Posts

What Not to Do with DIY Home Repair

DIY home repair is only as difficult as you make it. Yes, it does depend somewhat on your particular set of skills and how familiar you are with the tools of the trade. But there are some jobs that you just have to know yourself. These could include how to fix a shingle, installing a new faucet on the sink or shower, or switching the fuse. However, even the simplest job can leave behind a giant mess. It’s important that you know what to look for. So let’s go over some of the most serious mistakes you can make while performing your own repair work.

Investing in Cheap Materials

The biggest mistake you can possibly make is “cheaping out.” Trust us on this: You never want to settle for cheap. You know the old saying “you get what you pay for?” That’s exactly the thing we are talking about. Don’t invest in cheap materials or you will find yourself performing the exact same repair in an extremely short amount of time. Businesses that sell cheap goods make their money off of the fact that you will go back to them time and again to fix the same problem. Don’t fall in that vicious circle.

Ignoring Safety Protocol

The other biggest mistake you can make is not following safety guidelines. It is not okay to do roof work wearing nice shorts and converse. You should not go walking around under loose tile without a helmet. You should wear gloves when dealing with metal or siding. These are just a few DIY home repair crimes we have heard about as a result of people not following safety instructions. So be smart and be safe.

Being Hasty

Many people like to think that with simple jobs, you just need to get in there and get it over with. This is hardly the case however. There is no such thing as “getting in there” when it comes to DIY home repair. You have to have a plan. You have to have the necessary tools. You have to follow directions. You would be surprised how many people think it’s alright to just take a hammer to a busted shingle and just use some nails to secure it. So make sure you have everything you need and directions to follow.

Eyeballing It

The last big mistake you should avoid is the eyeball. Many people who perform DIY home repair believe that the naked eye is enough to see how big something needs to be or where nails should go. However, when it comes to repair work, you never want to “eyeball it.” Have your measuring tape and leveler handy. You don’t want something to be badly askew.

Follow these rules and you should have a successful repair job. Be sure to contact us if you ever have any questions.

How to Repair Vinyl Siding

DIY home repair is one of the most popular methods of improving or maintaining your house. Very few people truly enjoy having to call a contractor for every little mishap that could happen around the home, so it makes sense why at least one member of the family should have a handyman of some sort. Even for mundane tasks like repairing siding or replacing a shingle, it’s quite nice to have one around.

The fact of the matter, though, is that DIY home repair is not as difficult as you might think. Sure, some home maintenance projects might require some outside help, but for the most part anybody with some steady hands and good set of eyes can fix issues with the home. This is especially the case with vinyl siding, which is quite easy to repair even if it is unappealing to look at. So here is the definitive guide to helping you repair your vinyl siding.

The Tools of the Trade

Before you even start DIY home repair on your exterior wall, you are going to need a few things to help you work. You will need adhesive caulking to secure the piece and wood shims to close it up. You will also need a zip tool, tin snips, and a standard table saw. We also recommend that you keep a spare panel or two around from initial installation to give you pieces to perform the patchwork.

Step One: Remove the Old Piece

The first thing you want to do is use the zip tool to unlock the panel from its neighbors. If you start at the bottom edge, you will find your job goes a lot easier. Once the edge you are working on is loose, insert a wood shim to keep the older panels in place. Then use the snips to cut the damaged area out. Use the wood saw to cut a piece of good vinyl out. Of course, you need to make sure that the replacement piece is just slightly longer than the damaged piece so you can just tuck it nicely under the good sections.

Step Two: Replace

When you are ready to apply the replacement piece, use a thin bead of adhesive caulk along the back side. Remove the wood shims and slide it underneath the pre-existing piece. Once you have it in line, press down and lock it into place.

And that’s how you fix vinyl siding. This particular DIY home repair method is fantastic if your wall has suffered burns or water damage as a result of a bad gutter. However, it does have its disadvantages, such as your siding looking worse than it already is.

Count on Coty

So you may want to use this accident as an excuse to get some better siding for your house. We know all about different kinds of materials and how to properly install them. Be sure to contact us if you ever have any questions.