Houses are not indestructible, so a little wear and tear is inevitable over time. After moving into a new home, it isn’t long before you start to notice things that you missed when you were first shown around the house. However; there are a lot of common household fixes that are quick and easy to do on your own. Some quick and easy fixes around the house are even ideal for your home before you sell it and move to your next house. With little more than a little spare time and every day items you have lying around the house, you can fix up your home to end your frustration and make it a better place to live.
Fix a faulty freezer. How many times have you opened your freezer only to find that the temperature isn’t keeping things as cold as it should be? A very obvious clue to indicate a freezer problem is the formation of precipitation which shouldn’t occur inside of a properly functioning ice box. Many times, you can fix this problem by clearing items out of the way of the vents inside your freezer which provides the cold climate for the whole freezer. Keep all vents in your freezer unobstructed and you’ll have not lack of freezer coldness!
Fix a stuck door. One common household malfunction is very simple to fix if you know what is causing the issue. Doors that do not shut properly are often just slightly offset in the frame due to lose hinge screws. Tightening all of the screws that hold your door and frame together will fix the closing issue in most cases to give you a non sticking door and a little peace of mind!
Fix gaping screw holes If you need to tighten a screw into a hole that has become too big to provide anchorage, all you need to do is grab a few toothpicks. Fill the hole with a few toothpicks and try the screw again. As you tighten the screw into place, the screw shreds the toothpicks which fill the hole to restore anchorage to the problem spot. Simple fix!
Remove a broken light bulb. If you have a broken light bulb still installed in one of your home’s light fixtures, removing the sharp and dangerous bulb is not a good idea for bare hands. However; with a bar of soap, you can safely and easily “grab” the jagged edge of the glass and turn the soap to unscrew the safety hazard. Replace the bulb, and throw the glassy soap away!
Fix furniture imprints in your carpet. When furniture sits on top of carpet for a long time, the carpet can develop imprints which can be an eye soar. Removing carpet craters is easy though; simply place an ice cube on top of the imprinted carpet and let it set for a while. As the ice melts the carpet strands float back to their original stand-up positions leaving you with a flawless floor.
Remove wax from your carpet. Wax spilling onto carpet is not a good look for your home either. Luckily there is a simple fix for this as well! Just grab several paper towels, and stack them on top of the waxy carpet. Then iron the paper towels to heat up the wax. As the wax melts, the paper towels above it absorb it off of the carpet. To avoid burning the carpet, make sure that the iron never comes into direct contact!
Fix drafty doors and windows. Doors and windows that aren’t properly insulated can cause energy inefficiency in your home, and can even cause an annoying racket. In most cases though, simply installing weather stripping around the edges of the door and window frames puts a stop to the issue.
Fix a stubborn key. For keys that are difficult to get in and out of locks, there are two simple solutions. Graphite –commonly found in mechanical pencils– serves as an effective lubricant as does soap; Rub your key liberally with one of the two and your stuck-lock problems will be over!
Kill odors in the kitchen. Certain meals can give off a not-so-pleasant smell that you’ll want to get rid of quickly after you are finished cooking and eating. A simple solution for offensive odors will not only solve the problem, but also leave a very pleasant aroma in your home! Boil a pot of water with lemons, apples, cinnamon or anything else that smells great. As steam forms from the boiling water, the good smells travel upward and throughout your home along with it. You may even want to boil fragrant water if your home doesn’t have offensive odors.
Loosen a stripped screw. If you have stripped the head of a screw trying to remove it from its place, it can be very frustrating. There is a very easy fix to get the screw out of there though so that it can be replaced by an un-stripped screw. Simply use a rubber band to amplify the grip that your screwdriver has on the head of the screw. The friction from the rubber band should be enough for the screwdriver to turn the screw enough so that you can remove it. There are plenty of quick and easy fixes that you can successfully perform with household items that you already have. You may even find a quick fix that your mover didn’t include in this helpful list! It doesn’t take much to be a handy man, just a little creative thinking, and the endless resources of multifunctional household items!