Home Repair Skills

Build or repair almost anything around your home with these projects and tips designed to improve your do-it-yourself skills and make home repairs easier.

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How to Finish Concrete

In this article, we’ll show you the tools and techniques you need to get a smooth,...

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How to Reset a Loose Brick

Learn how to clean, reset and tuckpoint loose bricks. A loose brick can ultimately...

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  • Lower Your Water Bill by Conserving Water

  • Save money on water use by stopping plumbing leaks first. Then move on to replace low cost items like showerheads and toilets with lower water use types. And choose a front load clothes washer when your old washer is...Read more»

  • How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

  • Build this simple, attractive fire ring with retaining wall stone surrounded by flagstone, creating the perfect spot for cookouts, family gatherings and casual conversation. We'll show you how to build the fire ring so it's safe...Read more»

  • Building Cabinets With Biscuit Joints

  • Biscuit joiners allow you to make solid precise joints, accurate enough to build fine cabinets. We show you the three key techniques you need to know—joints at right angles, joints in narrow materials and joints in thin...Read more»

  • Stop drafts by installing or replacing weatherstripping.
  • How to Weatherstrip a Door

  • Stop energy-wasting air leaks around entry doors by installing a weatherstripping kit with a foam flange or vinyl bulb. Use a door sweep to seal the bottom of the door.

  • How to Use a Level Over Long Distances

  • Level over short, medium and long distances with ease. Whether you're installing a dropped ceiling, laying out a deck, or building a whole house, these tools and techniques will make it easier.

  • Tips for Fixing Noisy Air Conditioners

  • The problem of a noisy central air conditioner condenser can be solved in several possible ways, but if the unit is too old it may just need to be replaced.

  • Eliminate Drain Odor

  • Kitchen and bath drains that get frequent use are usually full of water, but basement floor drains can dry out, allowing sewer gas in. To slow evaporation, fill traps with oil and water.

  • Water Based Finishing Tips

  • A professional woodworker shares his tips for applying water-based polyurethane over raw or stained wood, and shows how to get great finishes every time.

  • Applying whitewash to a stucco wall.
  • Whitewashing Stucco

  • Do your stucco walls look dingy because they're stained and discolored, especially around gutter downspouts? Here's how to freshen things up by applying a coat of whitewash.

  • Drywall Taping Tips

  • Follow these 12 pro drywall-taping tips to improve your skills, speed up the job and result in smoother walls. They include mixing, knife techniques and problems to avoid.

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