Five Easy DIY Repairs to Do At Home This Weekend
Every once in awhile, things break around the house. It is inevitable. Luckily,
with a few handy tips you can make it seem like it never happened. Here are a few quick fixes to accidents that could occur around your home.
#1. Spilling Wax on the Carpet
Spilling wax on a carpet can really be a difficult problem to tackle. The more you scrub, the more it seems to stick. The best way to solve this issue would be to lay a paper towel over the wax, and blow onto it with a hair dryer. Once the paper towel has absorbed a decent amount of wax, remove it and repeat until all of the wax has been picked up.
#2. Indefinitely Running Toilet
For this one, you are going to need to obtain a replacement flapper. Make sure to shut the water off before you start.
Open the cistern and flush to drain the water out of the tank. Inside of the cistern (around the lower portion) there will be a flapper. Chances are, the flapper is not functioning correctly. Just replace this flapper with the new one, close the cistern and you are good to go.
#3. Scratches on the Wooden Flooring
This is one of the more difficult fixes. However, it can still be done with a bit of patience. You will need steel wool, sandpaper, mineral spirits, wood filler, a plastic putty knife, and wood varnish.
Use the steel wool and sandpaper to rub the scratches on the wood. Make sure that when you do this, you are rubbing in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Rub mineral spirits over it and fill the scratches with wood filler. Then simply use a varnish.
#4. Unstable Chairs
You will need sandpaper and wood glue for this one. First, figure out which leg of the chair is causing the problem. This leg needs to be removed carefully, and then sanded down until it is the right length.
#5. Mug Rings Left Behind
All you need to get rid of mug rings is petroleum jelly and a cloth. If you apply petroleum jelly to the mark overnight, and rub it away in the morning, that should solve the problem.
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