Before you pick up the phone to call a licensed plumbing contractor or an electrician, consider these home repair tips recommended by many handymen. While you'll still need to contact a licensed professional for extensive plumbing or electrical work, by following these suggestions, you may gain the necessary skills it takes to tackle simple home repair projects on your own.
Repairing a Faucet
When your faucet loses water pressure or when water sprays from the spigot, check your aerator screen. The aerator screen is the round mesh device that fits under your faucet. If the aerator screen is obstructed with debris, the water flow will be impaired. To clean your mesh screen, remove it and then soak it for a few minutes in white vinegar and then gently scrub it with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Once you replace the clean aerator screen, your water pressure will return and you won't be bothered by errant sprays of water every time you turn on your faucet. Because aerator screens are small and thin, they can easily slip down your drain if you drop them. Because of this, always close your drain before removing them. If the water doesn't stop spraying out of the sides of your faucet or if your water pressure remains low after cleaning the screen, replace it with a new one. Aerator screens are available at most hardware and home improvement stores and are very reasonably priced.
Temporarily Repair a Window Crack
Repairing a broken window crack can be a do-it-yourself job if you follow these instructions. If you don't think it's necessary to replace the entire pane of glass, simply use some masking tape to cover the crack.
You'll need to cover both sides of the crack so that the crack doesn't get bigger. Another temporary fix for a cracked window is painting it with clear lacquer or nail polish. When painting the crack, be sure to get the lacquer or clear nail polish inside the cracks.
Put a few coats on the crack, allowing each coat to dry completely between applications. If you want to replace the entire windowpane for aesthetic reasons but you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, call a handyman, who will take measurements, purchase the glass, and install it.
If you aren't comfortable with DIY projects, hire a handyman who can do them for you. Trying to repair things in your home that you're not comfortable with may result in bigger headaches and even bigger repair bills. If your home repairs are too big for you to handle alone, contact a company like Homeclub for assistance.