The Geek’s Guide to Home DIY

DIY can be daunting if you’ve never attempted to fix anything yourself. However, there are many benefits that come with home DIY. Not only can it save you a fortune, you’ll also feel a real sense of pride once you’ve finished. The internet has made it easier than ever before to learn how to do basic tasks around the home. Below you’ll discover some of the best DIY tips for geeks.

How to fix a dead outlet

Knowing how to fix a dead outlet is extremely useful. It’s quite a basic skill to learn, yet many people have absolutely no idea how or what it involves. Firstly how can you tell if the outlet is dead? A simple way to find out is if something has stopped working, plug it into a different outlet and see if there is still a problem. If not, the other outlet is dead. Now the question is how can you fix it?

You don’t need to be an electrician to fix the outlet, though some electrical training would help. In fact, if you do train to be an electrician it would enable you to carry out much bigger home DIY tasks and save you a lot of money.

There could be three reasons why the outlet is dead. If you suspect it is a detached wire, cut the damaged part around 1/8 in from its end. Then strip around half an inch of insulation before reattaching it by bending the wire in a clockwise motion beneath the terminal screw. Tighten and the job is complete.

Preventing building code regulations

One thing you don’t typically think about when you are doing stuff around the home yourself is whether you are complying with building code regulations. Smoke alarms are a good example of this. They are vital in protecting both you and your home, yet do you know exactly where they should be placed and how you should maintain them?

There should be a smoke alarm on every level of the home as well as outside every bedroom. Ideally they should also be hard wired so that if one does start to go off, it sets the other ones off too. Alarms fitted on the ceiling need to be installed at least four inches away from the wall. It is also important to check the batteries regularly. On most alarms there is a small button you can press which will sound the alarm. Be sure to do this at least every three months.

There are many different home DIY projects you can undertake. Some are a lot more complicated than others. Family Handyman has excellent guides to help you with everything you might want to try your hand at. The main thing you need to concern yourself with is safety. Before doing anything with the electrics of your home you really need to be qualified. If you don’t want to take an electrician's course then be sure to hire a professional to do it for you.