6 Household Repairs You Didn’t Think You Could Do (But You Really Can)

Believe it or not, you have all the tools needed to fix many of the most common household issues. Things like a squeaky floor, broken tiles, and even a faulty vacuum cleaner are easy to handle. Even better, doing so will save you some serious cash. Without further adieu, here are a few of the easiest repairs you didn’t know you could DIY.

‘Broken’ Vacuum

If your vacuum doesn’t suck, that’s a problem. Fortunately, a lack of suction is one of the easiest issues to remedy. You can start by checking your dust canister. It may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s not that easy to tell if it’s full. Cleaning the filter is another way to restore suction. Other problems, such as unpleasant odor, can also be taken care of without expensive professional repairs. Of course there are times when your vacuum will not be fixable, even by professionals. In this case, make sure to read reviews before purchasing a new one.

Cracked Floor Tiles

The kitchen and bath often feature ceramic tile, which is pretty durable. However, even this low-maintenance surface isn’t completely infallible. One dropped cast iron skillet and you’re looking at one or more cracked or broken tiles. It’s a repair that only takes about an hour from start to finish. Scott H. Schilling of This Old House explains that the first step is to remove the surrounding grout. Add a few strips of painters tape around the bordering tiles and grab the drill. If the tile hasn’t loosened up on its own, drill a few holes to expedite the process.

Once the remaining grout, tile pieces, and dust are cleaned out, set the new tile and regrout. Don’t walk or set heavy objects on the repaired area for 24 hours.

Drywall Repairs

Drywall is a fairly thin layer of material over the frame of your home. As such, everything from an enthusiastically opened door to a poorly struck nail can leave you with ugly holes. However, even the most inept DIYer can easily patch holes up to three inches in diameter with a drywall repair kit. These inexpensive kits come with everything you need — including important instructions — to fix small areas of damage.

Clogged Toilet

Although it might be a little embarrassing to admit, but at one point or another, you’re going to have to deal with a clogged toilet. However, instead of picking up the phone and calling a local plumber, try a DIY solution that could save you a little money in the long run. After assessing the severity of the clog itself, according to Angie’s List, scoop some baking soda into the toilet and follow it up with vinegar. After that, you need to add a pot of hot water to the mixture and wait for the clog to disappear. If the problem persists, repeat the process, though you might need to finally call a plumber if the issue sticks around.

Uneven Interior Door

One of the most annoying issues, especially in older homes, is an uneven door frame. Doors that will shut but not lock or those with a visibly uneven gap at the top or bottom are unsightly, and they can compromise your privacy. DoItYourself.com offers step-by-step instructions on how to square off an interior door in this online tutorial.
Before you begin, make sure you have the tools you’ll need on hand. This includes a screwdriver, level, wood shims, hammer, and, most importantly, a helper since doors are bulky and solid wood models are heavy.

Rotting Deck Boards

A failing deck is a hazard and poses a real danger to your family. However, because the wood is exposed to the elements year-round, a few rotting or damaged deck boards aren’t necessarily a cause for alarm. Pressure-treated wood can splinter, meaning you may need to replace a single board or joist. Sometimes, you may only need to bore out the damaged area and reseal. If the issue is cosmetic, simply pull up the board, flip, and refasten. You can avoid significant damage simply by maintaining your deck via cleaning, sealing, and performing regular visual inspections.

While anything dealing with the electrical, plumbing, or HVAC system or the roof or foundation should be looked at by a professional (you can research local pros and compare prices), little fixes can save you big bucks. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and remember; helpful advice is just a Google search away.

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