If you’ve owned a home for quite a while, then you know that sooner or later, you’re going to have to deal with a few maintenance issues here and there in order to keep your home up to standard and running efficiently. Sometimes, this can cost an arm and a leg, but it is necessary nonetheless.
However, it’s important that you know that there are some of these fix ups that you can do yourself, and you’ll also end up saving yourself quite a bit of time and money as well.
Installing a TV Aerial
This is one of those jobs that we seldom consider doing ourselves, isn’t it? When the TV goes on the blink there’s usually a mad panic to get it fixed as soon as possible. The truth is, waiting for someone to come and make these adjustments for us could take ages and you want the TV to work immediately. You can bet the TV will break down just when you want to watch something special, whether it’s the Six Nations rugby tournament (in our house!) or the final of Strictly Come Dancing!
There are plenty of reliable tutorials that can help you to install an outdoor TV aerial yourself without having to call a professional service. There’s no need, really. Just make sure that you have the antenna and installation equipment ready, and also that you have one or two people standing by to help you out because this is not something you should attempt single-handed.
Fixing a Running Toilet
There’s nothing more annoying than a running toilet. Not only does the sound of constantly running water drive you insane, but you’re wasting a ridiculous amount of water, not to mention the amount of money you’ll have to spend in bills. The only thing you’ll need to buy is a new valve, and have on you a pair of pliers and a hacksaw. Make sure you shut off the water source so you can work comfortably and drain all the water out by flushing it until it’s empty. Then all you need to do is follow the instructions set on the valve kit, and if you’re still not comfortable, look up video tutorials so that you are certain you’re doing it correctly.
Fixing External Leaking Pipes
We’re often intimidated by pipes because they’re an important lifeline in our homes. Whether it’s in the bathroom or in the kitchen, you definitely don’t want to have any issues in either! When it comes to pipes that are underground or behind a wall, you definitely want to call a professional to take care of any issues concerning these kinds of pipes. But the external pipes, on the other hand, these you can manage by yourself without having to call in a plumber.
You need to make sure that you switch off the water source, dry the pipe thoroughly, and then work with gloves to shape the epoxy putty and wrap around the hole or break. Using tape to hold it down as it dries is a good idea so that you can ensure that it is properly sealed. This should usually do the trick when you have a leaking pipe. You can also use a pipe clamp to ensure that the source of the leak is taken care of. Just make sure that it’s the same size as your pipe, otherwise, it will be useless.
Certain Paint and Patch Jobs
There’s really no need to call up a professional when it comes to certain paint and patch jobs. For example, if you have a drywall that has a hole in it, this is easily taken care of. But be sure that you know where wires and pipes are placed within the foundation of your house behind the walls so that you’re not causing any damage as you fix these holes. There are a couple of ways that you can do these jobs, you just need to make sure that you have the right cement or resin, the right equipment and of course, the identical paint colour so that you can do a top job without showing any difference.
We all take pride in our homes, and we often worry about making sure that everything stays the same and is always well maintained so that all is functioning as it should be. The good news is that after reading this, you’ll be well aware of the fact that you don’t always need to call a professional, wait on edge for them to finally come over, and then end up emptying your wallet over a job that you could do yourself, just as well! So the next time you have any issues, first check to see if this is something that you can tackle yourself instead of wasting time and money unnecessarily.