As a single mom living on a tight budget, simple home repairs is not something I want to pay someone else to do. Because I like to do thing for myself and not rely upon family members to do things for me, I prefer to learn how to fix things on my own. Whether you are a single mom or simply a woman living on her own, learn how to do your own simple home repairs to save money and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. What should you learn to do? Here are five simple, common home repairs that every woman should learn to handle on her own.
Replace a Faucet
I have replaced faucets myself in bathrooms and kitchens without calling in outside help. As a matter of fact, I am about to replace yet another faucet that has developed a leak and needs to be replaced. Knowing how to do this myself has saved me time in waiting on a family member to come and do it for me. See How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet for tips.
Winterizing Your Home
Preparing your home for winter includes simple projects like weather stripping and buttoning up windows and doors. While this probably isn’t a project you would call a professional in for, if you don’t know how to do it yourself you might decided to put it off or call in a friend or family member. I prefer to do it myself so I made a point of learning how to get home ready for cold weather. See Tips for Reducing Heat Loss and Air Infiltration in Your Home.
Replace a Shower Head
Replacing a shower head is an easy DIY project. Whether your shower head is leaking and needs to be replaced or you decide to install a new fancy schmancy shower head, doing it yourself will give you a sense of satisfaction and pride. See How to Replace a Shower Head for tips.
Deal With a Water Leak
You never know when something will spring a leak around the house. Large leaks and leaks underneath your home will probably require a call to a professional or at least an experienced friend or family member, but for a small leak under your sink, you should know how to handle it yourself. This means knowing how to turn off the water supply and even the water main to your home. Water leaks can’t be put off and dealt with later as they can cause extensive damage and expensive water bills and repair bills. See Tips for Dealing With a Water Leak for pointers.
Fix a Clogged Sink
I have kids living in my home and something is getting clogged up regularly. One thing that I have found that clogs my kitchen sink on a regular basis is popsicle sticks. Yep, you heard me–especially during the summer months, my kids eat a lot of popsicles and they got into the habit of dropping unfinished popsicles into the kitchen sink to melt. The only problem? Those wooden sticks would slip down into the drain, unbeknownst to Mom.
What happens when wooden popsicle sticks slip down into a sink drain? Those wooden sticks are not flexible and they get hung in the trap, causing a barrier for anything that is non-liquid.
Obviously, there are plenty of things that stop up a kitchen sink, but chemical clog removers won’t do anything for sink clogs that include non-food items (like say, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, straws, twist ties, or anything else that might drop down a sink drain in a house full of kids).
Knowing how to unclog a drain (by removing the trap and clearing it of obstructions) is an important bit of home repair that I recommend every woman be able to do on her own.
Know Where to Get Information and When to Call for Help
Living independently is important to me as a single mom and a woman. Knowing how to handle home repairs that arise is something I pride myself on being able to do. Even better, I realize when something is a bigger project and requires me to call in a friend or family member or even a professional (such as electrical issues, which for safety reasons I do not attempt on my own).
When I need to learn how to complete a project I go to my local library or find reputable sources on the Internet. Because I have family members and friends who do a lot of home repair, I know that I can always ask them for advice even if I don’t want to ask them for help. Find out who in your circle of friends and family is handy with home improvement and take the time to pick their brain!