Owning a home may mean occasional DIY repairs and hopefully on rare occasions, repairs by professionals. Older homes may need more TLC because of outdated plumbing, aging foundation, and/or damages from external elements. With today’s access to information, being an expert in tightening a screw is no longer necessary. With a few keywords and a search engine, information can be found quickly with a critical eye. Experience will come with practice and getting the job done correctly will happen with tools. With that being said, being able to perform simple repairs on your own depends on a few factors.
Internet: Having access to the internet means that information is literally at your fingertips. The important thing to remember when searching for information is to be critical. Use keywords to filter out unnecessary information and look for clues of credibility on each site that is visited. Only use information that is reliable, credible, and provides sources of their information. Are they an expert in the field? Ask the necessary questions to help with distinguishing helpful resources from unreliable gibberish.
Experience: Doing something for the first time can feel awkward, foreign, and intimidating. The only way to gain experience is through patience, practice, and persistence. Eventually, the small repairs can become a simple task. Note, as long as the information received and trusted from the internet is credible and has detailed steps and explanations, performing simple repairs with the help of step-by-step instructions can increase confidence in performing the repair.
Tools: Having the right tools for the job is essential. Using a butter knife to tighten screws is not going to cut it. Using other items in replace for the “right” tools can increase frustration and the amount of time it will take to finish the task. Using a rock or bottom of a shoe in replace for a claw hammer is not necessary. Take the time to invest in a toolbox with all the right tools for everyday simple home repairs.
A good starter toolbox should contain:
- Claw Hammer
- Screwdriver set
- Utility Knife
- Crescent Wrench
- Tape Measure
- Socket Wrench
- Pliers (variety)
- Drill (preferably cordless)
Having confidence in being able to perform small repairs in your home is a wonderful feeling and knowing when to call the professionals is wise. We are the professionals in Door Service and Repairs. We service and repair a variety of doors from entry doors to garage doors. If there is ever a door repair to big, give Dynamic Door Service Today (DST) a call today at (602) 281-4050.