Home Repair Hacks When You Can’t Go to the Store
Guest Post by Sarah Jones from The DIY Hammer
It happens. The faucet begins to leak, or you need items for your DIY project, but you have kids in tow or no vehicle. Timing and circumstances often prevent us from doing the things we need or want to do, like run to the hardware store to get items necessary for a repair or project. There are some excellent repair hacks and tricks you can do to save yourself a trip to the store, which in turn, keep money in your wallet. Major repairs needed to look at by a professional, but items like the ones listed below can be tried by yourself.
Try These Tricks at Home
1. Have you seen my screwdriver?
Screwdrivers are a necessity in almost any home project and many repairs. Screwdrivers like to pull magic tricks, especially a disappearing trick. If you can’t find your Philipps screwdriver, try using a vegetable peeler. The tip of the peeler is angled just so that it works on a large number of screws. It can also be used to remove the bolts until you find the missing screwdriver of yours.
2. Where has the water gone?
Shower heads have a limited life. However, you can extend that life by properly maintaining it and trying out this simple trick. Over time, many shower heads accumulate deposits created by water, particularly hard water. There may be hardened white crust that is blocking the area where the water comes out, which can make little to no water available, especially if it is severe. Try taking a plastic bag such as a Ziploc and fill it half to three-quarters full of vinegar. Tie the bag and vinegar over the shower head submerging it, and then secure on with rubber bands or some form of a tie. It will help dissolve the deposits and return your water flow to normal. The best time to do this trick is overnight when it has plenty of time to work.
3. I can patch it with what?
Nail holes in walls are a standard issue. If you’re renting, it is a requirement that you return the rental in the shape that it was, or better. It means cleaning, doing minor repairs, and filling in nail holes. If you can’t go to the store or don’t even know how to begin patching holes, there is a simple trick many people use. Toothpaste, particularly non-gel is a staple in most households. Only take a small dollop on the end of your finger and wipe it into the nail hole. Then, smooth over the top to wipe off any excess. A wet paper towel or rag can be used to clean around the area to make it look perfect.
4. I have a wood stain in my house right now.
Another neat hack is to use a household favorite to stain wood. It not only saves your bank account, but it also produces a nice finish. Coffee is found in most homes and can be used to stain wood. Who would have thought? Usually, two to three coats of a coffee and vinegar concoction will get you the look you want. You can apply for more if you prefer a darker stain and less for a lighter stain.
There are tons of simple tricks and tips to keep your projects and repairs running smoothly. A lot of these save time and money and still look nicely done. Maintenance is a key factor in your home, and keeping everything in good working condition can save you big bucks down the road. The internet has lots more ideas for keeping up on repairs around your home that doesn’t involve extra trips to the store.
About the Author
Sarah is the author of The DIY Hammer.
Her goal is to spread the word about home improvement and how you can do it yourself!
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