8 Common Home Repairs That You Can Do

8 Common Home Repairs That You Can Do - (HouseBeautiful.com)

8 Common Home Repairs That You Can Do – (HouseBeautiful.com)

BY SARAH YANG

Sometimes you don’t need to hire a pro. In her new book, DIY Home Repairs: 100 Fix-It-Yourself Projects, Sarah Berry provides a step-by-step home improvement guide so you can do it on your own. We’ve rounded up 12 solutions to your most common household problems.

1. Clogged and Leaky Faucet

Clogged and Leaky Faucet - (istock via housebeautiful.com)

Clogged and Leaky Faucet – (istock via housebeautiful.com)

Forget calling a plumber, it’s easy to fix minor sink problems on your own. And luckily, you probably have the tools needed – such as a plunger, wrench, and screwdriver – at home already. Find out how to unclog your sink and fix a leaky faucet here >>

2. Scratched and Creaky Floorboards

Scratched and Creaky Floorboards (istock via housebeautiful.com)

Scratched and Creaky Floorboards – (istock via housebeautiful.com)

No matter how lightly you tread, there will be unexpected wear and tear on your floorboards. Click here for Beeny’s tip on repairing floorboards >>

3. Holes or Cracks in Plaster

Holes or Cracks in Plaster - (istock via housebeautiful)

Holes or Cracks in Plaster – (istock via housebeautiful)

For plaster holes or cracks, Beeny advises, “Instead of painting over the cracks, fill them properly and you shouldn’t be troubled by them again.” It may require more time and elbow grease now, but it’ll save you a lot of work later. Click here for steps to fix plaster problems >>

4. Grout Tile

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How to Grout Tile – (istock via housebeautiful.com)

If you’ve got some time in your hands, grouting tile on your own can save you some money – that is, if you do it the right way. Get Beeny’s step-by-step intstructions for this project here >>

5. Hanging Curtains

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Hanging Curtains – (istock via housebeautiful.com)

How many of us have struggled with installing curtain rods? It seems like a fairly easy task, but can get a bit overwhelming and if not done correctly, there may be unexpected holes in the wall at the end. For Beeny’s fool-proof tips, click here >>

6. Painting Cabinets

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Painting Cabinets – (istock via housebeautiful.com)

We’re going to warn you, this project is only for the truly patient. Painting cabinets involves a lot of steps and literally watching paint dry. But if you’re up for it, check out Beeny’s tips here >>

7. Hanging Photos

Hanging Photos - (istock via housebeautiful)

Hanging Photos – (istock via housebeautiful.com)

It’s crucial to ensure that your photos and artworks are secure on your walls and, of course, that they look good. Beeny suggests creating a dummy of the frame or mirror out of paper to position it on your wall first. Follow the rest of her easy instructions here >>

8. Install a Smoke Detector

Install a Smoke Detector - (istock via housebeautiful.com)

Install a Smoke Detector – (istock via housebeautiful.com)

A smoke detector is essential for any home. But how do you install one the right way? See  the how-to tips >>

 

Source : http://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/renovation/how-to/g2216/common-home-repairs/

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