Got 20 Minutes? Here are 10 DIY Jobs You Can Squeeze In

ROFL 24-06-2014

Here at MakeUseOf, we love DIY. In fact, we have a whole category dedicated to DIY projects. It’s not just about tech, we cover a whole slew of topics, from using duct tape for survival 12 Ways You Can Use Duct Tape For Survival What does MacGyver always carry around with him besides his trusty penknife? A roll of duct tape. Read More to 10 things you should have in your tech toolkit 10 Cheap Things to Carry Around in Your Tech Toolkit Do you repair computers? If you do, there's a lot of household supplies you can throw in your "computer repair" bag and cheaply replace otherwise expensive chemicals and tools. For example, you can swap expensive... Read More .

Today is no different. These 20 minute DIY jobs are easy to perform, and require only basic hand tools. And it’s in the form of an infograph — who doesn’t like that?

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  1. UberOnTime
    July 4, 2014 at 6:25 am

    The handy man jobs are perfect, because my company uberontime handles it.

  2. Vaibhav G
    June 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Let me try, I'll see what I did.

  3. Martyn Too Tall Jones
    June 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

    "When washing walls, avoid spraying upwards" - Good job I'm 15 foot tall or this would seem stupid.

    • Jackson Chung
      July 4, 2014 at 4:23 am

      Use a ladder.

  4. Allison
    June 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I think it takes us 20 minutes just to find the tools, but we get the picture. I would add cleaning out the fridge including wiping down all the shelves.

  5. dragonmouth
    June 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Having done these 10 and a few other projects, I can tell you that they only take 20 minutes on TV DIY shows and How to Fix It manuals. When it's time to do it for real, Murphy's Law is in full operation. Invariably, at some point during the project, a more serious problem manifests itself and what was supposed to take 20 minutes turns into an hours-long ordeal.

    You find that to unclog the sink you have to take apart the P-trap because the clog is caused by a foreign object in the pipe.
    When you're power washing the walls you hit a window, breaing the glass.
    The relief valve on the radiator is frozen.
    When resealing windows, you find that the window frame is rotten.
    When changing the faucet washer, you find that the valve seat(s) need to be ground down.

    • Tom S
      June 26, 2014 at 4:48 am

      I tell my wife the same thing: I can do almost any job, fix almost any thing, but it takes me longer than you expect ( at least the first time)