Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Home Repair Tips

Greetings everyone and thanks for your continued support. This week I will cover some tips you may have heard of and forgotten, and some that are new. Using a potato to remove a broken light bulb Using a potato to remove a broken bulb does work. There are a couple of things to remember to do so safely. Make sure power to the light is off. Potatoes contain water so if the power is on you could get injured. Use a potato that is bigger around than the bulb base. Push the potato up in firmly and twist out. Using nail polish on bolts Using nail polish as lock tight does work, but remember a little bit is all you need. You can also use nail polish to mark your bolts as to location so if they move over time you will know. Cooking spray to quiet squeaky hinges on cabinets (if you don’t have WD 40) This works well too, just remember a little is all you need. Fun fact the primary ingredient in WD 40 is fish oil. Avoid using WD 40 in exterior locks as it can attract dust and bind the tumblers. Patching nail holes To fill a small nail holes ivory soap works well, and so does plain white toothpaste. Making a clean caulk line If you are caulking something for the first time or you just want to have things look like a pro, try using painter’s tape on both sides of your caulk line. Once you have the caulk pressed in remove the tape for a clean straight edge. General tips for any project involving water or electricity Any time you work on plumbing, turn off the water source even if you do not plan to disconnect anything. Anytime you work with electrical wires of any voltage make sure they are off. Use a voltage tester to make sure there is no power. Never leave a connection exposed, even if you have soldered two wires, always use wire nuts, this will prevent a short or worse. Never use a coin or other tool as a bridge in a circuit. If you can’t fix it right on your own, call a professional. I do not and never will recommend working with voltage over 120. Call a professional, it will save you a lot of headaches and ensure your home is safe. Always allow ample time for any project. DIY shows make it look easy and fast, but it’s not quite that fast, remember they edit out a lot and have a team of workers. If something is said to take an hour, figure 2, and if you get done faster great.

Basic Tool Kit:

Framing hammer

Finish Nail Hammer

Rubber mallet

Pry bar

Set of phillips screwdrivers

Set of standard screwdrivers

Set of mini screwdrivers

Set of standard and metric

Allen keys ½ drive and ¼ inch drive sockets


Chalk line

Basin wrench

Set of standard and metric wrenches

Two pipe wrenches of equal size

Set of medium channel locks

Set of small channel locks

Vice grip 4 clamps 20-amp drill



Hand saw for wood

Hand saw for metal

Close quarters metal saw

Mirror for seeing up and behind

Flashlight besides your phone

Saws All

Circular saw with table-saw attachment

Wood chisels 1 wide, 1narrow

Plumbers tape

Measuring tape 30ft


Wire cutters and crimp tool



Many nice tools can be found at huge discounts at pawn shops. These tools will allow you to do a lot. For any project large or small always make sure you budget an extra 10%. This will cover many unexpected small challenges.

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