Do you know how to change a light bulb? According to a new survey, many youngsters struggle when it comes to simple DIY tasks. It seems these important skills are taking a back seat in today’s digital world.
And whether you are planning to spruce up your first home or planning to help your grandparents put their personal stamp on a McCarthy & Stone retirement apartment, below you’ll find some of the best tips for some of the simplest home DIY jobs.
How important is basic DIY?
Basic DIY skills not only make your life easier when problems crop up around the home, but they can also save you a lot of money.
Having to call out a professional for basic tasks can be quite costly. Not only that, but if you’re a young man hoping to impress the ladies, you’ll have an uphill struggle ahead of you if don’t know your way around a toolbox!
According to the Daily Mail, women claim it is extremely unsexy for a man not to know how to do simple tasks around the home.
The survey carried out by Homeserve found that 1 in 20 people in the UK don’t know how to change a light bulb. More shockingly, it found one fifth of young people don’t even know how to hang a picture. When it comes to getting help for these tasks, men tend to call their parents while women look online.
Having a basic knowledge of DIY is essential for everyday life. It’s a skill that stays with you for the rest of your life. So what are the most important skills you should be learning?
Bleeding a radiator
Bleeding the radiators in the home can help to ensure they are working efficiently. Ideally this needs to be done once a year. However, if you find the radiators are cold on top but warm at the bottom, this is a sign that they need bleeding.
You’ll need rags and a bleeding key. Use the key to open the valve located at the bottom of the radiator. You’ll hear a hissing sound. Don’t worry this is normal! Wait until water starts to trickle out before you close the valve back up. That’s it, you’re done.
Fitting a light bulb
Now granted, changing a light bulb these days is harder than it used to be. There are all kinds of different fittings available. You’ll need to find out which type of bulb you need and think about the wattage of the bulb too. The higher the wattage, the more power it will use.
You’ll need to turn off the light switch at least 10 minutes before you fit the bulb so the old one can cool down. Wear rubber gloves to give yourself a better grip as you unscrew the current bulb and then screw in the other. Simply push the bulb’s metal casing into the fitting and twist it to screw it in.
These are just two basic DIY jobs you can do around the home. Which? has an excellent guide on some of the most common DIY tasks you might want to check out.