There are a lot of small issues in the house which become nuisances over time. Fixing them without spending too much money can lead to a good amount of saving over a period of time. Here are some solutions to common, annoying problems in your home that you can tackle yourself in just a weekend.
In a standard gravity-flush toilet, most of the problems of leaking can be diagnosed by simple observation. One of the most common causes of a running toilet is a rubber flapper (the part that seals out water) which doesn’t seal the water due to damage or wear and tear. To test this, put a couple of drops of food coloring in the tank and wait five minutes. If the water in the bowl changes color, it is the flapper. Before changing the flapper, check the flapper chain to make sure it’s not too short (the flapper can’t close) or too long (the chain gets caught). If the chain is fine, replace the flapper with a new one of the same make. To learn how to replace a toilet flapper, check out this article from About.com Plumbing.
Leaky faucets do not seem like a large problem but they end up wasting a lot of water and might grow into a larger problem over time. Fixing leaky faucets is not that complicated, in most cases, all you need to an adjustable wrench, a flat-head screwdriver, a can of WD-40® Multi-Use Product, and replacement washers and O-rings.
Before starting any work, it is recommended to turn off the water supply to the faucet. Then remove any decorative parts from the handle knobs by prying it off with a flat-head screwdriver. Underneath each knob, there is usually a screw that mounts the handle to the stem. Spray a little WD-40 Multi-Use Product to loosen the screw, and unscrew the faucet handle from the stem. Use your wrench to loosen the packing nut and remove the stem. Once this is done, you should remove the washer and O-ring from inside the valve seat and put the replacements inside the seat (click here for a visual on how to do this). From there, reassemble all the parts, and slowly and gently turn the knob to test the running water.
Water Stains on Wood Furniture
Water stains on a furniture surface can be really irritating to the eyes. To remove water stains from your wood furniture, cover the water stain with a dry cotton cloth and go over it with a medium-hot iron for several seconds. If that doesn’t work, Better Homes & Gardens recommends lightly wiping the mark with a cloth dampened with denatured alcohol.
Tip: Use WD-40 Multi-Use Product to remove gunk from the faucet of your sink.
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