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Be your own handyperson with a few simple skills


If you’ve ever had a leaky tap or needed to patch up a couple of holes in your plaster from picture frames, you’ll know that sometimes a repair is straightforward enough that you don’t need to hire someone to come and do it for you. If you’re winding down as you head into retirement, it could be the ideal opportunity to use the time to up your DIY skills and give something a crack. 

Undoubtedly, there are some things that will definitely need the help of a professional – especially when it comes to electrical wiring or areas that are difficult to access.  Some things, though, can be completed with a little help from an online tutorial or a YouTube video. 

For someone like Bryan, a 59-year-old based in Western Australia, preparing to downsize gave him the perfect opportunity to up his handyperson skills and get a bit more experience on the tools.

“We moved out of our family home after the kids moved out, and I figured I’d do the minor repairs before we downsized – that way, I had a bit of practice before I started doing any little jobs around our new place,” he says. 

“Usually I’ll Google it first, and if there’s a video I’ll give it a watch and see how complicated it looks. Sometimes things are a little beyond me, and so I’ll know it’s probably going to be more of a headache than it’s worth.”

For someone who might be preparing for a downsize, or maybe you’re home just needs a bit of refreshing, the most common repairs you’ll find yourself doing are things like patching up holes in plaster or dry wall, fixing or replacing broken toilet levers, leaky taps in the bathroom or kitchen, and prepping for or completing a paint job. 

“When I was working full-time, it was easier to ask someone else to do those minor repairs. But now, because I’ve got a bit more time and I’m keen to keep myself busy, I enjoy having those odd jobs,” says Bryan.

“My wife’s pretty happy that things get done quicker as well! Before, it’d take months for me to have a look at a leaky tap or get out into the garden, but now I’m making the most of being the handyperson around the house while I’m still quick enough on my feet.”

What online resources should you check out?

How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works has a dedicated Home & Garden section where you can find articles and videos to help with your next home repair job.

This Old House

For those who really prefer videos instead of reading article, This Old House is a YouTube channel with short episodes of home renovation projects, as well as specific how-to videos for your more common round-the-house jobs.

Handyman

From putting up shelves to building a desk and a bench seat for your grandkids, Handyman is great for quick DIY jobs that go beyond simple repairs – they could have that weekend project you’ve been looking for

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