Considering the high demand for plumbers, everything related to their proficiency in fixing things is really something that gives them the edge they need. Be it a faulty shower head, leaking pipe, or a convulsive sink, etc comes under the field of their expertise. But you really don’t have to depend on them for every single task.
There are certain things, a homeowner, can fix and feel good about doing so. We bet there are lots of DIY repair blogs on plumbing out there, but not enough ones that promise to give all the information you need to be able to do that.
This blog presents some of the plumbing projects you can take on at your home. Fixing things, especially when it is definitely not our area of expertise gives us a sense of unadulterated accomplishment. And rightly so, come on then without any delay, let us dive into the world of DIY home plumbing projects.
Broken Pipe? Well, not so broken now:
The next time you find yourself in the midst of a messy broken pipe scenario, instead of straightaway panicking, breathe, and stay calm because you have got this.
The first thing you need to do is, locate the main shut-off valve that should be in and around the house. And with simple, easy-to-use tools (like water supply epoxy) you will be able to fix the pipe in no time.
A leaking copper pipe can be cut on both sides and removed. The next step is to join the PEX plastic pipes on either side of the copper pipe with tools like push fittings. The most important point here is to maintain calm and assess the situation at hand.
Fixing the shower head (admittedly they can be nasty heads at times):
That old showerhead has finally gone awry, it is not working anymore. You have got a new one with you for some time now. And now, the task is to replace it. This particular task is something that can be done entirely by hand. Find a dry spot near the shower head and start moving it counterclockwise. You can use both hands if the shower head is tight or tools like channel lock pliers to completely take it off. Add the new shower head by wrapping it clockwise into the taped pipe.
And to make sure the job is done, turn the hot and cold faucets to see if there is any leaking, if there is then tighten them some more. If not, then, Hurrah! You are all done.
Replacing a toilet? Pat yourself because you got it:
The old made-up saying is, when can move around the toilet, you are definitely capable of replacing it. Basically replacing a toilet is not difficult, all an average homeowner needs are time, some tools, and the ability to assess. All you have to do after removing the existing toilet is clean the closet flange, connect a new wax ring, and add the new toilet to its place. If you find any problem persisting you may want to hire a professional plumber.
Any home DIY project that you prefer to undertake, requires some amount of researching and properly analyzing the situation. You don’t always have to require the right tool, or even have to be an expert in plumbing to accomplish the task. Though some problems demand the hand of a professional, it does not always have to be like that.
As Phyllis Diller once said “Life is a do-it-yourself kit, so do it yourself. Work. Practice.”
Seriously, there are so many things you can do once you understand the basics!