What can be repaired at home?

We contacted some professionals to find out, 01 of 16.Fix a leaky kitchen or bathroom pipe Paint the outside of your home. Not all homes are repaired, but all homes need occasional repairs and maintenance. You'll be able to handle those jobs like a pro if you have these 50 key home improvement skills under your belt. They'll be useful whether you're redoing the house, improving a room, or just trying to keep everything in the best condition.

Replacing a shower head is a small project with a big impact. Remove the existing shower head and then tape the base of the shower arm before screwing on the new part. While you're standing in the tub and have a screwdriver in your hand, also change the shower arm if you want (usually sold separately). The perfect project for a beginning carpenter, a planter should be cut to the inside width of the window frame, plus 1½ inches.

Fit the pieces together with a simple butt joint. Screw the boards and drill drain holes in the bottom. Attach the planter to the window frame with screws or sturdy brackets to ensure that your favorite flowers have a safe home. Filling in the gaps inside or waterproofing the outside is simple with a caulking gun.

To use a sealant gun, pull back the plunger and insert the sealant tube. Cut the plastic applicator at a 45-degree angle to reduce putty flow. A softer touch on the trigger allows better control of the sealant. Sealing the driveway can extend its lifespan and improve the curb appeal of your home.

Make sure the weather forecast is dry, then start by repairing the cracks and washing the driveway, letting it dry overnight. Apply the roadway sealant in small patches. Stay out of the driveway for 24 hours so you can work. Nothing says spring has arrived like freshly mulched garden beds.

It's expensive to hire this job and it's something that anyone with a strong back and time can achieve. Spread the mulch evenly, 2 to 4 inches thick, and be sure to leave space around the base of trees and shrubs for good air flow. Find an adjustable wrench and go to your gas meter. There will be a pipe that runs from the ground to the meter, with a shutoff valve approximately 6 to 8 inches from the ground.

When the gas is turned on, the valve runs parallel to the pipe. Use the wrench to turn the valve 90 degrees in any direction. Do not turn the gas back on yourself; instead, call your gas company to ensure that all appliances with pilot lights come back on safely. Repairing and remodeling your own home is a great way to save money and take control of the process.

Some repairs and remodeling are known for DIY: painting the interior, laying plank floors, and replacing electrical outlets. A number of other projects may not seem suitable for DIY at first, but in fact they are. In addition, there are other projects that could be just outside your current comfort zone, and that you could enjoy as a challenge or to learn new skills to improve the home.

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