As preppers, we’re typically good at fixing things because we enjoy being self-sufficient. These annoying home problems won’t be annoying anymore after you read through these tips and learn how to fix them yourself. You’ve probably already heard of (and likely tried) some of the methods but we hope that you gain some insights and knowledge from some of the others!
Leaking toilets waste a huge amount of water but are an easy fix even if you’ve never done it before – there are only two main causes. Either your rubber flapper is leaking or your chain that raises the flapper is too long or too short. To make sure that it’s one of these two problems, add a couple of drops of food coloring to your back tank. If you see the water in your bowl changing colors within a few minutes, it’s the flapper.
Check the chain first. Make sure it’s long enough to let the flap close but not so long that it gets caught under the flapper. It’s typically adjustable so if this is the problem, just re-hook it so that it’s the proper length. If it’s not the chain, you need to replace the flapper. You can get them for very little cash at your local hardware or construction supply store.
These are another huge water waster and the sound will drive you nuts. They’re usually caused by a worn washer. There are three types of faucets: two-valve, pull-out and single-arm. Where the washer is in your faucet depends upon the type of faucet but that’s easy to figure out. Just go to the manufacturer’s site and look up what type your faucet is, then look up how-to videos or tutorials to change it.
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This issue can make any project a real pain but stripped screws are really common, especially in older items. Here’s the solution: place a rubber band between your screwdriver and the screw head. The rubber band will help you get a grip so that you can get the screw out.