How to Become Your Own Handyman (Hint: Not What You Think)

As a homeowner, it’s inevitable that something will eventually go wrong. There will be something in your home that will eventually need to be fixed. At this point, you could hire a handyman but this will cost you a bit of money and it means that your problem won’t be fixed until the handyman can get there.

So, why not cut out the middleman altogether? Why not be your own handyman? Here, we will look at some things you need to know and even some basic home maintenance jobs you should know how to do to be your own handyman.

1. Keep a Toolbox

The first thing you will want to do is to make sure you have a toolbox around. You can start off with a rather basic one and build on it over time but you should make sure you still have quality tools. For holding your tools easily while working, you can use a tool belt.

The last thing you want to do is to run into a home emergency and not have any tools that can tackle the job. In other words, make sure to research your tools with the Toolsy before you invest in them.

2. Know How to Turn Off the Power in Your Home

If you are getting ready to install a ceiling fan or do anything that requires that you work with the wiring in your house, turn the power off before you get anywhere near the job. If you don’t turn the power off, you risk getting a nasty shock while you work.

This doesn’t mean you should just flip the switch in the room to turn the light off. Instead, you should locate the breaker box in your home. A breaker box is a box on the wall that, when opened, shows a series of switches, usually labeled as to which parts of the home they control.

With this box, you don’t need to turn off all the lights in your home just to work on a project in one of the bedrooms. Find the switch that corresponds to the room you are working in and flip it. At this point, the room isn’t receiving any power and you are less likely to have to deal with the risk of electrocution.

Once you’re finished on your project, you can simply flip the breaker switch back and return power to that room.

3. Know How to Turn Off the Water in Your Home

When you are working on a leaky sink or fixing a toilet, you aren’t dealing with the same safety risk as you are with electric jobs. However, you’ll be just as upset if you make a wrong move and end up with a flooded bathroom.

To avoid this, you should turn off the water where you are working to ensure that this doesn’t happen. If you are working on a sink, there is usually a valve under the sink. When you are working on a toilet, the valve is typically behind the toilet.

4.  Keep and Read Instructions and Manuals

For pretty much every home appliance you buy – whether it’s as small as a toaster or as large as a refrigerator – there is a manual that comes with it. Most of us see these manuals and throw them away without a second glance.

These manuals usually include information on what you should do with regular maintenance to make what you own last as long as possible. They also sometimes address how to handle common problems that might come up with the appliance.

At this point, you’re probably thinking that you no longer have the manual for almost all the items in your home. Don’t worry, though, because if you can find the model name and number of your item, you can usually find a copy of the manual online.

5. Consult the Internet

The internet isn’t just for copies of manuals. It can also be a helpful place to learn how to tackle home jobs that you don’t know how to do. Even better, you can find this in the form of written instructions, pictures, and even video tutorials. So, there is an answer to your problems no matter what your learning style is.

6. Don’t Wait Until It’s a Problem

If you notice your sink is dripping or a light is flickering, go ahead and take the time to fix it. The last thing you want to do is wait until a problem gets too big to handle or wait until it causes real destruction in the home.

For instance, when you notice a pipe leaking in the basement, take the time to fix it up right away. This is much better than waiting until you have a completely busted pipe flooding your basement.

7. Learn Some Basic Handyman Projects

While you will have to research some projects in your home, there are a few projects that you should know how to do in case it ever comes up.

For instance, what about a running toilet? This problem can be not only annoying but it can run your utility bill up the wall. To start, as discussed earlier, you’ll want to turn off the water via the valve.

The most typical way to fix this problem is to open the tank (the back of the toilet). Check to make sure the arm and float are secure and if they are, lift the arm up so the float moves into place.

There’s also a clogged garbage disposal. First and foremost, you’ll want to unplug the garbage disposal and flip the breaker as to avoid any injuries. Then, you’ll want to click the reset button and listen for the tell-tale click. Now, you can feel around for any debris that could be blocking the garbage disposal.

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