When the extended family announces plans to descend on your house for Christmas there are always jobs to be done before they turn up.
You don’t want Nan to see the paint chipping away on the front fence, or worse.
So in the great Australian spirit of last-minute home renovation we present the Hire A Hubby top five holiday jobs with hubby tips to get you out of trouble this Christmas.
Remember though, for best results call the professionals – 1800 803 339.
- 1. Painting
Whether it’s the front fence or around the house, painting can be a time consuming and tedious job, luckily we’re here to help.
- Ensure the area being painted is as clean as possible. Dust, dirt, hair and old paint chips left on the surface are a big painting no-no and look terrible when painted over.
- Outdoor painting is a job best avoided on very hot, sunny days. Not only is it hard work for you, direct sun can make the paint become dry and tacky before you’ve finished.
- Don’t forget painting tip 101 – long vertical strokes are always best. Paint along the grain of the timber, not across it.
- 2. Minor Plastering
Small holes in plaster walls can be fixed easily and without too much fuss, as long as you are careful and patient.
- Make sure you have the right tools for the job. For any minor plastering work you’ll likely need protective gloves, a utility knife, sponge and correct filler cement for your wall surface.
- Make sure the area is as clean as possible and free of dirt, dust and plaster.
- Be patient. Once you have applied the first round of wall cement it can take four hours or more to dry. Make sure you wait until the filler is completely set before doing anything else to the wall.
- 3. Fencing & Carpentry
It might be replacing fence palings or constructing that cubby or sandpit for the kids, whatever the carpentry job, these tips will help.
- Use the right tools for the job. Do yourself a favour and ensure you have all the proper tools before you even start. You’ll thank us later.
- If you’re using conventional nails, watch out at the ends of pieces of wood. Regular nails are pointed and they can easily cause splits. Either dull the nail tip or pre-drill a small hole to avoid splitting.
- Practice any tricky techniques before you attempt them on your project and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Ensure you try out any joining techniques on spare bits of timer at least once first.
- 4. Deck Maintenance
Most people spend much of summer on the deck. But often this area is left untouched throughout the rest of the year which can cause major problems.
- Decks will develop mildew after extended periods of moisture or rain. To remedy this you will need to apply a professional deck cleaning product.
- Once the deck has been thoroughly cleaned ensure you re-seal your deck with the appropriate re-sealer product.
- Finally once the timber is properly cleaned and sealed, make sure you choose a high quality deck paint or stain treatment. Ideally this will offer U.V protection as well as a mildewcide.
- Remember you may need to reapply your deck treatment as often as once a year so remember to check your deck for signs of deterioration.
- 5. Gutters and Roofing
Australian summer storms can cause major problems when gutters are clogged or damaged, so follow these tips to keep your gutters looking great.
- All roofing and guttering will deteriorate over time, but pay special attention to metal surfaces. They can deteriorate very quickly if not looked after and kept free of debris.
- Debris in gutters that are already rusting can accelerate deterioration, particularly where the leaf litter creates an acidic environment (e.g. pine needles).
- Check your roof and guttering regularly, especially after storms. Deterioration can be suddenly accelerated after storm activity and high winds.
- The simplest thing you can do to maintain clean gutters is cut back overhanging trees.
Don’t forget, it may be easier and cheaper to have a professional carry out these holiday jobs for you, especially if you’re short on time. So if you need more help, call us on 1800 803 339 or visit http://www.hireahubby.com.au for more information.