Home repairs can often be either intimidating or expensive; for some, there is no avoiding this, but it is not always the case. For many of us with only a modest range of practical skills, many tasks should not be beyond us. To illustrate this point, we have put together this guide to six easy home repairs that anyone can do.
Re-Painting or Papering
When the walls begin to look a bit tired and grubby, we know it’s time to give them some attention. If the grime isn’t too bad, it is possible to clean walls to remove scuffs and stains, but eventually, we will have to redo the surface. To make the job easier, one thing to ensure we strip away any old paint or paper and then be sure to use masking tape to cover the edges of the adjoining surfaces if painting.
Light Fixtures & Electrical Plugs
Electrical work is always something to be careful around, but if we are cautious, then simple jobs should not be something to be afraid of. Rewiring an electrical plug is a relatively simple procedure. The potential for damage or danger is relatively low, as even if you have made a significant mistake, it will simply blow a fuse.
Unblocking the Sink
If your kitchen sink is not draining, it can be a headache; we use this more than most other features in the home and cannot realistically work around it as an issue. But before we reach for the phone and call a plumber, there are a few things we can check. Try using a plunger or drain unblocking solution. If we need to explore a little further, we might be able to find the blockage further down the pipe, and even if we need to repair a section, it is a simple job with some PVS repair couplings being fairly fool-proof to use.
Filling Holes in Wall
In any home, we will inevitably have to deal with small holes in the plaster wall. Any time we change a picture, we leave a small hole where the hook was placed. If we buy a tube of filler, it is the most straightforward fix we can ever hope to complete.
Squeaky or Tight Doors
If we are having problems with a door, it generally falls under one of the following two categories; it either squeaks, or it sticks. Squeaky doors are usually fixed with a simple application of oil or WD-40 to the hinges. For sticking doors, we may need to sand the top, bottom or side, or it may have become dislodged and require to be re-hung.
Bugs & Insects
If you are faced with an insect infestation and catch it early, it is possible to take care of it yourself. There are plenty of products out there that can rid us of pests, such as these solutions to carpenter ants, but it is essential to accurately identify the type of pest you are dealing with.