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6 Common Home Fixes Any Homeowner Can Handle

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Your home is many things — a sanctuary, a lifestyle, a place of comfort. It’s also an investment. Keeping up with common home maintenance tasks does two things: it keeps your home comfortable and maintains a high-quality investment. Homeowners who don’t see themselves as DIY weekend warriors might think fixing a leaky faucet or patching up a hole in the wall is simply too complex. Well, it’s time to think again! With the right tools and tutorials, you can tackle easy fixes for common home maintenance problems. Here are a few of the basics, as well as some online tutorials you can use to feel more confident when you need to roll up your sleeves and get to work. 1) Recaulking the bathroom: Updating the caulk around your tub or shower requires no expensive tools — simply caulk and a caulk gun will do the trick. Make sure the area is clean and dry and then run the caulk gun along the perimeter. Wipe off any excess so you have a fine and flexible line. Caulk helps seal in your tile to reduce the amount of mildew and mold that can grow in and around wet areas. 2) Unclogging sinks, drains and toilets: All bathrooms should have a plunger on hand to handle messy incidents, but you can keep your sinks, toilets and drains moving smoother by making unclogging part of your regular cleaning routine. You can accomplish this by using two common pantry items: vinegar and baking soda. Instead of using harsh chemicals, you can keep things moving with all-natural options. 3) Fixing a squeaky floorboard: The easiest way to fix a wood floor squeak is to adhere the the board back against the floor joist. You’ll need to access the subfloor so you can use wood to fill larger gaps and adhesive for smaller ones. If the cause of the squeak is separation — the floor from the subfloor — then a short screw might be all you need to save the day. 4) Painting a room: Start a painting project off with clean walls. Keep the messiness to a minimum by taping off all the trim, window sills, outlets and other areas in the room you do not want painted. Use a primer to ensure the paint has a more vibrant sheen and is smooth and even. Paint large areas with a roller and more narrow areas with a brush. Protect your floors by laying down a tarp, an old sheet or other protective covering. 5) Changing an outlet: Changing an outlet is a little more complex, but can it be done. You will need more tools, like replacement 15-amp or 20-amp receptacle, screwdrivers, a non-contact voltage tester, needle nose pliers and wire strippers. It’s crucial that you make sure the power is turned off before working on replacing an outlet. You also need to understand the current wire configuration before you can replace the receptacle. 6) Repairing a broken handle: It’s always annoying to pull on a handle and, instead of a drawer or cabinet opening, the handle just pops right off. Fixing a loose or broken handle can be taken on in several simple ways: you can replace the handle with one that fits better, use a newer screw to secure a stripped knob, or use wood toothpicks and adhesive to help a handle fit more snugly into a hole that is too big. Being a homeowner comes with many responsibilities, some big and some small, but they are all important. Knowing what you can and can’t do on your own truly influences the success of your DIY activities. From simple fixes to more in-depth projects, you can take control of easy home maintenance tasks to help you smoothly navigate your home's seasonal upkeep.

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