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Owning a home comes with a unique set of challenges, responsibilities, and rewards. There’s a lot that comes into play when you own a home – maintenance, repairs, utilities… the list goes on. As a homeowner, it is essential to have the right skills and know-how to maintain house in good condition the longer the better. Thankfully, some do-it-yourself skills will help you tackle repair projects around the house and save you money in the long run. Even if you don’t think you’re particularly good at anything yet, learning these basic DIY skills is easy and rewarding.
Which circuit break to turn off
This is one of the basic skills a landlord should know, even if they are renting. The breaker acts as a safety switch. If there is an electrical overload, the circuit breaker will cut off the current in that part of the house. If you’re working on an electrical project and you see a short circuit, you’ve overused the electricity in that area to the point of overload. If the breaker tripped, turning the breaker back on is essential. The rest of your electrical system could be at risk if you don’t. Make sure you are familiar with the different circuit breakers in your home and the area each circuit breaker controls.
Basic electrical repair
You will likely have to do some electrical repairs in your home:
- Repairing a broken light switch, it’s easy. All you need is a screwdriver and a plate.
- Turn off all power to that outlet, remove the switch plate, and remove the old switch. Unplug the wires from the old switch and put them in the new switch.
- Screw the new switch into the wall, put the switch plate back on, and test the switch to make sure it’s working.
Other jobs may include changing light switches, replacing light fittings, changing bulbs, and changing fuses.
If you use your heating a lot during the winter months, you’re probably familiar with the sound of radiators gurgling and popping as they release excess air. This is a perfectly normal part of the radiator’s function. The sound comes from a process known as bleeding. Radiator Bleeding which means allowing more water to pass through the system, freeing air from the radiator. During this process, warm water will pass through the system and expel excess air from the radiator. This process may take a little longer when the radiator is first installed. You can melt the radiator in one of two ways: using a bucket with holes in the bottom or a pump. Using a bucket is much easier and less messy, but will take a little longer. Using the pump is easier and faster.
Clogged sinks are one of the most common household problems. This can be caused by food debris drifting down the sink, grease or soap scum build up. To prevent the sink from getting clogged, make sure to keep the sink clean. Before purchasing a commercial drain unclog product, try the following methods:
- First, pour baking soda down the drain, followed by boiling water. This will help break the blockage.
- You can also try pouring vinegar down the drain. Vinegar will help dissolve grease and soap scum as well as neutralize odors.
You may want to call an expert Plumber if you notice drainage problems frequently, as this goes beyond the basic skills of a homeowner.
Painting and decorating
Painting and decorating are two of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to update your home. Painting is a quick and easy DIY projectWhether you want to paint an accent wall or refresh your entire space. Likewise, decorating your home doesn’t have to be a big deal – it can be as simple as adding new curtains or swapping out old pillows to freshen up your space.
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