15 Emergency Maintenance Jobs You Can Learn With Online Videos

Dann Albright 24-07-2014

In a previous post, we listed 4 websites that will help you learn to fix just about anything Something Broken? Learn To Fix Anything With These 4 Websites You can spend hundreds of dollars to have a professional help you out, or you can learn how to fix it yourself for the cost of some tools and a couple hours of work. Read More , but most of these websites contained preventative maintenance and renovating-type advice. What if you’re in an emergency situation and you need some help quick? These 15 tutorial videos will help you solve some of the most common problems in your home and your car without calling the pros.

As always, be safe! If it looks like your home disaster could be dangerous, call a professional right away. It’s not worth saving $50 if you end up going to the hospital.

How to Fix a Leaking Faucet

A leaky faucet can drive you nuts, especially if you have a sink or bathtub that tends to echo when a drop falls. Lowe’s has a really good video on how to fix three different types of single-handle faucets.

How to Unclog a Toilet

Clogged toilets, unfortunately, are a fact of life — you just have to know how to deal with them. The Art of Manliness shows you how to deal with a clogged toilet like a pro.

How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

If you failed to unclog the toilet using the video above, you might quickly find yourself with an overflowing bowl. No need to panic! Just use the simple strategy in this video to keep it from overflowing, then attack the clog again.

How to Fix a Toilet That Keeps Running

You’ve probably noticed that a lot of these repair tips have to do with water: that’s because water can be very damaging to your home, and wasting it can drive your water bill through the roof. A toilet that runs continually can waste a lot of water, but you can take a crack at fixing it yourself with just a few simple tools:

How to Re-Light a Water Heater Pilot Light

Waking up in the morning to a freezing-cold shower is awful. If you’re not getting hot water, there’s a good chance that the pilot light on your gas water heater has gone out. This video will show you how to figure out if that’s the case and what to do about it.

How to Re-Light a Furnace Pilot Light

When you turn on your furnace for the first time after a long summer, it’s not very comforting to hear clicks and clanks and not get any heat. Fortunately, the fix is often quite simple: you just have to re-light the pilot light.

How to Troubleshoot Central Heating

Just like a furnace that’s not working, failed central heating is a huge nuisance. This video lists a number of checks that you can go through to make sure that you don’t have a serious problem.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

I’m from Minnesota, and if you live anywhere near that latitude (or very far south), frozen pipes are a big worry in the winter. Leaving a tap dripping overnight can help, but sometimes it’s just too cold. Leaving frozen pipes alone can result in a burst pipe, which is a huge hassle to deal with — use this video to learn how to thaw them before you have a disaster on your hands!

How to Put Out a Kitchen Fire

A lot of the tutorials in this list have to do with things that are annoying and could cause some damage to your house. A kitchen fire, however, can be a serious hazard to your health and your home (especially if it’s a grease fire). The Wamboin Rural Fire Brigade takes you through a number of different ways to get a kitchen fire under control.

How to Replace a Broken Window

If one of the windows on your house is broken, you might assume that you need a professional to replace it. As this video shows, however, you can actually deal with it yourself. There are a number of different steps, and it isn’t always easy, but it’ll save you a huge amount of money!

How to Remove Water from Carpet and a Carpet Pad

Whether your neighborhood has suffered from a flood or you just had a broken pipe, you could find yourself with a soaked carpet and carpet pad. And while this isn’t a big deal in and of itself, it can quickly result in mold, which is bad for you and your house. Use this tutorial to dry out your carpet and the pad before mold sets in.

How to Repair Small Holes in Your Roof

If you notice that your roof is leaking, you should fix it fast — water leaking into your house can cause some major problems. Fortunately, taking care of small holes is pretty easy.

How to Jump Start a Car

Whether you left your car door open last night, your battery needs replacing, or you just drive an old clunker that doesn’t seem to want to start, knowing how to jump start a car is a really useful skill. The Art of Manliness has a tutorial that will take you from stuck at home to on your way.

How to Change a Flat Tire

We’ve all been there before: you’re driving along just fine, and then the steering starts to feel a bit squishy and your hear that dreaded flat-tire noise. This is one of the easiest car fixes out there, but a lot of people just haven’t ever had to worry about it. Not to fear! This video will have you back on the road in no time.

How to Fix a Radiator Hose with Rescue Tape

A blown radiator hose will strand you quickly. Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple fix if you have some Rescue Tape (which you should always have in your car in case of emergencies like this).

You can find loads more emergency repair videos on YouTube, no matter what sort of problem you’re dealing with. Whether it’s in your house, your car, your garage, your computer, or anywhere else, you can find the advice you need in video format. And if you’re a DIYer, don’t miss our great articles on 5 sites that will show you how to fix your computer 5 Sites to Learn How to Repair Your Own Computer Read More , how to troubleshoot and repair a broken laptop How To Troubleshoot & Repair A Broken Laptop Laptops tend to have a rather short lifetime. They are outdated within weeks of being released, they are notoriously hard to upgrade or repair, and by nature they are subject to gradual decay or fatal... Read More , and 8 sites where you can find even more DIY articles 8 Websites to Find DIY & Home Repair Tips As your new home starts to grow on you, you develop an obsession to keep everything perfect…every nail, every fleck of paint in its right place. But things go wrong, and with time the plumbing... Read More .

Have you had any of these problems before? What other sorts of emergency maintenance have you had to do? Share your thoughts and your favorite tutorial videos below!

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  1. Aliana Paul
    March 10, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Your blog is very nice and informative.

  2. Tom S
    July 27, 2014 at 2:35 am

    This article was awesome, I didn't even know how to properly jump start a car....these are great learning videos. I will definitely share this article with friends and family.

    • Dann A
      July 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Glad you found the article useful, Tom, and thanks for reading!

  3. Godel
    July 26, 2014 at 12:50 am

    If you are a parent with a teenager getting their first car, make sure they know how to change a tire, That includes extracting it from where ever it's stashed in the car.

    This goes double if your child is female. You don't want them waiting on the side of the road in the middle of the night for "help".

    • dragonmouth
      July 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

      "If you are a parent with a teenager getting their first car, make sure they know how to change a tire"
      Make sure they not only know how to change a tire but also change wiper blades, check oil and other fluid levels, check and changes fuses, check tire pressure.

    • Dann A
      July 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Yes, I would definitely recommend making sure that they know the things that dragonmouth listed there—all of them can get you out of a bind if you're having car trouble. I also think people should learn how to drive in different conditions—have grown up in Minnesota, knowing how to drive in the snow was a lifesaver!