4 Easy DIY Fixes for Common Household Annoyances

EElliott August 28, 2023 11:27 AM

Ever wished for a quick fix to those annoying household issues that constantly need your attention? Well, you're in luck! Here are 4 easy DIY fixes for common household annoyances that you can tackle over the weekend.

1. Fix a Leaky Faucet

Nothing is more annoying than the continuous drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. A little fix can not only save your sanity but also your water bill. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to fix it:

  • Step 1: Turn off the water supply to your faucet. You can typically find the shut-off valve under your sink.
  • Step 2: Remove the faucet handle. This is usually held on by a screw on the top or back of the handle.
  • Step 3: Once the handle is off, you'll see a nut that secures the stem. Unscrew this using a wrench.
  • Step 4: You'll see a washer at the end of the stem. Replace this washer with a new one of the same size. This is likely the culprit of your leak.
  • Step 5: Reassemble the faucet, turn the water back on, and check if the dripping has stopped.

2. Unjam a Garbage Disposal

A jammed garbage disposal can be a major annoyance. Here's how to get it running again:

  • Step 1: Turn off the disposal and unplug it.
  • Step 2: Look inside the disposal with a flashlight to see if there's anything jamming it.
  • Step 3: If you see something, use pliers (not your hands!) to remove the object.
  • Step 4: Use the wrench that came with your disposal (or a 1/4-inch Allen wrench) and insert it into the hole at the bottom of the disposal. Move it back and forth to free the impellers.
  • Step 5: Once the impellers are moving freely, plug the disposal back in, run water, and turn it on.

3. Fix a Loose Doorknob

A loose doorknob can be a safety issue, especially if it's on an exterior door. Here's how to fix it:

  • Step 1: Remove the screws from the doorknob.
  • Step 2: Once the doorknob is off, you'll see a cylindrical shaft (the spindle). Tighten the screws on the spindle.
  • Step 3: Put the doorknob back on and reinsert the screws.

4. Stop a Squeaky Door

Finally, put an end to the eerie sound of a squeaky door. Here's how:

  • Step 1: Identify the hinge causing the squeak.
  • Step 2: Remove the pin from the squeaky hinge.
  • Step 3: Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or WD-40 on the hinge pin.
  • Step 4: Reinsert the pin back into the hinge.


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