Our homes are amazing places, but a little neglect can create some seriously frustrating issues within them.
Leaky pipes can rust and create mold in areas where there shouldn’t be any. Water leaks can rupture ceilings; weak walls can ensure hanging valuables fall and break and breaking brickwork can bring chills into the home. Honestly? These issues are the last thing anyone wants to see or try and tackle after they get home from a hard day at work – or back from the park with the kids.
Issues in the household build up if we ignore them, choose not to fix them or decide that it’s either out of our remit to solve them, or that we lack the skills to fix the issue.
All of these things blocking you from solving issues in the home can be fixed – just like the issue in the home. If you’re ignoring issues – get a grip, it might build into something bigger and ruin your investment into the home. If you’re choosing not to fix an issue, what are you doing? Do you value your property and comfort? If you’ve decided it’s out of your remit, then you must be renting. If you lack the skills, you can get plenty of advice on any problem from an infestation to a faulty light bulb if you consult the correct people or sources.
No matter who you are, if you’re a homeowner – you need to boss your household and fix issues. Every man and woman who has a investment into a building that they call home needs to take household issues seriously and fix them where and when they can. Thanks to the internet, there’s no excuse not to get your hands dirty.
You’re going to be stuck if you don’t have the tools to hand and if you don’t have a basic toolbox, you need to construct one as soon as possible. Thankfully, the basic tools you’ll need to gather aren’t going to cost too much and will help you tackle a number of issues.
You’ll need a claw hammer and some nails to ensure you can stabilize fixtures and perform some basic repairs in the home. This goes for doors, skirting boards, tables and doorframes, but isn’t limited to these issues. A claw hammer serves two uses as it can pound nails into walls and wood as well as drag them out of it. A wrench can help with most plumbing issues and it’s worth getting an adjustable version that can handle a multitude of bolts. If you’ve got a problem with drains, sinks and other pipes – a wrench is your best bet.
Screwdrivers are good all-round options for screws, but because there are plenty of varieties of screw, you’re going to need a lot of screwdrivers. You can buy a bunch of different screwdrivers to suit your house, or you can purchase a set of interchangeable heads so you’ve always got the right screwdriver on hand. A power drill is a good option, although you might find ways to argue that you do not need one! Sooner or later, you’ll find that you will, and they are quite convenient as you can add different drillbits for different jobs! Sanders, grinders and stirrers can be attached to a power drill.
There are plenty of serious power tools on offer as well, but it’s likely you won’t need these. However, don’t be afraid to research and purchase them if you need them. Plasma cutters, jigsaws and circular saws have their uses, but make sure you buy quality. Don’t waste money on a bad plasma cutter when you can get the best plasma cutter. Good tools are better than cheaper options and won’t need replacing as often.
Apart from tools, you need to arm yourself with knowledge. With YouTube tutorials and written walkthroughs, you can have step by step advice for any issue in the house!
It pays to be safe as well, so make sure you’ve got some gloves that will protect your mitts from an accidental hammer blow. They will also keep your hands safe from corrosives such as cement and acids that are involved with adhesive work. Goggles are also a necessity and can protect your eyes from shards of ceramic, wood and glass! Consider an apron as well to protect your clothes, but you shouldn’t exactly be wearing your Sunday best when you’re carrying out physical work!
With the right tools, knowhow and with safety in mind, you’ll be able to boss your home in no time!