Most dads like to think of themselves as capable amateurs when it comes to DIY. If something goes wrong around the house, we often feel like it’s our duty to roll up our sleeves and have a go at fixing it. Many of us also enjoy doing a bit of DIY on the weekends to spruce up the house and get it looking shipshape. Sometimes, it’s wise to leave maintenance and repair jobs to the experts, but there are some jobs you can attempt without risking life and limb. Here are some examples if you fancy honing those DIY skills.
Painting and decorating
Have you decided on a color change for spring or have you got a few walls that aren’t quite as fresh and bright as you’d like? Painting is a relatively straightforward, safe job that most dads should be able to master. Before you begin, make sure you cover the floor and pieces of furniture with dust sheets. You don’t want to get paint all over the floor, the sofa or the carpet. Sand the wall and give it a clean with a cloth and some warm, soapy water. Apply a coat of primer and allow it to dry before you start your paint job. If you’re painting over a dark or bright color, you may need several coats, so make sure you have enough paint. Use a roller for larger areas, and a brush for the intricate parts. Always let the first coat dry before moving on. Use masking tape to protect woodwork and window frames. If you’re using a ladder to reach the ceiling, make sure it’s secure.
Tending to technical hitches
Is the washing machine making a funny noise? Has the oven light gone off? Is the freezer not as cold as it should be? Sometimes, there’s a simple solution, so it’s worth having a look at what’s going on. You don’t need to dismantle everything, but it’s a good idea to get the manual out and do a bit of troubleshooting. If you’ve tried a few of the manufacturer’s suggestions, and you can’t get any joy don’t resign the appliance to the scrap heap just yet. Visit sites like http://cityappliance.repair/ and let the experts have a go. Even if you need a new part, it’ll probably be cheaper than buying a new appliance.
Hanging shelves and pictures
If you fancy adding a new shelving unit to the bedroom wall or you’d like to hang some pictures, you should be able to do this, provided you’ve got the right tools. Check for pipes before you start drilling or hammering, and use a spirit level to make sure the shelves and frames are straight. Make sure everything is secure before you let go. For more tips, check out https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/aug/23/diy-dummies-guide-put-up-shelf.
Basic plumbing problems
Plumbing jobs can be complex, and it’s best to call a plumber in this instance. However, there are a few simple jobs you can probably manage yourself. If you’ve got a dripping faucet in the kitchen, for example, you should be able to repair it with a replacement faucet and a set of hex keys. If you’re not familiar with the technique, you can follow step by step guides online or watch videos. If you have any doubts at all about plumbing work or you’re not confident in your own skills, give a plumber a call. If you end up doing more damage than good, it could prove costly.
If you’re keen on DIY, here are some simple, safe jobs to get your teeth into!