Hidden Hardware: How to Fix Common Problems at Home

Hidden Hardware: How to Fix Common Problems at Home
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    There are many common household problems you can fix yourself.

    Although homeowners can feel overwhelmed by their property, taking a few tasks into your own hands can mean more money in your pocket.


Each of these small hardware issues only requires a few tools and supplies. By making these repairs, you can save money and lower your utility bills.

Drafty Doors and Windows

Air drafts around doors and windows are usually the result of damaged or missing weather-stripping or caulk. If the caulk or weather-stripping is damaged, remove it by loosening it with a flat head screwdriver. Apply new strips of self-adhesive weather-stripping. To caulk, select the proper type of caulk for the material, such as caulk that can be used on aluminum siding and window frames. Apply a thin, even layer around the entire window frame. This will keep the cold and hot air you don’t want out and can save a lot on your utility bills.

Drippy Faucet

A drippy faucet could waste gallons of water every day. Begin by turning off the water supply to the fixture. Use a C wrench to loosen the nuts that keep the faucet in place. Remove the fixture. Replace the rubber O-rings and washers. These are usually the culprit in a leaky fixture. Put all these parts back on in reverse order from the way you removed them then restore the water supply.

Broken Window Screen

A torn window screen allows bugs, dust, and dirt to get inside of your home. You can fix this by lifting up the clips and removing the screen’s frame from the window. Use a screwdriver to remove the spline. Align a new piece of screen over the frame. Cut the mesh to the size of the outer edge of the frame. Use a putty knife to push the mesh into the frame. Apply new spline and affix the frame to the window. To help keep your home safe, consider installing a home security system as well. Some options on the market now come with security systems and health monitoring for gas leaks as well which can save you a lot of headache down the road as well.

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Squeaky Door Hinge

A squeaky door hinge is a common issue with interior and exterior doors. It results from hardware that has lost its lubrication. Getting rid of the squeak is a quick fix when you use an aerosol can of a lubricating oil such as WD-40 or 4-in-1. Spray each pin of the door’s hinge. You can also choose a can of oil that has a long, thin nozzle attachment for the tip.

Each of these simple home repairs takes less than one hour to perform. Completing each of these projects can give you a sense of satisfaction about maintaining your home. By doing these small tasks, you can help to keep your home in good condition and increase its resale value.

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