As a man, you probably pride yourself on being able to fix things. Home ownership comes with a lot of DIYs that you learn along the way.
Gone are the days of calling the landlord if you have a leaky sink or faulty bulb. Here are four home repairs you can do yourself … and one that you shouldn’t even try to attempt.
1. Unclogging toilets
If your kid thought his G.I. Joe figures were on an underwater mission, you may have to unclog your toilet. Tons of objects can cause a backup, but most of the time, there’s no need to call a plumber.
If the object is within your reach, man up, put on a rubber glove, and grab it. If you can’t see it or you have a pretty good idea it’s a soft clog formed from waste, use a plunger.
It may sound girly, but having a gorgeous garden can add curb appeal and value to your home. It’s also a relaxing hobby. If you’re not the blossoming-plant kind of guy, you can grow your own herbs and veggies for affordable and healthy cooking options.
Find a sunny spot in your yard and separate it from the rest of your property with a tiny fence or rocks. Upturn the ground using a hoe and plant the seeds.
If you have seedlings, make sure to dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots. Check up on your garden daily to see if it needs attending to.
Even though it can be a hassle, painting is one of the easiest tasks to take on yourself. Be sure that your house wasn’t built before 1978 or else you may have to deal with lead paint.
Pick up some new paint at your local hardware store, a couple of brushes, plastic to cover the floors with, and go to town.
4. Sealing cracks
Some older homes can develop small cracks in their walls, floors, or foundation. Repairing them is as simple as buying a can of concrete sealant and painting a couple of coats over the crack.
One thing you should avoid doing is trying to repair your HVAC. Leave this up to the experts because your HVAC is tricky to navigate if you don’t have the proper experience and knowledge — not to mention the tools and materials. There are plenty of companies that provide expert HVAC maintenance you can trust your home systems to.