Money Saving Tips: Some Simple DIYs
The estimated cost of minor home repairs is said to be about 1% of the cost of your home per year. So as the value of your home increases so does your repair costs.
I’m certainly not a professional or an expert but I have learned some things over the years. I would like to share with you these some inexpensive tips for minor household repairs.
I have used these tips at one time or another. Some of these things you may already know, but just maybe there is something here that you may say, hey I didn’t know that, I’m going to give this a try.
Okay so let’s get started.
Tip #1 Leaking Drain
- You’re doing some late night dishes or getting ready for bed and find that your drain is leaking under the sink, right where the pipe goes into the trap.
- All the stores are closed so what do you do next? Take a cloth and dry where the drain is leaking. Now get a roll of electrical tape, I hope you have some.
- Wrap the electrical tape tightly around the leak. As you know drains are not like water pipes and are not under pressure. So this method should hold it until you can make a permanent fix.
It’s always a good idea to have a flexible P-Trap lying around. The electrical tape won’t last forever.
Tip #2 Clogged Drains
Do you have a slow running or a clogged drain? Drain openers can be expensive and are loaded with chemicals. Here is a low cost, natural way to open up your drain with some common household items.
- Take ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda and dump it in the drain, now pour in ½ cup of white vinegar, and quickly plug it up or stuff a wash cloth in it to prevent the mixture from bubbling out all over the place.
- In a small pot, boil some water, and after about 10 minutes pull the plug out, and flush the drain with the boiling water.
- If this doesn’t work the first time, go ahead and repeat the process.
- We had a basement drain completely clogged using a combination of baking soda, white vinegar and my trusty plunger we were able to open it up.
- Use this in your drains once a month to keep them running clean and smooth.
Everybody needs a plunger in the house
Tip #3 Painting Trim around Windows
Do you need to paint the trim around some windows? Masking around windows can be tedious and time consuming
- Here is a little trick that I have used before. Get yourself a stick of Bees Wax and apply it to the window near the trim.
- Be careful; don’t get any wax on the surface that you’re going to paint as the paint won’t stick or dry properly.
- Now go ahead and paint the trim and don’t worry if you get some paint on the window because the wax will prevent the paint from sticking. Then simply wipe off the wax after the paint is dry.
- When I’m painting around windows I really prefer to free hand, and use a flat razor to scrap off any excess paint that I may have made on the window.
- But if you don’t want to take the time to be careful, or use masking tape, the wax will work, you’ll just need to clean it off later. I would say that cleaning off the wax later is a little easier than using a razor blade to scrape off paint.
Keep some bees wax sticks handy
Tip #4 Replacing Window Glazing
If you live in an older home, chances are that you have the old style windows, with the glazing on the outside.
- Over time the weather will cause the glazing to dry and crack. So you’ll have to re-glaze the windows.
- Scrap of the old glazing with a putty knife. After scraping off the old glazing, brush the wood with boiled linseed oil.
- This prevents the wood from drawing the oil out of the glazing compound too quickly resulting in premature drying and cracking of the compound, and also protects the wood.
- If the old glazing is difficult to remove, you can use a propane torch to soften the old glazing. Be very careful here because if apply too much heat this will cause the window to crack.
- If this is too much work for you, then go ahead and spent the money for new windows.
Here is a handy glazing tool for removing the old glazing and applying the new
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. SAM MONACO