Maintenance & Repair

  1. How to Patch 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Balcony Safety: 5 Steps to Protect Your Kids & Pets

    Balcony Safety: 5 Steps to Protect Your Kids & Pets

    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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  8. Save Electricity & Money with Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

    Woman screwing energy-efficient light bulb into ceiling light

    There are a number of bulb options available at your local True Value hardware store that provide close to or the same amount of light output, and last longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Energy-efficient bulbs work wi

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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 the easiest to install but hard-wired doorbells are very common. If

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Fall Season Safety: 4 Outdoor Hazards to Avoid

    Burning fall leaves in metal drum outside
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  20. How to Prevent or Thaw Frozen Pipes

    Frozen garden hose and connector in winter

    During the winter, pipes can often freeze and then burst, leading to expensive repairs. However, bursting pipes are a nightmare that you can avoid by taking a few preventative measures. Taking the

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  21. How to Repair Cracks in Your Asphalt or Concrete Driveway

    Repairing cracks in driveway asphalt

    Cracks not only make your driveway look unattractive and unkempt, if left unattended, they can eventually grow and cause the driveway to crumble. Whether you have an asphalt or concrete driveway, the more proactive you are at catching and repairing cracks,

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  22. How to Replace a Light Switch or Outlet

    Appliance cord plugged into electrical outlet

    Swapping out an old light switch or outlet is a simple DIY update that almost anyone can do. However, because electricity is involved, it’s not a project to be taken lightly. As long as you take the steps to stay safe, all you need is a screwdriver, a

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  23. How to Caulk a Waterproof & Airtight Seal

    Man sealing window sill with caulk

    Caulk and sealant are an indispensable part of any homeowner’s toolbox. Whether you’re using them for waterproofing, or to keep your home airtight and energy-efficient, knowing how to properly apply them is a must so that they work effectively. These sea

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  24. How I Replaced My Doorbell, Step by Step

    Old antique doorbell

    Recently, while sweeping leaves off the front porch, I noticed my old doorbell ringer was looking pretty sad. After 20+ years it was time to consider replacing it.

    old
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