The Coronavirus lockdown has sparked a new wave of hobbies and pastimes as we all adjust to a new way of life. Baking, home workouts with the kids and virtual pub quizzes have become all the rage. But what about those DIY repair jobs you’ve been putting off all this time?
As a nation, we spend a lot of time and money improving on our homes – £48 billion in the last five years, in fact. Much of that cash will go towards materials and labour, yet there are several common tasks that you can at least make a start on yourself.
Here are five home repairs to think about during lockdown.
Fixing a leaky pipe
Leaks in the kitchen or bathroom can spring out of nowhere, leaving a sink out of action until you find and fix the problem. Doing so depends on the type of leak you’re dealing with – you may find that simply tightening a joint is enough to make everything watertight.
If your problem is with the pipe itself, a patch kit can make a good-enough temporary fix.
A lick of paint is sometimes all you need to refresh and rejuvenate your home. If you’ve never done it before, try using this guide to help paint your interior walls as easily and efficiently as possible.
Painting the exterior will require extensive use of high ladders, so isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Adequate ventilation is vital in the kitchen, bathroom, and throughout the house. It protects your walls from heat and water damage, while smoke vents could save your life in the event of a fire.
Check the state of your ventilation systems and remove any dust and grime that could prevent them doing their job.
Caulk is the rubbery stuff that fills the join between your shower or sink and the wall, creating a seal to protect against water damage. Over time it can deteriorate, but replacing it is a relatively simple task.
Use a product to soften and remove the old caulk, clean the area, and use a caulking gun to fill it back in.
Silencing squeaky doors
Squeaky doors have a nasty habit of announcing your arrival or exit from the room. Hinges can become noisy when they face extra pressure or begin to oxidise – but adding lubricant can quickly silence them.
Add a couple of drops of oil and simply open and close the door to work it into the hinge.
What’s on your to-do list over the next few weeks?