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Performing Apartment Repairs with Your Own Hands. Necessary Tools

Performing Apartment Repairs with Your Own Hands. Necessary Tools

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In order for repairs to be done right and for the process to be enjoyable, you will need appropriate tools. Besides, once bought they will also come in handy in the future. To perform simple cosmetic repairs, you will need paintbrushes, a decorator’s brush, a few plastic buckets, rollers and trays, some putty spatulas, several screwdrivers, pliers, a jack-knife, a long metal ruler, a pencil and some sandpaper. If you’re also going to paint the ceiling, you will absolutely need a ladder.

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Paintbrushes

Paintbrushes designed for painting with varnish, oil colors and other materials can be bought in specialized stores. A good paintbrush has to be distensible and don’t show any signs of falling hair.

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For painting window frames and doors, use flat paintbrushes that are 75 mm in width or round paintbrushes that are 20-30 mm in diameter. Flat paintbrushes are used for painting narrow surfaces. If it is necessary to wash the ceiling, moisten old wallpapers or smear glue over new ones, you will not be able to do it without a decorator’s brush. In order to cover the ceiling with emulsion, you will need a roller or a greaser, to whiten it – a sprinkler.

To paint the walls you will need a round paintbrush (40 mm in diameter) or a roller and a tray for paint. To paint the floor – a round paintbrush (60 mm) or a roller and a tray for paint.

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For a surface painted with oil color or synthetic paint to be rough, you will need a brush made for poking. Hold it vertically and poke the surface that’s being painted.

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Radiators.

If the apartment has any old cast iron radiators that no longer work properly, perhaps it is not worth it to save them. It is true that cast iron radiators conserve heat better and that they fit in more nicely with an antique interior, but they are not adjustable. Moreover, a quality cast iron radiator renewal service will probably cost as much as your desire to buy new, modern radiators.

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Air conditioner.

If your apartment is on the top floor, get an air conditioner – once the summer comes and the sun starts sizzling right above your head, you will see the value of this device.

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Smoke detectors.

One of the main causes of fires is electrical wiring, which is why it should receive some extra attention in old or renovated houses. A scheduled repair is an excellent occasion for getting a smoke detector. In stores that sell fire protection equipment and appliance stores you can find three types of local (adapted for private apartments) smoke detectors:

  • detectors that react to smoke;
  • autonomous detectors that react to smoke emitted by burning objects, but not to cigarette smoke;
  • detectors that are plugged into a system wherein they react all at once.

Detectors that react to gas leakages work on a similar principle: they are fitted onto gas boilers or stoves. An apartment has to have at least one detector, a private house needs several. Local detectors are powered by 9V lithium batteries.

Smoke detectors should firstly be fitted in the bedroom and in children’s rooms (its main task is to alert the family members in case of fire).

Fit the detector onto the ceiling, as close to the centre of the room as possible. In multiple-storey houses, detectors should be fitted on the top floor, above the stairs because that’s where smoke accumulates.

Change the battery once a year (even if the detector did not sound a single alarm during that time). Some detectors sound silent beeps that indicate that the battery is low.

Smoke detectors should not be painted over.

Once the alarm is sounded, inhabitants of the apartment have to call the fire department themselves. That is not necessary if the apartment is fitted with systemic detectors, which are connected to a watcher’s panel. When calling a rescue service, first state your address, then explain what happened (if the phone call gets interrupted, the rescuers will arrive at the mentioned address).

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If repairs will be performed in premises that have furniture, get some polyethylene sheets, plastic and cardboard boxes in advance – they will be necessary to protect dishes, books and clothes from dust. Electronic appliances are especially sensitive to it: computers, printers, television sets, etc. They should be transported to a quieter and cleaner environment.

Take the smaller furniture out of the premises and push the larger and heavier furniture to the middle of the room and cover it up. Measure the premises to be repaired (its area, ceiling height, etc.) and calculate precisely how many tiles, how much wallpaper, drywall and other materials will you need. At first, paint the ceiling, then move on to the walls, doors, doorposts and windowsills, and only then do the floor.

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No matter how exactly you calculate the time and money needed for repairs, practice has demonstrated time and again that each is exceeded once the actual work begins. Finances permitting, you would be advised not to save on such long-term use items like household appliances and plumbing.

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You can spend less on wallpapers and curtains – things that eventually wear down and become tiresome. Money can also be saved by redesigning furniture. For example, parts of an old cupboard can be made into shelves, lacquered sawdust board shelves can be repainted in any color, old furniture can be supplemented with new handles, planks, etc. By invoking your imagination you can have original furniture, which will be much more interesting than the one you can buy in a store.

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