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Video: Small Repairs At Home: Our Advice
There are all kinds of tips you can do to save money on household expenses. DIY and DIY are among the most popular these days, because in addition to being practical, they are also fun and can become a real hobby.
Minor repairs to household equipment are our daily lot, and we often have the reflex to call the repairman to fix it. However, it is easy to reduce this item of expense, in particular by carrying out repairs yourself. What minor repairs can be done around the house?
Small home repair jobs: repairing an electric flywheel
Repairing an electric flywheel is a task that a good handyman can easily accomplish on his own.
First of all, it is still advisable to inquire about the warranty of your equipment. Indeed, you risk losing it if you carry out a repair yourself on roller shutters that are still under warranty.
After having checked that your roller shutters are no longer subject to a warranty, you must then identify the origin of the failure, which can be caused either by a blockage in the box, a poor alignment of the shutter with the rails, or a blockage due to damaged blades. Anyway, it is likely that the problem also comes from the engine, which in this case will have to be repaired or replaced.
If you plan to repair or replace your roller shutter motor yourself, you will need a solid mechanical knowledge and have the right tools. You can buy a new motor from roller shutter and blind spare parts sales sites.
In addition, it is quite possible that the malfunction arises from the motor capacitor. To replace it, you will have to dismantle the roller shutter motor, then the capacitor to replace it. You will then have to put the winding tube back into the box, and replace the shutter apron using the motor, then stop it in the low position. Operate the motor to turn the tube downwards, and once the motor has stopped in the low position, replace the apron. Your roller shutter is repaired!
Repairing a leak in the toilet flush
There is nothing more annoying than a leaking toilet flush, but disturbing as it is, this problem can be fixed by simply changing the mechanism. To do this, you must first unscrew the water inlet: close the tap, unscrew the nut on the tank side, then empty the water tank if the water inlet is from below.
The next step is to remove the water inlet mechanism by unscrewing the plastic nut on the side. You will only have to remove the valve and the float, and place the replacement block that you have previously purchased. Note that these blocks were designed to take exactly the place of the old one, the manufacturers of these equipments having standardized their sizes and dimensions.
Close everything by screwing in the faucet retaining nut on the side of the tank, and replace the tank. To avoid wasting water, it is advisable not to fill the tank to the brim by adjusting the height of the float with the screw provided for this purpose.
A wobbly shelf due to unscrewed pegs
To repair a shelf that no longer holds, you will need to glue the dowels back together. On the other hand, if the plaster partition has been completely torn off, you will have to reposition the fixing brackets so that the anchors can be fixed firmly.
The first step of your work will then consist in freeing the dowels by taking them out of their housing or pushing them back into the hollow partition, especially if the wall is covered with a cardboard plasterboard. Remove dust and plaster particles, then apply hot melt glue to the edges of the hole. For precise application, use a glue gun and aim for the plaster. Be careful not to burn your fingers! The glue can heat up to 100 ° C!
The second step is to glue the anchor by inserting the first threads of the screw into the anchor. This will ensure that it stays in place while applying the glue.
To reinstall the ankle later, you just need to turn it delicately, using the screw. Be gentle but quick, as the glue hardens quickly. Finally, release the ankle still by turning the screw. Finally, let the glue cool completely and remove the excess with a cutter. After a few minutes of pause time, replace the square, replace the fixing screws and tighten moderately.
Fabricate a temporary sealing ring for a pipeline leak
To repair a pipe leak, you must first find out where exactly the leak is. Close the water supply and take care to open a tap to avoid too much pressure. Once you've located the leak, use epoxy glue to patch it up. Be careful to dry the pipe well, then strip the metal with sandpaper before applying it.
It is also necessary to mix the glue paste well so that it forms a ring to be glued around the pipe. Finally, allow the glue to cool for at least 2 hours before reopening the water supply. Note that the clogging is only temporary, if the leaks come back you will need to replace the hose completely.
Small DIY repair jobs: fixing a dripping faucet
No need to call a plumber when a leaky bathroom or kitchen faucet. Indeed, this problem is often due to the calcification of the seal placed in the interior part of the fitting. To stop the leak, you sometimes just need to decalcify this seal by soaking it in vinegar water for 1 to 2 hours. However, if it is really damaged, it will need to be replaced.
To remove it, close the water supply, then unscrew the screw in the hot or cold water indicator, and remove the lever. Then loosen the ring which holds the cartridge with the help of a pipe wrench.