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DESCRIPTIONOur top three DIY home improvement skills that every homeowner should know.
- 1.Many homeowners are intimidated by theprospect of having to do repair work,assuming they dont have the skills and willonly make things worse.While some jobs are beyond the scope ofan inexperienced DIYer, there are plenty ofjobs that you can do yourself. If you coverthese basics, youll have money left over topay for the serious jobs when they comeup, and your home will look and functionbetter in the mean time.Add in some pride in doing these thingsyourself and its a perfect situation!
2. PaintingThe simplest form of renovation or repair isa fresh coat of paint. While professionalpainters bring skills and experience to thejob, theres no reason you cant handlesmall-scale paint jobs on your own.Paint color can be matched at any of yourlocal hardware stores, and the staff therecan help you figure out the finish of yourpaint at home. 3. Once paint is selected and mixed, youneed just a few basic tools: A roller, a packof fresh roll covers, a square brush, a cutbrush, a drop cloth, and some painterstape.Painting small jobs is more about takingyour time than any special skill tape offthe edges to guard against slips, put a dropcloth down to protect the floor, and paintusing either the roller for larger areas orthe brush for smaller spaces. The cutbrush is cut at an angle to use at the edgesand around things like handles or otherdecorations. 4. Simple PlumbingThere are many simple fixes in theplumbing realm anyone can do. A leakingfaucet wastes money and water.Changing a washer in your kitchen orbathroom faucet is as simple as turning offthe water (the valve is usually behind orunder the sink), using a screwdriver to pryup the headgear, a wrench to loosen thepacking nut, and then removing thecartridge and replacing the worn washerwith a new rubber one they sell varietypacks of washers at the hardware store soyou can be sure of having one that fits. 5. A leaking washing machine can also besimple to repair, before breaking down andcalling the pros. Move the washer awayfrom the wall, turn off the water supply, andpurchase a new hose from the hardwarestore. Steel-braided hoses will last longerand often have leak-prevention valves builtin to avoid future water damage.Unhooking the old hose and introducingthe new one is a simple process that canoften be accomplished by hand, withouttools. You may need a good pair of pliersfor stubborn hose connections. 6. Drywall RepairBoth the easiest and most difficult repairjob in your home easy to do, difficult tomake it look finished. When you have ahole in the wall, determine how big it is.Nail or screw holes or other defects an inchwide or less can usually be filled in withjoint compound, available in pre-mixedtubs at the hardware store.Just fill the hole in, let it dry for a day, thenfill it again to make sure its flush with thewall. 7. If the hole is larger, cut out a neat squareof drywall with a small saw or utility knifeand purchase a drywall patch. Put thepatch in place and cover with jointcompound. If the hole is larger than apatch can handle you may want to hiresomeone. When the joint compound hasdried, sand it smooth with a drywall-specific sandpaper or sponge.This is the tricky part you want thefinished patch to be perfectly flush withoutexposing any of the repair work. If yousand too much, reapply joint compoundand try again. Remember, often you cantreadily see uneven joint compound untilyou paint, so take your time. 8. These three skills will serve you well andsave you money over the long haul. Itwould be a good idea for homeowners ofany skill level to be able to do these threethings. 9. Visit our blog for more Home Improvement and DIY projects and tips!About the Author: John Clow is a homeowner and director at the Clow Group. They have been manufacturingladders for 100 years and are specialists in work at height ladder safety training.Connect with Jim and Ladders Direct on Twitter @Ladders_Direct.