If you’re handy with a hammer and nails, you can save lot of money by doing your home repairs yourself. However, if you’ve ever done some home improvement, you’ll know that there are some things that are best left to professionals. If you’d like to take a crack at fixing a few things around the house, here are a few suggestions for things that should be safe for you to handle. Remember, if you come across something that might be above your pay grade, call in a plumber/electrician/handyman to do the job properly.
Unblock the sink
Don’t use a chemical unblocker; they are abrasive and can damage your skin. Instead, use a solution of baking soda and vinegar to try and unblock your sink. The two ingredients react together to push the blockage out. If this doesn’t work, you can use a plunger, which won’t do any damage to your drains, and often immediately clears the blockage. It just requires a bit of elbow grease and patience.
Clearing the blockage yourself should be a last resort, but it is doable. Plastic traps are easy enough to remove, but metal ones may require some tools and muscle power. Once the pipe is removed, you can push out the blockage.
Replacing piping involves specialist torches, and gas-line plumbing runs the risk of leaving potentially lethal gas leaks in your home. If you suspect this may be the case, call a professional to deal with it.
Minor roof repairs
Small problems with your roof, such as leaks and shingles should be easy enough to sort out yourself. Anything bigger will require the expertise of residential roofing contractors.
Start by finding the damage area by running a hose along different sections of the roof. Have a person inside alert you when leaking occurs. From here, you should be able to tell whether you need to fix the shingles, replace them altogether, and assess whether you need to repair the roll roofing. You can find more detailed instructions here.
Small holes in drywall
Unless you’ve been driving your car indoors, holes in the wall should be easy to fix. First clear the area of any debris and wipe down the wall. Use a putty knife to press some Spackle into the wall and let it dry. Once it’s done, sand it down with fine grain sandpaper until it’s nice and flat. Depending on how seamless you need it to be and what color you your walls are, you may need to apply a coat of paint.
First, make sure the circuit breaker is turned off. Remove the face-plate covering the switch, then use a voltage tester to make doubly sure the circuit is not active. Next, use a Philips head screwdriver to pull the switch off the wall. You will see two wires still attached to the light switch. Disconnect the wires, one at a time, and attach them to the corresponding location on the new switch. Now, simply put everything back together.