Let's face it, life is getting more and more expensive as the days move on, so when stuff breaks we want to try to save some money and DIY a fix ourselve. But , as you can probably tell.... we are computer guys without much handyman experiance. But what we have found is that there is almost always a DIY Guide on Youtube for everything... so we have put together a list of the EASIEST things that you can fix around the house that will save you some money.
For some people is gratifying to be able to fix something around the house yourself, so that could be a bonus, right? . Not only do you save money by not having to call in a professional, but you also get a sense of satisfaction from completing the fix with your own hands. Many common household repairs are within your reach with a bit of know-how and some simple tools.
One of the most common reasons people avoid doing their own fixes is because they lack of confidence in their abilities. Do't worry , there are plenty of resources are available to help DIYers of all skill levels complete even complex projects. As a bonus, we will not only give you a list of the easiest fixes... but also the best youtube videos to help you. You won't be able to find an easier way to fix up your aging house, or fix the annoying issue you have been having.
We have all had one of those times, if it isn't the sink it's your shower that is draining at a snails speed... or maybe not even at all. So for this one we are going to look at the generic things you can do to fix them up. So , as promised here is our favorite video as it doesn't just show you how to unplug your sink... but it shows you FOUR different ways to do it.
As you can see in the video: if your drains are clogged, you can use a plunger or a plumber s snake to clear them. This is a common problem in many households, but it is an easy fix. Just make sure that you do not use too much force when plunging or snaking, as this can damage your pipes and then you will be in more trouble once you turn the water back on and it leaks everywhere. There are solutions that you can try out to clear out some blockages, like the video shows... but here is the
EXPERT TIP! A lot of people need to learn about the existence of a clean-out on their home's main water line. This is important because let's say, for some reason you spring a leak you can't stop. It can take a while for a plumber to come so you want to shut it off at the source. So please make sure you find out where your main water line is as that will stop ALL water from coming to the house... and in turn stop the leak until the pros can arrive.
Alright, on to the next one and this is the one issue that can drive anyone insane. The leak that you can hear dripping no matter where you are in the house no matter what. But don't worry, as it isn't hard to fix at all and you will realize that you could've saved your sanity over all these years that you have just put up with the maddening dripping. On top of that it is just a waste of water. The good news is, fixing a leaky faucet is easy and only takes a few minutes, and all you need is a new washer and some pliers.
So without further dealy, here is the best video we found. To be honest we don't have anything to add as it is pretty straight forward:
And there you have it, the easiest way to fix your leaky faucet, and save your sanity, money and a bit of water too!
Most homeowners have experienced a toilet leak at some point which can be really stressful. Toilets aren't things that you want leaking and just the size of the toilet can be intimidating. These leaks can be caused by a variety of things, but the most common cause is a worn-out wax ring. And if you are feeling really adventurous and want to add a new bathroom to your basement this will also help you if you are trying to install a toilet.
Replacing the wax ring is a relatively easy DIY fix that anyone can do. Turn off the water to the toilet, flush to empty the bowl, and unscrew the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. Then, lift the toilet and replace the old wax ring with a new one. Finally, screw the toilet back into place and turn on the water.
Expert Tip! So this is one that we have actually done ourselves at home, but we didn't know about the powder you can put in the bowl ( once you clean it ) to solidify the water. So we were stuck scooping out all the water and it took a very, VERY , long time. So althought it is in the video as an aspect we can't stress this enough. Get the powder that turns the water into gel, as it will make it a lot easier to get all the water out.
A broken window can be another annoying fix that might seem like a pretty big project to tackle, which we aren't going to lie about. It is bigger than the previous three but still not super hard. Drafts getting in can ruin where you are living as it will change the temperature of the room and end up costing you money.
Here are the steps that you can use as a guide to change a window in your home:
- Before you get started, you'll need to gather a few tools: a screwdriver, putty knife, and some glazing compound. You may also need a chisel if the frame is old or damaged.
- Once you have your tools, remove the old glass from the frame with the screwdriver and putty knife. Then, clean out any old glazing compound from the frame. Next, measure the opening and cut a piece of glass to fit.
- Apply glazing compound around the edges of the glass and insert it into the frame. Secure it in place with small nails or screws.
That is it, and while it sounds way too easy, if you follow those steps, it isn't that hard. And as promised, here is our favorite video to show the steps:
Fixing your Windows could be the DIY fix that saves you the most money and can help to keep you more comfortable.
When it comes to home renovations, many people think they need to hire a professional to get the job done right. But as we have seen, this isn't true. If you aren't handy, don't worry; like we said, there is a good chance that a video can guide you through the job step by step. We have outlined the best and easiest DIY fixes around the house that can save you money and time.
And don't worry, as long as you don't burn down the house even if you make a mistake and end up needing to call a pro in to help fix it, we suggest you stick around and see what they do differently than what you were trying to do. At worst, you can think of this as a private lesson so you can do the job next time. Just stay out of their way, and they shouldn't have any issues with you watching them finalize your DIY attempt. Best case scenario you fix the issue and save money, and even better case scenario you increase the value of your house if you do decide to sell it.