5 Key Skills for New Homeowners
Some skills are pretty basic. So basic, in fact, that they’re often overlooked as something that needs to be taught! You’d be surprised how some homeowners know everything there is about framing up a new wall, but would be stumped by a clogged sink.
Check out the list, below. If you’re unsure about any of the following, follow the link at the bottom for more details.
- How to replace a bathroom sink stopper: Find the clevis screw and the nut where the rod slips into the drainpipe so you can pull out the rod enough to slip the new stopper into place. Wiggle things around, pushing in the rod and raising and lowering the lever on the top of the sink that activates the stopper, until everything is aligned. Then tighten the nut just enough so the stopper doesn’t slide down, and tighten the clevis screw. Take a look at the diagram on this page for reference.
- How to unclog a drain: After you remove the stopper, use an old toothbrush, or a metal coat hanger bent into a hook, and fish out the clog. Most often, it’s a wad of hair and soap scum near the top of the drain.
- How to hang art or a mirror: Make a paper template of the back of what you’re hanging. With the hanger position(s) marked, and move it around on the wall until you like the look. When you see what you like, tap a small nail or push a thumbtack in the spot where the hanger is marked.
- How to patch a small hole in your walls: Using your finger, dab lightweight spackle on the pin or nail hole. Let it dry a few hours, overnight is best. Use a small or “artist” brush and leftover paint to touch it up.
- How to fix a screw that just spins in place: If you can swap it out for a slightly wider screw — being careful not to use one that’s too long. If that’s not an option, stuff the screw hole with wooden toothpicks coated in wood glue. Once dry, cut off any extra with a utility knife and re-set the screw.