These days, many of us live on our own so learning some typical household DIY is pretty significant. Not only that, you could save yourself some cash as well as the embarrassment of admitting to the repair man that you don’t know where your fuse box is!
How To Hang Your Pictures Properly
For this you’re going to need a spirit level, this is a little tool that helps you to pinpoint how straight something is. Usually, there are two bubbles, or a large one, that act as horizontal and vertical, suspended in liquid in a see-through capsule. When the bubble moves into the middle the level is straight and horizontal. Mark with a pencil, move the level and pop a nail in, hang the picture from its string or add another nail if it requires more than one hook.
Understanding How Your Boiler or Heating System Works
To some degree, we all take our hot and cold water for granted as well as our heating and plumbing systems. However, when there’s a problem, it’s useful to know a little about the pipes and switches that control various supplies. Warning, this is not to say you should go around removing boiler covers, fiddling with wires or ignoring safety messages. However, it is necessary to understand how to reset a boiler and know where your stopcock, or water valve, is as it controls the water supply. This is quite important as the water often needs to be turned off before an engineer can start work.
Laying Tiles In A Bathroom Or Kitchen
First of all, make sure that you have plenty of grout, this is a material that seals all the joins preventing moisture getting in which, unfortunately, can lead to tiles falling off. Start by applying a layer of grout to a tile and work from the bottom up where you can secure them against the bath rim or on a shelf. As you tile, use plastic spacers to ensure correct spacing between each one, eyesight alone won’t be good enough, which will then allow for an excellent uniform fit.
Overcome Your Fear Of Flat Pack Furniture
Everyone loves IKEA but the instructions that come with your new wardrobe not so much, somehow they always look ridiculously complicated. First of all, don’t panic, it’s possible to build the item in question you just need to follow the instructions to the letter. Before you start checks you have all the pieces, it’s a little like giant Lego, and a large bright space to construct the item. Take your time, double check what the drawing is telling you to do, sometimes a tiny step is vital, and you will get there in the end.
Knowing What’s In Your Toolbox And How To Use It All
Your basic toolkit will cost around $60, or less if you collect each item separately and typically contains a 5-meter tape measure, claw hammer, insulated pliers, screwdriver set, a junior hacksaw and a Stanley knife. Other useful items include a small adjustable spanner, rawl plugs, a small drill and a selection of washers, nuts, and bolts.