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Home Improvements

The world of enjoying your home surroundings takes more than just relaxing in front

of LCD TV and cozy family afternoons at the backyard. Home is like a pet that requires commitment and nourishment to keep it safe and running smoothly. But performing this occasional maintenance can be costly, so why not consider doing a few repairs yourself? There are a few around-the-house fixes that you can do, and even involve the children – making them feel more attached to their home.So the next time your household needs fixing; roll up your sleeves and use the basic tools you have been keeping in your store.  It might not be your favorite hobby to spend few hours regularly on home maintenance, but keeping your costs down and getting the work done on your own schedule instead of your plumber would be a good motive.

Paint it yourself

Whether you want to paint to cover a nail hole or apply color to cracked old paint; paintbrushes and ready-to-go paint with instructions are very affordable. Besides, painting it yourself will show your home to advantage long before it would if you were collecting color swatches by a professional. A crucial tip is to prepare well and check some videos of amateur house painting.

Glue it yourself

This is a great task to involve children; broken stuff is everywhere around the house from tables' heels to lose knobs and torn table cloths. Just use your imagination and keep a sewing kit with multipurpose glue handy.

Be your own plumber

A leaky faucet is one of the most common household problems. What makes it worse is that it sounds like an expensive problem to solve. So why not save water and do it yourself? The procedure is pretty simple, start by shutting off the water pipe leading to the faucet (the shutoff valve should be somewhere nearby or if pipes are invisible you can temporarily shut off the water to the entire house:  the house shut-off is often in a basement). Unscrew the faucet handle and remove it along with the packing nut. Unscrew the valve stem and remove it from the housing and check for deteriorated pieces so that you can replace them. Once you've switched the new items in, reverse the steps to complete the installation.