For the past two Fridays I have been listing some jobs that you might wanna do around the house, and then listing how difficult they are. I started with the really easy stuff, then I got to the medium jobs, and now I’m going to tackle some hard jobs. These are jobs that, while not extremely difficult (that’s next week), they do take some pretty good handyman skills.
Reupholstering Furniture: This is probably the easiest job on the list of hard jobs, but it takes a skilled eye in order to complete it. The hardest part about this is making sure that your patterns match. Because furniture isn’t a flat surface, and because of the individual parts that need surfacing (a back, the seat, armrests, cushions, etc.) you need to be very careful that the patterns on your furniture match with the rest of the set. It also can take some pretty advanced sewing skill to make the seams hidden and tight enough so that the wear-and-tear that your piece of furniture goes through will last. And, of course, the internet is always there to help you.
Regrouting Tile: Think of this as a trickier and more complicated mixing cement job. Just like cement if you are planning and doing this yourself you are going to need to go to our friends at Home Depot and get the materials for the grout there. You can buy some pre-mixed grout, but even then you run into troubles of whether you got enough and how old the mixture is. If you aren’t getting pre-mixed than you have to mix it yourself and pay attention to thinks such as the grout’s viscosity (cool animation!) and moisture content. You also need to make sure that you have enough spare grout to refill areas that have shrunk when drying. Finally, you have to make sure that the grout is uniform all around the tile so that when you are finished the floor is smooth and flat.
Drywall Repairs: I am really weary of any job that requires me to go open up a wall of the house, and drywall repair is a major job that requires this. This is usually listed as a DIY job (and as that website says an “easy one”), and since you are only repairing the drywall instead of all out replacing it, the level of difficulty is less than replacing an entire room, but it still requires a lot of skill to do. Even reading other sites’s drywall section are complicated and use a lot of jargon and assumes you already know what needs to be done. As you can see from the supposedly “easy” step-by-step from my link above, there is a lot of very small particular work that needs to be done. And since drywall is hidden from view, doing it wrong can lead to major problems down the road. I’m not one to tell you what you can and can’t do, but this process is quite complicated for even your advanced DIYers.
Figuring out whether to do a job yourself or whether to hire a contractor takes a lot of real self evaluation. The jobs that I listed in the last two weeks could probably be done by most people, however the jobs this week and ESPECIALLY the jobs next week really require a good honest look at yourself and your handyman skills. Far be it from me to tell anybody what they can and can’t do, but if you are thinking about tackling any one of the jobs up there I really recommend making sure you honestly have the skill to do them, and that you DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE HAND!
If you need a contractor to help you with any of these jobs Safepact recommends Zambooki (that name just might come up in the future too….wink wink). And if you need any help paying for that contractor or need a secure way to do so always remember to use Safepact. Contact us here or wall message us here
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