DIY Tips – Common house repair

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Usually we can call on professionals to help out when we face issues in our homes. However, there are things that can be easily fixed with the right tool and with some elbow grease. Most repairs will require a little bit of knowledge about what you are fixing.
Many things can get broken in a home, but most can be repaired without having to call a professional. However, make sure that you know what you are doing, because you will have to call a professional if you make a bigger mess, which might cost you more later on.

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Protecting your computer

Although it might seem that this is easy to do, many forget that viruses and malware are targeting every computer, without exception. And call support cannot help you all the time. It is advisable that you install trusted anti-virus programs so that you can do a weekly scan in order to protect your computer from harm.

Easy electrical fixes

Changing a blown fuse is not hard, but you have to make sure that you turn the main power source off otherwise you risk yourself getting electrocuted. Even fixing loose wires is not hard; just make sure that you read the manuals beforehand, so that you do not short circuit an appliance.

Leaky pipes

Fixing a leaky pipe is not hard, if you can find the source and if you have the right tools. Remember never to try and fix something without the right tool, because you will only make it worse. However, if you find that you cannot do it by yourself, or if the problem exceeds DIY capabilities, it is better to call on plumbing services and have professionals have a look.

Remember to check water hoses with your appliances as well, sometimes they can be leaky too, and all they need is a little bit of duct tape or a hose replacement.

Moldy spots on the wall

Mold usually grows in places where there is a lot of moisture and if left unattended, you can develop allergies and other health problems. It is best to clean the area with a mixture of bleach and warm water. However, it is advisable that you repaint the spot after you cleaned it, as you will need to apply a paint that will prevent future mold growth.

Driveway cracks

Nobody likes to look at cracked pavement, especially if it is part of your driveway. Although it might look like you will need to spare a lot of time to fix it up, all you need to do really is clear loose debris and fill up deeper cracks with sand, spray the area with water and apply crack filler designed for asphalt and let it dry. It is best to do this if you know you will have good weather for a few days so the crack filler can dry thoroughly.
It is also good to do this annually; you will preserve your driveway for as long as possible.

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.