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 Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture

Change a drab room into a dazzling one with a new overhead light fixture....

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One day Under $20
Switch to Winter Wiper Blades

Winter wiper blades prevent ice and snow from adhering and clogging the wiper...

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Skills: Other DIY Projects you may like

  • Master the Basics of Drywall: Cutting Drywall

  • With a few simple tools and special techniques you'll be cutting drywall like a pro in no time. Plus we'll show you how to plan your installation to make the best use of materials and avoid waste.

  • How to Use CPVC Plastic Plumbing Pipe

  • CPVC tubing is ideal for water supply lines. It's easy to cut and assemble, using compression of cemented fittings. It's durable too. Harsh water won't harm the material, unlike copper, which will erode from acidic water....Read more»

  • Simple Furnace Fixes

  • If your furnace quits or breaks down try these eight simple solutions before you call for service help. You can solve the problem and avoid a $200 service call.

  • How to Repair a Noisy Outdoor Faucet

  • An unusually noisy outdoor faucet may be due to something as simple as a worn-out washer. To find out, disassemble the faucet from the outside, then check the condition of the washer.

  • How to Loosen Sticking Drawers

  • Dirt, dust and old lubricant (or lack of it) can make drawers hard to open and shut. Cleaning gummed-up guides will help; so does the right lubricant.

  • Water Heater Venting Fixes

  • Fit a gas water heater vent to a larger existing vent by using a reducer. Avoid changing out the entire gas vent.

  • Prevent Water Damage While You Are Away

  • Water damage from frozen pipes, ruptured washer hoses, leaking supply lines and dripping water heaters costs billions every year. This checklist will help you avoid water leak problems in your house.

  • DIY Home Inspection Tools

  • Use these tools and tips to discover major problems before buying a home, including problems in plumbing, electrical, walls, shingles and others. Such problems could cost you big bucks later.

  • How to Clean a Sluggish Toilet

  • If you have hard water, mineral deposits can accumulate in the rinse holes around the rim of the toilet, causing a weak flush. The fix is unusual, but simple and effective.

  • 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.

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