While some home improvement projects should always be left to the professionals, most basic repairs are very easy to carry out. With a good set of tools and some high-quality products, you will be able to tackle a wide variety of common household problems.

Tightening Loose Doorknobs

Tightening a loose doorknob is a relatively simple project that should take no more than a few minutes to complete. If the doorknob is loose on the spindle, then you will need to tighten the set-screw. That screw can usually be found where the handle meets the faceplate. For a loose faceplate, all you need to do is tighten the exposed screws until they are snug. You can also prevent those screws from coming loose by applying a few drops of thread locking glue. If need be, you can often replace your own doorknob from a set bought at the hardware store entirely on your own, as well.

Refinishing an Outdoor Deck

Most refinishing work is very straightforward, and this simple project is going to increase the durability and lifespan of your outdoor deck. The first step in this process is washing every inch of the deck with a pressure washer. Once the deck is clean and dry, you can apply a deck cleaner to remove any stains. The final step in this process is reapplying your preferred deck sealer. This should be done when there is no rain and the humidity is low for the best results. Otherwise, the sealant may not bond well to the wood.

Fixing Leaky Faucets and Fixtures

A slow leak can waste an incredible amount of water in a short period of time, and that is why you should regularly inspect all of the faucets, valves, and spigots on your property. If you find a leak, then you will need to remove the hardware with a set of plumbing wrenches. After the hardware has been removed, you can replace the O-ring, apply a fresh layer of plumber’s tape, and reattach the fixture. When it comes time to replace those fixtures, you should always stick with durable hardware such as stainless steel valves and brass fittings.

Replacing Cabinet Hinges

Replacing old cabinet hinges isn’t necessarily a complicated process, but you need to take your time if you want the doors to align with the cabinets. Most hinges can easily be removed with a screwdriver or power drill, and you can use the old holes to align the new hinges. To make this process even easier, you might want to use adjustable hinges that can be tightened or loosened after the cabinet doors have been installed.

As a general rule, you should contact a professional contractor if there any serious issues with your home’s roof, foundation, electrical system, or pipes. Working on those areas of the home can be risky, and you might end up doing quite a bit of damage if you don’t have the proper tools and training.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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