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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Skills: Featured DIY Projects

How to Install an Outdoor Faucet

Make watering your lawn or garden easier with a remote outside faucet. Instead...

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Wiring Outlets and Switches the Safe and Easy Way

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Skills: Other DIY Projects you may like

  • How to Properly Use a Hole Saw

  • Cutting clean holes with hole saws requires a little skill and practice. Here are the key techniques that will make the task safer and give you the best results.

  • Join Galvanized Pipe to Copper Pipe

  • Install 3-in. plastic-lined nipples between copper and steel pipes to prevent galvanic corrosion from clogging the water line. It's a quick, easy fix.

  • Adding a Receptacle

  • Switch boxes can sometimes be used as a power source for a new outlet, but only if the box is large enough and has neutral and ground wires running through it. Here's how to figure it out.

  • Testing for Lead Paint

  • If you live in an older home, it's a good idea to check for lead paint, especially before remodeling. Start with an inexpensive DIY test, then move on to a professional evaluation.

  • Adjust Motion Detectors

  • Learn the fine art of motion detector sensor adjustment and stop wasting energy illuminating passing cars and wandering neighborhood cats. With these tricks and a little trial-and-error, you can turn that hair-trigger nuisance light into...Read more»

  • Upgrade a Recessed Light Fixture

  • Improve the appearance of your recessed lights by simply changing the trim. The task is simple and takes only minutes—no tools needed!

  • Install a Wireless Light Switch

  • Tired of groping for pull chains in the dark? Wireless, piezoelectric switches allow you to control lights using nothing more than the energy generated by a fingertip push.

  • Prevent License Plate Theft

  • Prevent license plate theft by using special screws that require a special security wrench to remove. They're inexpensive and take only minutes to install.

  • How to Improve Toilet Performance

  • Fight back against toilets that don't flush. Learn the pros and cons of “gravity flush,” “pressure assist” and “vacuum assist” toilets so you know what to look for when you go shopping for a new toilet.Read more»

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