
When the water comes out with high or low pressure, It is also easy to fix the fault without calling a professional. In the first case, perhaps the aerator (the end of the spout) is clogged. You have to remove it by unscrewing it and clean it well with a toothbrush that you don’t use, for example. If the water comes out with great force, it is advisable to place a pressure reducer the diameter suitable for your tap. It is a piece that is easily placed in the spout and also saves a lot of water.

The closet slide is stuck

Look to see if it has come off the hook, or is that the bearings are damaged. Cabinet doors tend to fall off with weight and use. In that case you will have to adjust them (sometimes they have a screw that holds the mechanism) and reposition them in the guides. The bearings may also have deteriorated and no longer “roll well”. If so, change them for similar ones. Take the ancients to the store, because new bearings must be adapted to existing guides. If you finally decide to modernize your doors, don’t stop reading this post.

The oven does not heat well

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How old are you? The same is the moment of change the rubber gasket that hermetically closes the door, so that the interior does not lose heat. The gasket fastening system is not the same in all models, but in many well-known brands it is usually fastened by hooks at the corners of the rectangle of the door closing hole. You just have to turn to remove the old rubber and do the reverse movement to place it. Take the rubber to the store to make it the same or buy it at the brand’s distributor.

Has a tile on the floor broken?

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It is a chore that a piece of a floor as beautiful as this one breaks with the blow of a metallic object, but you can hide the damage. You can easily fix faults that also occur in ceramic flooring. Follow these steps: apply a resin exposi to the tile, you can find it in bars. Let it harden and pass after a spatula to finally apply an enamel that is most similar to the color of the pavement. Clever!

The entrance door rubs on the parquet

It is one of the most common problems: over time the door ends up falling off and ends up rubbing with the ground, which is scratched. There are two possible solutions, although the first is the most recommended: fit new washers on the hinges. The function of this piece is to minimize friction and use sometimes ends up crushed or even broken. Replacing it with a new one is the simplest way to fix the fault without calling a handyman.

The second option is brush the door underneath a little. If it does not rub excessively, it will be enough to pass a coarse abrasive paper, between 40 and 80. Fix it on the floor with adhesive tape with the sandpaper side up and open and close the door repeatedly, so that when passing a bit of wood is “lowered” above the paper.

Radiators are cold

Despite having the heating on full blast, the radiators don’t overheat? Fixing the fault is very easy on conventional models, like these in the Pixabay photo. It is probably accumulated air. There is nothing easier than to make them eject it: put a coin on the edge, or better yet a flat screwdriver, in the groove of the bleed key, which is always on the right side.

Put a container underneath beforehand to collect the water that is in the circuit and can come out when loosening (it is not necessary to unscrew it completely) the drain. You will notice the hiss of the air, when the water starts to come out, press the bleeder again.

As you can see, fixing the breakdowns in your house is easier than it seems. If you dare to get down to work, you will see how your household budget will notice it.


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