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Nagging little problems are the bane of every homeowner’s existence, and the professionals charge big bucks for repairs. Here are some fast fixes you can do yourself.

Toilet Trouble

If your toilet seems to be flushing a little listlessly, don’t blame the water pressure. Ninety percent of the time, the holes under the rim are the problem. Or, more accurately, the calcium and sediment clogging the holes are the problem. Get a small brush with stiff bristles and clean them out. The action of the toilet will be much better.

Leaky toilets are a problem, especially if you have a septic tank. All that extra water can cause the septic tank to fill up too quickly. To find and fix those leaks, first check the ball float, which controls the water level in the tank. If it lets the water rise too high, it will start to flow into the overflow pipe and right out the drain. Adjust the arm for the ball float by tightening the screw at the top of the arm mechanism. Or bend the arm downward, which will stop the water flow sooner after a flush. Read more here: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/repairing/simple-home-repairs

Applying Caulk

Caulk is the bead of rubbery stuff between your tub, shower or sink and the wall, or between your toilet’s outer rim and the floor. It creates a seal that protects floors and walls from moisture. It also glues itself in place, which makes applying it an easy one step process. Over time, caulk can discolor or deteriorate, leaving your home vulnerable to water damage and mold growth.
The hardest part of installing caulk is removing the residue left by the old stuff. Without completely eliminating the old caulk, the new bead won’t stick, so good preparation is important. In the old days, you had to remove caulk with a razor scraper, and it took a while to get it all up. Now, there are a number of products on the market that will soften old caulk and make it easier to remove. Treated caulk residue comes up easily with a putty knife. After the old caulk is gone, clean the area with paint thinner and let it dry completely. Now you’re ready to move on to the installation process. Read more here: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/5-home-repairs-you-should-do-yourself.htm#page=3

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Things To Know Before Hiring A Handyman

Hiring a handyman is not easy and many people have had bad experiences with handymen. You’ve heard the stories like they don’t show up, they don’t return calls, they say they can do the work but end up letting you down, and just a litany of negativity. So, here are some of the things you need to know before hiring one:

Interview First, Before Anything Else

By now you should have a short list of contractors you want to interview to see if they can handle the work you need done. Whether it’s hanging drapes or building an addition, you want to interview them first before agreeing to let them do any work in your home. Don’t let them just give you a raw estimate for the work you’re asking for – especially if they’ve never seen your home, or have no idea of the scope of the work involved.

Call them up or meet with them and ask them about the kinds of work they’ve done in the past. Ask what their expertise is, and whether they’ve done this kind of work before. If you’re in a state or region where a contractor has to be licensed, ask for their license number so you can verify it. If they want to give you an estimate on the spot, let them, but make it clear that this isn’t binding and you’re not hiring them for any work. Learn more…

Hiring Handyman

Is That A Handyman?

The handyman profession is not easy to define. If I were to say that a handyman is a person who offers his home repairing talents for money, I would be right but not very helpful. If I tried to get myself out of trouble by listing the specific skills a handyman should have, I would be in more hot water! For every skill I would add to the list of required talents including among others electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, tile work, locksmithing. I would be eliminating hundreds of handymen. Learn more…

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Handyman

With the various projects you might have going on around the house, it may be faster to hire a handyman (or woman!) rather than spending hours on the weekends doing them all yourself. A handyman is a jack of all trades when it comes to home repairs and maintenance around your home, usually for less money than a specialist such as a plumber and electrician. But before you bring someone into your home, it’s important to find the right person. You don’t want a handyman who swindles you or fixes everything incorrectly to where you have to go back and have another professional redo the work for more money. Learn more…

More Things To Know Before Hiring A Handyman

Every house, no matter how old or new it is, will have its fair share of maintenance issues that come up. More often than not, these little projects don’t require an experienced contractor who specializes in one particular trade. Oftentimes, all you need is a reliable handyman.

Before you hire the first handyman service that shows up on Google, there are things you need to know. Don’t sign that dotted line until you take all nine into account. Learn more…