7 Common Home Repairs You Can Easily Do Yourself

February 9, 2017

 

Your home is one of the most expensive things you'll ever pay for, so whether you're renting or buying, you should take good care of it. While you'll probably be tempted to call a professional when something breaks, you can take care of a lot of problems yourself.

Most of these home repairs can be done with little to no experience. However, always be sure to do research on anything you don't understand, particularly if you're dealing with electricity, which can be extremely hazardous. Also, if you don't already have a tool kit of your own, this wouldn't be a bad time to start building our essential toolbox.

Here are some common problems you may be able to do yourself. Click the links for how to tutorials.

1. Fix or Replace a Broken Toilet Lever 

Tools/materials you'll need:

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Replacement toilet lever kit (if broken)

How to Replace a Toilet Handle | WikiHow


2. Unclog a Toilet Drain

Tools/materials you'll need:

  • Toilet plunger

  • Toilet auger

Clearing a Clogged Toilet | HowStuffWorks

3. Fix a Leaky Kitchen or Bathroom Pipe

Tools/materials you'll need:

  • Bucket

  • Replacement P-trap or washer

How to Repair a Leaking Sink P-Trap | eHow

4. Clear a Jammed Garbage Disposal

Tools/materials you'll need:

  • Wooden dowel

  • Pliers

  • Allen wrench

Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting | About.com

5. Replace a Light Switch

Tools/materials you'll need:

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Replacement light switch

How to Replace a Light Switch | For Dummies

6. Patch a Hole in Drywall

Tools/materials you'll need:

  • Putty knife

  • Spackle/joint compound

  • Drywall

  • Drywall tape

  • 1x1 wood board.

  • Electric drill

  • Wood screws

How to Repair Holes in Drywall | WikiHow

7. Loosen Up a Stuck Window

Tools/materials you'll need:

  • Putty knife/pizza cutter

  • WD-40 or other lubricant

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Rag

Unstick a Window | My Home Ideas

resource: lifehacker.com

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