If you are trying your hand at DIY for the first time, it can be incredibly intimidating. Whether you are considering getting some plumbing skills under your belt or you are already well-versed in the most basic DIY tasks, you may think that you have all the “simple things” under control.
But it’s always a good idea to ensure you have basics under your belt. Here are a few things that you may want to work on fixing first.
In terms of the kitchen, this is probably the most common issue. While there may be problems with your fridge or you need to fix your appliances, before you start tackling the electrics or the refrigerator you need to make sure that you can fix a leaky tap. In fact, learning to tackle your leaky tap is the perfect starting point. If you don’t know how to replace a washer or a faulty rubber maker you got to learn how to test the problem. And this is something that is always worth addressing, regardless of the issue. Testing any problem to see what the real issue is is something that can help you fix a leaky tap or repair a broken refrigerator. But it’s always important to do it safely. Turn off the water or the electrics before you start any job where there is the potential for danger.
One of the biggest issues that doesn’t just make our homes incredibly cold and miserable, but also increases our heating bill, is the potential for draughts. You can make your own draught excluder using a piece of fabric and rolling it into a tube. If this is too primitive for you, you can start to insulate the property. Insulating is a fine art. It’s not just purchasing insulation foam and laying down in the loft, but you’ve got to address the main areas where the draught is making its way in. You may have to seal a wall or examine the exterior of the property and consult a DIY expert to help you fill in the gaps.
Resealing Your Bath
As sealant rots away over time, this will cause leaks. By learning how to replace sealant, you will have knowledge of how to use sealants and any form of glue safely. You’ve got to remove the old sealant first, which means that you’ve got to be adept at using a Stanley knife. It’s also important to purchase a cartridge gun to fill in the gaps in a smooth and consistent motion. Learning to reseal your bath isn’t just about sticking sealant into the offending areas, but it’s about making sure that you do the job properly without making it stick out like a sore thumb.
By fixing these three areas, they give you a lot of information about DIY not just in terms of the art of fixing it, but also in terms of the skills you need to have. By learning how to test the waters or the electrics, understanding the internal and external problems that can cause draughts, or learning how to fix problems without compromising the aesthetics of the home gives you a proper foundation for DIY skill.