Even the best home handymen are met with tasks a little out of their reach and even the biggest DIY whizz can be found scratching their head when it comes to maintaining certain areas of the home. This week our Hubbies explore the more difficult end of the spectrum with a look at the toughest jobs around the home.
1. Gutter cleaning
Cleaning the gutters may sound like a simple job but it can be tedious and also dangerous. You’ll need to be up on a ladder and potentially working in the heat for quite some time to do the job properly.
If you’re not confident getting up on to the roof, don’t have the correct equipment such as a safe, sturdy ladder or you don’t fancy working on the roof in the elements then this one is best left to the professionals. But if you’re committed to the job here are our top three tips:
- Check your ladder before you get half way up it. Ensure it is safe and in proper working order.
- Choose an overcast day if possible. Temperatures are much hotter on top of a roof than you think.
- Install a gutter guard to reduce the amount of times you’ll need to clean your gutters in the future.
2. Regrouting tiles
Regrouting the tiles in your bathroom will give the area a new lease on life and revamp even the oldest of bathrooms. Trouble is, it’s tough and monotonous work. What makes it most difficult is the sheer amount of time it takes to do this job properly, which many busy people simply don’t have. If you’re ready to regrout, check out our top three tips:
- Take your time when removing the old grout with a chisel. If you rush the job you might scratch or chip tiles, and trying to go over old grout won’t fix the problem and will look awful.
- Be careful with grout colour as they can vary. Try to stick to the same colour as the old grout or at least the same colour as the tiles.
- Scrub and clean the tiles with the help of a household cleaning solution (mildew remover).
Replace fly screen mesh
How did that fly get in the house? All the doors and windows are closed but your fly screens are in desperate need of some TLC. Fly screens wear over time and every now and then they’ll need replacing. It’s on our list of tough jobs because this can be very fiddly work and you need to go slowly to get it right. Our top three things to consider when tackling this job are:
- When removing the old mesh from the spline, be careful. Usually the spline can be reused so you want to avoid cutting or damaging it. Wash it in soapy water and it’ll be good as new.
- Make sure you measure the frame correctly and then using your handy utility knife cut the new mesh to size – but ensure the mesh is at least 40mm wider than the frame.
- To ensure the new mesh sits straight in the frame, the weave in the mesh needs to be parallel to the frame when installing.
4. Interior painting
Painting interior walls can be tricky and involves quite a few tools. There are also specific ways to hold the brushes, use a paint roller and direct your strokes. If you’re going to attempt this task on your own here are our top three tips to consider:
- Make sure you have all the tools you need and use the right brush for the right job. The basic tools you’ll need are a paint roller, flat brush, angle brush, ladder, drop cloths, paint trays, masking tape and paint thinner.
- To stop stains from bleeding through your new paint job ensure you apply a primer coat before anything else. Cleaning the walls with warm water and detergent prior to this won’t go astray either.
- No matter how careful you try to be, the odds are that you will make a mess and paint will spill and drip during the process. To protect your home, move your furniture to the middle of the room and cover everything with drop cloths, including the floor.
5. Outdoor paving
Paving an outdoor area is the trickiest of this week’s property maintenance jobs so we’ve tried to simplify it as best we can for you:
- Remove 20cm of soil from the area you want to pave
- Use a plate compactor machine to compress the soil to avoid the ground from moving underneath the pavement
- Lay gravel over the area and compress (repeat)
- Cover the area with sand and rake until smooth
- Place pavers on the sand in your desired pattern, leaving space between each one
- Cover the area with finer sand, brushing into the joints
- Place a rubber mat over the paving and use a plate compactor to compress
- Finish off by using a sealant on your new patio to preserve your job well done
There are a few unusual tools required for this job and if you don’t have the means or the steps sound a little too tricky then leave it to the experts to carry out a flawless paving job while you sit back and relax.
For more information on Hire A Hubby property maintenance services visit our website www.hireahubby.com.au or call us on 1800 803 339.