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4 Simple Home Maintenance Tasks for Moms to Take On

There are numerous projects that always need to be done around the house. Some may be more involved than others. Here are some maintenance tasks that moms can take on in their free time.

Patching Drywall Holes

Everyone has those annoying holes in their walls. Smaller holes are much easier to patch than larger holes. Nails and screws leave their marks on your walls. These types of holes are simple to repair. Just clean up the area and use a little bit of spackle to cover the hole. Lightly sand and paint over the spot. For larger holes, consider using a hole patching kit. This will involve applying the plate and then spackling it into the wall. It will take several spacklings and sanding sessions to make that hole disappear. Take your time. You don’t want to notice the patch every time you walk into the room.

Get a Stuck Window Open

Older windows can get sometimes get painted shut. Even newer windows can become dirty and seal themselves. The best way to get these windows open is the clean out the debris that is causing them to be stuck. Use a putty knife and remove the debris. You may even want to use a lubricant to dissolve some of it. Do some research online to determine your best course of action depending on the type of window that you are trying to open. Once you are able to open the window, make sure to clean it completely. You don’t want to have a repeat of the window getting stuck.

Repairing a Garage Door Opener

The first step of repairing a garage door opener is to inspect it. You need to determine what is wrong with it before attempting a repair. You will also need to be mindful of any hazards. Make sure that you are able to open and close the garage door without using the opener. If you can’t, the problem is with the tracks of the door and not the garage door opener itself. Determine if there is an electrical problem with the opener. Read the manual or research the opener online. If everything appears to be in good condition, it might be time to replace your opener.

Fix a Running Toilet

A toilet that continually runs wastes a huge amount of water. This is a fairly easy fix. Remove the lid from the toilet tank and look at the parts inside. These parts start to degrade over time. Using bleach toilet tabs accelerates this deterioration. Purchase a toilet repair kit. Turn the water off for the toilet and drain the tank. Replace the parts that aren’t in good condition. Turn the water back on and test it out. Hopefully, the toilet will stop running when it’s full. Make sure to adjust the lever so that the toilet doesn’t overfill.

Completing some home maintenance tasks doesn’t require a great deal of skill. Anyone can accomplish these tasks using a little bit of elbow grease. Try doing these tasks to gain some home improvement know how.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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