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Seven repairs all homeowners should know how to fix

Repairs every homeowner should know

When it comes to certain repairs, there is no need to shell out unnecessary money on a contractor. Here's a list of seven fixes that every homeowner should know how to do on their own.

Annoying doors

Whether they're creaking or sticking, a little door maintenance can go a long way. Before you call for repair, try tightening the screws, assessing the hinges and adding some lubricant like WD-40 to help them open smoothly.

Cracked tile

Get out your hammer and chisel – this task is a little more complicated, but can easily be achieved as long as you have extra tiles on hand. Here’s a basic tutorial on how to fix a cracked tile.

Old shower heads

As mineral deposits and sediment builds up over time, a shower head could be inhibiting the flow of water. Before replacing, try soaking the entire shower head in vinegar to remove the offending buildup.

Outdated light fixtures

A new light fixture can really spruce up a room. At a fraction of the cost compared to having a contractor come in a homeowner can easily replace an outdated light fixture with a screwdriver, wire tester and some pliers.

Furnace filters

Most homeowners are afraid of touching their furnace. However, changing the filter is nothing to worry about. Your owner’s manual will provide the direction for your specific unit, but this video provides the basic steps.

Leaky faucets

A dripping faucet will run up your water bill, but it can also lead to other major issues. With a wrench and screwdriver, tightening it up is easy. Here’s the easiest how-to we could find.

Holes in walls

Spackling a hole will make you feel like you have superpowers. Simply fill the (small) hole with spackle, sand it down until it’s smooth with the wall, paint the wall to match, and you’re done.

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