Do-It-Yourself Household Repairs
Rachael's habit of accidentally throwing her rings out with the trash or dropping them down the kitchen sink drives John nuts! To ease her hubby's mind (and to save the money she would've given to a plumber), Rachael enlists Steve Santagati to show her how to get them out of the drain herself. And while she's got him, how do you fix those darn holes in the wall? It's easier than you think!
Dropped jewelry in the sink?
• Turn off the faucets so there's no water running into the sink. Clear away any items underneath the sink so that you have room to work.
• The U-shaped pipe under the sink is called the trap. Unscrew the trap in two places. You can do this by hand or use a channel lock. This tool will set you back about $20...but calling a plumber will easily set you back a couple of hundred!
• Pour out the contents of the trap into a small dish or bucket (there will be water in it) and you've got your ring back!
Small hole repairs
Accidentally hang your art in the wrong place? Fill the unused nail hole with a little bit of toothpaste and then paint over it after it dries. Done!
Larger hole repairs
• Buy a sheet of fiberglass mesh at the local hardware store (they come in all different sizes, depending on the size of the hole you need to patch up). Then you'll need a putty knife, spackle, sandpaper and paint.
• Clean the wall and center the fiberglass mesh piece over the hole (after taking the backing off).
• Spackle over the mesh piece and get rid of the excess.
• Let it set and dry, and if there are still bumps, sand it down...then paint over it.
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