Running a home is a never-ending task; there’s always something hanging loose, not draining properly, looking a bit frayed or just plain old busted. If something’s well-and-truly kaput then yes, you’ll have to replace it, but there’s loads of tricks that can prevent an expensive call-out. Here’s just a few.
Bleeding cold radiators
If you’re noticing that some of your radiators aren’t kicking out as much heat as they were, or that they have definite cool spots, don’t call out your heating engineer just yet. Learn how to bleed them; this easy instructable from Emo Oil will walk you through it.
Unblock your toilet
If the kids have stuffed the u-bend with toilet roll yet again, then this easy trick with a mop and a carrier bag could mean you don’t have to phone a plumber. Then all you need to do is teach your little darlings that they really don’t need to use half a roll every time they visit the smallest room.
Disclaimer: this last part may not be quick, easy or cheap…
Learn how to fix a dripping tap
A dripping or leaky tap is a real nuisance; it makes an annoying sound, especially if it’s in the bathroom, keeping you awake. Furthermore, it wastes water and can cause staining on the sink or bath if you’re in a hard water area. You don’t need to replace the entire tap or call someone out, it’s easy to fix it yourself, although it does involve a trip to the DIY store first.
Save money on expensive limescale removers
We’ve all seen the adverts – spray an expensive solution onto your limescale-dulled work surfaces and bathrooms and everything will gleam like new in an instant. The reality isn’t quite that simple, though – you still need to scrub, rinse, repeat and then do the same a few weeks down the line. By using lemon juice, cola or white vinegar, as well as some salt for scrubbing, you can cut down on the amount of limescale you need to deal with. You might need to use the proprietary cleaner once a year still but you’ll still be saving money.
Sand and reseal wooden flooring
This might be stretching the “easy” claim somewhat, but you’ll definitely save money! If your wooden or laminate flooring is scuffed and starting to look grubby, then you should go over it with a drum sander. You’ll need to set aside a couple of days for this project, as it also involves re-varnishing a few times, but once it’s done, you won’t be able to stop looking at your new floor.
Learn how to sew on a button
Spend a few euros investing in a sewing kit – you don’t necessarily need a machine – and collect old buttons, reels of cotton from charity shops, hooks, zips and so on. This means that as soon as someone loses a button or rips a shirt, you can mend it rather than discarding it and spending lots of money replacing it.