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Five Simple Steps To Any Home Repair Project

As a homeowner, you will frequently find yourself facing home improvement projects. Whether it is a leaking faucet, a broken sprinkler, a balky garage door, a sticking lock, or a mildewed shower enclosure, home improvement is a never-ending task. And then there are those more complicated elective projects, like installing a screen door, building a storage shed, putting up a fence, hanging curtains or blinds, and a myriad of other improvements you might want to make to your home. Each task has its own individual requirements, but if you use a systematic method of approaching each project, your efficiency will improve dramatically. Here are the steps you should take:

1. Identify the task, and estimate the time it will take you to accomplish it. Block out that time so you will be free of interruptions, and clear the work area of items or persons that may get in the way.

2. Identify any parts that will be required. If you need parts or materials, purchase them ahead of time and have them on hand before you start. This includes expendable items such as sandpaper, caulk, glue, etc.

3. Gather all the tools you will need. If you don't have the proper tools, then purchase, rent, or borrow them. If you're borrowing a tool from a neighbor, get him interested in the project. Maybe you can enlist some free help. And be sure to return the tool in good condition when you are through.

4. Have a plan. Outline the steps you need to take, such as turning off the water for a plumbing repair or the electricity for a wiring project; disassembling the malfunctioning assembly; cleaning, repairing, or replacing parts as necessary; and re-assembling and testing. Larger projects may take several days or weeks to accomplish. If this is the case, break up the project into segments that you can accomplish in a few hours or a day. For instance, building a deck can be broken up into these tasks:

  • leveling the ground for a deck on one day
  • setting the piers a day later
  • nailing stringers at the following week
  • nailing in deck boards in several successive sessions

5. Finally, clean up after yourself. Clean your tools and put them back in their proper place. Discard old parts and materials, and store unused or leftover materials for future use. Then, sit back, relax, and bask in the satisfaction of a job well done.