Sunday, November 28

Tricks to survive the confinement: tips on cars, pets and DIY

In the immortal words of Mr. Spock, “It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.”

Christchurch Building.

If you’re doing anything DIY, be sure to keep safety in mind.
Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

In the confinement, nothing is the same, and all the things that we take for granted now are not as simple as before.

RNZ spoke to the experts about some of their tricks for a more successful lockdown.

With queues at the doors of some hardware stores in the few hours people had to stock up before the closure lowered, it was clear that many were kept busy at Level 4.

Builder Stan Scott, famous for his DIY videos for Miter 10, wanted everyone to learn from the mistakes the last crash made, so they stayed safe.

“Last year I was trying to do too much. One day I fell off the roof and then literally the next day I rushed to do something and I got off the ladder, I stood on a tool box and I fell and broke. head. So be very careful on the stairs, but I think it just slows down. “

And if the hardware store was closed before you arrived in time to stock up on essential supplies, don’t despair.

Stan Scott said there were still a lot of things he could do to be ahead of the game and ready to pick up the tools, once we got out of level 4.

“Walk around your house, inside and out and make a list of everything you think might need repair. You know how to inspect the caulk on the windows to make sure there are no cracks or rot, or bare wood.” .

Along with sprucing up the house and putting the garden in shape on the must-do list, was taking the dog for another walk.

But what if you were one of the thousands asked to isolate themselves at home after visiting one of the sights?

A bored Golden Labrador Retriever on a hardwood floor in the kitchen.

Having to stay in the house is not only difficult for people.
Photo: 123RF

SPCA’s Dr. Alison Vaughan said there were many options to make sure her furry friend got enough exercise, even if he couldn’t get off his property, including fetch games and one called hiding food, though she recommended against doing the latest. with jelly meat.

“You can just hide the food in the house. Or you can, for example, take a cardboard box, poke some holes, and put the food in there so they have to throw it around a bit to get the food out.”

And for those who need to leave their home and pets to enter MIQ, she had this advice.

“Have instructions for the care of your animal and have supplies such as medications if they need them, and also, if possible, find someone who is willing to take care of your pets. But what you will do when you receive a call from a health official is to leave them first of all, know you have pets, and then talk to them about what your plan is. “

A car in front of a garage.

After the last crash, many people were trapped because their car battery had run out.
Photo: 123RF

When this is all over, and you were planning to drive to the beach or a non-supermarket store, don’t get sucked in like thousands of people did, the last time we got out of level 4 and found out that your car battery it had been exhausted. flat.

AA spokesman Bashir Khan said this could be avoided by following this simple step, once every seven days.

“Reverse the car in your driveway or leave the garage open if that’s where the car is and just start the engine and let it run for 30 minutes. But don’t turn on the electrical devices and turn off the heaters and fans because they will just do. make the engine work harder. “

And if you didn’t think it would happen to you, take a look at the calls AA made in the 48-hour space after the close of last year.

These nearly doubled from 2,400 in 48 standard hours to 4208.

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