Single Life: Repairs You Should Know How to Do On Your Own

Whether young and fresh out of your parents’ home, or older divorced and single again, when living on their own, plenty of singles find themselves faced with a harsh reality. They don’t know how to do simple repairs. Since being single often means a lower income, hiring someone to do the job isn’t always an option. Here are some simple repairs everyone should know how to do for themselves.

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Change a Flat Tire
Check your owner's manual for the location of the jack and spare tire for your car. The jack is often in a panel under the trunk, or under a seat. The spare will usually be in the trunk as well. There should be instructions on the jack, or near where it is kept that explain how to assemble it. On most newer cars, there will be grooves in the frame which the jack hooks into.

Set the parking brake. Fit the jack into the groove on the frame. Raise the car so the tire is off the ground. Use the lug wrench to remove each of the lug nuts attaching the tire to the car. Remove the tire and replace it with the spare. Carefully tighten the lug nuts down as tight as you can. Lower the jack. You might want to practice this a few times before it ever happens.

Unclog a Sink that Won't Drain
Take a wire coat hanger and unbend it. Slide one end into the drain, around the stopper and keep sliding until it won't move anymore. Wiggle it around and move it up and down until the water starts to drain out. You can also find kits at hardware stores that have their own wires and drain fluid.

If you have a garbage disposal, a Cincinnati, OH plumbing service it is a good idea to keep a small sink plunger on hand. Do not use a plunger designed for a toilet. Place the plunger over the drain and push down and pull up a few times until suction increases and the water starts to drain out.

Repair a Toilet that Won't Stop Running
Buy a toilet float assembly from the hardware store. Turn off the water at the base of the toilet. Flush the toilet so the tank empties. Follow the package instructions to remove and replace the old float. Turn the water back on. Be sure you know how to put everything back together before you begin. According to Midwestern Plumbing Service Inc, if this method doesn’t work, you should consider getting a professional to step in.

These are just a few commons problems you might be faced with when living on your own. Don't be afraid to tackle it yourself. Just make sure to follow directions.


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