Building & Renovating

4 Do-It-Yourself Home Repairs

When troubles arise, make sure you can work on these easy quick fixes!

Photography: Rene Mejia (Main Photo)

There are unexpected instances at home when a faucet suddenly leaks, a table leg gets broken—and we are left to our own devices. It is important that we can work on easy home repairs just in case our trusted carpenter or plumber is not available.

Doing these fixes on your own will help give you a different sense of fulfillment. However, you also need to keep in mind that there are special cases when a professional is really needed—especially when there's a busted pipe or faulty electrical wiring. For starters, take note of these common problems and how you can best address each:

Repaint an old furniture

Do you have an old table, chair, or cabinet that's been in the storage room for years? Repurpose the piece with just a few coats of paint! This activity allows you to exercise your creativity while experimenting with colors and patterns.

Click here for the complete guide.

RL Tip: Don't forget to use the best type of paint that suits the material or finish of your piece. Latex paint works well with concrete materials while enamel paint can be used for wood or metal. Click here to learn more about the different types of paint.

Fix a leaky faucet

A leaky faucet can contribute to a huge water bill so it's best to fix it as soon as possible. Make sure that the leak is from the faucet and not from main plumbing line. If the problem involves the plumbing line, hiring a plumber is a must.

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Styling by Tala Singson. Photographed by Jun Pinzon. 

Application of grout on tiles

Once you’ve applied the tiles in your room, the next step would be the application of grout. Use a grout float to spread the grout evenly. This will help seal and fill in the tiles. Use a sponge to wipe off the excess grout. 

After applying the grout, you may also repaint your tiles.

Repair dents on downspouts

If there are small holes on the roof, you may use a sealant such as Vulcaseal to fix it. If the damage is severe, you may need to replace the dented section. Consult with a professional if major repairs are needed.

Click here for more tips on fixing the roof.

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