Becoming a home owner often means learning about things you never imagined. You will become an expert in minor home repairs. You will find yourself searching the internet for things like, how to repair a dishwasher or how to unclog a toilet. You will attempt to repair things in your house, things that you never even realized existed. The home?s plumbing is one of the most popular do it yourself attempted jobs by homeowners. Minor plumbing repairs can often be handled by those with little experience, when calling a professional in would cost hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. Remember the following tips when attempting to do a DIY plumbing project.
Do your research
Home repairs have become more possible than ever with the endless amounts of free information that is now available on the internet. You can actually find specific answers to your plumbing questions for free with a quick internet search. You can even find people who claim to be experts that can help you with individual plumbing repair steps. If you run into any problems, call your plumbing system manufacturers for plumbing advice. DIY videos can even show you step by step repairs.
With all of the available information at your fingertips, there is no reason to not use it. Even if you think you are familiar with the project, refresh your knowledge with a quick tutorial video. Research types of hose clamps. Plan out your repair steps and ask for feedback. It is possible that you are missing a step or not thinking of a potential problem. After all, you are not a plumbing professional. Doing your research ahead of time can help you prevent any costly or timely mistakes.
Gather all of your needed tools first
You do not want to get deep into a project to find that you do not own a specific needed tool. You then have to run to the local hardware store, possibly having to wait until they open again. You also have to hope that they have your tool or parts in stock. Most hardware stores accept returns that are not used, so it is best to purchase everything, even the parts you believe you will need. Ensure that you have all of the needed hose clamps, including multiple hose clamp sizes, and stainless hose clamps. Hose clamps are available in a wide array of materials and sizes. One of the simplest types of hose clamps is the spring clamp, which is a strip of metal in the shape of a cylindrical spring with several protrusions. You can always return the stainless steel hose clamps that you do not use.
Measure twice, cut once
You have probably heard this DIY piece of advice before. It is important and can be valuable advice, regardless of your DIY project type. If you do not measure something properly, you are left with the wrong size of cutting. This can result in costly repairs. Be sure to measure all aspects of your DIY project multiple times, before actually doing the work. This includes measuring the exact type of hose clamps that you need. Premium hose clamps may be of better quality, but not ensure a proper fit.
Have a plumber on backup, just in case
Some plumbing repairs are simple and have little risk. However others, can result in expensive damages that need to be corrected immediately. Ensure that you have a professional plumber on call, in case of any problems with your repair. Also, keep screw clamps around for any plumbing emergencies. Screw hose clamps are widely used for temporarily fixing damaged pipes quickly in emergency situations.
Homeowners often learn simple and basic DIY projects over time. They will learn that they can save a lot of money by completing repairs on their own. In order to save the most amount of money and to prevent DIY emergencies, do your research, lay out your DIY plan, seek out professional advice, and have a professional on backup, just in case. Also, ensure that you have access to all of the needed tools, to ensure that you are really ready to begin the DIY job. Then, dive in, and begin to expand your home DIY experience.