If you could learn one skill, what would it be? It might be something arts or craft oriented (which is my favourite) or maybe you’d love to be able to cook your favourite international cuisine to perfection.
For many of us, it would just be great to be able to do those DIY jobs around the house that you have to call the professionals in for.
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But if you’ve been putting off those fixing up jobs you might be surprised at what you are actually capable of and how you might save some money by giving it a go yourself.
I’ve taken some DIY tips and tricks from the blogosphere and condensed them into a short guide to get you saving. Right from the get go though, we should probably say never have a go with anything involving electricity or gas, there are some things that should only be left to the experts.
Now you could bring someone in to do this but think what a sense of satisfaction you’ll get from carrying this out yourself; not to mention the savings you’ll make.
Preparation is key here, so get that furniture moved and covered with a protective layer and get your walls cleaned and ready for that first coat.
You’ll need to start the process by cutting in. Quite simply this means carefully painting around the edges of your walls and light fittings to provide a border. You’ll need to use a paintbrush, rather than roller to carry out this careful work. Then you’re ready for the roller paint work.
Depending on what type of paint you’ve chosen, you’ll either need one or two coats to get the wall evenly covered.
A job no one likes doing but sometimes you just have to give it a go. Rather than using a plunger, if you have a blocked toilet there are some other rather less messy approaches you can take. You might try, for example, filling a bucket full of hot water and squirting generous amounts of washing-up liquid into the toilet bowl.
Top up with hot water and flush. You might need to repeat this process a couple of times to shift the blockage.
Another alternative might be to bend a long piece of wire into a hook and use it to gently probe the pipes in your toilet in an attempt move the blockage down.
If the problem is further down the pipework then you might have to admit defeat and call in the experts to help Unclog Drains
With just a little bit of research and lots of preparation you don’t have to let your inexperience let you down and stop you from carrying out those small jobs around the house.
Find YouTube videos or a favourite blogger who can talk you through a project step-by-step. Get organised with all the tools you’ll need and begin your next fix-it-up task with confidence and the knowledge that you’ll be saving yourself a fortune in call out fees and daily rates. You never know you might even enjoy it!
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