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Common Bathroom DIY Repairs

There are many things that can go wrong in a bathroom, from running toilets to leaking faucets to peeling paint. Fortunately, many of these common problems are able to be fixed by even the most inexperienced do-it-yourselfers. Some of the most common bathroom DIY repairs are listed below, along with simple how-to instructions.

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Bathroom DIY repairs; How to fix a constantly running toilet

One of the most common bathroom problems is a toilet that won't stop running. Fortunately, this is an easy bathroom DIY repair. Often the chain is just tangled on something, but when jiggling the handle is no longer enough, it's probably time to replace the flapper, which is the little rubber piece at the bottom of the tank attached to the chain. Most often what happens is the rubber deteriorates and the seal is broken. All you have to do is unhook the old flapper from the chain, and attach the new one. This repair will cost you all of $5, and maybe 20 or 30 minutes total time, including going to buy the new flapper.

Bathroom DIY repairs; How to install a new sink faucet

Like most other bathroom DIY repairs, the installation of a new sink faucet is not difficult at all, something even the most inexperienced DIY'er can accomplish. The first step is to turn off the main water supply to the sink; don't forget, or you will end up with a wet mess. After you do that, disconnect the water supply lines to the sink. The supply lines should just unscrew. The next step is to unscrew the nuts under the sink that are holding the fixture in. New fixtures almost always have plastic nuts, older ones are metal. There is a tool called a basin wrench, and because of the small work space, this tool is invaluable.

You can also use a regular wrench to loosen the nuts, but you may end up with some cuts and scrapes from the sink. Once the nuts are loose, they can usually be removed by hand. All that's left to do is to lift out the old faucet and put in the new one. Finish by doing the exact opposite of everything you've just done; screw in the nuts to the faucet, reconnect the water supply lines, and turn on the main water valve. That was easy. Wasn't it?