When you’ve got a DIY handy man around the house, why bother doing it yourself? Firstly, we live in an age of fiery independent women who are equally as good at the same things as men are. Secondly, your man won’t always be around when you need him. There may be times where DIY knowledge will be valuable and other times where it’s downright life-saving. So, as a woman, what do you need to know for keeping up with your DIY?
Unblock Your Sink
It isn’t a pleasant job, but it has to be done. Your sink will block from time to time and it may cause an unwanted smell in the room. It may be a case of just pouring some sink un-blocker solution down the drain or you may need to get your hands a little dirtier. If the solution doesn’t work, you’ll need to place a bucket underneath the sink and remove the U-bend. You can do this by unscrewing the connection. Take the U-Bend to another sink and clean it thoroughly. Walla!
Reseal Your Bath
A bath that’s covered in mould isn’t the most attractive of utilities and it isn’t the healthiest either. Luckily, replacing the seal along your bath isn’t too difficult to do. You’ll need a pen knife to cut away the current seal and white spirit to clean underneath it once it’s off. Visit the hardware store and pick up some silicone sealant in a squeezable bottle. Once you’re back home, fill your bath three quarters of the way full. Replace the sealant by squeezing a bead along the entire bath, then use your finger to smooth it down. Leave the water in the bath for the next 24 hours.
Maintain Your Boiler
You don’t have to do much to maintain your boiler. It may not be used as often during the Summer months, so it’s worth turning it on every now and then just to fire it up and make sure it hasn’t stopped working because it’s been dormant. You’ll need to leave things like boiler installations to the professionals, but you can do simple things like adjust the pressure, keep your eye on the ignition and adjust temperatures.
Use a Drill
A drill can be an intimidating tool for a woman, but it shouldn’t be. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it all along. Before starting your DIY task, get used to your drill by drilling into the air. That way you can get used to the weight of it and the speed of it. It’s best to start off by drilling bits of wood. Don’t attempt to drill into a brick wall – you need a completely different kind of drill for that.
We may not be as physically strong as men and it may take a bit more time to get used to doing DIY, but there’s no reason you can’t do exactly the same home projects as your husband or father once you give it a go.