Home Repairs You Can Do Legally Without A Handyman

The Renovations that you can do legally at home.

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Whether you’re trying to save some money, you want to learn something new, or you’re just trying to show off a bit, home renovations can be really useful. You don’t always have to rely on a handyman to get the job done, but sometimes it’s the safer and the legal option. There are home repairs that you can do, easily and legally, without the help of a handyman.


Regrout Your Shower

Regrouting your shower isn’t a job you need to hire a professional for. Here’s how you can regrout your shower, whether it be with a tub or just a shower cubicle.

  • Clean your tiles, remove any mildew and soap scum from the tiles before you cut any grout out of the joints
  • Cut the grout to at least half the depth of your tiles
  • With the replacement grout, angle it at 45 degrees to the tile. Work it thoroughly so there are so there are no bubbles
  • Wipe away any excess grout while it’s still wet.
  • Apply a high-quality tub-and-tile sealant where the walls meet your tub, and also in vertical corners where one wall meets another.

Paint Your Ceiling

Painting your ceiling is a job you can easily do yourself, and it can add some extra oomph to your home. It’s best to use a paint roller for this job, so you don’t drip paint all over yourself. Don’t forget to lay down a drop sheet! Here’s how you can paint your ceiling like a pro:

  • Stir your paint thoroughly
  • Cut-in the ceiling with your paint brush
  • Fill your paint tray with the colour paint you’re using
  • Place your roller about one metre away from the wall, and make sure you stroke the brush away from you. It’s best to paint the ceiling in a “W” formation. This ensures an even application.
  • Apply the second coat – Once you’ve applied the first coat, wait until it dries and then apply a second. Use the same “W” formation as before, you don’t want a streaky ceiling.

Repair Cracked Concrete

This one is a bit tougher, but it’s going to save you time and money! To repair cracked concrete, follow these steps, and soon you can have a nice barbeque outdoors with your mates! Here’s how you can repair cracked concrete yourself:

  • Clean the concrete – ensure there’s no oil or dirt on the concrete. You have to make sure the filler can bond to the cement. If you’re having a bit of trouble getting your concrete clean, you can find a heavy duty cleaner that cuts through grease and grime.
  • Chisel the crack clean – Use an old chisel and a hammer to get rid of large pieces of the crack in the concrete. To do this correctly, you should hold the chisel at an angle and pound the hammer against the chisel. This will chisel out the crack, which is known as “keying” the hole.
  • Brush and vacuum the debris away – You should make sure there is no debris left at all.
  • Spread concrete filler – slowly fill the crack with the concrete filler. After a few minutes, check the crack to see if it has settled. You may have to add some more, but only do this if it doesn’t look tight enough.
  • Use a trowel to wipe away any excess
  • Allow it to “cure” – wait overnight for the filler to settle, and the next day check to see if you need to make any adjustments or add any more to the crack
  • Seal the patch and concrete – prevent the concrete form absorbing any stains by applying a protective sealant over the top.

Fix A Leaky Tap

Having a leaky tap can be one of the most annoying sounds to deal with. It can also cost you money in the long run. Here’s how you can fix a leaky tap. Before you begin, turn off your water supply.

  • Turn on the tap to release any water left in the pipe
  • Put a plug in the sink to stop any parts falling down the drain
  • Using a spanner, take off the tap’s cover to remove the handle
  • Screw and remove the handle
  • Unscrew the tap bonnet, and remove the headgear. From here, you should see a large body washer, o-ring and a jumper valve, which should fall off.
  • Replace all three items, i.e.e the body washer, o-ring and jumper valve with new ones.
  • Apply a tap lubricant to the spindle and valve.
  • Refit the bonnet and spindle, but make sure you don’t over-tighten the nuts
  • Re-assemble your tap.
  • Turn the tap off.
  • Turn the water supply back on.

Ally Feiam is the marketing & content creator for MyDeal, an online marketplace with over 25,000 products.

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