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Do you know how to rewire a plug, put up wallpaper or bleed a radiator? No? You’re not alone. Research by Halifax Home Insurance found that 50% of under 35s admitted to not knowing how to do these DIY tricks.

We have put together a list of DIY tasks you can do!

Remember- if at any point you feel uncomfortable, get help. Our below section ‘Know When To Stop’ will help with this.

Change A Lightbulb

It’s the old joke ‘How many… does it take a change a lightbulb?’ once considered a simple job, now some people struggle to do.

Homeserve have useful guide on how to change a lightbulb.

Bleed A Radiator

You bleed a radiator to let out air, which then improves the efficiency of your heating system, making your home warmer and utility bills cheaper.

Rewire A Plug

If you have cord damage or outdated plugs, it may be an idea to rewire them to ensure they’re safe.

Put Up Wallpaper

Putting up wallpaper is so fiddly, from cutting it to the right size, to climbing up ladders with paste wet paper, matching the pattern and ensuring there are no bubbles. Tiring just thinking about it!

Preparation

You firstly need to prep your walls before you can hang wallpaper. You can find out more here:

Hanging Wallpaper

When you’re ready to hand your wallpaper, check out the below!

Paint A Wall

Painting a wall is one of those jobs you feel should be easy but the more you do it, the more you realise how tricky it can be- what paintbrush do you use? Have you put masking tape around the sides so you get neat edges?

Hang A Picture

20% of us can’t hang a picture. Here’s some helpful hints if you struggle.

Wickes have a handy guide here

Change A Fuse

If there’s a power surge your fuse can sometimes blow, leaving you with no electricity, meaning you have to change the fuse. Here’s how:

Assemble Flat Pack

There’s nothing more infuriating than being unable to assemble flat pack furniture. For a few hints and tips, see below.

Know When To Stop

An important one, know your limits! DIY disasters cost people £2,498 each year, not to mention A&E seeing an increase in accidents around the Easter bank holiday. Whilst the above should be simple jobs, always ask for help if it gets tricky.

You can post your job on sites like Check a Trade, trustatrader and Rated People, where tradesmen will then bid for your DIY job.

Alternatively you can offer to swop jobs- can you do someone’s ironing whilst they do your DIY? Sites such as Swapz and Let’s Link UK are great for this.