5 Home Maintenance Tips Every Graduate Should Know

graduates learn life skillsIn the last several weeks, hundreds of thousands of kids across the country celebrated high school or college graduations. In the weeks to come, many more will join their ranks. Some will further their education, while others will dive headfirst into the real world. No matter where life takes them, make sure they learn the 5 basic home maintenance tips every graduate should know.

  1. How to find a stud. Many dorms don’t allow hanging wall décor, but graduates moving into an apartment should know how to find a stud so heavy pictures don’t tear up the drywall. Knock on the wall until you hear a hollow sound or buy a stud finder for easy locating.
  2. How to patch a hole in the wall. Anything from a heavy picture to a wayward baseball can create a hole in your wall. To fix a hole in drywall, apply spackling material with a putty knife. After it dries, you can paint the patch to match your wall color.
  3. How to fix a broken toilet. If a toilet won’t stop running, it’s probably a poor piston seal. Remove the back toilet lid and pull the chain up, watching the piston as it reforms a seal over the hole. Determine if it was a one-time issue or if it the parts need replacing.
  4. How to turn off the water. Running water can waste money and create a huge mess. As soon as you move into a new location, learn where the main water shutoff is located. To turn off water to the sink or toilet, you can twist the main pipe valve connecting the sink or toilet to the wall.
  5. How to create a tool kit. Everyone living on their own should have a tool kit, regardless of age, gender, or skill level. When creating your tool kit, make sure you include:
  • A hammer
  • Locking pliers (needle-nose and groove-joint)
  • A slotted screwdriver and a Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • A X-acto knife or other small blade
  • A putty knife
  • A level
  • A straightedge
  • A miter square
  • A measuring tape
  • A rag of thick fabric
  • A flashlight

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