Are You a Handywoman?

Hello ladies, I'm Pat's wife Kathy. I will attempt to guide you ladies on how to become a handywoman. It's not difficult. You just need to start somewhere. I am constantly fixing something around our home.

If you are anything like us, your home is the base of your family unit. It’s where you start your day and where you relax at the end of a long day. It is where your family feels safe and secure. A good handywoman can play a very large roll in providing this atmosphere for her family.

All women these days should know how to use some basic tools. Sometimes all it takes is a little determination and some patience. You know, a little bit of stubbornness doesn’t hurt either. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience)

Sometimes it is easier to just do it yourself rather than waiting for him to do it. Right ladies? Afterall, we don't want to be a nag. The best thing you ladies can do before starting a home renovation is to get your own toolbox.

There are some essential tools you will need in order to perform basic do-it-yourself tasks around the home.

  • A Hammer
  • Screwdriver set with phillips(star head), Robertson (square head) and regular slotted in various sizes.
  • Adjustable Wrenches
  • Pliers
  • A Hand Saw
  • A utility knife with extra blades
  • Level
  • Measuring tape

    Your home is your castle. It has unique character derived from color, furnishigs and special amenities. Basically it’s what makes your home unique. But not only is your home your castle it is also a huge investment. In fact one of the largest investments most of us will ever make.

    In order for your home to maintain its value it will inevidably require some maintenance at some point. This is where a good handywoman comes into play. Believe me, it’s great not having to rely on HIM for all those fix-it jobs.

    Speaking from experience, I learned at a young age to do my own repair jobs. I watched my mom wait years for dad to get the time to fix something. I was determined that the same would not happen to me. After I bought my first home, I replaced all the windows and siding and moved the bathroom. In our current home I have done small plumbing repairs and lots of drywall and painting along with helping with a large addition. Probably the only thing I won’t tackle is electrical work. Electriciy is scary to me.

    The largest obstacle for a woman to overcome is the lack of confidence to start a project. Once you start the project you will be filled with so much pride that you will be compelled to finish and show it off to all your family and friends.

    Home Renovation Tips:

  • Start with a small handywoman project like painting or a little bit of drywall and work your way up to those larger projects. It doesn’t hurt to get others opinions and suggestions either, especially if they have been through it already.

  • Books, and websites such as this one are a wealth of information and a great resource for small projects around the home. As a handywoman use them to your advantage as much as possible.

  • Ask lots of questions at the hardware store. These trained associates are there to help and most of the time they enjoy sharing their knowledge when given the opportunity.

    Check out this page for some Home Decorating Tips. It will give you some ideas on where to start and how to get the job done on a budget.

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