At some point, we all experience the desire to either improve, fix, update or upgrade our home. Whilst some of us might be confident in trying our hand at DIY around the home, many of us are novices. So, DIY beginners – where to start? Our WD-40® company experts are here to lending a helping hand with four of the simplest DIY tasks to take on right now for beginners.
How to Start DIY Caulking
Wanting to caulk like a pro? No problem, we have you covered! Just like painting, caulking is one of those DIY home improvement projects that people tend to put off and hire an expert. But, if you have the right tools to hand and a little patience, you won’t need to call on a professional ever again. Take these simple steps and you’ll be tackling your caulk jobs with perfect results every time even if you are only a DIY beginner!
First step, evaluate the job at hand and make sure you opt for the right caulk and dispenser. Caulks can be found in either squeeze tubes or in cartridges, that are then loaded into a caulk gun. To save money and achieve the best results, the experts tend to typically use cartridges and a smooth-action caulk gun. Next, you need to remove the old caulk and clean the surface for an effective application and repair. If you want this stage completed quickly and effectively, the WD-40 Smart Straw is your perfect companion. Thanks to the fast-acting formula, the lubricant breaks down silicone sealant and penetrates the stuck parts of components precisely and allows you to remove the silicone sealant instantaneously. Once the caulk is removed, it’s important to clean the surfaces with a clean rag and rubbing alcohol.
Now it’s time to apply the new caulk. First things first, tape the surfaces. Make sure it’s straight, and use long sections of tape, not short pieces. The main aim here is to seal the edges so the new caulk cannot seep beneath it. Once complete, apply the new caulk at a 45-degree angle. It’s important you squeeze hard enough to force the caulk firmly into the joint, working at a slow and consistent speed. The smoother the application, the better the end results will be. Then, smooth the joint with a finger (wet your finger with either rubbing alcohol for silicone caulk or water for latex caulk) using light pressure, working from one end to the other. Finally, remove your tape. Make sure you remove the tape slowly and pull it away from the joint at an angle, not towards the joint.
Top Tip: It’s important to let the caulk cure completely (check the directions from the manufacturer) before getting it wet or painting it.
How to Fix a Blocked Drain
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to experience your shower turn into a bath, it’s time to tackle the blockage in the drain. Luckily, a blocked drain is one of the easiest jobs within your DIY list to tackle. You don’t need any tools or special chemicals for the job and most importantly, to fix the problem. Go to your kitchen cupboard and grab bicarbonate soda and vinegar. Simply pour the bicarbonate soda down the blocked drain and flush carefully through with the vinegar. And just like that, you’ll be having a normal shower in next to no time.
Top Tip: If the problem continues after you have used the above method, try using an old metal coat hanger to remove any hair blockages. Not the most delightful thought, however, nine times out of ten, this is one of the main reasons for a blocked drain.
How to Hang Pictures
There is no limit what you add to your wall, so long you frame and hang it properly. After all, picture frames, canvases, art, framed posters (and more!) are aesthetically pleasing finishing touches to any home. As a rule of thumb, interior experts advise to try and hang a picture at eye level.
Hanging any form of picture is again another easy process – and requires very few tools to get the job done. To get going, all you need is a hammer, nail and ruler. The vital technique to take before you get started is to know exactly where you’ll be placing the nail before you even pick up the hammer. It’s a good idea to ask a family member or friend to hold the frame where you would like it, and then lightly mark up the top centre edge. Then, simply work down with your ruler.
Top Tip: Grab some sticky notes and fold over to catch the falling dust!
How to Upcycle Furniture
So, before you throw that old table or chair away – stop! Have you ever considered upcycling it instead and creating your very own masterpiece – a great project for DIY beginners? Repainting old wooden furniture is a wonderful way to revitalise and upcycle tired pieces. It’s a great alternative to spending money on replacements (making it a cheaper option), plus painting is known as one of the most calming DIY tasks you can embark on.
Simply lay down an old cloth to catch any excess paint and sand down the item either using a thick sanding paper or flexible foam sanding sponge.
Once the sanding down is complete, you need to seal the wood with a primer and leave to dry to for at least an hour. Then, it’s time to get your paint on using the colour of your choice. Just remember, you will need to do two coats!
Top Tip: After you have finished with your paint brush, be sure to wash it thoroughly and carefully dried. If your brush has a chrome ring nut, this is particularly important as you do not want it to form rust, with the ultimate consequent loss of bristles. To find out more on how to clean your pain brushes effectively with WD-40 Multi-Use, visit here.
It really is the smallest DIY touches that can make the biggest difference and improvements.
Try out some of these quick DIY jobs today and before you know it you will be a master! Ready to take on further challenges? Use our helpful guides from our blog, such as How to Bleed a Radiator and How to Remove Silicone Sealant to take your everyday DIY even further!