Here are a few suggestions that even the most inexperienced DIY-ers can feel comfortable tackling around your home.
- 1. Sluggish/Clogged Shower heads – Hard water can be a shower head’s worst enemy, since its mineral content will build up inside and impede water flow. You can partially fill a sturdy plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the bathroom shower head. Take pains to secure it with duct tape or twine and leave it overnight. The vinegar will significantly clean out the deposits, and you will have a much better water flow.
- 2. Water Stains on the Ceiling – If your ceiling has just one or two minor water stains, you may be able to avoid re-painting the entire thing by trying this simple method. Fill a spray bottle with a solution containing 10% bleach and 90% water and spray the spots. Within a couple of days the stain will likely disappear. This works on both flat and textured surfaces. Note: Be sure to wear protective eye gear when trying this!
- 3. Sticking Vinyl Windows and Doors – When sliding vinyl windows and doors refuse to open and close easily, it’s likely because debris has become lodged in the channels. A simple solution is to spray polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) spray lubricant onto the contact points and then wipe them out with a rag. PTFE is the same substance used in coating non-stick cookware. This Teflon spray product can be purchased in any home improvement store or even online. Caution: Do not use oil lubricants, since they can attract dirt, as well as damaging the vinyl surface.
- 4. Filling Old Nail and Screw Holes – An old tip for repairing these holes, courtesy of Popular Mechanics, is to pop a wooden golf tee into the opening. Then saw the tee flush with the wood’s surface, sand and finish.
- 5. Removing Toilet Bowl Stains –Once again, vinegar comes to the rescue. Create a paste by mixing vinegar with baking soda and apply it to the stains in the toilet. Allow the solution to set for an hour or longer, then scrub with a brush, and the stain should lift away. Because it’s biodegradable, the vinegar and baking soda combination is also environmentally friendly.
Not all home repair and restoration projects can be managed as easily or as quickly as these. For the more extensive and challenging tasks that need to be addressed, remember that you can always count on Handyman Matters. Call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME to locate the handyman nearest you.