If you find the water in your shower is sluggish to drain away, you” want to handle it before it causes a full blockage and results in an overflow into your bathroom.
If there is a shower tray, you can easily lift it out and clear away any debris, which is mostly shed hair. Otherwise, you can use a piece of wire and bend over one end in the shape of a hook. Pull out the clog, then use a plunger until water flows freely.
Repair Those Creaky Stairs
Constant walking up and down stairs can gradually cause the nails to loosen and move the joints, making them creak. Sprinkle some talc powder onto the joint where it squeaks, and if the noise persists, work on securing the joints.
Sealant fixtures are incorporated between the step and the vertical surface of the stair: lever away the blocks, insert wood glue into the joint, and refit the blocks.
Refinish Your Own Hardwood
Nothing screams "cheap" like worn-out hardwood floors, but you can quickly remedy this if you have a day or two to set aside to refinish them. You don't necessarily need to sand them down, it's only necessary if the floor is battered enough to warrant some buffing, visit your local hardware store and see if you can rent the equipment for a few hours.
After that, you'll need some liquid floor cleaner and a Polyurethane floor finish. Be sure to try it out on a test area first before you start a full-scale project.
Remove Worn-Out Wallpaper
Nothing ruins the illusion of a nice apartment like old-fashioned wallpaper. So if Aunt Margaret's floral choice has plagued your plans to decorate since 1979, then rest assured because removing that wallpaper is perfectly doable.
All you'll need is soapy water and a steamer or chemical stripper. Soon enough, your walls will be ready for new wallpaper patterns or another coat of paint.
Drywall is everywhere, and it is regrettably easy to damage. You could wreck your walls with a doorknob, a misguided drawer, or a spontaneous baseball game that ends with a big gash in your wall. Thankfully, repairing drywall isn't quantum physics, and the average dent in your drywall can be easily patched.
It's also pretty straightforward to repair cracks. With a little joint compound and a few pats of paint, even a total beginner can patch that unsightly dent in your drywall.