Posted on: 7 January 2015Share
Have you ever faced a single or series of home repair problems and felt powerless? You likely had to call in the experts to fix the problem. Chances are, they left you in complete and total awe and they seemed almost magical. Well, the good news is there's no magic involved. They simply had the right training and tools for the job. That means that anyone can become a handyman – even you!
Begin With the Right Education
The first step to becoming any type of specialist is to receive the right education. There are vocational schools that you can attend if you intend to become a professional handyman. Otherwise, you can simply do some research about the specific task at hand. You can go to the library and pour through manuals, or do some research online. There are multiple forums and social media groups devoted to being handy and fixing home repair problems.
If you're embarking on a larger project, make sure to research the laws regarding building permits. You never know what projects might require a permit, so it's good to check the regulations for anything beyond simple home repairs.
Continued self-education is the key to becoming a highly skilled handyman. Research every repair before you get started and pursue general knowledge in between repairs.
Safety is Always First
The goal is to become a handyman, not become a dead man! Always make safety your primary concern. Every manual and guide that you'll find will be filled with warnings and cautionary statements. This is because any type of project or home repair can be dangerous and hazardous.
Instead of rolling the dice and hoping you aren't injured, head down to your local hardware store and purchase all required safety equipment for the task at hand. The warnings within the manual or the walkthroughs you've found online will likely detail the type of safety equipment you'll need. After completing a few projects, you'll likely have a healthy amount of safety equipment and won't need to keep buying more.
Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
There is nothing more annoying than having to stop in the middle of a project to go to the hardware store to buy more tools. Instead, read through the walkthrough/manual entirely and make a list of all the tools it mentions that you don't currently have. This way, you can visit the hardware store once before you get started and you'll have everything you need.
Now you're well on your way to becoming the type of handyman that others will look at with awe. Keep learning, always put safety first and keep growing your tool collection.