Easy And Safe Gas Furnace Repairs That You Can Do A lot of people consider the furnace as one of their home’s most important equipments, which is very much true most especially during cold winter months, when getting some heat intake is very important. Additionally this is the very reason why knowing how to fix your furnace incase some troubleshooting problems arise can be very invaluable. On And Off Problems If your furnace keeps on turning on and off, this is usually just a simple problem with the unit’s heat anticipator. To start repairing, simply locate your thermostat and open it. When you open the box, you will see inside a small disk that is located in the middle. Take a good look at the disc. You will see that it has a number of calibration notches. Take a closer look and you will find the word "LONGER" on it. Then, try to find a small handle that touches a wire. Once you locate that small handle, turn it towards the word "LONGER". After completing the steps, turn on your furnace and let it run for a few hours. If it works alright, then you’re done. However, if the furnace is still turning on and off, just repeat the steps given above. Continue doing so until the problem stops. Shut Down Problems This problem is also an easy one, which is similar to the first problem. All you have to do is remove your unit’s thermostat cover, then follow the said steps in the first problem. But, in this case, what you have to do is turn the clockwise to "SHORTER", instead of moving it toward "LONGER". This should fix your problem. If it doesn’t just repeat the steps until you get it working. No Heat Generation If your unit is not generating heat, then the problem is most probably the pilot light. Try to checking out your pilot light and see if it is turned on or if it is out. If you found it to be out, then you would have to relight it. In case you do not know how to relight it, simply consult your unit’s manual or contact your manufacturer. This is a relatively easy task that you can do by simply following some simple instructions. No Air If your unit is running but doesn’t blow any air, then here is how you repair it. First, you should turn off the power of your unit. Also, you should turn off the gas from the gas valve which is serving your furnace. Then, remove the door of your furnace cabinet so you can have access to your blower. When you already have full access, check out the number that is stamped on the belt of your furnace. Then, go to your local shop and get an exact replacement of the belt. Once you’ve got the replacement belt, then go back to your furnace cabinet and install the new belt. Generally, you can just slip it on your motor's smaller pulley then put it on your motor’s blower pulley. Try rotating the blower pulley using your hand, while you hold the belt in place. Be careful from having your fingers caught though. If you get this right, you should be able to get the belt right in place. If it looks a little too tight, then you may need to adjust the motor mount so there can be more slack in the fixture. After adjusting, try to retighten the tension again, once you have the belt in the right place. It would be better to check your manufacturer's specifications regarding the proper tension needed for your unit. Generally, your belt should deflect at least about an inch whenever you press it down.
Evaluating Your Wall For Repairs If you are seeing some cracks on your walls, there is no need to panic. This can have no significance at all. However, there are some that can signify that you are experiencing a big structural defect. If this is the case, then you would have to do the appropriate action for the case. This is why proper evaluation should be done. Noticing The Problem Most often, cracked foundation walls are given attention when a property is being sold in the market. Even though the owner would insist that the cracked wall has been like that "forever", the buyer has a tendency to become concerned about the situation. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or some one who is simply concerned about their wall, here are some important points on evaluating your wall if it needs repair or not. Causes And Factors Of Wall Cracking Foundation walls that are built using concrete blocks are much predisposed to having cracks than solid concrete walls. This is especially true if an 8-inch block was used for the block wall. Of course, foundation walls should support a building’s the vertical weight. Plus, if its around a full basement, it should be able to resist lateral or inward pressure from the soil outside that are against the wall. If water saturates the backfill or soil, then the inward pressure could easily overload your block wall, which can result into cracks. Additionally, roots of large and moderate sized trees that are near your foundation wall can also cause you major wall problems. Most of the time, roots grow toward your walls due to the water accumulation along it. Seeing The Signs Horizontal cracks on mortar joints are usually caused by too much inward pressure against its block foundation. If you see a horizontal crack that is about high as half of the wall, then this can be one sign of too much lateral pressure from the soil. Sometimes, you may also find some step cracks or short and small horizontal and vertical cracks near the end of a wall. This too is a variation of soil pressure cracks. When To Be Alarmed Usually, block foundation walls can remain cracked for about a number of years without any noticeable cracking additions or inward bulging. But, the moment you get a horizontal crack, your wall’s structural integrity is very much reduced. Additionally, if the soil backfill is saturated, especially during rainy days, the number of cracks could increase or, worse comes to worst; your wall foundation can collapse. Solution Choices Problems like these are possible to be permanently repaired. In fact, there are methods in which you do not need to have a complete replacement, provided that the inward movement doesn’t exceed one inch in relation to the bottom of the wall. You can usually find the maximum inward deflection where the horizontal crack is and near its mid-height. One method you can do is bracing your wall with reinforced block piers or steel post-braces. However, if you are concerned with the cost, you may want to go for steel post-braces since they are less expensive than the other. However, if it is the overall look you are after, then you may want to use piers since they can give a better finished appearance.
Repairing Pipe Leaks On Your Own Leaking pipes, no matter how big or small it is can create extreme changes on your water bills, negative changes to be specific. However, fixing minor leaks is actually easy and is something that you can manage to do without calling a plumber. Here are some ways on how you can repair pipe leaks by yourself. Fixing Leaks Through Tape This is considered to be the easiest and cheapest way that anyone can do to fix small pipe leaks. All the material you would need is an electrical or duct tape. The basic principle here is that you should cover the leak using the tape. To effectively stop the leak, you should start wrapping the tape before the leak itself on your water pipe. Wrap in a diagonal manner around the pipe until you have covered the entire leaking area and a small portion extending before and after it. Fixing Leaks By Epoxy This method is best used if your leaking problem is situated at pipe fittings and joints. You can get epoxy from your local hardware store. First off, you should cut off the water supply. Then you need to drain all the water from the pipes. Water purging can be done by letting the faucet run, until no more water comes out. After purging the water, dry out the pipes and clean it using steel wool. Make sure that the pipes are dry and clean, since applying epoxy on a wet pipe can give unpleasant results. If you are sure, then apply the epoxy and let it dry. Refer to the epoxy’s packaging on how long you should let it stand to dry up. Avoid using the pipe line if the epoxy is still wet. Fix Leaks Through A Pipe Clamp You can use pipe clamp to fix your leaks. However, you should buy a clamp that has the right size to fit your leaking pipe. Once you have purchased a clamp, clean out your pipe. Be careful in cleaning it, and make sure that you do this well. Wrap your pipe in a rubber pad which should be placed over the area where the leak is. When you have the pad in place, put the pipe clamp over it and screw the clamp securely. If you have somewhat moderate leaks, you can also use this method to stop them. Fixing Leaks Through Hose Clamps Using a host clamp is kind of similar to using a pipe clamp. However, this is to be only used on smaller leaks. You can start by wrapping the pipe with a rubber pad. Once the pad is placed over the leaking area, put one or two hose clamps over it and tighten the pad by securely screwing it. Fixing Leaks Through C-Clamps and Blocks If your pipe is of a small size, then you can make use of a small sized c-clamp to patch it. Start by placing a rubber pad directly on top of the leak. After that, put a small wooden strip or block on top of it. Get the c-clamp and place it over the fixture to hold everything on place. You use the blocks as protection for the pipe from the pressure given by the c-clamp. Fixing Leaks Using Tin Can Clamps Here, what you would need is a tin can. Start off by cutting the ends off the can and cutting it up one side. Get the half of the can and bend its ends so that they are flat and could meet. This is like a homemade pipe clamp. Get a rubber pad and place it over your leak. Above the rubber pad, place your homemade clamp. A c-clamp and wooden blocks can also be used to tighten the fixture.
Squeak Be Gone Remedies! Squeaking doors can be a really irritating problem. Although many would consider it to be a major problem, it isn’t! In fact, it’s a minor house problem that even you yourself can fix, and here’s how to. Stop, Look And Listen First, you should know where that squeaking sound is coming from. You can do this by stopping, looking and listening carefully. You should perform the "swing test" first before you go off buying a whole new door. Start off by making sure that your surroundings is quiet. Then, you should stand on the side of the door in which you remember that the squeak was loudest. When you’re in position already, swing the door in a gentle manner, covering its complete arc. Do this action repeatedly and try to vary the speed while doing so. While swinging the door, you should take note of some factors. Try to note exactly where the squeak comes from. Then try to note when it is loudest. See whether it is loudest when you swing the door fast or slow. Then lastly, find out why exactly the squeak is happening. Finding out why is a very crucial factor, since this dictates what remedy you should use. Two General Remedies Once you’ve determined where the squeaks are, you can do two general remedies. First, tighten all the screws in the hinges. Then, get a flat-headed screwdriver. Carefully tap its blade in between the hinge body and the hinge-pin head to separate them. After doing this, get a 3-in-1 sewing machine oil and squeeze in a few drops of it into the small space between the pin-head and the hinge body. If you don’t have sewing-machine oil, you can also use a WD-40, and spray some into the same space. By applying some lubricant in the space, you enable the lubricant to seep in into the remaining length of the pin, which is inside the hinge body. Thus, you give the best lubrication coverage that you can give for the hinge. Doing this would generally resolve your squeaking problems-if you were accurate on determining the source, that is. However, if you pinpointed the wrong source, then most probably your squeak would still be there. All Hope Is Not Lost If you pinpointed the wrong source of the squeak, don’t worry then! By this point in time, you have determined that the hinges are not the problem. Then, most probably it’s a wood on wood kind of squeak problem. To solve this kind of squeak, you would have to do the squeak test again. After which, you have to release the bind, since the problem may be the hinge binding on the wood. While performing the swing test, heed on how the door’s hinge-side settles into the door-jamb. Also, take note of how it makes a final contact with your door-stop. This is when stop, look and listen wouldn’t be enough, since you would have to make use of touch. If you feel that it has springy feel, when the door is approximately in the closed position, odds are very good that it is hinge-bound. This can be the cause of the squeak since the door is forced to rub with the jamb material. To repair this kind of problem, you need to remove your door by removing the screws on the hinges’ jamb side and leaving the hinges intact with the door itself. Then, you need to chisel out some hinge recesses towards the direction of the hinge barrel. Then, reinstall the door and perform the swing test again. If this doesn’t solve your problem, try chiseling out more recess. It can be a trial and error process. However, it can be fixed.
Basic Faucet Replacement Faucet replacement is a very easy task that anyone can do. It is one of those household repairs that don’t really need any professional assistance. Here are the basics that you should know about faucet replacement. Being Prepared And Choosing Your Faucet Before you go off with the replacement proper procedures, you should be ready and have with you the faucet unit that you want to use to replace your old one. You can drop by your local hardware store and pick out a faucet that you want. Having it on hand before removing the old one would make things easier and faster for you. With the numerous modern designs now at the market, you have a variety of faucet designs that you can choose from. For your bathtubs and sinks, you can get single or double handled faucet. Generally, faucets have a standard size regarding their hook-ups, depending on their use. For kitchen faucets, you can usually find units with an 8 inch hookup. Bathroom vanity faucets usually come in 4 inches, while bathtubs come in 8 inches. Faucet Measurements In able to know which kind of faucet to get from the store, first you have to do some measurements. Have your tape measure in hand for this task. If you will be using a double handled faucet, what you need to do is take the measurement from the handles’ center to center, thus, this is your faucet’s size. If you will be using a single-handled faucet, you would have to measure starting from the the distance in between your water hook-up lines placed on your faucet’s bottom. As soon as you know the style and size of your faucet, then you’re already to take out the old one and install your new unit. Tools That You Need Basically, you do not need a lot of tools for this task. All you need to have are wrenches so that you can hold the shut-off valve and take out the supply line that is going to your faucet. Also, you would need to have channel lock pliers or a basin wrench. You’ll be using this take out the large nuts, which attaches the faucet to your sink. It would be better if you use a basin wrench, due to its special design that is intended for working in tight spaces, just like where your faucet is mounted to your sink. Steps To A New Faucet First, you should turn off all water supply that is linked to your faucet. Then, you should remove the supply lines coming from both sides of your faucet. After thatm you should remove the large retainer nuts that are holding your faucet to the sink. When you are done with this, remove the old faucet from the sink. Try to clean up your sink and where the old unit was installed. Once you are done cleaning up, get your new unit and place it in the holes. You can ask someone to help you with this, so that keeping it centered while installing the retainer nuts below would be easier. When you get the faucet in plac and retaining nuts tightly screwed, then you can now get your water supply lines hooked up again. Turn on your water supply and do some tests for leaks and other defects. If you have some leaks, try reinstalling it again and make sure that you tightly place each part where they should be. Also, if you want you can use plumbers putty or thread tape to prevent leaks or dripping on the joints, specifically in between the faucet and sink, or the supply line and the faucet.
Easy Steps On Tiling Your Kitchen Floor Tiling is one job that most people would rather not learn how to do since it can be scary that you make some mistakes in the process. However, it is actually a lot easier than what many might think. In fact, it can save you a whole lot of money contrast to hiring a professional for the job. As long as you know the do’s and don’ts, then this task is a no-brainer for you. Choosing Your Tiles To start off, you have to choose the tiles that you want to use. You may get surprised with the number of variety choices when doing this. Tiles may come in different sizes, colors, textures, materials and finishes. There are times that you may encounter tiles with odd sizes. This is done on purpose by companies so that you would have to buy extra. Choosing a tile highly depends on you. It can also depend on how you want the room to be and the over all design and feel of the room. Measurements And Computations You also need to measure out your floor area. You also have to deliberate on whether you want the tiles to go under any kind of fittings and units. Generally, it is better if you tile under the fittings. This is because if you would have to move appliances in the future, like a fridge, then you do not have to lift it up over the edge of your new tiles. When you have chosen what kind of tile you want to use, you need to do some computations. You have to get your floor’s width and divide it by the width of one tile. This is to know the number of complete rows that you’ll have. Also, this can help you decide the optimal wall edge to place your cut tiles against. Application After doing the math, you can now start applying tiles on your floor. Be sure that you have an even coverage of adhesive placed on your sub-floor. The type of adhesive to use would depend on your sub-floor or the surface you are tiling. If it is a concrete floor, then you can use a rapid setting adhesive. However, be sure that you do not spread too much of the mixture at once, since it can set as fast as 30 minutes. If it is a wooden sub-floor, then you need a flexible adhesive. You can know if an adhesive if flexible if it is written on the bag or the tub. If you have slate, then you need to use gray adhesive. If you’ll be having marble, then you need a white adhesive. This is so that no color coming from the underside would bleed and ruin your design. Grouting When you are done fixing your tiles on the floor, and after you have allowed enough time for it to dry, then you would have to do some grouting. If you have natural tiles, like marble, slate, limestone, granite, travertine, and porcelain, you need to seal them first before you can grout them. You have to use a specialized impregnating sealer so that they will be waterproof and can be more resistant to dirt and staining. Mix up the grout and apply it using a grout float to your tiles. Try to work over the gaps until they’re all filled. If you have white marble tiles, then you need to use a white grout instead of gray since the gray kind can stain the marble. To finish off, wipe out the excess grouts that are bulging from your tiles using a sponge. Also, use a grout finisher or your finger to smooth out the grout lines. After this, stand back, relax and chill while you wait for your work to dry up!
Easy Do-It-Yourself Paint Repairs Paint is considered to be the clothes of your house. Although paint problems may look ugly and major, you can actually be saved from the obligation of calling a professional painter and spending huge amounts of money on them. You yourself can be your very own Picasso in doing paint retouches of your house. Break Down All kinds of paint, whatever brand it may be, can only last for a specified number of years on your wall, before the break down process starts showing. When you are experiencing paint break down, it basically means that the first or primary layer on the surface is weakening. This problem is commonly experienced in old houses that have several paint layers. When the break down process starts, paint will start cracking and peeling from your wall or your wood surface. Because of this, your wood or drywall will be exposed. To fix this, try scraping or pressure washing your surface. After that, fill any holes using putty if it is wood or spackle if it is a wall surface. After filling in, get a sand paper and fine sand the surface. When you’re done, wipe of the dust and let it completely dry. Basically, when you pressure wash or when it is raining, 24 hours should be allotted for the surface to dry. Once you’re sure that it is dry, and then you can start painting. Moisture Build-Up Another cause of paint cracking is moisture build-up, leak or excessive condensation. Most probably, you can find mildew and mold along with this problem. This kind of problem is often experienced in the bathroom. However, it can also occur in other parts of the house because of leaky roofs and close outdoor shrubs. Your paint can sag down due to the moisture. But in this case, you won’t see any chipping debris. If moisture build-up is the cause of your pain cracking, then you would have to do another remedy. Since you will be targeting on the mildew, and if it is an interior surface that you are fixing then you can make use of a solution that consists of three parts water and one part bleach. If it is an exterior surface, you can wash it off using an exterior solution intended for pressure washers. Both of these can be bought at your local shop. You can also try renting a pressure washer from some stores that provide services like these during the weekend. Fading Color The last most experienced paint problem would be fading color. This is usually experienced with surfaces on the exteriors of the house. However, it can also occur indoors when specific colors were used for the walls. Basically, paint color fades when it exposed too much to the sun. To avoid this kind of problem, most people would try no to use bright and bold colors such as deep red. If you have an affinity for deep colors, but don’t like the fading ones, then try to look for hues which have a ruddy or golden tone with them. You can try consulting a paint associate about this. Try to find out how much red oxide or yellow oxide colorant was mixed for the specific color that you want. Basically, if the paint associate says that each colorant has about 1 ounce or so in the tint base to create the color, then you have spotted a color that can resist fading for a very good period of time.
Easy Cartridge Faucet Repair You Can Do! Repairing a modern type of cartridge faucet can be one of the easiest home repairs that you can do. In general, anybody can do this, with or without experience with plumbing. In fact, you can even coach someone over the phone about the whole process and still get good results. All you would need is pay close attention, and you would be done in no time! General Problems The most common problems encountered in cartridge faucets, is usually caused by a problem in the interior cartridge, which usually wears and tears over time. Nevertheless, there is no need to worry since this type of faucet was created with simplicity of repair in mind. Getting Started: Purging The Lines To start off, you need to purge your water lines. In order to do this, you should turn off the entire water source that is running to your faucet. Try looking beneath your faucet and there you can see the shut off valve that cuts of the water source. If you don’t have one somewhere near your faucet, then you would have to turnoff the main valve. If you have to deal with the main valve, take note that it would take you longer to purge. Most households have a shutoff valve feature that is directly placed under the sink, so it is the least of possibilities that you need to shutoff the main valve. After you have cut the water source, turn on the faucet. Let the water keep on running. Try to wait until all the water in the pipes has emptied, and before you proceed to the next step, double check first if the water lines are really empty. Working On The Faucet Now, to start working on the faucet itself, you need to remove the sink handles. You would have to unscrew them. Locate the protective cap and pop it off. This is where you would usually find the screw. You can use a butter knife or a screwdriver to do the trick. While doing this, try to be very careful so that you do not scratch it. In this way, it would still look nice after the job. Now you can start unscrewing the knobs until you completely remove them. If you already know which type of cartridge it is that you need, then the better. If you don’t you can simply bring your old one to your local hardware and people there will be able to help you out. Once you get the new cartridge, go back and install it. Then, replace the knobs. When you are done with this, try testing out the water. If the test runs smoothly without problems, then you are done. However, if you experience some water leaks during the test, you have to do some adjustment again. Turn off the water source and take off the knobs once more. Try to check and ensure that you placed the cartridge in the right position. If it’s not, then try to maneuver it into the right place. Put the knobs back into place and turn on the water source again. Try the water test once more. If this time it runs smoothly, then you have reached success with your repair. If you are still experiencing problems, then you may have a problem coming from a different source.
Garbage Disposal Problems Fixing disposal problems is actually a simple job, if you’re equipped with the right knowledge. Nonetheless, a lot of people are still scared on dealing with garbage disposal problems, which usually lead to freaking out and calling a professional to get some help. To save you from this dilemma, here are some do it yourself solutions for you garbage disposal problems. Noise Problems One common problem encountered with garbage disposals is that they may produce too much noise when used. You might hear some rattling or grinding sounds, every time you turn it on. If noises like these are present, it is probably caused by an object, possibly a metal which was unintentionally dropped down your disposal. Having this kind of problem unattended can cause damage to your disposal blades. To fix it, turn off the electrical power for that area of your house. Then, get a flashlight and a needle nosed pliers. Using these, look for an item which causes the noise. Once you find the item that simply doesn’t belong inside your disposal, and then pull it by using your pliers. After this, the noise should be gone and your disposal will do just fine. When Nothing Happens Another commonly experienced problem is when nothing happens when you turn on the disposal. Generally, if this is the case and you can’t hear even a single hum, it means that power isn’t getting into the disposal unit. It could be that you have to reset your unit or your circuit breaker is tripped. First, you should look beneath your sink and take a look at your unit. You should find a small red button placed somewhere on the bottom side. Press the button and hold it for a number of seconds. After pressing, try to use your unit again. It should start normally, as if it is brand new. If it doesn't start, then you have to do another trick. Find your electrical panel and see if you have a tripped circuit breaker. Try to reset the breaker that is in charge for that area. After resetting, go back to your drainage unit and do the first step all over again. This should fix the problem. If nothing still happens, then it’s about time that you call a professional, because it can be a sign of a bigger overall problem. Humming But Nothing This is the last real possible problem that you can encounter with your disposal. Sometimes if you place wrong kinds of food in your unit, it gets jammed up. This can also happen if you put too much food down your disposal without running it. To fix this, turn off your unit’s the power and use pliers to reach into your unit and pull out whatever it is that is obstructing the blades and keeps it from spinning. After you have pulled the clog out, get an Allen wrench and use it to spin the blades manually. If the blades are now turning, then you are done with the problem. If it’s still not spinning, this means that there are still more that you should remove. Be sure that you remove everything out, so that you won’t encounter the same problem again in the near future. Once you got the blades spinning manually, try to turn on the power, reset your unit and see if it’s working. If it’s still humming, then check for more clogs. If you’re sure that there are no more obstructions and the problem is still there, then you’ve got the green light to call a professional.
Plumb It Right! Plumbing problems are considered to be one of the major problems that each household can experience at least once in a lifetime. Although most would opt to call a professional plumber to do the dirty work for them, most plumbing repairs are actually minor ones that even you can do without having to pay a plumber some notable amount of cash. Be Vigilant One way to fix major plumbing problems is by prevention. Keeping a sharp eye for sluggish or slow drains is the key. It is way much easier to fix and unclog a slow drain than opening one that has wholly stopped from functioning. If your drain is slow, you can fix this by simply pouring scalding water down the pipe. Do this to loosen any grease buildup. Additionally, you should clean the drain screen or stopper. This should do the trick. However, if it doesn't, then try to locate the problem by checking out other household drains. Do this to know whether the clog is present in only one fixture. If it turns out that other drains are clogged, then you may have a problem with your main drain pipe. Sinking In Fighting a sink clog automatically means getting a bathroom plunger. In picking a plunger, make sure it has a large enough suction cup that can completely cover up the drain. It should also be able to create an airtight seal around the surrounding sink. Next, you should fill the fixture to completely cover the plunger’s suction cup. Do this by using water or coating the cup’s rim with petroleum jelly. You should create a vacuum by trying to seal off other outlets, like overflow drain in sinks. Then, push out any trapped air underneath the cup. After this, do 15 to 20 forceful up-and-down pumping blows to jerk loose the clog. It may take you three to five times of this cycle to do the trick. Snake It Out If using the plunger doesn’t work, then you would have to resort to another technique. In this remedy, you would need to have a plumbing snake. You can get one at your local hardware. These can work their way through your drain pipes and physically push out the clogs. Plumbing snakes are considered to be one of the most dependable tools for fixing drainage problems. All you have to do is push the snake in until you hit the clog. Once you hit the clog, hook it up by twisting your snake's handle. After hooking it up, push your snake back and forth until you feel that the obstruction has broken up. Then, flush out the pipe using cold water. Main Drain Cleanup If you detect that more than one of your draining fixtures is clogged up, then your main drain line may be the problem. Thus, you have to clean it up. You can start off by locating the clean-out plugs of the large drain pipes. You can find these in your crawlspace or basement. Main drain lines can also be found in your garage or somewhere outside, along the foundations of your house. You can see that each plug has a cap on it that has a square fitting on the top. Use a wrench to remove the cap. Make sure that you have a bucket with you to catch some dripping water. Also, be sure that nobody will use the facilities while you the main drain line is open, or else some serious problem can come your way. Once you have everything in place, use a plumbing snake to break up any obstructions in the main line by running the snake in all directions of the pipe.