While calling a handyman always seems like an easier choice, it’s not really something you should always feel obliged to do. After all, do you call your landlord every time your light bulb burns out?
Of course not! Sure, there are some fixes that are simply out of your league but how can you tell which of them are a simple DIY repair if you never even try? With this in mind and in order to further support this spirit of self-reliance, here are six home repairs you can do by yourself.
The first thing you need to understand is that basic plumbing doesn’t actually involve a major leak. What you do need to know, however, is how to resolve a clog or how to protect your home before the plumber arrives. The most important thing that every single homeowner needs to know is where the home’s main valve is.
In a case of a leak, your first objective should be preventing a flood, which is something fairly simple if you know the location of the above-listed valve. As for the clogs, prevention is usually the key but if the hazard actually happens, you need to have a plunger somewhere close by.
Refinishing a hardwood floor
Your home’s flooring is one of its greatest surfaces, needless to say, should you decide to rent out or sell the place, it will be one of the key factors in determining its value. Luckily, refinishing your floor can take as little as several hours.
Of course, if there’s a damaged part that needs replacement, this might be a bit out of your league or at least an incredibly daunting task. However, if you just want to give your hardwood floor some of its old shine back, this is something that can be arranged in a matter of hours.
Apart from finishing the floor, you also need to be concerned with dents. To some, this particular fix may seem difficult, yet, all you really need here is a damp cloth and an iron. Merely place a damp cloth over the wooden surface and run a hot iron across it to straighten it out.
While the results are instant, you need to display some patience and attention to details while tending to it. In return, you get to solve a persistent and expensive (resale value-wise) problem of your household.
In theory, fixing air conditioning is also something that can be done by a layman but it is probably best left for professional servicemen. Air conditioning parts are fairly cheap and replacing the fan motor, replacing the contactor and testing the fuses are all quite straightforward procedures.
Nevertheless, if you’re not careful, there’s a chance that you might make matters worse than they already are. When you notice a malfunction related to your air conditioning device, you should probably look for your local air conditioner repair in Sydney, rather than attempting a repair of your own.
Changing your garbage disposal
The next item on the list is a garbage disposal, which can seem quite scary when operational. However, once you shut it down, it can be quite harmless. The greatest problem with cleaning it is most likely the smell, however, it is something you’ll just have to endure.
On the other hand, merely cleaning the gunk might not be enough. There’s always a possibility that your garbage disposal is broken, in which case, you’ll have to replace it. Fortunately, this too isn’t something you need to consult a handyman about.
At the very end, you might feel the urge to do something about your walls, as well. With wallpapers becoming a more and more popular solution, you need to figure out a way how to keep them clean and, more importantly, intact. Adding some glue or adhesive might make the area look unnatural but even if it didn’t it’s wasteful.
The adhesive is still there and all you have to do is reactivate it. So, what you need is a way to carefully open the gap (a screwdriver or a knife can be quite useful here) and a way to heat up the area. The simplest way to do so is with a seam sealer or some white glue (seeing as how it won’t leave a mark).
While there are so many things to be done around the house, sometimes the repair is simply not worth it. Look at it this way, even if you could make a repair in 6 hours, are you really ready to spend most of your Sunday on this menial task that a professional can handle in as little as 2 hours.
On the other hand, some people find special pride in being their own handyman. Just make sure you put safety at the forefront and try not to make things worse.
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