Which Home Repairs to DIY — and Which to Call Professionals For?
With the abundance of DIY guides and videos online, certain home repairs are now easy to do even if you don’t have a lot of experience. This is especially true for projects that are relatively safe and easy, require just a few pieces of equipment and need only a few hours to fix. That being said, here are some home repair projects you can easily DIY your way through:
Home Repairs To DIY
A loose tile
Loose or wobbly tiles are minor problems caused by constant exposure to water, which you can easily fix before it becomes a major issue. To do this simple project, begin by running a preheated iron over the wobbly tile and the surrounding area to loosen the tile adhesive. Gently lift the tile and thoroughly clean the area underneath. Then, apply a new coating of adhesive to the gap and the back of the tile. Carefully replace the tile and apply some pressure to get rid of any air bubbles.
A leaky faucet
The best solution to a leaky faucet is almost always the replacement of a faulty washer, O-ring or stem. The only consideration you have to make sure of is that the size of the part you are replacing perfectly matches all the others. To fix a leaky faucet, begin by turning off the water through the handles and the mainline. Then, gently use a flathead screwdriver to remove the handle(s). Use a wrench to loosen the packing nut and check the stem for damage. If the problem isn’t with the stem, check the washer and the O-ring. Replace any damaged parts and reassemble the faucet.
A hole in drywall
With an adhesive aluminium patch, some joint compound, and a taping knife – which are all available in DIY stores for a few pounds – you can easily fix a hole in your drywall. First step is sticking the patch over the hole after cleaning the rough edges around it. With a taping knife, spread a layer of joint compound and let it dry overnight. Then, repeat this step two more times. When the last coat is finally dry, sand the area until it is smooth and even, then prime and paint it.
A slow drain
A slow drain can quickly turn into a completely clogged sink or bath that will require a visit from a plumber. The easiest way to clear a drain is by removing and cleaning the pop-up stopper. If that doesn’t do the trick, fill the tub with three to four inches of water and plunge the sink with a plunger. You can also clean the drain pipe with a metal hanger or a pipe-cleaning tool.
A door that sticks
Wet weather can cause wooden doors to stick, making it harder for you to open them. When doors require brute force to open or close, it can lead to weakened joints and sheared off handles. To prevent this from happening, rub a wax crayon along the edge of the door and opening to identify swollen areas, and using coarse sandpaper to smooth them out. While you’re at it, also inspect the hinges, tighten the screws and lubricate them with a few drops of oil to ease movement.
While there are certain repairs you can DIY your way through, there are just some that would require the services of a professional. This is especially true for projects that are extremely time-consuming, require some strict safety measures, will create a lot of mess, and can potentially be costly if done wrong.
Home Repairs To Call a Professional For
Cleaning the gutters
Blocked gutters can lead to a number of problems, such as water going down the sides of your walls or accumulating in your basement. These problems make it extremely important to have your gutter regularly cleaned, but as highlighted in our previous post ‘Which Are the Most Ideal Job for a Handyman?’, many people stay away from this task for being too messy. Hiring a handyman will not only save you from climbing up the ladder and cleaning the messy gutters yourself, but you can also expect good results from professionals that have the right tools.
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Removing popcorn ceilings
Removing popcorn ceilings is an extremely messy overhead job that requires a lot of steps starting from spraying the ceiling with a softening agent and scraping the popcorns with a blade. While scraping, it’s impossible not to create holes and divots that will require fixing with compound that must be dried and sanded smooth. Finally, everything must also be primed and painted with two coats of paint. For a repair as extensive and taxing as this, you should definitely hire a professional to save yourself from the headache and less-than-desired results.
Fixing burst pipes
When it comes to problems related to your plumbing, calling in an expert is the way to go. For one, a burst pipe is a water emergency and can cause a lot of damage if it’s not handled in the right way. The last thing you want is to be paying for more repairs caused by the burst pipe. Calling in a professional is a must because they will be able to fix the problem as quickly as possible reducing the chances of added damage and expenses.
Putting up wallpaper
Installing new wallpaper might seem like a straightforward task that simply involves sticking wallpapers to the wall, but it’s not. The biggest challenge that comes with this task is hanging the wallpaper straight and matching the patterns correctly, which entails two people working together to get the job done. Sometimes when bubbling happens, it means removing a strip of paper and reinstalling a new one. To avoid wasting expensive wallpaper, it’s best to hire a professional who can beautifully hang your new wallpapers.
Painting the exterior
Painting the exterior of your house is a big job that involves a handful of other tasks depending on the type of home. This home repair requires extensive use of ladders at high levels and sometimes climbing up on the roof, and as with every home repair, safety is of utmost importance. That being said, Vetted trades recommends hiring a professional with experience and the correct equipment.
With how advanced the world is today, it’s so easy to look for articles that will guide you on how to do certain repairs, as well as professionals that will provide the services you need based on the budget you have. All you have to do is to wisely balance out whether the benefits of doing a project yourself outweigh those of hiring a professional.