Home Improvement Skills Every Adult Should Know

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One day you woke up, watched the news, put on a pair of pants, checked your bank account, and paid a bill. Then went to work. Congratulations, you’re a grown adult.

There are certain privileges that come with being a grown adult, like eating cereal whenever you want. But there are responsibilities too, and when it comes to getting things done around the house, there’s a handful of things no self-respecting adult should be paying a contractor for. Here are 6 things you should know.

 

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1. How to install shelves on drywall
This process comes down to two simple steps: 1) figure out where your studs are (*points at self. Winks in mirror*), and 2) figure out what size anchors you’ll need. And you will need anchors. If you attempt to actually hang something slightly heavy on drywall without anchors, it will immediately fall out of the wall, break your stuff, piss off your landlord, and leave you wondering if this is a metaphor for all of your shortcomings. [See how it’s done]

2. How to replace an old shower head
You guys, it’s so easy! All you need is a wrench, a new shower head, and some teflon tape. Take the old shower head off, light it on fire, and throw it in the trash. Remove the old teflon tape from the shower pipe, apply a new layer of teflon tape to the shower pipe, and screw your new awesome rainfall shower head on. [See how it’s done]

3. How to properly hang a picture
There’s a right way and a wrong way to hang art, and you’ve probably been doing the latter. Start by measuring 57″ up on your wall. This is where you’ll want the center of the picture to sit. Then, after measuring the size of the frame and where your nail will go, hang that art up like you’re the goddamn Guggenheim. [See how it’s done]

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4. How to pick the right screws
Are you drilling drywall-to-wood? Drywall-to-metal? Metal-to-wood? Wood-to-wood? Each of these scenarios require a certain type of screw. Here’s a pro-tip: when you’re at the hardware store, just tell one of the employees what you’re drilling, and they’ll hook you up with the right hardware. [See how it’s done]

5. How to fix your toilet
If your toilet is constantly running, making weird noises, or seems like it isn’t flushing to its full capacity, you could have a faulty system. The explanation on how to fix this would be incredibly long-winded to write out, but check out the link for an adrenaline-pumping video on how it’s done. [See how it’s done]

6. How to replace your old faucet
There are some things you should definitely call a plumber to fix… say your basement’s flooding, or a large water pipe broke. But replacing a faucet is no big deal, since most new ones include everything you’ll need to upgrade. If you have a wrench and access to YouTube, you can have this done in less than 30 minutes.

 

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