Naptime DIY

As a stay at home dad I miss having the spare time to fix things. The children are my full time job, but things still break or need a fix in the house, and though I love my wife, that’s my area.  This is Naptime DIY – tasks you can complete in a 60 min naptime or less.

Sometimes the repair may be more complicated and get separated into two 60 min posts.  If that’s the case then we’ll also factor in clean-up time because you’re not blaming a dirty garage or project on us.

Regardless, I’ll write it up here so that you can gauge what you’re able to do and when you need to call in for help. In some cases, you shouldn’t do these tasks, because of difficulty, time involved or money. If you have any hesitation about your ability to safely do a project we recommend calling a contractor.  All DIY parents aren’t equal,bottom line: Use Your Judgement.

Inside projects

How to install a Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit

How to solder wires together for simple electronic fixes

How to remove crayon marks from wooden surfaces

How to repair a vacuum cleaner hose

Change a thermostat

Get rid of fruit flies

Replace a Doorbell Chime

Change a door knob

Unclog a disposal

Install a toilet paper holder

Install a garage pegboard for your tools

Install a flat screen TV

Install a GFCI outlet

Refinish a Tub, Tile or Sink

Outside projects

Kill Weeds without using Chemicals  (Update!)

Cutting your lawn in a diagonal pattern

Kill stinkhorn mushrooms

Fix outdoor lighting

See our other Naptime DIY posts!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kona July 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

We love this column! It always feel difficult to find time to do personal projects with the little ones running around. This is a creative approach to DIY and a valuable resource other busy parents should check out. Keep them coming; we’d love to share your tips with others. 


Elizabeth McCoy April 12, 2013 at 8:09 am

this is great! Now can i hire you to come over and do a few of these at my house LOL


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