5 Quick Weekend Projects For the Home

What does the term “weekend project” do to you? Does it fill you with kittenish delight? Or does it make your chest feel like someone’s sitting on it?

Weekend projects don’t typically take the entire weekend. Of the literally dozens of potential home improvement project that you could tackle over a weekend, here are five quick and easy ones that won’t take you away from enjoying your weekend.

Unclog the showerhead: If the water pressure during your morning showers has been declining steadily, you might need to clear up mineral buildup on the showerhead.

Get some distilled white vinegar, a rubber band and a plastic bag. Place the showerhead in the plastic bag that’s filled with vinegar, and tie it shut with the rubber band. After soaking overnight, your showerhead should be void of any mineral buildup, and since vinegar is a natural cleaner and disinfectant, you won’t be harming the environment.

Install energy-efficient light bulbs: A lot of us have already done this one to some extent. Both compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are gradually coming down in price, making them an even more worthy investment.

This doesn’t really get much easier. Unscrew the old, inefficient incandescent bulb. Replace with new, super-efficient bulb. Rejoice in the money and energy savings.

Install LED under-cabinet lighting: I’ve talked about this one before, and it bears repeating. The counter area beneath your kitchen cabinets is an ideal place for lighting. This cost-effective and energy-efficient upgrade will rejuvenate the look of your kitchen.

After a bit of planning (how many LED discs and mounting brackets do you need, for example), this job shouldn’t take you more than two or three hours-even less if you have a helping hand.

Update your kitchen with a new faucet: You might be surprised at the difference a new faucet can make in your everyday life in the kitchen. And with a massive selection of next-generation kitchen faucets available (water-efficient and pull-out fixtures, for example), it’s well worth investing an hour or two to install one.

A number of plumbing manufacturers have simplified the installation process with fixtures that can be put in quickly and easily by even the most inexperienced layman.

Flush your water heater: When I first saw this project, I immediately put it on my must-do list. It had me at improved efficiency. This is a twice-a-year project that’s surely worth the effort.

This is a multi-step process so for the skinny on how to flush your water heater, visit the blog at ConsumerReports.org.

Until next time, Happy Home Improving!

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