Through daily use and constant wear and tear, things in the home wear out and get broken. For this reason a constant attention to maintenance and repairs are required if your home is going to remain in good condition and retain its value. When needed repairs are deferred, they can turn into an unnecessary expense that could have been avoided. Many repairs can be completed by the home owner, but there are some that should only be tackled by a professional.
While it is true that many items on the home can be repaired, there are some that should simply be replaced. Often times, window screens only require the spline to be run back in the groove, but there are other times when a whole new screen must be manufactured to completely cover the opening. The same is true for doors. A good craftsman may be able to repair a broken door, but before agreeing to this, make sure that you will not be losing any security when this is completed. Otherwise, it may be a better idea to just install a new door.
Cost is always a factor when considering home repairs and the wise home owner will certainly want to save money by doing some of the work themselves. However, not everyone is a do-it-yourself with enough experience with to accomplish home repairs correctly. When that is the case, remember that by putting off small repairs now you could be setting yourself up for more expensive ones in the future. It is never a good idea to let your home and your security suffer simply because you want to save money.
Recently I added a post about using carpet tile in your home. Here is the follow-up on installing it yourself.
Installing carpet tiles is a much easier do-it-yourself job than stretch-in installation, as long as you follow the correct procedure. This type of carpet is installed piece by piece, so finding the starting point is perhaps the most difficult part. Once you get started, this job will go by very quickly and you will have your new carpet ready to use in no time at all.
Find the Center of the Room
Use a chalk-box to snap a line at the midpoint of the opposing walls in the room. You will begin the installation at the center of the room and then work towards the outside. Once you find the midpoint between both sets of walls, the lines will intersect in the center of the room.
Square Your Lines
Before you begin the installation, make sure that the lines are squared. Measure four feet out from the center point on one line and three feet out on the other line. The two marks should be five feet apart for your lines to be squared. If they are not, make the necessary adjustments.
Equal the Edges
Make sure that the tile closest to the wall will be at least half a tile wide. Do this by laying out tiles towards the wall and then stopping when you cannot fit an entire tile between the last tile and the wall. You can then adjust the tiles so that you have room for half a tile on each side. This ensures that both sides are even.
Start Laying Tiles
Begin by laying the center tiles. Put one tile in each quadrant of the center of the room. You will then build out from the square that you have formed. Once the first square has been completed, you can move onto the second and third squares. Continue forming squares until you get close to the wall.
Trim the Tiles to Fit
The tiles that border the walls will have to be trimmed, unless your room is perfectly shaped for these tiles. Measure the area between the last tile and the wall and draw a matching line on the back of the tile. Continue this process until every space has been filled.
Roll Your Floor
Use a 75-pound roller to press the adhesive down and keep the tiles in place permanently.
A lot of people believe that do-it-yourself home repair is a much more cost effective way to get repairs done than hiring a professional. The truth is that for some people this may be the case. However, for others it could lead to an unsatisfactory result which would cost more in the long run. There are some things you should consider before embarking on a home repair DIY project.
- Do you really know what you are doing?
- Do you have to tools to do it with?
- Do you have the experience to do it right?
- Do you have the time to work on your home?
- Do you know what local regulations govern your project?
- Do you know if there are any health concerns that must be considered?
If you have worked with this kind of project before, you may have the necessary skills to pull it off right, but will you need some help along the way. If you believe you will need help with this repair, maybe you should call in a professional for the expertise they will bring with them.
It is important that you have a plan to work with and you must be willing to stick with your plan. Construction of any type, even if it only involves repairs is a layered process. if you are not working with a plan, you are likely to miss some of the steps necessary to affect a good fix to the issues with your home.
If your home repair is a larger project, you will want to break it down into smaller, easier to accomplish projects and make your plans according to what needs to be done within each. Before getting started on major projects, make sure to check with local building authorities about any regulations you will need to follow.
If you follow the tips above, you may find that DIY home repair will help you out, but don’t forget to call in the experts when you need them.