Have you been watching home improvement shoes and decided it’s time you did something with your house? Don’t hesitate to start; many of the skills needed are easier to learn than you would think and some things take no time at all. Before you start knocking down walls, here are some skills that are vital to have for any home improvement project.
Usually one of the first steps taken in home improvement, painting is also one of the easiest to make mistakes with. The first mistake is thinking it’s going to be quick and easy. Unskilled painters will leave behind obvious signs: patches where paint it too thin or thick, drips on skirting boards, and blotches in and around corners. These are all easy to avoid; it comes down to patience. Now, while it might not match up to a professional painter, and it will certainly take longer, with a little patience you can still do a good job.
Understanding of basic plumbing is not only great for DIY home improvement but will also save you a huge amount of money. Leaking taps cost you on your water bill and getting a plumber to come and fix it isn’t exactly a cheap solution. But you might be surprised to know how easily most plumbing problems can be fixed. For example, a leaking tap is often caused by a broken washer inside the tap.
All you need to do to fix it is take the handle off and replace the broken washer. Remember to turn off your water main before you do any plumbing work.
Another simple job, yet leaving it undone can cause a tremendous amount of damage. Bath tubs and showers are all water proofed to prevent water damage in the walls and floor. In less than thirty minutes, you can reseal your bath or shower without too much work. The seal used is called caulk. To start, remove the old or damaged caulk using a narrow headed screw driver or awl. Clean the surface off with rubbing alcohol to remove any grime or scum then apply a thick line of caulk along the seal joint.
Not only great for home improvement, welding is a valuable skill that can be used for many other things. For simple home improvement, a small, portable welder is the preferred option. Arc welders, like those available from WIA, are the best due to their simplicity and size. Arc welders will allow you to repair almost any metal furniture you have, but their best feature is giving you the chance to make your own furniture or metal features. Some fantastic things can be made with a skilled hand.
Cupboard doors quite often come loose, especially under high use. This is caused by the hinge screws moving ever so slightly and pulling out of their holes. As the screws pull, the holes are enlarged and, of course, as the holes get bigger the doors become looser. There is a very simple way to fix these holes though. Grabs some tooth picks, about four or five, depending on the size of the hole, and use wood glue to stick them together. Place them in the hole, covered in the glue and cut them off at the surface. Once it is dry and firmly in place, you can simply fasten the screw back in and find your doors once again secured.
These are just a few skills that are useful for DIY home improvements. What skills have you put to use around your house?
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