Top Tips When Considering DIY or Outsourcing

The time has come for you to work on home improvement jobs around the house. You’re probably thinking surely some of the jobs you can do by yourself but what should you outsource to a handyman contractor? We’re going to highlight the few jobs you can do on your own and which you need to outsource. We’ve also included some tips on what to do when choosing the right contractor!

DIY Jobs

You can most definitely save yourself a couple of dollars by redoing your tiled floors, household painting, and simple installation jobs. If you have a few basic handyman skills and patience, you’re well on your way to becoming a skilled home improvement guy.

If you’re unsure of how to go about some things, call a trusty friend to advise you on the basics of tiling and painting. There are some handy DIY books you could look up. You could also look online for video tutorials too!

 

Contractor Jobs

Kinds of jobs you’d probably need to outsource involve serious plumbing issues, leaking roofs, complex electrical wiring – rewiring of anything barring a lamp plug though!

Who Do You Hire?

Handyman contractors services can vary from business to business. Be sure to check out whether you can rely on one contractor to do all your work for you. It’s always a good idea to ask fellow friends and family for recommendations on who the good handyman contractors are.

Triple check the contractor’s workmanship track record. Regarding what jobs you’re outsourcing, get three quotes on each job. That should help you decide who offers the most economical workmanship of a high standard.

Once you’ve found the right handyman, meet in person and show them around letting them know what you need doing around the house. It’s best you have a foolproof plan on hand so you and the contractor know exactly what is required and not urgent to fix as yet.

Get fixing, get calling, your home improvements depend on it!

 

Building Wooden Furniture – The Beginners Way

How amazing would it be if almost all the wooden furniture pieces in your home were built by yourself? It may sound like a crazy and overwhelming idea but it is actually possible. We’ve decided to give you a step-by-step guide on a simple woodwork project. The benefit of this task is that it’s super cheap to do and in the end, you will have a gorgeous piece of wooden decor to use either inside or outside your home

DIY Planter Box

Tools

2 x 1x6x6 pine boards

Heavy-duty staple gun

Wood glue

Tape measure

Pencil

Furniture paint brush

Furniture paint (Color of your choice)

 

Building Guidelines

Step 1

Get the assistants at your local hardware store to cut your pine boards into four even pieces.

Step 2

Come building time, place three of the four boards aside which you will use later.

Step 3

Using the fourth board, cut two ends measuring a length of 7 inches each. These two pieces will be used as the end sides of your planter box.

Step 4

Now take the three boards you set aside and assemble these to make up a planter box. Using the wood glue, join the board which will be the base to the boards which make up the sides.

Step 5

Grab the heavy-duty staple gun to anchor each wooden board accordingly. This is to ensure a stable box.

Step 6

Repeat the same process from Step 4 and Step 5 with the 7-inch side cuts to complete the box.

Step 7

It’s time to get creative and paint your brand new self-made planter box with your colored paint!

Now that you’ve completed your first DIY woodwork project, you can either place the planter box outside with your favorite blooms or use it as a decorative centerpiece on your dining room

The feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when you’ve made your own furniture piece is great, right? This project should boost your creative home improvement ideas to make other wooden pieces to accentuate your beautiful home!

How To Become A Skilled Handyman!

You’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to hire a handyman for everything that needs fixing. Below, we give you some advice on what is easily DIY. Not only will you slowly learn the ropes of becoming your own handyman, you will feel so accomplished too!

Basic Toolbox Kit

It’s advisable to stick to the essentials at the beginning of your new venture as buying everything all in one go could cost you thousands. You should also check out auctions for secondhand tools, you could save some bucks.

Adjustable pliers

Pipe wrench

Wire cutters

Clamp

Ratchet

Hammer

Masking tape

Basic screwdriver kit

Wrench

Tape measure

Utility knife

Saw

Drill

 

Simple DIY Tasks

Light Switch Replacements

If one or all your light switches flunk out, you need to replace them. Here’s how…

Step 1

Disconnect the electricity at the main circuit breaker. Head over to the light switch you want to replace. Loosen the screws with a normal screwdriver turning it anticlockwise. Now carefully remove the wires.

Step 2

Take out the switch plate and use a voltage tester to double check the circuit is actually dead. Now take out the switch plate making sure the wires are still all connected. Focus on the wires that are connected to the switch. Don’t touch any other wires.

Step 3

Unscrew the wires of the old switch then match the new wires with the corresponding colored wires as it was with the old switch.

Step 4

Reconnect the power at the main circuit breaker, switch the light switch on and there will be light!

Water Stain Removal From Wooden Furniture

Light colored watermarks on wooden furniture is an indication that the water has not seeped in deeply. Here’s a simple way to eliminate that watermark…

An oily furniture polish rubbed over the stain with a cloth should do the trick. If not, try using a damp cloth with a touch of toothpaste and rub over the stain gently.

See, how simple are those two DIY home improvement tasks?