4 Things Around the Home I Can Fix Myself

4 Things Around the Home I Can Fix Myself

Fixing things around the home has never been easier, with DIY stores offering parts and equipment to hobbyists that previously would only have been made available in wholesale settings and to the trade. Online instructional videos provide visual demonstrations on how to tackle jobs that have previously seemed beyond anyone who is not a builder, carpenter, electrician, plumber, or handyperson by trade. So, let us consider some jobs that are well within our capabilities.

A Picture That Has Fallen Off the Wall

There are generally two types of picture frames. The type with a ready-made hook, or frames that have a piece of string or wire across them. In the cases of where there is a hook and the frame is purchased as an empty one, the frame will usually be fitted with the hook in two places. This is so that the frame can be hung vertically, for a portrait, or horizontally in the case of a landscape. The simpler frame to hang is undoubtedly the one with the hook, as a string means that the eyelets either side of the frame holding it in place need to be distanced correctly to maintain the correct balance in relation to the weight of the picture. This is even before considering why a picture might have fallen off the wall. It may be that the nail was not long enough, at the wrong angle, or the screw needs a Rawlplug because the hole in the wall has widened over time. A Rawlplug is a piece of plastic, or wood fibre, to help the screw fit more snuggly in the hole. Then, once your picture is secure, you just need a good eye to make sure that it is straight.

To Fix a Running Toilet

If a toilet will not stop running, then there is something that you can do without calling out a plumber. Firstly, remove the cistern lid, if you have not already done that; secondly, check that the water level is sufficient; thirdly, close the flapper; and finally, check the float. Now, flush the toilet again. If after you have flushed it, the toilet stops making a noise after a short while, then the problem is fixed. It is important with toilets to have the float at the correct height for them to work efficiently.

Wiring or Re-Wiring a Plug

If an electrical item stops working, it may be because the fuse has blown, or the wiring has pulled out of one of the terminals of the plug. This is easily fixed. Wiring a plug is as simple as knowing where the wires should go. It is important that they are in the correct positions for safety. Hence why many people who don’t have any electrical experience or knowledge decide to ere on the side of caution and contact somewhere like Home Team Electric – Electrician in Joshua Tree to help make sure that their wiring is connected to the relevant source because the last thing that you want to do is damage it even more. But for those who are brave enough, knowing what goes where before starting the task could be very important. For example, with a standard British plug, the green/yellow wire will go to the earth terminal at the top of the plug; the blue wire is the neutral and situated to the left of the plug; and the brown live wire (which used to be red in old plugs), is on the right-hand side of the plug as you look at its inside. To get inside the plug, you will only have to unscrew one screw to remove its casing. Before you put the plug back together again, make sure that all the wires are contacting the correct terminals, that none of them are touching each other, and that all the screws and fixings are tight. You may need to use a wire stripper to expose some more of the copper strands from within the plastic casing of the wires during this process. Only strip away as much as is required. As a guide with fuses, any piece of equipment that gets hot should have a 13-amp fuse fitted.

Painting

Preparation is everything with painting. If paint is peeling off, a better finish will be obtained by using tools and/or a heat gun to strip off the paint from the entire panel, rather than trying to just touch-up the area. If white paint has been used, then fading over time will also make it difficult to achieve a perfect match, even from the same tin of paint. For a good finish, many swear by a roller, so not to see the brush strokes. If brushing because you do not feel confident with a roller, then it is worth spending the money on a good brush that does not easily lose its bristles into what you are tyring to paint. There is nothing more frustrating or messy than continually removing bristles from a painted area. It has the potential to create as much mess as dipping the paintbrush too far into the tin. It is only necessary to have the tip covered in paint, or in no time at all the whole of the paintbrush’s handle will be covered in paint. With regards to brush strokes, these can be improved by painting in one direction first, then painting across that direction, and then leaving it be. Do not play with the paint too much after applying it, or you will just end up taking off more paint than you have put on.

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