Solutions For DIY Home Repairs

Have a few things around the house that need to be fixed? There is no need to call a plumber; these are easy DIY home repairs that can be done inexpensively. To make the repairs you will need replacement parts and a few hand tools such as a screwdriver, pliers, and a set of wrenches.

Replacing a Toilet

This job is not as hard as you might think. Once you have the new toilet it is simply a matter of unscrewing the bolts at the base, disconnecting the water lines, and lifting the toilet from the floor. You will need to replace the wax ring that surrounds the drain and creates a watertight seal. To set the toilet simply attach the new ring to the drain and place the new toilet over it pressing down firmly to get a good seal. Replace the bolts and reattach the water lines and you’re all set. For the best results, you need to make sure to use only high-quality Sears parts when replacing any hardware.

Unclog a Sink

The quickest and easiest way to do this job is with a plumber’s helper, also known as a plunger. To use a plunger you simply push down on the handle and pull up in one swift motion. Repeat this process until the drain clears and you can run water down it. If the plunger doesn’t do the trick, the next step is to check the sink trap. Place a bucket underneath to catch the water that will come out when you remove the piece. Gently pull down and remove whatever is in it, replace the pipe and tighten the nuts. You should be good to go.

Fix a Leaking Sink

A sink leak may have a couple of different causes. To find the source of the leak open the cabinet and look under the sink with a flashlight. Most often leaks occur near the sink trap or right below the bowl portion of the sink itself. If you’ve had a clog and removed the trap odds are that it wasn’t tightened enough and is just leaking near the joint. Loosen the slip nuts make sure the pipe is in place and re-tighten the nuts, being careful not to overtighten the plastic rings. Finger tighten only when dealing with plastic parts.

Fix a Stuck Garbage Disposal

Sometimes the garbage disposal gets stuck even after you have removed whatever was dropped in there. Do you hear a buzzing noise when you flip the switch but nothing happens? Look at the base of your disposal for a reset button this should fix the problem. If your disposal doesn’t have a reset button you can do it manually. Find the largest Allen wrench you have and stick the short end of it in the hole at the bottom of the disposal. Use the other end as a handle and push back and forth gently until it moves. and then turn using the other end as a handle. Try it clockwise first, then counterclockwise if that didn’t work. That should free the blades and you’re back in business. Sears parts are great for repairs to appliances and a dozen other things.

These jobs can be completed without having to hire a professional. All you need is a little elbow grease and determination and you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.