Making Sense of Maintenance
HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND BECOME YOUR OWN HANDYMAN OR WOMAN
Learn how to save money and become your own handyman or woman.
O wning a Victorian home can require a lot of work, from reupholstering and sanding, to regrouting, fixing windowpanes and even maintaining gutters. Preserving the integrity of your historic home while making necessary updates and repairs can be tough. Not to mention, it can be costly. With some help from the book How To Fix Anything, compiled by the editors at Popular Mechanics, you can learn how to do most of the necessary home repairs your home requires. This easy, step-by-step read shows you how and why things may have gone awry.
Starting with grout and toilet repair, this book jumps right in with repair and mainteinance on your bathrooms. One of the first issues on the table is the annoyance of a dripping toilet. “If the toilet runs continuously in a faint trickle, look to the fill valve,” the authors say. After identifying what you need to repair, the book goes on to list five other handy suggestions for what to do if the noises of your toilet are keeping you and your family up at night. This dripping can commonly happen in older homes, which are in need of updates or other minor repairs.
Another common issue in older homes is mineral buildup in the shower head. To rid your shower head of blockage, “fill a Ziploc bag with vinegar, place it around the shower head, then secure it in place with a rubber band or zip tie. After a few hours, take off the bag and flush the shower head with
water.” This will dissolve and minimize the blockage, allowing the water to flow freely when you turn it on.
Some other tips the book lists include suggestions on how to deal with diseased yards, securing asphalt shingles and cleaning gutters. Along with tips about how to maintain, the book sometimes even suggests you make your own cleaning devices. For example, “To clean your gutters: Take a plank of an appropriate width for your gutter and attach an old scrub brush to one end and a beveled board to the other (or just bevel the plank).” With 200 repairs listed that anyone can do, this book also goes on to help homeowners with not just homes, but also cars, gadgets and even backyards. This book is a great reference tool, handy during an emergency or useful if there’s a problem you may not understand.
We all want “to be the person who doesn’t have to call a handyman every time there’s a rip in the screen door or the shower drain is making a funny sound,” the authors write. “We want to be a resource for friends and family, offering tools, advice, and the occasional helping hand.” This book can help you be just that. Since each home works within the limits it was constructed, it’s important to know how to repair and maintain the original and traditional aspects of your Victorian home. That’s why with the help of the book How To Fix Anything, you can become a Jackof-all-trades, working to repair and maintain your Victorian on your own time and in your own way.
With the help of the book, Howtofixanything, you can become a Jack-of-all-trades, working to repair and maintain your Victorian on your own time and in your own way.
How To Fix Anything from the editors of Popular Mechanics, published by Hearst Books, © 2018; sterlingpublishing.com, popularmechanics.com.