You want to start DIY but don’t know where to start. You don’t see the point in paying for repairs when you might be able to fix something yourself… you just don’t have the skills.

But that doesn’t mean you never will.

What you need to do is start getting your hands dirty now. A Few Simple Repairs You Can Do Without Worrying About Breaking Something Basically, you are looking for something that will help you develop the skills you need to repair and assemble yourself.

Once you’ve mastered these five repairs, you should be ready to move on to more complex projects and fixes.

start with lego

However, before continuing, we recommend that you stop and head to your local toy store. While you’re there (or raiding your kids’ toy box), take a box of Legos with you. Master the basics of joining and detaching parts and follow the instructions carefully.

And no, we’re not kidding.

If you’ve ever looked at today’s kids with envy, easily taking apart PCs and replacing touch screens on smartphones, and wondered how they can confidently play with such things, then this is almost certainly the answer.

They were playing with Lego blocks.

This toy is great for hand-eye coordination, 3D thinking and if you can master assembly then it proves you can follow instructions. In particular, many PC building principles can be found in standard Lego builds. Also, Lego makes great material for many DIY computer projects.

It’s a win-win!

Change the fuse

Estimating electricity is important for learning the basics of DIY. Whether you’re looking to put up shelves or build a Raspberry Pi robot, it’s important to know what happens when you touch a bare wire.

A great way to learn about the dangers of electricity is to teach yourself how to replace a fuse or circuit breaker. Naturally, you should not do this without guidance. However, this is a simple task with clear parameters that, once completed, will help you understand the key principle of DIY projects.

In the meantime, if you’re in the UK, this video will show you how to successfully replace a plug fuse. This video also starts with a quick guide on how fuses work.

All you have to do now is try. As with any do-it-yourself trade, remember to take all precautions.

Repair of your smartphone or tablet

If there is a problem with your mobile device, you usually have two options: pick it up and pay for repairs, or fight a damaged phone or tablet. The screen may have broken. Maybe the problem is with your battery. Either way, repairs are needed.

While none of these repairs are particularly simple, they are not difficult either. But before you get to the stage where you can replace your smartphone’s touch screen. you need to learn a few basic fixes.

Start by opening your device. It depends on how much your phone costs. Cheaper devices, for example, will have a removable back cover. This will allow you to remove the SIM card, possibly provide a microSD card slot for example. In some cases, especially on older phones, it allows access to the battery. If you need to replace an element due to charging issues, this is obviously beneficial.

Once you’re comfortable with this basic smartphone repair example, you might be able to move on to something more advanced. Screen replacement can be a long way from learning how to open a phone or tablet. This is usually a case of using special tools to highlight the two halves of the device. This is also usually device specific, so check out the process for your model on YouTube and watch it a few times before you try it.

Oh, and start with an old, unwanted phone. Don’t Practice DIY Skills on Your iPhone X !

Try basic soldering

Soldering is a difficult task for DIY beginners. You basically combine hand-eye coordination with warmth and electricity! It’s understandable why so many people feel intimidated by soldering.

But you really shouldn’t be afraid. You can solder.

Indeed, anyone can solder. If you can draw, you can solder. Drive? You can solder. The video above shows some basic soldering tips and we even created a guide to basic soldering projects. If you don’t have enough PCB to test your soldering skills, maybe try two wires or some old unwanted components (no power supply!).

At this point, you just want to make sure you’re good with the basics like tinning and where the solder is next to the soldering iron. Once your soldering is neat, tidy, and safe, you’ll be ready to test it out on working (or repairable) electronics.

If you’re new to electronics, it’s worth checking out a guide to basic electronics skills you need to know for skills you need to know.

Disassemble PC

Remember when we discussed Lego? This whole principle of connecting and disconnecting components is at the heart of PC design. Hard drives, RAM (or memory), DVD drives, processors, PCI-e graphics cards are all about connecting the right components correctly (more importantly when building a computer).

Of course, your computer (usually a case, but this also applies more generally to laptops and all-in-ones) can be opened by unscrewing the screws. But once the power supply is isolated from the mains, the rest of the computer can be taken apart.

My own first experience with computers was in the late 1990s when I replaced a Commodore Amiga 3.5″ floppy drive. I was amazed at how easy this process was. In fact, the hardest step was buying a replacement drive through the mail!

Pretty much all you need to open (and take apart) a PC is the right screwdriver and an anti-static wrist strap.

This video demonstrates how easy it is to remove components from a PC.

Remember, this is a complete demolition. If you just want to replace your PC RAM to expand your computer’s memory ram amount (resulting in a faster car) then all you have to do is focus on that part of the video.

Once you’re familiar with PC disassembly, you may find yourself wanting to take things a step further. Old hard drives, for example, contain some interesting components that you can use.

Use a glue gun

Heated glue guns used to apply hot glue to surfaces are amazing. Indeed, it is unlikely that you can complete any DIY project without a hot glue gun. The idea is simple: heated glue is applied to an object, something is pressed against it, and as the glue cools, the objects stick together.

These tools are not dangerous, but if used carelessly, you can burn yourself. So use the hot glue gun carefully. Here is a helpful tutorial.

How useful is heated glue? Well it might get you out of several unpleasant situations. Although not as versatile as 3D printing or Sugru putty However, heated glue can be used to repair items that standard glue might not fix.

An example is the stand for my touch display the stand for which has recently broken. Rather than buy a new stand, I simply repaired both of the stand’s legs by holding them in place and gluing the sides together. Basically, I added (much needed) extra leg support.

Building trust with a hot glue gun is a great addition to any DIY arsenal.

By now you should be tapping a bit to get started. You should feel confident in all these basic tasks. We hope our guides and videos provide you with everything you need to get started in the world of basic DIY. Soon you will be planning bigger and better projects!

Did this easy fix work for you? If not, how did you get started with DIY? Tell us below.

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