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Home Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself

Home Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself

Being a homeowner isn't for the faint of heart. Unless you live in an HOA (and many townhouse owners are part of an HOA) you're going to be responsible for making home repairs inside and outside. While some repairs like a damaged roof or large plumbing problems might require a professional, there are many home repairs you can do on your own. Even if you are part of an HOA, some things are not covered and it's best to learn how to do them yourself.

Home Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself

Unclog a Drain - This may be the easiest repair around the house. It may be, but it also might not be depending on how deep in the system the clog is. Grab the plunger, the flat one, not the one with the flange, and start plunging your drain. If you have a double sink, plug up the other drain before you start plunging. If the plunger doesn't do the job use a small snake to remove any hair and gunk that has gotten lodged in the drain. Once removed run water down the drain to make sure it is clear. You can clear out the gunk stuck to the side by putting a cup of baking soda down the drain and then flushing with a few cups of boiling water.

Toilets - From a leaky base to the tank running all the time, most toilet issues can be repaired without calling a plumber. If you notice water at the base of the toilet and have determined it is not caused by condensation, odds are the wax ring needs to be replaced. It's an easy enough repair you just might need a little help lifting the toilet. You could save yourself upwards of $300 by fixing this issue yourself. Turn off the water supply to the toilet and if the tank is screwed into the wall you'll need to unscrew that (don't forget to remove the water from the tank by flushing after the water has been turned off). Lift the toilet and set aside. Replace the wax ring with a new wax ring and replace toilet. Turn water back on and you should be good to go. It's helpful to wear gloves for this job.

Seal Drafts - Before the cold temperatures hit grab a caulking gun and go to work on the cracks in doors, windows and around the house. Be sure to remove any loose debris before caulking.

Paint - Painting is one of the easiest projects you can do. It's also incredibly forgiving. Don't call a painter, just go to your local hardware store or paint store and tell them what you're going to be painting. They'll help you choose the right paint for the job. Be sure to remove any furniture you don't want to get paint on (or cover with a tarp). Tape off difficult to paint around items like trim and door jambs. Cut into walls first around the ceiling and floor with a small angled paintbrush. Once room is outlined use a roller to fill in walls. Use long up and down strokes. If you can't finish the project in one day you can cover brushes with plastic wrap or tin foil so they don't dry out and get hard. When finished rinse brushes with warm water until water runs clear. Hang to dry.

Change Air Filter - If you use your HVAC system to cool and heat your home you should be changing the filters every couple of months or when dirty. Check each month to see the status of the filter and change accordingly. Depending on your system - the more expensive filters don't make much of a difference. Talk to your installer to find out what they recommend.


Home Maintenance Month by Month

Check out this fun infographic from The Economic Times to learn when you should clean your windows and fertilize your lawn. Each month your home needs some kind of maintenance, this infographic can be printed and tacked in your garage … Continue reading