DIY projects sound way more complicated and challenging than they could be sometimes. In a hectic routine and services lined up for you on the dot, doing some more demanding home tasks by yourself can really seem…well, weird.
On the other hand, though, there’s definitely a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction once you see your little DIY tinkering succeed.
I know what you’re thinking: you’re clumsy and there’s no way you’d be able to do anything more than changing a light bulb.
You’d be surprised! Especially when you factor in all the articles and YouTube videos ready to guide you through the process.
With that said, here are 3 interesting DIY projects you might explore with your home sweet home. And to be more precise: in probably it’s most intimate area, the bathroom.
#1 Unclogging your toilet
Difficulty: Easy as pie (usually)
Yes. A plumber can do that instead of you. And they really might come in handy if we’re talking about a really tough toilet clogging disaster.
But for your regular unclogging needs?
You can easily cope by yourself too. The only prerequisite is having a standard toilet plunger – which is one of the must-haves in any house, anyways.
A common issue is the water level in your bowl. If there’s not enough water, just pour a bucket or two so that your plunger can submerge its dark rubber head in the bowl.
Go ahead and do 5-10 thrusts with enough strength to create a suction effect.
Probably 70% of your usual unclogging efforts end here with a “case solved!” stamp. For more complicated cases, you might need an auger as this video shows:
#2 Getting some PEX pipes for your bathroom
Difficulty: Medium but not THAT tough
The PEX approach to pipes is vastly superior to traditional copper pipes. PEX is more lightweight, doesn’t require you to do all the soldering, grabbing torches and similar techniques more suitable for professionals.
In other words, installing PEX is a good DIY project for those who are curious, willing to save some money, and up for a medium challenge.
Important prerequisite: check whether this technique is legal in your area!
The process itself isn’t hard, but all the tools needed might be a tad confusing. Here’s a good guide on the differences between PEX clamps and crimps.
But it would be even more helpful if you had a visual guide, right? Here’s a very good short video on installing PEX pipes in your bathroom:
While this is definitely more challenging than the simplicity of unclogging your toilet, the number of homeowners DIYing their pipe systems has been increasing. PEX being somewhat of a straightforward process that’s less costly than old-fashioned copper pipes has led a real revolution.
#3 Installing a vent fan in your bathroom
Difficulty: A bit challenging
For those who are up for a bigger challenge, installing a bathroom vent fan is a good adrenaline-inducing task. It can easily take you a whole day, but the level of satisfaction that yes indeed, you did it all by yourself…It’s a marvelous feeling.
Let’s be honest: bathrooms are the perfect breeding ground for odors and even mildew if your ventilation there is lacking. They’re easily the part of the house I hate cleaning the most.
A proper ventilating fan will reduce the risk of mildew, mold, unpleasant smells and give you a fresh breath of air instead of a constant moisture-filled space.
An important reminder: the power of your vent fan is measured by its CFM rating (cubic feet of air moved per one minute.) Some experts recommend that you multiply your bathroom’s size by 1.1 to gauge how powerful of a fan you need.
So, an 80 sq f bath will be alright with an 88 CFM fan.
The process seems intimidating, but as long as you go slow with the steps and have some basic DIY spirit in you, it’ll be OK. An extensive, step-by-step guide that I recommend is ThisOldHouse’s full walkthrough.
While the challenge is there, you’ll also save quite a bit of money. And, let’s be honest, how many people can brag that they’ve DIYed their ventilation system?