27 April 2017

5 REAL DIY Jobs That We Get Professionals to Do - Why?


Most of the time, when something goes wrong in our house, we look towards getting in touch with a professional in that field to come and sort it out. It’s good in one way; you are funding somebody’s salary who has trained for years to get to that level and is doing the job to the best of their ability (well, hopefully anyway). However, it’s not so good for your bank balance - especially if the job is relatively simple for you to execute yourself. So what do need to teach ourselves to do before reaching for the phone and getting somebody else to do it for us?

Unblocking Drains--

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with drains, but so many simple ways to avoid them happening. Hair and fat/oil are the main causes of blockages in bathrooms and kitchens. You never really notice how much hair you lose whilst washing yourself on a daily basis until you see it all being pulled out of a drain pipe. There are simple tools that you can get, such as a drain snake, which will be able to pull it all out of there for you. All you have to do it is feed it into the plug, give it a twist and see how many hairs it locks on to. As for having to plunge your drain to unblock it, the only plungers you should ever consider purchasing are those that the plumbers use themselves. That way you know that you’re using the best that you can to do the job correctly. As long as you have the tools that the plumbers use to a certain extent, you can get the same job done in no time and for a fraction of the cost.

Changing Fuses--

Most people call out an electrician when their electrical device has stopped working (or, in this day and age, will probably just buy a new one instead of going to the trouble to get somebody out to fix it for them). It doesn’t take much to take apart the plug and change the fuse in it - once you know how. Each device that you own, if it can be plugged into mains electricity, should be fused for your own safety. There will be a different amp of fuse in there (the most common ones range from 3A - 13A) depending on the size and the power of the gadget. Checking how to do it doesn’t require a degree in engineering, nor does it require for you to undertake an electrician course - it’s one of the easiest things that you learn as an electrician, and something that should be taught worldwide to save people from unnecessarily putting their hands in their pocket. Knowing how to rewire a plug is also something that can really help you save some money, but this takes a bit more willpower to learn. We are mainly taught the different colours of the wires in school, but forget it as we get older and as such forget what they mean and what they can do. There are sites online which will get you back up to speed and help you learn what you’ve lost.

Simple Carpentry--

There are some trades that it does take awhile to master, and carpentry is definitely one of them. Skimming and hanging doors, however, is just something that takes a little bit of mathematical skill to master and a bit more of your time effort to do. It could save you a lot of money in the long run. There are tutorials online which let you know the best way to get things done and will give you a step-by-step guide on what to do. The main thing that you will set you back are the materials that you will need; if you have any family or friends members that possess any saws, hammers, drills, and other carpentry instruments, see if they will teach you how to use them or, if you know, lend them to you for a bit while you get the job done. The more intricate things you should definitely leave up to a professional and give them the money for; these people are skilled artists in most cases, and can produce some beautiful one-off pieces. Definitely invest in them rather than a big furniture trade store for some bespoke pieces to add to your home.

Major Appliance Repair--

The best thing you can do when it comes to your major appliances is look for the cause of prevention. That’ll save anybody having to come out and do any maintenance work on them. Get them regularly serviced each year and there hopefully shouldn’t be any nasty surprises lurking and waiting for you further on into the future. Make sure that you clean out the filters regularly on your dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble dryer - these all gather different things from lint to hair grips (and a whole host of other things, too). If you fully empty all of your pockets and ensure that you are putting in clothes that aren’t going to get caught in your washing machine, this will also help prevent any accidents happening.

Car Services and Parts--

Looking after your car should be like second nature to invested car owners, but there are definitely things that go wrong which we can’t read the signs for - even the best mechanics sometimes are clueless as to what has gone awry. You always need to look at the warning signs in your car and take note of them and what they are suggesting for you to do - whether it’s getting yourself over to a garage as soon as possible or simply putting a bit more fuel in the tank. If you do some research and get yourself knowledgeable about your car and the workings of it, this will definitely help in the long run. Knowing the basics about car ownership and how to do relatively simple things like changing your tires, changing the oil, and knowing how to do a visual check are all of the things that will prevent you from calling out a professional more so than you should.

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