Home Design

Does Gender Matter When It Comes to DIY?

The answer to the question is, of course, no. It does not matter in the slightest for most jobs that you are likely to tackle yourself. The only question we have to answer is whether we need to call in a professional. There are plenty of jobs, however, that any of us can do around the home, whatever our usual occupation. We shall consider just what jobs these might be.

 

Painting

There might be techniques and good practices to adopt with painting but any of us can do it. We should know, however, that a half-empty tin of paint can dry out, so if you are counting the cost, obtain guidance on the number of tins you should require to cover a certain wall. A polythene bag is a wonderful way to keep your brush moist when taking a break between painting. Always wash your brushes in turpentine after a session when painting in gloss but do not leave them soaking too long or that will ruin their bristles, too, and cause you to have to buy new ones for your next painting job.

You can paint over old paint if the condition of it is good and the paint is of the same chemical make-up. You should use a primer, though, and then apply 1 or 2 coats of your new paint. If you decide on a brush rather than a roller, then brush across as well as down to eliminate evidence of brushstrokes. Avoid over-brushing as this will end up taking away the paint that you have just applied.

 

Wallpapering

The secret to smooth wallpapering is to ensure that the wall is smooth underneath first. This means removing the old wallpaper, particularly if it is textured, and filling in any holes with filler. Make sure that your decorating table is of a size to cope with cutting out long strips of wallpaper. This is how you will cut it and apply it all around your wall. Apply wallpaper paste to the back of your wallpaper with a roller, but only to one piece at a time. Then, line up each piece carefully against the wall to make sure that it is straight and sized correctly, and that all patterns match, before smoothing it all over with a clean cloth and making sure that there are no air bubbles. After the glue has dried you can trim with a sharp knife around areas such as light switches to neaten them up. Avoid getting into a mess with the wallpaper paste and have a good eye, and that is all there is to it. Oh, and make sure that your hands are clean so as not to dirty the wallpaper as you go.

 

Carpeting

Select your carpet carefully. A short, dense carpet pile will generally be the most durable if you are laying it in an area that you use a lot. Carpets that have longer loops will create a bulkier look but weigh less, so be easier to handle. A sharp blade is important when cutting the carpet. It is one of the toughest things to cut as you are cutting through its backing, too. Make sure that you have a good underlay to stop the carpet from slipping. It is not recommended that you lay a carpet without a knee kicker or stretcher because you may end up with creases or buckling in your carpet that will stop it from lying flat. One of these can be purchased from a DIY store.

 

Putting Up a Picture

This is another job where it is important to have a good eye. Stand back to make sure that you have a picture straight. If you are using string instead of a single hook, then make sure it is taut enough to stop the picture from hanging lower than you wanted. In the interests of safety, know where there are wires situated behind walls to avoid nailing into one. For instance, in line with wall sockets.

 

Changing a Tap Washer

It should be possible to change a tap washer ourselves without too much trouble. The first thing to do is to turn off the water. This will be done underneath the sink. Then, it is a case of removing the top of the tap to find a screw to undo the top portion of the tap to find the washer. This is then easily replaced with one from a local DIY store. A worn tap washer will be the cause of most leaking taps and by replacing it yourself you are saving on the call-out charge of a plumber.

 

So, you see, there are lots of DIY jobs that you can tackle at home, whether male or female and whether you are an office worker or already a manual worker. For tips on how to tackle a job, refer to online tutorials. For all the materials and tools required, they can be found in bricks-and-mortar DIY stores or online. Remember, though, measure twice and cut once.

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