How D-I-Wise are you? 4 Skills to Brush Up On

There are some home repairs that we wouldn’t recommend – think asbestos removal and electrical, gas and roof repairs… For the smaller tasks though, why pay a pro when you can do it yourself? Having these tricks up your sleeve will save you money, give you the satisfaction of having done the job yourself, and give you the right to tell people you’re “handy”!

 

showerGet A(Shower)head
Let your worries wash away – replacing your shower-head is one chill skill! If your current shower-head is old, has poor water pressure, or maybe you want to install a filtered unit or save water with a low-flow variety, don’t put off updating it any longer. Remove your old shower-head using an adjustable 8-inch wrench. Remove any excess dirt, rubber gaskets or tape from around the pipe with a rag. Wrap the threads of the pipe with a couple of layers of Teflon or Plumber’s Tape. Hand-tighten your new shower-head onto the pipe clock-wise. Turn on the shower and if there are any leaks around the seal, hand-tighten more and test again.

 

drainNo Pain, Clear Drain
Some of those older Brooklyn buildings come with some sensitive pipes! Don’t go putting your plumber on speed dial just yet though. If water is backing up in your sink and a liquid drain treatment hasn’t worked, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and unclog it yourself! If you have an attached drain plug or stopper that is controlled from a latch behind your sink, detach that first from under your sink. Then use needle nose pliers or a long piece of wire to pull up the hair or dirt clog creation, and voila! A skill that could save you a big bill!

 

stain

Stained for Good
This is one stain that’s good for your reputation! Top-grade professional wood staining can cost big bucks. In most cases, this is a project you can do yourself. First mix up the stain until you get a consistent color. Dip a brush into the stain and paint the wood going along the grain. Let the stain set for 15 minutes – the longer you leave it, the darker the wood! After you’ve let it set, wipe the wood with a rag, again along the grain. Leave the wood somewhere cool and dry for at least four hours.

 

patch a hole

A Skill to Fill
Holes in your walls from hanging art, shelves, clocks, mirrors, photos? Guilty! Lucky there’s a quick, cheap fix to those unsightly spots. Purchase some lightweight spackle, a putty knife and some sandpaper. Use a corner of the putty knife to scoop out a small amount of spackle and fill the hole. Use the straight edge of the knife to smooth and even out the spackle. Let it dry for a few hours then sand the area lightly with your sandpaper, blending the spackle into the surrounding drywall.

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