It helps if you already have a few decent tools sitting around to facilitate your handyman fumbling—screwdrivers, drill, drill bits, vice grips, hammer, saw—but, if not, most local hardware stores sell an all-in-one set that can get you started on most simple tasks. Other essentials for quick and easy upkeep and fixes around your home or apartment include WD-40, silicone lubricant, cream of tartar, baking soda, and expanding foam. Follow these tips and tricks the next time your home needs repair or maintenance and then bask in the subsequent feeling of accomplishment.
Leaks in roofs or ceilings will cause brown water rings on drywall, but before you assemble everything you need to paint over them, try spraying a mix of 10% bleach to water on them. Wait 24 hours and more often than not, those unsightly brown spots will have disappeared. This will clear up most stains on flat or popcorn ceilings, just be sure to protect your eyes and anything close by that could get bleach on it. Water stains are usually consequence of roof leaks, make sure you make a full inspection and repair of your roof with this williston roofing contractor at least once a year.
If the pipe coming out of your shower wall ends up getting a little loose, an easy fix is to pull back the flange and apply some expanding foam into the gap around the shower arm. As the stuff dries, it will fill the cavity and keep the pipe in place, eliminating any wobble. And for some tools that definitely won’t help you out, here are the 30 Most Useless Home Appliances Ever Created.
Squeaky floors can be a super-annoying problem in your house, whether under carpet or a hardwood floor. To get rid of noises under carpet, use a stud finder to find a floor joist near the squeak and then use a drill to drive in a low-profile trim screw (without threads near the head) through the carpet and pad and into solid wood. Drive in more if it still makes noise.
For wood floors, it’s even simpler. Just sprinkle a good amount of talcum powder (you may know this by its common name: baby powder), on to the cracks near the squeak. Use a broom to spread the powder around and to get in down into the gaps, and the noises should cease. Then you can work from home more peacefully. After all, here’s Why Working from Home Is the Holy Grail of Productivity Hacks.
When door hinges start to squeal, you can spray some lubricant like WD-40 into the middle of the hinge to quiet them. If that doesn’t work, try knocking the hinge pin up about halfway with a screwdriver and hammer, and then rubbing some lubricant like 3-in-one oil on it. Tap it back down and then move the door back and forth, and your squeak should be gone.
Hardwood floors will eventually collect a bunch of scuffs from hard-soled shoe traffic, but there’s a novel way to get rid of them: Use a tennis ball. The felt-like surface of the ball will quickly remove any scuffs, as long as you rub it vigorously over the mark. If you don’t fee like getting on your hands and knees, cut a small X into one side and then poke a broom handle into it for back-saving buffing.