The 7 Most-Needed Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

    Relax. Here’s how to make short work of every common repair annoyance from a leaky toilet to a sticky window.

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    1. Fix a leaky toilet
    http://youtu.be/rTD_ZqxBX4U

    Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect — and solve other likely problems.

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    2. Repair drywall holes
    http://youtu.be/aiGjG4aPJiU

    The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.

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    3. Adjust cabinet doors
    http://youtu.be/wS75TlKJhQI

    Changes in humidity can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver.

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    4. Open a stuck window
    http://youtu.be/K_OMKkvuFkA

    Windows stick when paint, dust, or moisture builds. Use a utility knife (or a pizza cutter) to remove old paint. Be careful not to gouge the wood sash. If high humidity is making windows hard to move, run a humidifier that sucks moisture out of air.

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    5. Stop a leaking faucet
    http://youtu.be/A7e2bIfP8Us

    A dripping faucet can waste 5 gallons of water per day. If you can’t replace the faulty part immediately, tie a string around the faucet and let it fall into the drain: Dripping water will silently flow down the string.

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    6. Silence door squeaks.
    http://youtu.be/sWcUpCRWDA8

    Take the squeak out of doors by lubricating top and bottom hinges with a little WD-40 or white lithium grease. If you don’t have any on hand, olive oil is a quick but temporary fix.

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    7. Turn off the main water line.
    http://youtu.be/NFNbTIzjh-s

    Don’t wait until water gushes into your house to search for the main water line. When things are calm and dry, locate and practice turning it on and off.

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    Source: houselogic.com/Lisa Kaplan Gordon/02182015

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