For most of us, the weekend comes to liberate us from our super-fast paced lifestyles. Besides offering an excellent opportunity to relax and refill our batteries, weekends are also great to fix things around the house. Bank holiday weekends are even better for that! Here are some quick projects you could throw yourself into that will definitely not put a dent in your weekend and help you take care of your house.
Take a piece of writing paper and smear wallpaper paste onto it (using a knife will make it easier). Then, rub the paper against the inside of the section that is peeled and press the wallpaper against the wall. Carefully slide the writing paper out. Finish by using a clean cloth to smooth away bubbles.
Squeaky Door Hinges & Floor
You have two options here. Either rub the hinges with petroleum jelly or spray them with a little lubricant and then move the door back and forth a few times. If the door in your house is still squeaking, then lubricate the hinge pins with motor oil, such as 3-in-one oil, right after you lift them halfway. To save yourself from cleaning up, use a rag to help catch drips.
Now, if you want a temporary fix for your squeaking floor, you can sprinkle talcum powder over the area that is causing the noises and sweep it into the crevices. If you are thinking of refinishing your floor sometime soon, it’s best to remove any traces of talcum powder and then proceed.
Combine baking soda and cream of tartar (equal amounts) and blend with lemon juice. Make a paste and rub into the stained area with a soft cloth or even your fingers. Let the paste sit for 30 mins or so and rinse well with warm water.
Install a Faucet
You can easily up the looks of your bathroom or improve its quality by installing a new faucet. However, since the most difficult part is removing the old faucet, you may want to get in touch with a professional plumber to avoid unexpected issues, such as poor access to fittings, difficult-to-reach nuts, and corroded pipes. Other than that, the directions that come with the new faucet are all you will probably need after the removing-the-old-faucet part is being taken care of.
Also, be certain that the configuration and your existing sink match perfectly or you may end up with a far more extensive project (i.e. replacing the sink)!
Change your Showerhead
If it’s time to solve that leaky showerhead problem or just improve the aesthetics of your bathroom, then turn off the water supply, remove the existing showerhead, clean the thread of the shower arm and then tape the threads, before you install the new showerhead. Attach it and turn on the water!
If the flow is low, check whether hard-water deposits are clogging the holes.
Patch Holes in the Wall
Fixing wall blemishes is definitely a weekend-worthy project that you can easily handle with surfacing compound and a putty knife, especially if you want to conceal minor imperfections, such as nail holes. For larger holes, first, cover the affected area with an adhesive patch and then spread drywall compound (all-purpose) over it, using a trowel. You may have to leave the compound to dry overnight, depending on the size of the hole. Once dry, you can paint over the patch.
The best thing about these weekend fixes is that, in their overwhelming majority, they do not demand more than 15 minutes of your time! Never again was enhancing the aesthetics of your home or fixing problems around it been so easy and fast, right?