15 DIY Repairs You May Not Know You Can Make Yourself
At The Family Handyman, we’re all about finding effective DIY solutions all around the home and yard – and that includes making your own repairs to common household problems that don’t actually require a professional. Instead of reaching for the phone, take a moment to consider these very doable repair projects. With a little DIY effort, you can usually take care of them yourself, while saving money and learning more about how your house works at the same time.
A variety of problems can befall your home’s doors, especially older doors that may start to sag, stick, develop drafts, or experience other issues. Fixing or replacing a door is well within the capabilities of most homeowners, especially if you have a partner to help out. From installing new weather-stripping to replacing the lock, you can handle it (although a call to the locksmith for new keys may be necessary if you don’t install a keyless lock).
Don’t let your toilet be a mysterious device in the corner of your bathroom: Toilets actually operate by very simple mechanisms that are easy to understand. The majority of toilet issues – clogs, continuous running water, loud noises, etc. – can be solved with the quick purchase of a replacement part and some tinkering in the tank. Don’t be afraid to open it up and take a look.
Plus: How to fix a toilet seat
A leaky or malfunctioning faucet can be fixed or replaced by even a novice DIYer. You can take your faucet apart and clean it out, or if worse comes to worse, replace it entirely in the space of a couple of hours.
Most clogged drains are caused by hair or greasy grime and you can clear them out yourself. Skip the chemical drain cleaner and grab a plunger to clear the clog and save on a service call. Even more serious problems in the distant reaches of your plumbing can be fixed without a pro.
Missing Caulk or Grout
Annual maintenance wards off many HVAC problems. If you do have a failure, you can usually fix it yourself. If your AC unit is working but has become noisy, you can fix that, too!
A garbage disposal is a bit scary when it’s turned on and the blades are noisily chopping up kitchen waste. But, if your disposal gets stinky, fear not. It’s easy to clean out the gunk and get rid of the smell. If the splash guard needs replacing, you can do that in 20 minutes! If you need to replace the entire disposal you can replace it yourself.
Don’t automatically avoid a project just because it involves electricity: Replacing a standard light switch with a dimmer switch is a very doable DIY project, as is replacing a three-way switch.
Many things can go wrong with a deck. Missing screws, warped boards, squeaky nails, wobbly railings, fortunately, many of these problems are well within the scope of the average DIYer. Inspect your deck for seven common deck problems and then repair whatever needs fixing.
Obviously you can’t glue broken glass back together. But, for windows that get stuck, let in drafts or have moisture issues, there are DIY solutions. Fix old windows, double-hung windows, window glass glazing and screens. You can also stop window drafts and learn how to avoid and remove window condensation.
If you want to take on a larger task, you can even replace your windows!