Transforming your home with simple yet effective DIY repairs can offer a sense of accomplishment and significantly improve your living space. Some projects might require a bit more expertise. For those occasions, Kaminskiy Care and Repair stands ready as your reliable handyman service.

Now, let’s explore ten easy fixes you can tackle yourself to enhance your home’s functionality and aesthetics:

1. Fixing Leaky Faucets

A dripping faucet wastes water and can inflate your utility bills. The issue is often due to a worn washer or O-ring, which can be easily replaced with basic tools and minimal skill. Here is a detailed step to start with:

  • Turn Off Water Supply: Find the valves under the sink and turn them clockwise to shut off the water supply to the faucet.
  • Disassemble the Faucet: Remove the handle and faucet cap using a screwdriver. Use a wrench to loosen the nut.
  • Replace Washer/O-Ring: Identify the worn-out washer or O-ring inside the valve seat and replace it with a new one that matches in size and shape.
  •  Reassemble and Test: Reassemble the faucet, turn the water supply back on, and check for leaks.

For more complex issues, it is recommended you call a handyman professional. Kaminskiy Care and Repair specializes in the repair and installation of faucets.

2. Unclogging Drains

Instead of reaching for harsh chemicals to unclog drains initially, try using a plunger or a plumber’s snake. This solution is eco-friendly and protects you from harmful chemicals. Here is a detailed step guide to begin with:

  • Use a Plunger: Place the plunger over the drain and plunge vigorously several times.
  •  Drain Snake: Insert the drain snake into the drain and turn it to catch and pull out debris. 
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. Wait an hour, then flush with hot water.

3. Patching Drywall

Small holes and dents in walls can be fixed with spackle, sandpaper, and paint by following these easy steps:

  •  Prepare the Area: Clean the hole and remove any loose drywall.
  • Apply Spackle: Use a putty knife to apply spackle to the hole. Smooth it out and let it dry.
  • Sand and Paint: Once dry, sand the area until smooth and paint over it to match your wall.

For larger repairs that require a skilled hand, Kaminskiy Care and Repair is available for assistance.

4. Replacing Weather Stripping

Improving your home’s energy efficiency can be as simple as replacing old weather stripping, requiring minimal tools and effort. Start with these simple steps:

  • Remove Old Weather Stripping: Gently pull it away from the door or window frame.
  •  Measure and Cut: Measure the length needed and cut the new weather stripping to fit.

Apply New Stripping: Peel the backing off (if adhesive) and press it into place. For non-adhesive types, fit it into the groove.

5. Fixing Squeaky Doors

Applying lubricant to hinges can quickly eliminate door squeaks giving your door free movement and preventing disturbing sounds. Follow these steps to begin

  • Identify the Source: Open and close the door to locate where the squeak is coming from.
  •  Lubricate the Hinges: Spray WD-40 or a silicone-based lubricant onto the hinges. Move the door back and forth to work it in.
  •  Wipe Excess: Use a cloth to wipe away any excess lubricant.

We offer efficient door repair and installation services for more stubborn issues, or if hinge replacement is necessary.

6. Tightening Loose Handles and Knobs

A screwdriver is all that’s needed for this simple fix. Follow these easy steps:

  • Tighten Screws: Use a screwdriver to tighten any loose screws on the handles or hinges.
  •  For Stripped Screws: Remove the screw, fill the hole with a bit of wood glue, and reinsert the screw. Allow it to dry before using.

7. Repairing Running Toilets

A running toilet can waste gallons of water daily, but fixing gives a sense of relief and comfort. The process is usually straightforward. Start by following these steps:

  • Turn Off the Water: Shut off the water supply to the toilet.
  • Check Flapper: Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet. If the flapper doesn’t seal properly, replace it.
  • Adjust or Replace Fill Valve: If the water runs constantly, adjust the fill valve height or replace it if damaged.

For plumbing repairs beyond your comfort level, Kaminskiy Care and Repair provides professional solutions.

8. Replacing Light Fixtures

Upgrading lighting can alter the ambiance of a room. If properly done, it can give your space a stunning look. To begin follow these easy guides:

  • Turn Off Power: Ensure the power is off at the breaker.
  • Remove Old Fixture: Unscrew the old fixture and disconnect the wires.
  • Connect New Fixture: Connect the wires of the new fixture to the existing wires using wire nuts, then mount the fixture.
  • Restore Power: Turn the breaker back on and test the new fixture.

By following these steps, You are set off on a good start to fixing your light or bulb fixtures at home. However, for more complex issues, contact us at Kaminsky Care and Repair for quality light installation service.

9. Fixing Loose Tiles

Re-adhering tiles involve cleaning the area, applying adhesive, and resetting the tile. Start with the outlined steps:

  • Remove Loose Tile: Carefully lift the loose tile without damaging it.
  • Apply Adhesive: Spread a layer of tile adhesive on the back of the tile and the floor.
  • Replace Tile: Press the tile back into place. Allow the adhesive to set before regrouting around the tile.

For more extensive work or professional finishing touches, Kaminskiy’s team is ready to assist.

10. Painting a Room

A fresh coat of paint can revitalize any space giving it a fresh and distinctive look. To begin, follow these steps:

  • Clean Walls: Wipe down walls with a damp cloth to remove dust and grime.
  • Apply Primer: If you’re painting over a darker color, applying a new texture, or have patched any holes, apply a coat of primer to ensure even color coverage and adherence. Let it dry as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Apply Paint: Edge first using a brush, paint around the edges of the room near the tape on the trim, windows, and doors. Next, use a roller for large areas. Pour paint into a tray, saturate your roller evenly, and start painting the walls using an “M” or “W” pattern for even coverage. Work in small sections, blending each into the next without letting them dry in between to avoid lap marks.


DIY home repairs can be both rewarding and transformative. For tasks that require a professional touch, Kaminskiy Care and Repair is here to assist. Every job is just enough for our skilled team. Our goal is to maintain and enhance your home whenever needed. Contact us today for quality home improvement service.

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