Before you call a handyman: simple home repairs everyone should know

The number to a handyman is undoubtedly one of the most valuable contacts you can have on your phone. Indeed, from light repairs to more extensive work, or even general maintenance, handyman can ensure that your home maintains its value on the real estate market. However, no one can deny that hiring the services of a handyman can be rather expensive. Of course, if you’re renting a place, it won’t cost you anything to call your landlord for repairs. However, once you become an official house owner, all of these expenses lie only with you. For this reason, it’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with a few different types of repair work in order to avoid constantly hiring someone to do simple tasks for you.

Be well-equipped

Not unlike a first-aid box, every homeowner should have the proper equipment required to carry out basic repair work. While you can get wrenches and screwdrivers in an assortment of sizes, most hardware stores carry basic repair kits with several types of tools and accessories. Don’t be tempted to automatically reach for the cheap ones- while these may seem like a great deal at first, the truth is that they are often made from flimsy materials and are not at all sustainable. In this case, it’s recommended to fork out for a good-quality toolbox.

Other items that you should always have on hand for general home repairs are work boots, a stepladder and safety hats.

Plumbing repairs and maintenance

This is where your work boots will come in handy: plumbing issues can be quite messy, especially if you’re dealing with a leaky faucet or a burst pipe. Of course, it’s best to opt for a pair of waterproof boots if you’re dealing with plumbing issues, so be sure to invest in a pair even if they tend to be slightly more expensive than the regular ones.

 It’s also important to familiarize yourself with your house’s plumbing system as soon as you move in, so you’re ready for any scenario. Most houses come with two separate subsystem: one that rids the house of wastewater, and another that brings freshwater In the majority of cases, the subsystem that brings freshwater in is highly pressurized to ensure that water easily travels in every corner of your house. On the flip side, this high pressure can be quite dangerous if a pipe burst since it can flood your home in a matter of minutes- even before you can call a handyman. For this reason, it’s crucial to locate the source of the flood as soon as possible and try to stop it as best as you can. It is also advisable to cut off the main water supply until you can get the leak under control.

Patching up holes in the wall

Another common issue, nail holes can easily be remedied using simple tools and accessories such as thick gloves, work boots, paint brush, paint, putty knife and a spackle. If the nail is still embedded in the wall, you first need to remove it with a hammer: in some cases, it may be loose enough to be removed with your fingers. Afterwards, all you need to do is scoop up some of the spackle with your putty knife and, being as precise as possible, fill in the hole. Try to avoid smearing the excess spackle around. Instead, you can use a paper towel or your fingers to wipe off the excess putty.

Following this, you may wish to paint over the freshly filled area after the putty has dried off. For a more uniform look, don’t hesitate to carefully feather the paint around the nail hole, making sure to smooth it out evenly.

Replacing light switches

This is yet another thing you can easily do on your own without having to call a handyman. It may seem daunting at first- especially if you’ve never replaced a light switch before- but it’s actually among the easiest home repairs. In fact, you won’t even need your work boot or toolbox this time. A circuit tester, screwdriver and a replacement switch will suffice.

To begin with, be sure to cut off the power before touch any wire. Afterwards, use the screwdriver to carefully remove the faceplate before unscrewing the switch. As you pull it out, remember to keep your fingers well away from the wires. In fact, to be on the safe side, you can use the circuit tester to ensure that there’s no electric charge circulating through the wires. Once you’re sure that the power is entirely cut off, you can unscrew the copper wires from the switch before installing the new one, adhering them to the same wires. Lastly, replace the faceplate again and switch on the circuit breaker before testing the new switch. (


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