At least half the calls I get for broken disposals turn out to be easy fixes.
Mike Klimek is a licensed contractor and owner of Las Vegas Handyman. Questions may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, mail to 4710 W. Dewey Drive, No. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89118. His web address is www.handymanoflasvegas.com.
A kit for a 4-by-4-foot window, which will allow you to replace the screen’s frame and rescreen the window, will cost about $35. The kits come in different colors and finishes, but they are all easy to assemble.
Q: We want to replace our old bathroom faucet and sink stopper ring with a more modern set. Any advice from you would be appreciated.
Tub enclosure doors start at around $250, but before purchasing them, measure the length of the tub and the height of the walls. Make sure the doors you want have the proper dimensions to fit the opening.
A common problem that afflicts many showers each day is a bad shower cartridge causing the showerhead to drip. It will take about 30 minutes to fix but will save lots of water as a result.
Most doorbell problems are caused by loose wire connections or worn-out switches. To test your system, you will need a multitester, which checks voltage and continuity.
Installing crown molding is precise work that requires patience and perseverance. An essential tool for this job is a power miter box saw, which cuts corners quickly and cleanly.
Installing a pre-hung door to replace a damaged door takes time but is hard to screw up.
Fixing a damaged concrete step is surprisingly easy. You probably have some of the necessary tools, so you will only need to buy, rent or borrow a few specialty tools.
Towel bars usually come loose because the hole in the drywall becomes elongated and enlarged, and the screw and anchor pop out of the wall. Fortunately, there is a quick and inexpensive answer.
The average clogged sink can be cleared very quickly, but be forewarned: It’s a messy job.
The toilet is running because either water is running in the toilet or water is running out. You need to replace the fill valve and/or the flapper.
Q: My home is about 20 years old. My problem is with the lights in the kitchen. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. When I turn on the switch, the light flickers or just partially lights. I have replaced the fluorescent tubes, but they still don’t work properly. What should I do?
To keep the sliding glass door from sticking, you need to replace the rollers on the bottom of the door. This is not hard, just a little cumbersome. The door is large and somewhat fragile.
Changing out the baseboards is an easy job that gives you a lot of bang for the buck. You can go from boring to breathtaking in an afternoon.