Do it Yourself Plumbing

You have a plumbing problem and you are considering doing it yourself (DIY). You might be a little bit nervous worrying if you will complete the task successfully. If you feel this way, follow these top 5 tips from DIY experts and decide if you literally feel up to the job or would prefer to call in a professional. You will get no medals for bravery when tackling plumbing jobs, you can only earn the applause of your audience (your wife) by carrying out a good job properly done.

Video tips can help you with do it yourself plumbing repairs.
Video tips can help you with do it yourself plumbing repairs.

1.Watch a YouTube video

Go through YouTube and watch relevant video when available to guide you with tips and tricks. This could prevent you from running into problems.

2. Make sure the water is turned off

Of course this is an obvious tip, but can you be sure that you have shut down the water supply system completely? In the moments when you are completely focused on getting stuck into your plumbing job this simple act can actually get forgotten more often than you may imagine. Check out the disasters that have happened to DIY plumbers who simply forgot to carry out this essential step on the internet. Remember that the water supply valve that you find in your home may not be the main one, so check the water supply runs dry in the area where you are working before you get started changing the plumbing.

3. Mark out your disassembly steps

For first time DIY enthusiasts or even those who decide to tackle a leak without having the right experience, the greatest danger of making a complete mess of the plumbing repair job is that in the heat of the moment the correct amount of attention has not been paid to how the plumbing parts are dismantled. Make sure that you have cleared enough room to lay out the parts in the order that they were removed to ensure that you assemble the new parts in the right order.

4. Parts inspection is vital

Familiarity with the new parts you are going to assemble is not just recommended, it is vital. You must be comfortable how each part fits together in order to be able to complete a good job sometimes in restricted and cramped working conditions. When you are working on your drains this is particularly important as badly fitted drains can cause serious problems.

5. Make sure you have enough basic supplies

Experienced plumbers will tell you that the most common problem when handling DIY plumbing jobs is finding unexpectedly that you are missing a vital basic part and therefore can’t finish the job you were working on. Make absolutely sure that you have all of the basic spare parts that you might need.


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