Tips On How to Do Residential Repairs Yourself

With so much information available on the Internet these days, it’s pretty tempting to tackle at least a few of your home repairs yourself.  Well, that’s fine providing these repairs aren’t anything too serious, and have absolutely nothing to do with electricity.  For that you should always call a residential electrician.  However, there are some minor repairs that will make a difference, and which you can do yourself without risking catastrophe.

Screechy Door and Squeaky Floor

How to Do Residential Repairs

This minor problem can be easily solved by spraying lubricant onto the complaining hinges of the door, then swinging the door open and closed so that the lubricant will spread.  You can also rub petroleum jelly onto the hinges that has been known to work pretty well.  If all else fails, however, then raise the hinge pins up until they are at about halfway and oil them, making sure to either place paper on the floor beneath the door, or wipe any excess oil off with a rag.

When it comes to a squeaky floor, a nonpermanent fix is to scatter talcum power across the offending area and brush it into the crevices too.


When it comes to oven repairs both gas stoves and electric rages aren’t very complicated to operate, and they’re normally fairly simple to repair.  One of the reasons for that is due to the fact that the components are made for swift taking apart.  Usually when something goes wrong with an electric range or oven it is due to faulty heating elements.  For starters, what you need to do is to look inside to see what the problem is.  A word to the wise here:  Before you begin to make any type of gas range or oven repairs, check to see that it’s not plugged in, or better yet, shut off the power by taking out a fuse or even tripping the circuit breaker.  If your range should have a grounding wire attached to it, disconnect it.  The fact of the matter is that no matter how easy it looks that making the repair will be, if you are in the least unsure about what you are doing, you’d be better off calling a residential electrician to do the work.

Peeling Wallpaper

Take a knife and spread some wallpaper paste onto some plain paper.  Then take the piece of paper and rub it underneath the peeling part.  Press the section of wallpaper up onto the wall.  Carefully slip the paper out and smooth the area with a clean, dry rag.  You are now finished.

Stained Tub

The perfect cure for a stained bath tub is to mix half cream of tartar and half baking soda and then add lemon juice until the mixture becomes a paste.  Work this into the stain using your fingers or a clean rag.  Leave it alone for about thirty minutes, then rinse.  If you are dealing with a tub that has been left untouched for too long, then stronger measures will be required before you will be able to thoroughly clean it.  You might even need advice from a professional.

All of these tips on how to do minor residential repairs have been deliberately chosen because of their simplicity.  You shouldn’t tackle anything too challenging unless you have done this for a living, otherwise you can end up making a bad situation much worse.  If you’re going to attempt to do some more serious repairs, my advice is don’t.  Leave that work to a professional who knows what he is doing and will complete the job the way it is supposed to be done.


Candice is a licensed residential electrician Brisbane, experienced in every type of domestic repair including oven repairs.  She is much sought after and considered to be an expert in her field.


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