Becoming a handyman is all part of being a homeowner. Although there are plenty a big jobs that are best left to the professionals there a lot of little fixes that you should be able to conquer around your house. How many of the following repair jobs are you proficient at?
Turning Off the Gas
If you smell gas in your home, then the first thing you need to do is call the gas company. They will recommend that you turn off the gas. Do you know where the gas found into the house is located? It usually located outside at the meter and probably will need an adjustable wrench to turn on and off. It’s a good idea once you turn off the gas to let the gas company come back to turn on again.
Fixing a Running Toilet
A running toilet is usually caused by problems with the flapper, chain or float. Sometimes it just takes a jiggle the handle to stop it from running. When that doesn’t work, you’ll need to take off the tank lid and inspect what the problem is. You’ll probably be able to figure it out by flushing the toilet and watching what happens. A minor adjustment of one of those components should do the trick.
Turning Off Power to Your House
Sooner or later you will “blow a fuse” around your house. This usually happens when you have too many appliances plugged into one section of your home. You should familiarize yourself with your circuit breaker box. Every switch in that box corresponds to a different section in your home. They should all be clearly labeled so you know exactly which zone to flip back to reset.
Finding A Wall Stud
The best way to hang a heavy picture or television is to drill directly into a wall stud. Don’t try tapping the wall in search for a “solid thud.” Instead, you can invest 10 bucks at your local hardware store to purchase a stud finder. FYI, most studs are spaced 16 to 24 inches apart.
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