Quiz: Are You Handy Enough to Fix These Common Household Problems?: HowStuffWorks
Are You Handy Enough to Fix These Common Household Problems?
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About This Quiz
Sometimes, you just need to figure it out for yourself. Hiring a handyman can cost a fortune, and certain household problems are easily fixed by hand. In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of the most common home repair hacks.
What's the first thing you should do when your toilet is overflowing?
The very first step to figuring out what is going on with the toilet is to turn the water supply off. The supply line is located on the bottom side of your toilet bowl. You should find a valve attached to it.
Can you plunge a drain?
Heck yeah you can plunge a drain. When it gets clogged, partially fit it with water and then create a vacuum over the drain with your plunger.
What can you use when you don't have Drain-O?
Baking soda and vinegar is a great substitute for Drain-O. Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain, and follow that up with 1 cup of vinegar. Voila!
Get down in a clogged drain with ______ .
A wire coat hanger is a great tool for unclogging a drain. Create a small hooked end and then put the hanger into the drain. Don't be afraid of what you come up with.
A beeping fire alarm is from ______ .
A beeping fire alarm is almost always from a low battery. Only call the maintenance staff if this doesn't work.
When a window won't open, use _____ .
Gently use your knife to score the line between the sash and the frame on a painted-shut window. A putty knife can be used to do the same thing.
When fixing a garbage disposal, first ______ .
It's important to turn off the motor before you attempt to fix a garbage disposal. You don't want to lose a finger.
Remove items from a garbage disposal using ______ .
If items are obstructing your garbage disposal, then use tongs to remove them. Using your hands is always a bad choice, even when the motor is off.
Get garbage disposal blades moving with a ______ .
You can use the broom handle to gently get those blades to turn again. Often, this will move anything that is obstructing them.
When a light doesn't work, check the _____ .
When you have a light that mysteriously won't work, be sure to check the circuit breaker, There's a chance that something got tripped on the electrical panel.
If you have pets, and your fridge goes out, check _____ .
If you have pets and your fridge goes out, there's a good chance that there's hair on the coils. Service pros find that this is the case half the time.
When your gas stove won't work, _____ .
Often food gets stuck on the igniter. You want to take a toothbrush and gently clean it of debris.
When the standing gas pilot range isn't working, clean the ____ .
When your standing gas pilot range isn't working, be sure to clean the pilot hole. Relight the pilot when you're done, and experience magic.
When your oven won't work, check the _____ ,
Sometimes, the oven is on the "time cook" function and you don't know it. That means that it is programed to start cooking at a different time.
When your washing machine cabinet is rocking _____ .
Basically, when the cabinet is rocking, it means that the washer is off balance. Getting the cabinet level is going to eliminate that terrible sound.
When your dryer isn't drying, check for ____ .
When the dryer is not working, there's a good chance that it's set to "fluff air" which is a non-heat setting. Also, unclog the lint filter.
Never turn your air conditioner on, off, and on again ______ .
You never want to turn your air conditioner on, off, and on again in a rapid fashion. You'll most likely blow a fuse or shut off a circuit breaker.
Your AC might not work because you signed a _____ with your electric company.
If you've signed up for a cost discount, it means that you're saving money. It also means that you won't have AC during high-demand periods.
When your dishwasher isn't doing its job, check the ______ .
When your dishwasher isn't cleaning dishes very well, then be sure to check the filter. Often, it is clogged with food.
In the dishwasher, also check the _____ .
Another thing to inspect on the dishwasher is the float switch. Slide it up and down, and see if food has collected there.
When you have a leaky door and no marine grease, use ______ .
That's right. Bar soap can lubricate that door in a pinch. No more creaky sounds.
Clean copper with _____ .
Copper can easily be cleaned with lemon and rock salt. Not everyone has copper cleaner lying about.
Creaky floor? Use ______ .
Either graphite powder or talcum powder are going to help that squeaky floor. The loose boards will still move, they'll just be silent about it.
A stuck window can be helped by ____ .
The waxy residue from paraffin or beeswax are going to lube up those tracks. Silicone spray is always a best bet, though.
Clean a grimy vent filter with ______ .
Rubbing alcohol is a great way to clean grimy vent filters. Alcohol dissolves the muck, making it easier to remove.
You can remove marker from your walls with ________ .
Toothpaste is a great way to remove permanent marker from the walls. Use a damp rag to gently work the toothpaste into the marker.
What is a poultice?
A poultice is a cleaning method/implement that involves a porous material and a solvent. Poultice is a great method of cleaning stained countertops.
Fix damaged baseboards with _____ .
Both of these are great for damaged baseboards. Wood dough works great for shallow fillings, and Bondo is good for severe damage.
Spray stained windows with _____ ?
Stained windows can easily be cleaned by spraying straight white vinegar on them. Allow the vinegar to sit for a few moments.
How do you deal with wine stains on the rug?
Sorry, folks, you're going to need to rent a steam cleaner for that. You can find one at your local hardware store.
Unorganized cupboard needs ______ .
When your cupboards are unorganized, it means that you need more shelving. You also need to trash things that you don't use!
Oil stains in the garage need _____ .
Kitty litter is an excellent oil absorber. Use this to soak up those oil stains in your garage.
Kitchen sink odors? Use _____ .
Lemon is great for kitchen sink odors. Simply put a cut lemon in the disposal and grind it up.
Need soil for your garden? Use _____ .
Coffee grounds are excellent in the garden. They can also be used to bulk up a planter.
When your wooden floors are scratched, use ______ .
Oil is great for covering up scuff marks on a wooden floor. Walnut oil is a particularly good choice.
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