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Man Turning KeyEven the least handy person can accomplish some basic home repairs without professional assistance. Why bother? DIY repairs save you time, trouble and money by performing the task according to your own schedule and budget. We've compiled a list of three super simple DIY home repairs to get you started.
  1. Leaking faucet: Deteriorated washers are the leading cause of faucet leaks. To replace the washer, you must first shut off the water to the faucet using the nearby valve. Then you can begin disassembling the faucet. Unscrew and remove the handle, remove the packing nut and unscrew and remove the valve stem. Remove the screw holding the washer in place and drop a dab of penetrating oil onto the washer for easy removal. Bring the washer to a hardware store for a replacement. Drop in the new washer and reassemble the faucet.
  2. Running toilet: A failed flapper is the leading cause of a running toilet. Buy a new flapper and read the installation instructions before getting started. Remove the old flapper from the tank and clean away any buildup around the area to ensure that the new flapper will be able to seal properly. Then go ahead and install the new flapper. For more persistent issues, call a licensed plumber.
  3. Squeaking door: A lack of lubrication is the leading cause of squeaky hinges. Grab a can of WD-40 and spray it over the whole surface of the hinge. Use a paper towel to work the lubricant into the seams. Another option is to use petroleum jelly in the same fashion, which may even be less messy.
While you handle the little things, we'll take care of the bigger picture. Call TCU Insurance Agency at (800) 772-8043 for more information on all your insurance needs.
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