As home renters and owners, we all have that certain something we want fixed. Maybe it’s minor, maybe it’s a leaking ceiling that’s flooding your kitchen. No matter what the issue, we all know that DIY repairs can rack up big dollars. Here are some simple solutions on how to make repairs around your home without breaking the bank.
Repair Loose Electrical Outlets
This problem is not only annoying, but highly dangerous. To avoid a safety threat, repair your loose outlets in just seconds. Outlet shims offer an inexpensive solution that’s easy for anyone. Make sure the products you buy when replacing any electrical gear is high quality. A reliable retailer like Codale can ensure that you are investing in long-lasting equipment.
What You’ll Need:
- Voltage tester
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Outlet shims
How to Do It:
- Outlet shims are affordable, easy to find, and offer a quick solution for old outlets, eliminating a major safety threat.
- Loose electrical outlets are constantly moving, loosening wires and posing a danger, especially to young children. With outlet shims, it’s easy to fix the problem for good. Turn off the power before attempting this repair.
Replacing a Ceiling Light Fixture
Replace a light fixture quickly, safely, and with more confidence. While this fix seems quick, simple drawbacks can lengthen an otherwise easy replacement. Here are some tips to make the job fast and safe:
Get a Non-contact Voltage Detector
You don’t have to touch wire to check for voltage when you own a non-contact voltage detector. Holding the tip close to the wire’s insulation is all it takes. Even after you turn off a breaker, you can still get shocked. A non-contact voltage detector keeps you safe and secure.
Have Extra Hardware Handy: Buying cheap extra mounting brackets in advance eliminates hassle.
Long Screws? If mounting screws are too long, cutting is necessary. A wire stripper with built-in bolt cutters is your go-to tool.
Short Wires? Extend short wires with wire connected with stab-in connectors, making connections faster and easier.
Need Support? Bend a scrap of wire (or something similar) to support the fixture while you work the wires.
Buy Better Connectors: The better the connectors, the more secure the connection. It’s that simple.
Make a Strong Connection: Extend the stranded wire further than the solid wire.
Chandelier Too Long? Your go-to tool is here: Chain pliers open and close decorative chains so that even the most complicated chandeliers can be easily replaced.
Electric Stove Repair Tips
You can fix most electric stove problems yourself, avoiding expensive service fees.
Replace the Burner
- All you have to do to repair an electric stove is test the burner-switch out the burner you think isn’t working with one that does. If the working burner doesn’t heat, then you know the burner isn’t the problem; it’s either the switch or the socket.
- If connections in the socket burn out, they fail to provide heating power, which means they have to be replaced. Luckily, this is a quick fix.
- The knob you use to control burner temperature is placed over a switch. If the switch burns out, your burner won’t have power. Test the switch if you know the burner and socket are good but the burner still won’t heat. If the switch is the issue, it’s easy to replace by unscrewing the knob that holds the old switch, installing a new one, and screwing it back in. Ta-da! A working stove at your fingertips.
Note: All you need for this DIY project is a 4-in-1 screwdriver and a multimeter if you discover that it’s a socket or switch issue, rather than a burner issue. Remember to unplug your stove before starting the fix.
If you thought DIY home repairs were impossible or costly, think again. These are just a few examples of easy projects you can conquer at home quickly, easily, and on a budget. It’s time to get fixin’.