There are all sorts of maintenance jobs that you, as a homeowner, might need to do during house remodeling and improvement. Occasionally you might have to fix something yourself. But other times it’s better to just call in a professional. Either way, there are some basic skills that every homeowner should know in order to get the job done right without doing any damage. So here is an article about home maintenance skills that everyone should know; and all of them can be done by anyone with common sense, and most can be done with minimal handiness skills as well!
1) Changing your Air Filters:
One of the first step in house remodeling and improvement is to change your air filters. You need air filters in your HVAC system so that air gets moved around nicely and evenly. Air filters get dirty though, and they need to be replaced periodically. Both your furnace and your air conditioner have these in them, but you need to take the old ones out before you put the new ones in. Change your furnace filter once every two weeks in the cooling season when it is being used. Do it once a month during the rest of the year. You can tell when these filters need to be changed because they get black, which means they are collecting dirt and dust particles that pass through them. When they are filthy, air doesn’t flow as smoothly, so you will probably notice that your home isn’t as comfortable as you’d like it to be.
2) Faucet Repair:
Leaky faucets can be an annoying problem. Fortunately they are also pretty easy to fix. You may just need a new washer or some plumber’s putty to stop it from leaking. Or it could be that you need a new faucet gasket to get the faucet tight again. To repair a leaky faucet you will need: plumber’s putty, a flathead screwdriver, adjustable wrench and kitchen tongs. First, turn off the water supply to the faucet by turning the main water supply valve off. Then remove the faucet handle by prying it off with your screwdriver or flat head screwdriver.
3) Plumbing Repair:
What do you do when your toilet won’t flush properly, or if it stops flushing all together? Some toilet repairs can be pretty involved and you might want to just call a plumber to get it fixed, but toilets are actually pretty simple machines. So you can probably take care of it yourself. The job of a toilet is to pull water out of the bowl, send the wastewater down the drain pipe, and keep water in the bowl at a level that covers the hole where wastewater leaves. If something goes wrong with your toilet, from a clogged toilet to one that overflows, it could be because some part of your toilet isn’t working properly.
4) Evaluate and Inspect
One of the very first things you should know in house remodeling and maintenance is how to evaluate whether an existing equipment in your home needs repair or replacement. When you can tell something is wrong with a home fixture, the most important thing you can do is to take the time and make a precise evaluation about whether it needs replacing or needs only minor repairs. Note that this does not mean that as soon as you notice something wrong with a home equipment, such as your air conditioning unit, you immediately need to replace it. What it means though is that inspecting your home regularly helps ensure that when problems do occur, they are caught before they become worse or more costly for you to handle.
5) Repair Circuit
If you have an electric circuit in your home, you will need to identify the circuit, the equipment that is activated and what the circuit breaker is. Once you identify a circuit, you can then turn off power to all of the things that use that circuit. When a home electrical circuit is broken, usually either by someone shutting off power to it or by an outside force like someone turning on a light switch, there’s nothing complicated about repairing it. All it takes is for one person to try and fix it and then give up when things go wrong. Or even worse, if no one knows what the problem is and no one can figure out how to fix it.
6) Advance Home Appliance Repairs
There are a lot of things that homeowners can do themselves in order to save on repair bills and still maintain their home appliances: washing machines, dryers, refrigerators and ovens. Many things that can go wrong with these appliances are easy to diagnose and repair by homeowners themselves. The best part is, if you do it yourself, then you can save on repair bills. For example, if you have a problem with your refrigerator or washing machine, you can try to fix it yourself first. And if it is something not too complicated and easy to handle, then you don’t need a professional to take care of the problem. In fact, there are lots of simple things that you can try before having to give up and hire a professional.
7) Paint Trim
Maintaining the paint on your home’s trim is pretty simple. All you need to do is find a paint color that matches the trim. You can buy spray-paint cans in any hardware or department store and with a little work, you can have your house looking fresh again, no matter what color it is, especially if you don’t want to hire a professional painter who will probably charge you.
You won’t learn everything there is to know about home maintenance or house remodeling fixing things in your home on your own. But with the information you can glean from articles like this one, you will be able to handle many of the smaller problems that may occur when you are trying to keep your home up and running. If you are going to walk into your home and fix a problem, you need to know how things work in the first place. Knowledge is essential if you want to keep your home in good shape, and the tips in this article will help you save money.
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