Quick Fix! 6 Quick Maintenance and Repair Guides For the Working Millennial
Here are a few easiest quick fix solutions for the most common headaches. (Disclaimer though! These easy quick fix solutions mostly aren’t permanent. If your problem is beyond your expertise and the scope covered, chances are, you do need a professional. It sucks to have to pay to fix something you probably didn’t break (intentionally at least). But hey, that’s part and parcel of adulting!)
1. Changing a tire
Always a handy skill to have on your belt. We’ve all seen the horror movies. The most common victims are those with car troubles! So, to avoid being ax-murderer bait, learn how to get your car back on the road. And, get the hell out of the middle of nowhere and to safety.
To change a car tire you’ll need a spare tire, a car jack, and a lug wrench. All cars come with these emergency tools.
The location of the spare tire depends on your car model. Most sedans have their spare tire in the boot under the board. The jack may look like a torture device but is easier to use than you think. If you’re really strapped for how, read the car user manual.
Essentially, to change your tire, first come to a stop and turn on your hazard lights. Next, elevate your car with the jack. Then loosen all the lug nuts on your tire with the lug wrench. Be sure to keep them.
After this, pull off the flat tire and put on the spare tire. Next, refasten all the lug nuts with the lug wrench and tighten well. Then, lower your car. This is probably the easiest step. Lastly, stow away your tools and get home or to wherever you’re headed.
Drive safely as spare tires aren’t made for driving fast of going long distances. And, be sure to get your flat tire fixed or replaced.
2. Changing your car engine oil
This is essential maintenance know-how. There are so many benefits you can reap from regularly changing your engine oil. Among the many are extended engine life. We all want that. As sadly, most millennials don’t have enough expendable cash to buy a new car regularly. You also get better mileage with a clean and lubricated engine.
So, anyone who drives should know how to. If you don’t keep up with this. The eventual repair costs caused by a dry engine would run you a hefty bill. One bottle of engine oil doesn’t cost much.
So, do your due diligence. Change your engine oil frequently and keep your car engine healthy. Learn how to check engine oil levels using the dipstick. Don’t overfill and never let it go too low.
If you still send your car for servicing, you probably don’t have to do it as often. But, its safe practice to check and do it regularly.
3. Repairing clothes/ Seamwork
Knowing how to do patchwork should be essential. Your mom or grandma won’t always be at your disposal to fix any tears or to reattach popped buttons in your clothes. So, learn how. Be able to tackle any potential wardrobe mishaps.
The approach to fix tears depends on the type of rip or tear. Holes are a little harder to fix compared to tears. But, it’s definitely not rocket science. Let’s chuck sexist ideologies and all learn to sew regardless of gender. It’s the 21st century after all.
If your clothing has a hole, first trim around the hole into a square. This will make it easier to patch. Then cut fabric of the same type a little bigger than the hole. You can get this by cutting out of the backside of your pocket. Then, pin it in and sew.
Tears or ripped seams and popped buttons are a little easier and a quick fix. Simply pin together your fabric, then sew with a needle and similar colored thread. These use the most basic seam. Or, in layman terms the ‘in and out’ seam.
Just opt for the most basic stitches if you’re really lost. As long as the needle and thread go through the cloth, you’re good. YouTube is littered with how-to-sew videos. Anyways, a little messy stitch job beats buying a new shirt or disowning your favorite shirt, right?
4. Unclogging a blocked toilet
How scary is it when you flush the stinker and suddenly the water rises? Nobody wants to see that happen. Or worse yet, you flush but it doesn’t go down and you’re at a friends house. Utter mortification!
So, in the case the toilet is a fickle one, for whatever reason, be prepped. Any person will at least be involved in one situation where a toilet needs unclogging.
First things first, you’ll need a plunger. Make sure you get the right kind. Get a toilet plunger instead of a sink plunger. However, if a sink plunger is all you have, it’ll do the job. With a little more trouble though.
Next, plunging is pretty self-explanatory. Hold the plunger over the toilet bowl hole then pump and pull. The toilet will drain with a few pumps.
If a plunger couldn’t do the job, buy an auger or ‘toilet snake’. Augers aren’t hard to use. Simply put the snake down the hole and push it till you feel it hit the clog. Then, pull.
5. Stop a leaking water pipe
The simplest and best quick fix for a leaking pipe is to simply seal the leak. However, this isn’t a permanent fix. Use this only when desperate or faced with a small leak.
There are multiple ways to seal a leaking pipe. Before that though, stop the leak by switching off the water valve to the pipe. Then, turn on the water faucet to drain any remaining water. And, wipe the pipe with a cloth and allow it to air dry temporarily.
One of the easiest ways to fix a small leak is by applying some epoxy over the leak. Epoxy is inexpensive and easy to use. Just make sure the pipe is dry or it probably won’t do the job. Also, be sure to choose an epoxy that will stick to your pipe material.
Besides that, you could try using silicon tape. Simply run it tightly around your dried leak area. Wound the tape tightly and in an overlapping way. Do multiple layers for added protection and safety.
Another option is by using a leak clamp. All you have to do is fasten it tightly around your leak area and it should do the job. Don’t over tighten though, as it could damage the pipe and worsen the leak.
If its a bigger leak or you want a permanent fix, you’ll need to replace the pipe and connectors. There’s plenty of DIY pipe replacement videos and tutorials on the web. You don’t need an expensive plumber for a more permanent fix.
6. If all else fails, duct tape for a quick fix
People say duct tape will fix anything. If you’re lost for solutions and is desperate for a quick fix, use duct tape. At least until you call a professional.
If it works for NASA space missions, it should work for your problem. Duct tape has been a must-have on all space missions since the Gemini days. This wonder tape was also used to repair helicopter rotors during the Vietnam war.
So, if you’re lost for ideas. Try duct tape before giving up. At least it’s a quick fix which is better than nothing. Then, of course, call a professional for a real fix.
Welcome to the joys of ownership. Anything breaks in due time. Know you can solve most problems by yourselves. After all, millennials are resourceful people, right? Information is at the tip of our fingertips. You can google anything nowadays. So, save money on fixes you could easily do yourself.