Home Repair the DIY Way

Home Repair the DIY Way

People like renovating their homes. It can be anything. Sometimes it is a moderately leaking basement. At other times it can be bedroom wallpaper or family room flooring. It can also be a worn out shoe rack or a depressed cabinet. Many such home improvement measures require fork out some money. Of course, unless you know the art of doing it yourself; DIY home repair is turning out to be craze today. People are looking to save costs and moreover the thrill of being a mechanic and self-creator is quite huge.

Handyman is doing very well with building, repairing, customizing, renovating, installing at homes. You can look to enhance something as small as a home light by adding certain things to it. Did you ever imagine that a garage could have been altered into a workspace or even family game room? Do you know that it is possible for a dark dungeon like basement to convert into a beautiful, colored room? Well all this and much more is possible with DIY home repair ideas. You can always look up to certain professional sites for inspiration.

Let's take up few Handyman proposed DIY repairs. How would you install a completely new toilet in your home? It's an easy process to follow. You have just got to follow few simple steps. Stop water flow through the toilet and use a sponge and a bucket to remove additional water left in the tank. Next, use the channel pliers to remove the block valve nuts. Use wrench to side the two nuts holding the bowl to the floor flange. Next is the process of setting the new bowl. This can be done through proper waxing, nutting and bolting measures.

Suppose you have wallpaper that needs to be removed. Now, if it's a new one then it can be done without much problem. If its old and the adhesive seem to have stuck in a hard way, then there are DIY measures you can follow to save the renovation money. Use a steamer over a particular section of the wallpaper. This way the heat is not dissipated. Keep using steamers and chopping the blocks off. At other times, you may need a plastic scraper. This is when the paste or adhesive is too strong.

Sometimes, an old wall paper can pose further problem, at such times you would need to use the steamers, scrapers, and elbow grease all together. Now, when the wallpaper is being removed, some adhesive can still be there. This will make the living room or the bedroom look paltry. It is advisable to go with wallpaper. It will effectively take them out. In worse conditions, use a power sander all along the surface. Be smooth so that the wall is not entirely damaged. Now you can look to put in wall painting or wallpaper.

A range of home remodeling products are available online today. They can let you feel the charm of a new-born place. Most of the time, it is something you never thought possible.

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DIY Home Renovation Tips – A Step by Step Guide to Home Renovations

DIY Home Renovation Tips – A Step by Step Guide to Home Renovations

When it comes to investment property renovations the question I always get asked is – “how much work should I do”? The answer to this question will change dramatically depending on each person and their current situation. Are you the kind of person that loves DIY (do it yourself) home renovations? Do you love researching cheap renovation ideas? Or does the thought of a month’s DIY home renovation make you feel sick? Only you can answer these questions but believe me there are huge advantages of doing minor renovations let alone a full month’s work on a property

So let’s assume that you have 2-5 weeks to complete your DIY renovations, what is a realistic goal to try and achieve? To a certain extent this will depend on your budget but you would be surprised at how much you can get done if you find some good cheap renovation ideas. My DIY renovation budget is the same for every project I do – I like to call it the “Spend as little as possible” budget! Below is a list of the most obvious and important things that you should look at when attempting a cheap DIY renovation.

Interior Painting

A fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to make a house feel new again. The great thing about painting is that everyone can do it and it’s such a rewarding job. I love watching the house slowly get transformed as each new wall is painted and best of all if you do it yourself it shouldn’t be too expensive.

RENOVATION TIP: If you’re going to paint the house beige don’t even bother! Property investors always make the mistake or choosing plain and boring colors. Paint the house as if you were going to be living in it. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could even include a feature wall.


Replacing the existing flooring is another way to make your property feel brand new. You can either replace the carpet or in some houses you can polish the floor boards that are under the carpet.

RENOVATION TIP: This is one part of the DIY renovation process that I would recommend hiring somebody to it for you (floor polishing &carpets). The professionals do such a quick, good and cheap job that it’s hard to make an argument for doing it yourself. To save some money you can rip out the old carpet and left over staples before the professional come.

Bathroom & Kitchen

These two rooms are very important when it comes to renovating your investment property. If you do have some money in your budget then the Bathroom & Kitchen are a pretty good place to spend it. How much work you do here is up to the individual but I would recommend trying to get both of these areas clean, modern and usable.

RENOVATION TIP: Rather than re-tiling you can use Tile Paint to great effect. I have used ‘White Knight’ tile paint over the top of outdated 80’s tiles and the results have been outstanding.


Replacing old Light fittings, door handles and cupboard fittings is a great DIY renovation idea. It is a very easy and cheap way to create a more ‘modern feel’ in your Investment property.

RENOVATION TIP: Look at the expensive designer brands and then find good quality imitations that are a quarter of the price.


One full day in the garden and you can make a big difference to overall appearance of a house. Pull out some weeds, trim some branches, mow the lawns, sweep the driveway and suddenly your property is looking pretty good. You might be saying “Since when is sweeping the driveway considered DIY home renovation”? Well I don’t care what you ‘call it’ – Gardening, DIY, Renovations, Cleaning – the fact is that putting a day or two’s work into your garden will definitely make your house more attractive to potential renters and bank valuers.

RENOVATION TIP: This is a great part of the DIY renovation to get some help from family and friends with. Everyone has done some gardening at some stage and you can even turn it into a bbq event. This will make it more fun and easy as the whole family can come.

Exterior Painting / Render

This might not be your first priority but it will drastically improve the first impressions that people have of your house. If your property is a weather board then a few coats of paint is a great idea or if it’s a Brick house then rendering your property can make a massive difference. Render can turn an old and ugly brick house into a modern a beautiful place in a few days.

RENOVATION TIP: DIY rendering is an incredibly cheap way to improve the value of your house. It can be messy and laborious but the results are fabulous.

Hopefully there is something here for everyone. So my answer to the question “how much work should I do on my investment property”? Do as much as you can whilst spending as little as possible. In the perfect world you would complete all the ideas that I have mentioned in about month and for under a budget of $10,000. Is this a realistic DIY renovation goal? Yes I believe it is very achievable, especially if you (or someone you know) have a few ‘handy man’ skills. Remember that renovating you investment property should be fun and exciting. Best of luck.

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DIY Plumbing: Replacing Your Toilet

DIY Plumbing: Replacing Your Toilet

If your toilet is leaking, cracked, using gallons of water with each flush or does not fit with the look of your house, this is the right time to replace it. Replacing your toilet yourself requires physical strength to lift and maneuver the commode, as well as handiness with tools. Most of the time, a handy do-it-yourselfer can get the job done within a few hours.

In order to replace your toilet, you will first need to gather some basic plumbing tools and supplies. At the minimum, you will need a hacksaw, flat head screwdriver, pliers, an open-end wrench set, a level and a bucket. Gloves and old towels or rags may come in handy as well during this project.

First, locate the water shutoff valve, which is usually on the wall behind the toilet. The valve connects the water supply to the toilet. Turn the valve to the right (clockwise) to shut off the water supply to the toilet.

Empty the water in the toilet's tank by either siphoning it out or flushing the toilet. If flushing the toilet, place a bucket underneath the tank where it connects to the waterline. Take off the plastic nut securing the waterline to the toilet tank by turning left (counterclockwise). Remove the waterline from the toilet slowly, allowing the water to drain into the bucket.

Using a flat head screwdriver, remove the bolt caps. Next, remove the nuts and bolts on the toilet using the open end wrench.

Put towels on the floor in front of the toilet. Lift the old toilet up, which will break the wax seal between the toilet and floor.

Remove the old wax ring and plastic ring from the flange, and then remove the old bolts and bolt clips. Now you can install your new toilet.

Place the new toilet bolts onto the flange and attach a clip to each bolt. Assemble the toilet tank onto the bowl and secure with tank bolts through the inside of the tank. Put a washer over each bolt and a nut on each washer and tighten each bolt.

Put a new wax ring, wax side up, onto the flange. Line up the bolts on the flange with the bolts on the bottom of the toilet bowl. Place the toilet onto the wax ring, with the bolts going through the holes. Sit on the toilet to seal the wax ring in place.

Put a washer and a nut on each floor bolt and tighten. Place new plastic bolt cover clips onto each bolt. Trim the length of the bolts with a hacksaw. Cap each bolt. Reattach the waterline, turn on the water supply and flush the toilet to test for leaks.

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Equipment Rentals – Advantages of Renting Equipment For DIY Projects

Equipment Rentals – Advantages of Renting Equipment For DIY Projects

It is important to have the right tools when you are doing a home improvement or another project on your own. Having the right instruments makes any job possible and will make the project run significantly quicker and easier. But do you buy the big equipments, do you rent them, or do you make do with the instruments you've got? The following points are just a few of the advantages of renting equipment for do-it-yourself projects.

* Equipment rental places offer almost every kind of instrument you could need. You can rent a tool and perform the job quicker and more smoothly than you would have been able to have you used just the basic equipments that you own. Usually the equipment rental office will have everything from power washers to wood chippers to framing nail guns. You can hire a tool that is made specifically for the task at hand which will make the output of your project look more professional and be of higher quality.

* You will save money. Most do-it-yourself projects are one-time jobs and no one wants to buy an expensive piece of equipment when they will probably only use it once or twice. That is why it is great to rent the equipments rather than buy them. As a rule of thumb, if you are going to use a tool less than twice, it best to rent.

* You do not have to store instruments that you will not use very often. Tools that are often rented for DIY projects such as nail guns with air compressors, or ground tillers, and many others are often very large and difficult to store. Most people do not have the kind of space needed to house all the tools used in do-it-yourself projects. If you hire the equipment, storage will not be an issue.

* The tools that are offered come from reliable companies. When you go to rent a tool, you will find that most of the instruments are the top of the line models or at least are decent brand names that you can trust will be dependable.

* The tools are maintained properly. All tools need to be maintained and serviced regularly. This can be a hassle that most tool owners detest and procrastinate but when the equipment is rented you do not have that responsibility. It is also nice to know that when a tool is rented it is guaranteed to work properly.

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