DIY Home Improvement Skills Every Adult Should Know


1. Installing Shelves on Drywall

The first step is to find out the location of the studs. You can do this using a stud finder. The next step is to figure out the right size of anchors to use. Anchors are necessary if anything even slightly heavy will be hung on the drywall.

2. Replacing a shower head

All you need for this is some Teflon tape, a pipe wrench and a new shower head. Use the pipe wrench to remove the old shower head. Replace the old Teflon tape on the shower pipe with the new one and screw on the new shower head.

3. Hanging a picture properly

You want the centre of your picture to be 57 inches from the flow. Measure this and use it as a guide to figure out where the nail should go. Put in the nail and hang your picture or art.

4. Selecting the correct screws

You need different screws depending on whether you’re drilling drywall to metal, drywall to wood, wood to wood or metal to wood. The easiest way to find out the right screw is to tell the guys at the store what you’ll be drilling.

5. Fixing a toilet

You should be able to handle any sort of toilet plumbing issue. Whether it’s constantly running, making funny noises, not flushing properly etc. there are many easy to follow guides on YouTube that you can now use.

6. Replacing a faucet

Leave the heavy stuff such as broken pipes to the professionals. However, replacing a faucet is simple enough to do. All you need is the new faucet, Teflon tape, and a pipe wrench. The job is just about screwing and unscrewing stuff and there are plenty of YouTube guides to help.

7. Staining Wood

Ensure the stain is thoroughly mixed to help you achieve a consistent colour. After mixing, use your brush to apply the paint along the grain. Let the stain set for fifteen minutes. You can leave it for longer if you want a darker finish. Wipe the stain with a rag along the grain and let the wood sit for four hours.

8. Patching a hole in the wall

There are different methods that you can use depending on the size of the hole. Fast drying spackle works well for small dents while a patch knit can be used for slightly bigger holes. A medium to large hole will require another piece of drywall to patch.

9. Replacing caulking

Remove the old caulk using a screw driver and clean out the area using a rag and rubbing alcohol. Apply the new caulk using a caulk gun and smoothen it.

10. How to call a professional

When your walls are severely damaged, strange noises are coming from your roof or your electricity is no longer working despite your best efforts, it’s time to bring in the pros. Doing a shoddy job isn’t just unattractive, it can be unsafe for the occupants of the house.

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