What are basic handyman skills?

Apprentice with an experienced maintenance worker. Men used to learn many basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical and other maintenance skills from their fathers, of course, but for those of you who didn't get these lessons, here are 20 skills that every man should have to own his own castle. Now that you can find a bolt, it's time to use it. Heavy, independent objects, such as shelves, must be attached to the wall to ensure that a seismic event, domestic accident, or superathletic sexual episode does not knock them down.

For a bookcase with a backrest, first measure the box, minus its frame (i.e., the width of the shelves in the box), and then cut a 1x6 piece of wood to match. Drill two or three evenly spaced pilot holes at the height of the top shelf of the box, making sure that at least one of them fits into a bolt. Mark your location on the piece of wood you cut, then place the wood and drill a second set of pilot holes so that the holes in the wood line up with those in the walls. Then screw the board to the wall with screws long enough to pass through the board and drywall and enter the wall stud.

Finally, place two L-shaped brackets on the bottom of the top shelf of the shelf, then return the shelf to its place and screw the brackets to the assembled piece of wood. If you don't live in an apartment, your empire (and its maintenance) could well extend to the entrance. Unfortunately, cracks in concrete and asphalt are a reality and, if not addressed, will turn into full-fledged potholes. Before starting, remove any plant or debris from the crack, first with a screwdriver or the tip of a knife, and then turn it over with the garden hose to eject anything deeper.

When it's dry, apply the crack filler until it aligns with the rest of the surface you're repairing, and then wait at least 24 hours until it's completely dry. If the crack is still visible, apply a second coat. Wait a day or two before walking or driving through the crack once you've repaired it, to make sure it's completely ready. First, buy your anchors; you'll need to use a metal anchor for drywall, while plastic anchors work best on drywall.

The anchor must also match the size of the screws you use, and they must be at least 1.5 inches long to hold it. Drill or hammer the pilot holes wherever you want to hang something, the heavier the object, the more anchors you'll need to hold it. Gently tap the anchor until it is aligned with the wall, then screw in the screw, leaving approximately a quarter of an inch to hang the mounted object. For the main act, start by using an angled brush to paint a 2-inch line in each corner.

For the walls themselves, you must use a roller. First moisten the roller, then dip it into the color of the paint and roll it in the paint tray until it is evenly covered. Apply the paint to all walls with M- and W-shaped movements, then allow the paint to dry. What services do you want to offer? As you may have guessed, the more specialized you are with your services, the more you can charge.

Door and window repair and installation is good because there are a lot of businesses out there. Everything that moves tends to need more service. Shelving and organization are another good niche. Once you're really good at building and hanging shelves, you can make a lot of money remodeling closets and garages.

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