Common Home Repairs You Can Actually Do Yourself

Permission to take your electrician off speed dial.

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Whenever anything goes wrong in your house, you might be inclined to call in reinforcement, but that's not always necessary. There are plenty of common home repairs you can actually handle yourself, you just have to know where to start. From unclogging your sink to installing a smoke detector, we've got everything you need to DIY your house repairs.

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Clogged Sink + Leaky Faucet

Forget calling a plumber—you can totally fix minor sink problems on your own. Even better? You probably have the tools needed—such as a plunger, wrench, and screwdriver—at home already.

How to fix a sink.

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Scratched & Creaky Floorboards

No matter how lightly you tread, there will be unexpected wear and tear on your floorboards. But you don't need to call an expert to fix it for you.

How to fix floorboards.

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Holes or Cracks in Plaster

It isn't all doom and gloom. Instead of painting over the cracks, fill them properly. It definitely requires more time and elbow grease now, but it'll save you a ton of work later.

How to fix cracks in plaster.

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Grout Tile

If you've got some time on your hands, try grouting tile on your own—just make sure you do it the right way.

How to grout tile.

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Hanging Curtains

Raise your hand is you've ever struggled with installing curtain rods. You're not alone, but the struggle doesn't have to be so real.

How to hang curtains.

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Painting Cabinets

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, here's everything you need to know.

How to paint cabinets.

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Hanging Photos

It's crucial to ensure that your photos and artwork are secure on your walls and, of course, that they look good. Create a dummy of the frame or mirror out of paper to position it on your wall first.

How to hang pictures.

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Install A Smoke Detector

A smoke detector is essential for any home. But how do you install one the right way?

How to install a smoke detector.

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