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

Tighten a Loose Outlet

Do you have outlets with cracked cover plates? The outlet box was probably set too deep,...

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Auto Body Side Molding Fix

Reattach rubber or vinyl side molding on your car before it comes loose. Auto trim...

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One day Under $20

Skills: Other DIY Projects you may like

  • Drywall Repair: How to Fix Cracks

  • The only way to fix a recurring drywall crack around a door or window is to bridge the crack with a fresh sheet of drywall. The fix takes a few days, but it will finally make the problem go away.

  • Tips for Installing Tile

  • Installing tile in a kitchen or bathroom is hard work. This collection of tips may not eliminate all your tile troubles, but it will help you avoid the most common headaches.

  • The Best Furnace Filters to Buy

  • A high-efficiency furnace filter can slow airflow too much, but low-efficiency filters don't filter dust very well. Get a better understanding of the issues and learn how to find the right filter for your furnace.

  • How to Use a Bench-Top Planer

  • Learn to use a bench-top planer correctly and avoid common problems like tearout, snipe and ridges. Reclaim old wood, clean up inexpensive rough-sawn boards, and create custom thicknesses for woodworking projects.

  • What is PEX? Plus Tips for Using PEX

  • PEX tubing and fittings are starting to push copper out of home-handyman (and plumbers') toolboxes. Learn tips for working with it and what all the specialized tools and fittings are for in this article.

  • DIY Solar Water Heating

  • You can install a solar hot water kit yourself to supplement your existing system and save on energy costs. The system will often pay for itself in several years. All photos courtesy of FAFCO.

  • Tips for Replacing Fluorescent Bulbs

  • Fluorescent bulbs can go for years without replacement—even when the ends start to blacken. Don't worry about them until the light they put out starts to weaken.

  • How to Use an Angle Grinder

  • Learn to use an angle grinder to cut tile, mortar and pavers; make quick work of rust and loose paint removal; sharpen blades and cut or grind steel.

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