Angie’s List: 3 DIY Projects for Spring

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Believe it or not, spring is not far off, and that may have you thinking about some household projects you need to tackle. The question is, can you really do it yourself or do you need some professional help?

“When deciding whether you should do a project yourself, you really need to think about three things: do you have the time; do you have the resources; and do you have the proper tools to do the project right?” Angie Hicks said.

A clogged dryer vent is a fire hazard. Cleaning it should be an annual activity. Disconnect the exhaust duct tube from the dryer and use your vacuum’s long attachment or a hose-brush to clean out the debris. Then find the vent outside and, if you can reach it, clean that out, too. A really long vent may require a pro.

A fresh coat of paint will spruce up any room, but do it right. Take the time to tape all your woodwork, then start your wall in the middle near the top. Roll it straight up and down, despite what others may say.

“If you look on the YouTube videos, they tell you to do the W. You see that on home improvement shows, too, but I don’t know anybody in our business that does the W," said professional painter Neal Fine.

And don’t skimp on materials. Use high-quality paint and brushes.

“It’s very typical for most paints to have a built-in primer now. It will help it adhere better to the surface, and it also helps to cover in two coats and give you the true color," Fine said.

And if you’ve discovered a small mold problem in your house, take care of that quickly.

“If you have a small mold issue, meaning less than 10 square feet, you can probably tackle that yourself with water and a detergent solution, but the key to tackling that project is making sure that you find the source of the moisture, otherwise it’s going to come right back," Hicks said.

Angie says to wear protective gear like gloves, goggles and even a respirator when cleaning mold yourself. If it’s a larger area and you end up hiring a pro, you should follow-up with an independent inspection company to verify that the mold has been removed.