Archie Ali
  Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
Independently Owned and Operated
   
 
archieali@rogers.com
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10 Quick Fixes to 10 Common Problems

 
 

Clogged Drains:  For sinks, use a hand snake first. Remove the stopper and force the snake down into the drain as far as it will go. For tough clogs remove the trap below the sink or tub.
For toilets, a plunger works best. Make sure that the plunger seals well and use short quick strokes.

 

Dirty Heating / Cooling Filter:  To replace the filter, find its location in either the air intake grill or in the heating/cooling unit itself. Remove and replace it with a similar sized filter.

 

Uneven Flow from Faucet:  An aerator is the small cylinder screwed on to the end of most faucet spouts and often becomes clogged with small particles obstructing the flow of water. To repair an aerator, unscrew it from the end of the spout, clean or replace it.

 

Faulty Door Lock:  Door locks, especially exterior, need lubrication when they get stiff and hard to move. To repair a lock, squirt some graphite lubrication directly into the keyhole and exercise the lock by opening and closing it several times.

 

Blown Fuse or Breaker:  An overloaded circuit will usually trip the breaker or blow a fuse, shutting off power. First, discover the problem circuit by locating the tripped breaker or blown fuse and correct the overload. Then push the breaker switch to the "off" position and then switch it back "on." For fuses, the blown fuse must be replaced with one of a similar rating.

 

Leaky Roof:  Likely spots for leaks are where the roof meets a chimney, exhaust piping or structural interface. After you've found the suspicious spot, apply "wet or dry" mastic (tar) and then schedule for a roofer to follow up. Patch a damaged shingle with a piece of metal flashing by placing it under the damaged area.

 

Cracked and Missing Caulking:  To repair damaged caulking, prepare the surface so that it is free of dirt and any old caulk. Then use a caulking gun to squeeze new caulk into the joint. Choose the correct caulk for the application and wipe away any excess.

 

Problem Doors:  When a door is not operating well, it is very important to diagnose the problem first before calling a professional.  Is it out of adjustment because of settling, a loose hinge? 

 

Holes and Cracks in Walls:  Repairing holes, scratches and cracks in walls is usually a simple job. First apply a patching compound, wait for it to dry and sand it for consistency.

 

Leaky Toilet:  Repairing a toilet that runs usually requires that you either adjust the float, replace the flapper or replace the fill valve. If you are uncertain which part to replace, you can buy a kit and replace the whole inner workings for very little cash.

 
 


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