Maintenance & Repair

  1. Home Security for Stress-Free Travel
    Smart home security on tablet

    When you're traveling, nothing gives you more peace of mind than knowing your home will be safe and secure while you’re away. From securing doors and windows to adding security lighting, there are some things that you can do to make sure you have a s

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  2. How to Install a Lockset & Deadbolt
    Testing key in front door deadbolt

    Improve security and update a door by installing a new lockset and deadbolt this weekend. Whether you’re replacing an old lockset or installing one on a new door, it’s something most DIYers can do in no time at all. Keep reading to find out more and the

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  3. Ladder Safety: 4 Tips to Avoid Injury
    Safely hanging wallpaper on ladder

    Ladders are essential tools for home improvements and maintenance. Their use can lead to injury though if utilized incorrectly or carelessly. Before climbing a ladder, be sure you know how to properly use one so that you complete the job successfully

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  4. Snow Blower Maintenance & Safety
    Clearing snow with snow blower

    Snow blowers are indispensable tools in areas where heavy snowfall is common each winter. They make clearing walkways and driveways quicker and easier than when using just shovels. If you don’t maintain yours, though, you had best prepare your back f

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  5. Power Tool Maintenance & Safety
    Man wearing ear and eye protection using power saw

    Power tools offer precision, speed and convenience when completing home improvement projects. To get the most out of your power tools and to avoid injury, your tools must be used and maintained properly. So whether you’re a seasoned professional or a

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  6. How to Clean & Repair Gutters
    Cleaning fall leaves from gutter

    Gutters and downspouts keep water away from your home's foundation and are essential to any home's structural health. By taking care of your roof's drainage system, you can extend the life of your roof and help prevent water damage to your home. Follow

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  7. How to Install Baseboards & Doorstops
    Newly installed doorstop and baseboard

    If your rooms don't have baseboards, or your existing ones are battered and dingy, you can install baseboards to give your rooms a fresh new look. The effect is subtle but impactful — and worth your while, as this job can add value and style to your h

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  8. How to Patch a Hole in Drywall
    Patching hole in drywall with putty knife

    It's inevitable. No matter how careful you are, holes in your drywall are going to happen. Fortunately, no matter how extensive the damage, it is fixable.

    Fix Small Drywall Holes (Less than 6")

    Step 1: Cut a Square Around The Damage

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  9. How to Repair Water Damage to Walls & Ceilings
    Man repairing hole in ceiling from water damage

    Water can be destructive. When it meets the drywall that makes up your interior walls and ceilings it can make them look unsightly — or worse, it can damage wallboard enough that it collapses and falls apart, which can cause huge homeowner headaches. D

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  10. How to Repair Plaster Walls
    Repairing plaster wall with spreader

    Many older homes may still have some walls and ceilings made of plaster and lath instead of the now standard drywall or wallboard. If you have holes or cracks in your plaster walls or ceilings, repairing them isn’t difficult. It can, however, require a

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  11. 4 Tips to Air Seal a Drafty Home
    Cozy puppy napping by sealed glass door

    If your home is leaky, you’re losing money because a drafty home is an inefficient home. But you don’t have to sit by and watch your money escape from your wallet. Learn how to find and seal air leaks inside to conserve energy and lower your utility bil

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  12. Proper Spackling Techniques
    Spackle on drywall

    Repairing holes and dings in walls with spackle and paint is one of the easiest home improvement projects you can undertake to vastly improve the look of your home’s interior. Keep reading to learn proper spackling technique so that you know how to d

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  13. How to Repair Stucco
    Newly repaired stucco exterior

    Stucco exteriors have many advantages. Stucco is insulating and can make heating and cooling a home energy efficient. It can reduce outside noise, is fire retardant and can last for decades, if you maintain it. Cracks and holes must be fixed as soon as

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  14. Balcony Safety: 5 Steps to Protect Your Kids & Pets
    Safe balcony overlooking backyard

    Balconies are beautiful additions and can provide bountiful views, but they can also pose a safety hazard if not maintained. In addition, they can pose a danger to small children or pets if steps aren’t taken to make them as safe as they can be. Keep r

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  15. How to Repair a Ceramic or Porcelain Sink
    Repaired porcelain sink

    The bathroom sink can receive a lot of wear from constant use and abuse. If your sink basin is chipped or cracked, you can fix it up without having to replace the whole sink. Follow these tips to learn how to repair porcelain and ceramic sinks.

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  16. How to Unclog a Drain & Keep It Clear
    Faucet water splashing in repaired drain

    Regular maintenance and minor repairs to your drains are essential to keeping them clean and clear. Doing it yourself also can save you from an expensive visit from a plumber.

    Maintain Your Drains

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  17. How to Choose the Best Humidifier for Your Home
    Ultrasonic humidifier

    During winter, does it often still feel chilly, even with the heat on? Are you getting shocked by static electricity? Do you have nose and throat irritation? The heated air inside your home expands and pulls moisture away from everything it touches, and

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  18. How to Install a Doorbell
    Ringing video doorbell with camera

    Installing a doorbell is a home improvement project that requires little investment and just a little bit of time. You have a few options when it comes to doorbells. Wireless units are

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  19. How to Install a Kitchen or Bathroom Faucet
    New kitchen faucet pouring water

    Thinking about redecorating or modernizing your kitchen or bath? A brand new faucet adds instant pizzazz to the two most popular rooms in your home. If it's been a while since you replaced your faucets, you're in for a pleasant surprise — today's versions a

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  20. How to Install an Attic Ventilator Fan
    Attic fan

    When it's hot outside, warm air builds up in the attic. This air has to escape so that your house can cool efficiently. Proper ventilation in the attic releases this excessive heat build-up, saving you money on home cooling. For effective ventilation,

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  21. How to Repair or Replace Window & Door Screens
    Screen door cracked open to balcony

    It’s spring — time to open windows and doors to let in some fresh air. While invigorating outside air is welcome inside, open windows and doors are a two-way street. Let in what you want and keep out what you don’t by installing screens on windows and d

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  22. How to Replace Front Door Hardware
    Front door decorated with wreath

    Because your home's front door is often the most commonly used, it requires some attention to stay in great shape. Fortunately, you can tackle door maintenance and repairs yourself without spending a lot of time or money.

    Install a New Door Lockset

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  23. How to Open Stuck Windows Painted Shut
    Windows with wood frames painted shut

    Do you have a window that you can't pry open? Or a few that suffer from smudges, streaks or torn screens? If so, it's time you got those windows looking and working like new. Here are some simple home maintenance techniques that will get your windows

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  24. 5 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Outdoors
    Girl swinging energetically outside in summer

    You don’t have to watch your kids every second while they play outside. You also can’t prevent all potential accidents. You can make sure they play as safely as possible, though, by taking a few simple precautions to make your yard safer. Follow the bel

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