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3 Tips On Small Scale Home Improvements And Safety

Taking On The Smaller Jobs
Taking On The Smaller Jobs

Do you have some free time? Are you thinking about taking on a home improvement task but are worried you won’t be able to complete the job or that you will run out of time? Well, there are many quick jobs you can do yourself, which will be well worth your time and effort. Whenever “home improvement” is mentioned, a lot of people may cringe. Many people think home improvement tasks will involve plumbing jobs, ripping down walls, building decks, etc. One thing to remember is that even the smallest of home improvement jobs will make a difference in the way your home looks.

There are plenty of smaller jobs you can do which won’t take up a lot of your time. Due to the current economy, many people are choosing to put off larger projects. Below you will find some smaller scaled, inexpensive home improvements you can make which will make your home look better.

Updating Your Tools
Updating Your Tools

Your tools are the most important asset you have for accomplishing your household chores. A very important consideration is to buy the highest quality tools that you can. In the long run you will save money instead of having to replace cheap tools over and over. One of the biggest drawbacks to buying cheap tools is that they tend to break easily. This can be very inconvenient if you are in the middle of a project. Also, it’s costly to keep replacing these cheap tools.

One of the most important steps when you finish using your tools is to protect them from dampness. It’s important that you don’t let moisture and dirt cause your tools to become rusty or gunked up. Most tools can be cleaned up and protected by wiping them down with an oily rag that has been sprinkled with a light viscosity oil. Keep a rag like this handy in your tool box. When you begin your project, you will find it an easy matter to simply wipe the oil off off the tool to use it.

What To Know About Painting Indoors
What To Know About Painting Indoors

If you are looking at doing significant painting indoors, then you may want to rent a scaffold setup. You will be glad you rented scaffolding if you plan to repaint your ceilings. If you don’t think a scaffold system will make your work easier and faster, you will change your mind after repainting just one ceiling the old-fashioned way, with a ladder.

You will quickly agree it was money well-spent to rent a portable, home scaffold unit after you have finished painting several rooms. Ceilings can be the biggest challenge of repainting and using a ladder just doesn’t make any sense. You can only paint a small section of the ceiling at a time. With a scaffold, it’s simple to paint a lot more of the ceiling without having to move. And, it’s a simple matter to move across the floor if you rent one of the units that have castor wheels. So make it a point to find a scaffold unit to rent that includes castor wheels. It will make your job much easier.

Painting And Protecting Yourself
Painting And Protecting Yourself

Painting the walls of a room is one the quickest and least expensive home improvements a person can do. In less than a weekend you can have a completely fresh looking room. Painting is a job which needs to be done, so just get it over with. If you have decided to tackle a painting job, again; keep safety in mind.

Protect yourself against paint fumes. When working in a smaller room or areas without good ventilation, always use a painter’s mask. If you have allergies and your respiratory system is sensitive, then you may consider getting a filtering mask with replaceable cartridges. Another important area of concern is protecting your eyes from paint splatter. Safety goggles are a great, affordable way to protect your eyes from the occasional paint splatter. Shop for safety goggles at your favorite hardware supply.

While safety may not be the first thing you think about when it comes to making improvements to your home, it really should be. Always be sure to think about safety every step of the way when making any home improvements. Sure, safety may cost you a little bit of extra time but in the long run prevention is the key to keeping you and your family member safe.

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About James Smith

James Smith lives in Harrisburg, PA and is a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. He picked up his home improvement skills from a variety of hardware store workshops and classes.

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