When you check your to-do list, does it seem to keep getting longer and more overwhelming? Sometimes, homeowners can feel as though their status with their chores fits like a social media relationship: it’s complicated. We’ve sorted out some common conundrums so you can whittle away at your tasks with confidence.
A Breath of Fresh Air
One of the little things every homeowner must master is changing their HVAC air filters. Most people don’t have the skills to make actual repairs on the unit — doing so can easily ruin the unit, and you could easily spend $3,000 to $5,000 for a new one. However, all homeowners can easily change out their filters. If it has been a while and the air in your home doesn’t seem fresh or filth is building up on your intake vents, it’s likely time to install a new filter.
Before tackling the job, it’s important to locate the installed filter and ensure you buy the right size replacement by checking the indication on its side. If you need a how-to refresher or it’s your first time changing a filter, this tutorial will walk you through the job.
Keep the Coffee Coming
Does your coffee maker act as if it could use a cup of its own juice to get going in the morning? If it’s seeming as sluggish as you feel, has a white residue, or your coffee isn’t tasting quite right, chances are it’s time to give it a thorough cleansing. Over time, minerals tend to build up in coffee makers, particularly if you use hard water.
The Kitchn points out that you can descale mineral buildup easily and inexpensively. Start with an empty carafe and machine, then pour equal parts white vinegar and water into the carafe. Run the mix halfway through the machine, and then stop the coffee maker and let it sit for an hour. Then, switch it back on to finish. Follow that up with three cycles of plain water. If you often see build-up, switching to distilled or bottled water can help.
Stop Jiggling the Handle
Running toilets are more than a minor annoyance, since they can lead to higher water bills when allowed to persist. As DIY Plumbing Advice explains, it’s likely one of two things, and both issues are easy fixes. Start by opening the tank and becoming familiar with the parts inside. Try adjusting the chain in case it’s preventing the flapper from achieving a good seal. If that doesn’t fix it, making a bit of a bend in the ball arm could resolve the issue. If neither option works, replacing the flapper might be in order. You can shut off the water, and either carefully measure your flapper to ensure you select the correct replacement part or remove the flapper and take it with you to the store so you can make comparisons.
Drywall Dings and Divots
When a door gets swung a little too hard, drywall can get damaged, dinged, or end up with a hole. This Old House points out an easy solution to drywall dings is to install a plate designed to patch and protect it. There are special plates you can purchase with an adhesive backing that make repairs a snap. Simply remove the loose drywall material, install the plate over the hole, and finish it to match the rest of the wall. If you don’t happen to have paint that matches the wall, snag one of the pieces of damaged drywall, and take it to your local hardware store to have them match the color with a computer. If it’s too damaged or you don’t have a sample, you can use an app to make a good match using the undamaged wall as your starting point.
Being a homeowner has its share of conundrums, but a few tricks can simplify your to-do list. Whether your toilet is giving you fits, your coffee seems stale, or the air needs a refresher, we’ve got you covered. Tackle your household tasks with confidence!
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