Almost all things that we buy are meant to break down in the long run, usually a damaged thread on nuts, bolts, and screws is the culprit. When some items at home break, you may think that things are already out of your hands and repairing is no longer an option no matter what thread kit we use. But this is not always the case. Why replace it immediately when you can try to fix it first?
Keep in mind that you will be able to save a lot of money if you choose to try and repair things first instead of replacing them. Take note of the 50% rule: Repair first if the cost is less than or equal to 50% of the original purchase price. With patience and the right tool, you’ll be surprised to see what items in your home can be saved.
Damaged Thread Guide
- Outdoor Furniture. Since outdoor furniture is placed outside of our home, they usually get exposed to too much sun heat, moisture, and snow making them brittle and prone to rust over time. Start repairing them by removing loose rust using a wire brush or a surface abraser carefully. A squeaky rusty lawn chair or table can be repaired if there is any damaged thread. Apply rust-proof primer and some paint to prolong its life and make it good as new.
- Dishwashers. You shouldn’t buy a new dishwasher just because it stops working suddenly or starts overflowing. Most of the time, these happen because chunks of food are blocking the drainage screen inside the dishwasher unit. Check first, by unscrewing a couple of nuts and bolts to remove the drainage screen or the basket, then remove any gunk and clean it well, use a vacuum if there’s any gunk or food debris remaining. Some people usually encounter rusty screws and have problems reinstalling the screen back so just repair threads using our thread kit in seconds and put the drainage back on without a fuss. While if your problem is the racks , then that’s an easy fix using cable ties or any metal wire.
- Windows. Forceful banging can get your windows damaged. Most of the time, it’s the hinge that gets loose first. Just screw in the loose hinge tightly to fix it. Same with broken locks or damaged panes, these are easy DIY jobs that can be resolved by securing any loose or damaged thread on screws and repairing them with our thread repair kit and by adding lubricant to help with the mechanism of the locks.
- Bathroom fixtures. Bathroom fixtures like showers and tubs can easily become chipped and stained. Most people don’t like to spend their time cleaning thoroughly to remove water stains or fix the damage. Well this is a good saving hack if you choose to repair and clean it out first. Try the cheaper options like reglazing or adding bathtub liners. For leaky faucets and showers, they can be fixed without replacing the entire tap. Try to locate the screw and tighten them. Repair threads if needed to screw it on tightly. Always make sure to add new teflon tape as well to avoid any leaks.
- AC Unit. For your air conditioning equipment, maintenance is of high importance. You must regularly clean dirty filters and check mechanical wear and tear to prolong their life. If your AC unit starts to become noisy when turned on, fix that by fencing one or all sides of the unit to deflect the noise. Sometimes because of the cool air flowing, bolts on the motor tend to become rusty so see to it that you fix bolt threads.
- Shutoff Valve. When repairing a sink or toilet, one of the first things you should do first is to turn off the shutoff valve, but what if it won’t shut off? Then just turn off the main water valve and remove the packing nut. Then unscrew the stem and try to look for a replacement washer. So you’ll only need to replace a small part, which is the washer, instead of the whole valve itself. If there’s grit in the valve body, just clean it and put on the new washer. Your valve will look new without having to replace the whole part. Plus if you have any damaged thread on any of your plumbing projects, you can always rely on our thread repair kit to help you.
- Refrigerator. The most common refrigerator problems are the ice-maker breaking down, leaking water and dripping onto the floor, and a noisy system. You can actually solve these problems yourself and save money. Remove the cover of the freezer inside, then remove the fan cover. Detach the evaporator fan and check if there is anything stuck in the fan. Clean the fan blades and check if it will spin freely. Repair any broken thread if needed. Plus make sure that the fan is spinning without obstruction.
Everything from flooring to appliances and equipment are bound to experience damage at some point. But you can save money from replacing your items by trying to repair them first. You’ll feel good about yourself too! You’d be surprised how many things in your home break because of loose and damaged grooves! With the right tool, like our thread repair kit, you’ll be able to fix damaged items around the house instead of replacing them. Rotary Thread is the perfect DIY all-around repair tool for any damaged thread.