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LIFEHACKS: Innovative Ways to Make Do and Mend

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It’s January and everyone’s feeling the pinch. We really don’t want to spend anything on stuff we don’t have to right now, but there’s always something that needs doing.

But maybe it’s worth considering another alternative and we can fix these items ourselves. Therefore I’ve put together my own ‘make do and mend master class’ and have chosen five common household repairs to advise on.

Fixing or Replacing a Light Switch on a wall. Most electricians have a minimum callout charge before they even start to look at it.  If all the other lights on the circuit are working, then it is probably time to replace the switch. 

Before commencing, turn the circuit breaker off and make sure that nobody turns it on whilst you’re working on the switch. Undo the plate screws on the wall and carefully pull the switch away from the wall. You should see two wires connected with screws on the switch. Make sure that no electricity is going through the wires before you unscrew them (you can purchase a live wire tester at any DIY). Now connect them back to the new switch and you’re good to go!

Cracks in the Walls and Ceilings often appear in a few places around a home. I have a few of them and have been meaning to bring a decorator in to fix them when I can afford to, but never seem to have any spare funds. Most of the cracks are only small, where plaster has come away from nails that lie beneath or it’s just general movement. 

Make sure you choose the correct filler from the DIY store (one of their staff should be able to help if need be). Start by wiping and cleaning the area of any debris and loose bits. Press the filler in to the small hole or crack with a filling knife and give it plenty of time to completely dry. Now it’s time to sandpaper it down so it’s smooth and flat. Then paint and it should look great!

Repairing a Carpet Burn happened to me a few months ago. I was trying to fix an old pair of hair straightening irons and stupidly plugged them into the socket whilst they were laying on the carpet – and poof! 

If only the tips of the fibres are scorched, cut off the very ends with small sharp scissors. It is better to trim a little at a time as you don’t want to cut too much off unnecessarily.  Then use a clean sponge with a mild detergent to gently clean the area and lightly rinse with plain clean water. Now use a clean absorbent cloth to soak up the excess water and leave it to dry.

If it has a deeper burn cut the fibres completely away. Then cut some fresh ones from a spot that is unimportant (e.g. inside a wardrobe). Now glue them over the area to hide the burn.


The Kitchen Tap Drips continually and plumbers, just like the electricians, have a minimum callout charge. 

First turn off the water valve to the tap. Put a plug in the sink just in case and fiddly bits fall down the hole whilst fixing it. Remove the lid from the top of the tap and you will see an exposed screw. Unscrew it and use a spanner or wrench to show the cartridge. 

Remove the old washer from it and take it to your local DIY as there are many different sized washers. After buying the correct replacement (which is very cheap), replace everything back as it was in the tap.

The Toilet Handle is Broken and needs to be replaced. Normally this can be remedied by opening the top of the tank, look for a link that has come away and thread it back through. But it may need replacing with a new one because part of the connection has corroded and broken.

Buy a new kit from the DIY store complete with flush handle, tank lever and lever nut. Make sure you have an adjustable spanner. Remove the lid of the tank, disconnect the chain from the handle, hook it over the overflow tube that is coming out of the centre. 

Undo the lever nut behind the handle and separate and then remove them both from the toilet. Install the new handle by sliding the handle lever through the hole. Slide the new nut down the lever and tighten behind the handle (same as the old one). Use the spanner to make the nut slightly tighter than you can do by hand. Take the chain hanging at the top of the overflow tube and reattach it to the flush lever. Check all is working okay and replace the lid.

About the author

Peter Davis Peter Davis is a Marketing Analyst at PaydayLoan123 specialising in financial products. Peter writes most of our articles as he stays up to date with the latest information. He enjoys most sports, particularly playing football and watching his favourite football team. Peter really like his food too as we have all witnessed first hand!

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