Today’s millennials are often criticised for their lack of simple DIY skills and inability to do even the most basic tasks like changing a light bulb.
But Bunnings has now provided a list of home improvement tasks young people need to master if they want to be the exception to the norm.
From cleaning the gutter to learning to compost, the Australian homeware store’s DIY co-ordinator Graham Ireland has revealed the nine skills you should know by the time you turn 30.
Bunnings has provided a list of home improvement tasks young people need to master like how to re-pot a plant by the time they turn 30
The nine D.I.Y skills you need to know by the time you turn 30
- Hang a picture
- Pot a plant
- Clean your grout
- Set up a smart home
- Restore a piece of furniture
- Paint a wall
- Clean the gutters
- Remove a carpet stain
- Compost your kitchen scraps
Hang a picture
With fewer and fewer young Australians owning their own homes, many are bound by their rental contracts in terms of what they can hang on the wall.
But Graham said adhesive hooks can work well for lighter pictures, and that everyone should be careful about how they hang things from walls.
‘Consider what kind of hook you’ll need depending on the weight of your picture and avoid hanging pictures in direct sunlight or near heat sources,’ he said.
Pot a plant
The maintenance expert said it was important to know when it was time to re-pot your plants.
‘Re-potting your plant is an easy project that can give your plant a new lease on life by allowing them room to grow,’ he said.
‘A good sign to look out for is when you can see a plant’s roots on the surface of the soil or sticking out of the drainage hole.’
Clean your grout
The grout between bathroom tiles can become discoloured and mouldy over time and the cleaning expert said a grout pen can reverse the process.
‘Start by giving the tiles a wipe down with a damp cloth and applying your grout cleaner,’ Graham said.
‘Next brush down the grout with warm water and a scrubbing brush and finally use a grout pen to brighten grout lines that need some extra rejuvenation.’
Set up a smart home
In the modern age, everyday appliances can now be controlled remotely through the click of a button and Graham urges young people to take advantage.
‘Start by buying a smart plug that allows you to control any lamp or electrical appliance anytime, anywhere on your mobile device,’ he said.
‘Accidentally left your heater on at home as you rushed out the door this morning? Turn it off remotely from work using your mobile phone.’
Restore a piece of furniture
Not everyone can afford to buy the brand new dining table they’ve been dreaming of but you can easily give an old wooden one a new lease of life, Graham said.
‘If you’ve got an old wooden one that’s seen better days, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to restore it and give it a new lease of life,’ he said.
‘Whether it be coffee stains, scratches or peeling varnish, you can bring your piece back to its original condition with the help of few tools and materials.’
Graham adds that a new coat of paint can also restore the table to its former glory.
Composting may not sound like something inner-city dwellers do in their spare time but the Bunnings expert said even those in apartments can get involved
Paint a wall
The actual act of painting a wall is simple enough, but much of the work comes before you start adding that new lick of paint.
‘Whether it be painting a wall or another project, preparation is always key to getting the best results possible,’ Graham said.
Making sure you have a clean surface to work on and removing furniture from the room will also stop you from having any accidents, he added.
Clean the gutters
Going up onto your roof with a rake may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Graham said it is an easy job when done safely with a few basic pieces of equipment.
‘Cleaning your gutters is an easy job that requires only basic equipment including a ladder, brush, bucket and gloves,’ he said.
‘Once you’ve set up your ladder safely, pull debris out and put into your bucket, giving the gutter a final sweep with a brush.’
The actual act of painting a wall is simple enough, but much of the work comes before you start adding that new lick of paint
The grout between bathroom tiles can become discoloured and mouldy over time and Bunnings’ resident D.I.Y guru said a grout pen can reverse the process.
Remove a carpet stain
Much like sprucing up your furniture, removing stains from your carpet can give your home a fresh new look.
‘Start by giving the carpet a vacuum to remove any loose dirt followed by a spot stain treatment,’ Graham said.
‘Leave this to soak in for ten minutes and wipe with a damp cloth, working from the outside of the stain towards the middle.’
Compost your kitchen scraps
Composting may not sound like something inner-city dwellers do in their spare time but the expert said even those in apartments can get involved.
‘This is the perfect way to fertilise your plants, save money and do your part for the environment,’ Graham said.
‘Starting your compost is as easy as purchasing a bin and adding all your kitchen scraps with a mix of brown scraps like newspaper and brown leaves.’
If you live in an apartment, a worm farm or an indoor composter can serve as alternatives.