Three Useful Building Tips

Three Useful Building Tips

When building anything from a shed to a house, there are many issues and problems that can arise, many of which are easy fixes! Mixing Concrete The following mix creates a typical More »

 

Three Easy Self Fixes

There are many things that can go wrong around the house, leaving you pulling your hair out in frustration, before calling in a handyman to fix it. However, with just a little know how and some basic tools, some common problems are not so difficult to fix yourself.

Bleeding a radiator

When one of your radiators is cold but the rest are working, it’s time to bleed them. You’ll need a radiator key, though some valves can be turned with a screwdriver. To check, look on the top side of your radiator. You’ll find the bleed valve on the top side of your radiator – the smaller of the two valves. If 1200px-Radiator_op_blauw-wit-gestreepte_tegelsyou need a key, most hardware shops stock them.

  • Turn off the heating, then open the intake and outtake valves on your radiator.
  • Next, open the bleed valve. You should hear a hiss of air, followed by sputtering water.
  • When the water is squirting out without air, close the bleed valve.
  • It’s worth repeating this for every radiator in the house.

Periodic bleeding of all your radiators should be done annually to prevent any problems. Be sure to check the pressure as some may have been lost during the bleeding process.

Spinning screws

These can really make your door stick if the hinges have dropped. A quick, cheap and easy solution is to snap a toothpick in half and insert both ends into the screw hole. Then simply screw in a new screw, which will bite on the new wood.

Sealing a sink

When the silicone around your sink or shower begins to fail, there’s no need to panic. All you need to do is grab a tube of silicone and a sealant gun.

  • Remove any remaining silicone and clean the area fully.
  • Dry the area to be sealed and ensure that it can remain dry for 24 hours.
  • Use your silicone gun to run a thin bead around the problem area.
  • You can use your finger to press it gently into the gap.
  • Re-apply silicone anywhere additional sealing is needed.
  • Leave to dry for 24 hours.

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