As Spring rolls around our minds tend to wander and we begin to think about remodeling projects or fixes around our home. Here are some great DIY Home Improvement Tips:
- When driving screws into dense hardwoods, lubricate them with wax or soap to prevent stripping the hole.
- To repair a nail or screw hole in drywall, use a screwdriver with a rounded end on the handle. Press the end of the handle into the screw hole. The pressure creates a divot. Fill the divot with spackle or drywall compound and you’ll have a nice smooth surface.
- When planning a budget for a home improvement project, add 10 to 15 percent for surprises. You never know what you may find until you start a project.
- When painting a surface that needs to be primed – new drywall or wood – tint the primer to match the finish coat, reducing your painting project from three coats to two.
Plumbing & Electrical:
- Make sure you and your entire family know where the main water shut-off valve is located and how to turn it off in an emergency.
- To test for correct water pressure you can quickly attach a water-pressure test gauge to an outside faucet, turn on the faucet and read the pounds per square inch you have in your home. Normal operating water pressure should be around 45 psi – 75 psi. Anything over 80 psi is considered too high by most building codes.
- Don’t try to work with electrical or plumbing projects you are not confident about. It often costs more to repair later and can be dangerous.