Clever Tips on how to DIY

In Clever Tips, DIY by cleverdick

We all have those odd jobs around the house that we really want to get done but never realised how over complicated it can seem. We have compiled a list of clever tips to get these DIY projects out of the way in the easiest way possible, leaving you with more time for the important thing’s.


How to hang a picture

This is one of those tasks that even if you aren’t a great art fan, you may find that boring blanks walls just aren’t going to make your house feel like a home. Though the task isn’t an overly complicated one there are some things you need to know.

  • Consider the placement – it’s worth taking time to take placement into consideration, ensuring you have the perfect place for your picture before making any changes to the walls.
  • Choose the right fixings for the job – this is a common mistake when it comes to hanging a picture. The main consideration you need to take in to determine the fixings are the size and weight, the hanging options (is it wire, or saw-tooth, ect), and the wall material in which you will be fixing the picture to. If you are unsure your local hardware store will be able to assist with directing you to the right product, and most packaging will also have the details for usage on the back.
  • Centering the picture – Now that you have found the perfect spot you need to ensure that it will be hung level. Mark the edges of the picture and from there you are able to then measure and mark the locations in which you would like to place the hooks (a tape measure is always a handy tool for this). Once you have completed the marking you are ready to place your fixing and hang your picture.

How to prep and paint a surface

Completing a painting project is rewarding and can give your home a wonderful boost, whether it be touching up and refreshing a door frame or creating a whole feature wall. With these tips you can learn how easy it can be to have that professional finish with just a few steps.

  • Preparation –  As with anything preparation is key to that perfect finish. Remove any flaking or powdery paint from surfaces using a scraper or a light sandpaper, wash down the surface using a detergent and water mixture (this removes any dust or dirt that will cause later issues), patch up any holes or cracks with a filler or sealant (painting will not fill these and leave a terrible finish) once dry smooth down with a light sand and remove dust. If you are painting a bare surface it is best to coat the surface with an appropriate undercoat. You are now all prepped for painting.
  • Use the right applicator – Using the right equipment is paramount to having that professional finish, taking shortcuts will leave you with much to be desired and effect the overall finish. There are specific types of rollers and brushes that are ideal for certain surface application, which ultimately will assist in the job being completed faster and with better results.
  • Allow appropriate dry time – Many surfaces will require multiple coats dependant on the project at hand, allowing enough drying time between application is important to the overall finish. Though it may appear dry on the surface it may not have had enough time to cure correctly, ensure you allow appropriate dry time between application to ensure a professional finish.

How to check your P trap

Have you ever dropped something special or important down into the sink? Well fear not you don’t need to call in a plumber here’s how you can remove your P trap (the curved section of pipe that links underneath your kitchen and bathroom sink) in order to find and retrieve lost items (can work in the instance of a drain blockage as well)

  • Get yourself set up – Again preparation is always key. Here are a few items that you should assemble, a pair of gloves, some old towels and flannels, a set of pliers and a bucket.
  • Removing the fixings – Have your bucket ready and placed under the pipe, using your pliers carefully loosen and remove the nuts and pipe allowing the contents to drain into the ready waiting bucket. Clear out the contents of the removed pipe, dry off the section and place it back ensuring you use care when tightening the nuts to avoid damaging the threads.
  • Precautions and care – If you require more time to dislodge anything caught in the pipe, using one of your ready prepared clothes that you have wet with water place it into the drain opening closest to the wall. Doing this will ensure that none of the harmful sewerage gasses are able to escape into the home, the curved design is there in order to trap water that prevents the gasses from entering the home so precaution is a necessary safety measure.

How to pot a plant

As we are ever growing in this urban jungle our smaller spaces and plots of land don’t exactly make the perfect scenario for a garden, turning to a space efficient planter and pot garden can be a perfect substitute. Not only is it wonderfully therapeutic but offers the many benefits such as detoxifying the air and having fresh herbs on hand. But in order to have that successful garden you desire knowing the right way to pot a plant is the secret.

  • Gathering your supplies – Before getting to work you need to get supplies, here are a few planting necessities. Pots,  you can’t pot a plant without a pot. Ensure you choose a larger pot that has appropriate drainage. Gardening scissors and a trowel, a set of gardening gloves, potting mix and porous material in order to cover up those drainage holes.
  • Potting the plant –  Gently remove the plant from the original pot and fill the new pot 1/3 of the way with the potting mix and then position the plant in the centre of the new pot ensuring to fill the remainder of the pot with potting mix. The pot should be filled to the same level of soil as the stem on the original pot, once filled water the pot thoroughly this will assist the plants roots in settling into its new home.
  • After care – Leave the plant out of strong sunlight for the next few days, this will allow the plant to adjust to the new mix and settle correctly. Take note of the growing advise located on the plants tags, this will give you all of the information you need to ensure optimal growing conditions and produce the best results.


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