The Handyman’s Guide: 5 Quick DIY Tips

November 27, 2019

A handyman is defined as a person that is able to be employed to work on occasional domestic repairs and minor renovations. As such a handyman is good to have on call for problematic moments at home. With that in mind, there are many things in the home that can be fixed without the assistance of your local handyman. For moments of crisis, it will be easier, faster, and cheaper to address the issues on your own. The important part is to know when to call the handyman and when to tackle the issue. We’ve created a brief Handyman Guide to help you discover a few home problems that can be fixed with a simple solution; no handyman necessary.

  • Check the Circuit Breaker

Did you know that it is not uncommon for circuit breakers and power switches to turn off when new appliances are installed or are using more power? This shouldn’t be a cause for concern. In many instances, the best way to solve the problem is to open the circuit breaker and turn the switch back on. If the issue continues, then contact an electrician. 

  • Unclog a drain

Clogged drains happen in every home. An easy solution is purchasing drain cleaner from your local hardware store but some clogs require a more permanent solution. For that, there are a few different ways to address the issue. The first is to use a plunger. Depending on the location of the clog, various techniques may work better but the main strategy is the same. Another solution is to clean the drain trap or the U-pipe. To do this use a wrench to take everything apart and place a bucket underneath to catch any water or debris. Then clean using a wire brush. Don’t forget to ensure that the nuts are properly tightened when re-assembling. 

  • Fix small leaks

The first step is to turn off the water. After that find the exact location of the leak to determine how to create a temporary fix before the problem becomes extreme. Epoxy putty can be used for small leaks to create a temporary fix. There’s also tape that is crafted specifically for dealing with leaks but we’re not talking about duct tape. Repair clamps and patches should be used for larger splits or ruptures in pipes.

  • Patch a wall

Holes happen. It comes with the territory of choosing to enjoy living in your home. For small holes, you can use some spackle, sand until smooth, and then paint over. For larger holes, a patch kit can be used. Larger holes may require cutting drywall. If you’re not an expert this would be a good time to call a handyman.

  • Fix sticky drawers

WD-40 is your friend. It can be used to fix many problems with stuck locks or drawers. Every home should have a good supply of duct tape and WD-40 for easy solutions to a long list of problems. However, these won’t be helpful for fixing sticky wooden drawers. To solve that issue use paraffin oil. It’ll help to lubricate the areas that have gotten stuck over the years.

There are dozens of tips and tricks to help you solve and fix a long list of items in your home, even some that you may have never even thought about. These 5 Quick DIY tips are a start to get you on your way. If you’re looking to fix up some things around the house, don’t be afraid to ring or stop by the shop. We’ll be able to get you started in the right direction.