Instant Fixes For Nagging Problems Around the House | Jennifer Mackay

Posted by Jennifer Mackay - Owner on Monday, March 9th, 2020 at 7:44am.

Panama City Home Repair Tips

Are you interested in saving money on home repairs? Perhaps there are a few things around the house that just aren't 100% to your liking.

Here are just a few issues and fixes that can save you a lot of money by doing them yourself. And they are very easy!

Cleaner Clothes

In order to get the most out of your detergent, check the water temperature with a cooking thermometer (one that registers low temperatures) when you do a cold, a warm and a hot wash. The reason is: additives in laundry detergent won't work as well, and powder detergents won't fully dissolve if the water is not at the correct temperature

How to fix:

Check the water temperature with a cooking thermometer when you do a cold, a warm and a hot wash. For cold water washes: if the water temperature is below 65 degrees, you can boost it by using the warm water setting for part of the initial fill cycle. If the warm water wash is below 85 degrees, run the hot water tap into the laundry tub or a sink near the laundry room until it gets warm/hot, then turn on the washer.

Does your washing machine move?

If your washing machine moves across the floor when it's in spin cycle, it more than likely needs to be leveled.

How to fix:

Push the machine back into position if it has moved across the floor (get a helper if it's too heavy for you). Adjust the front feet to make the machine level from side to side and front to back by turning the locking nut at the top of the foot. Use a wrench if the nut is too tight or rusted. Some washing machine feet can be adjusted by simply tilting the machine allowing the feet to self adjust

Appliance Scratched?

With color-matched epoxy touch-up paint, you remove scratches from your appliance.

How to fix:

Fill the scratch with a thin coat of the epoxy touch-up paint with the appropriate color. Use a porcelain-type version for stove tops and porcelain sinks. You can also re-paint the plastic handles on your appliances to make them look brand new.
Battery problems with your remotes (or other battery powered unit)

If you put new batteries in and they don't revive your radio, flashlight or other battery-powered gizmo, you may have dirty/corroded contacts.

How to fix:

Rub the battery contact points with a pencil eraser. If the points are caked with heavy corrosion, you may need something more abrasive, such as an emery board or fine sandpaper. Replace the batteries.
Garbage Disposer not starting?

Sometimes a garbage disposer will become overloaded and gets too hot or something may be stuck inside.

How to fix:

Once the motor cools,  push the reset button on the side of or under the unit. However, if it hums and doesn't spin, something may be stuck within. Switch the disposer off, then try working through it by turning the blades with a special disposer wrench (sold at home centers) or by turning a bottom bolt with a wrench. Some garbage disposers have an Allen wrench for that purpose, inset on the bottom of the machine.
Door sticking?

Sticking doors is a common old-house problem, often happening when kids hang from doorknobs.

How to fix:

Typically, door hinges come with standard 3/4-in. hinge screws. Replace these screws with at least two 3-in. screws that will go through the door jambs and anchor into the framing.
Loose Screws?

Have you ever tried to tighten a screw and it just wobbles, spins, doesn't grab or draw tight.

How to fix:

First try using a larger or longer screw. Fill the hole wooden toothpick, then reinstall the screw.

Sticking Drawers?

Sometimes, wood drawers with skids stick, making it difficult to pull and push the drawer.

How to fix:

Johnson paste wax to the rescue...  Place a small amount of the wax on a clean rag and apply to the skids under the drawer. Rub the tracks inside the chest or the sides of the drawer and cabinet as well.

Have Dents in Your Carpet?

Furniture leaves footprints/indents in carpet after sitting for awhile.

How to fix: 

Dampen the carpet with a white rag (colored fabric can leave dye in the carpet). Then heat the area with a hair dryer as you rake the carpet yarn gently in all directions with a spoon.

I hope you find these few fixes help save you some money and come in handy!

Check back for more handy home tips and tricks!



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