HOME REPAIR TIPS

All homes, regardless of their age, require continual maintenance and repair. Performing such work on a timely basis can help you avoid more troublesome and expensive problems in the future. Most of the repairs shown here are simple, inexpensive, and can be easily accomplished by the average person with no construction skills. This section includes some of the more common problems homeowners face, with recommendations for their repair. Check with us regularly as we continue to add content.

Please exercise caution when making any home repairs; this work can be dangerous. Always use the proper tools and equipment; wear protective clothing, goggles, and masks as required; and do not attempt any repairs for which you are not capable or qualified. Finally, make certain you fully understand any instructions/suggestions before attempting the repair.

The information/tips provided here are intended as suggested methods of repair; for many repairs there may be several solutions and options. We hope this information is helpful and we welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can improve The Housing Guru.

GENERAL:
The Home Repair Tool Kit
Repairing Wire Shelving
An Easy Fix for Sticking or Dragging Doors
Repair Doors That Do Not Latch Properly
Repair Squeaky Subfloor
Repairing Doors That Close by Themselves
Determining the Swing/Hand of a Door
Removing the Base of a Broken Light Bulb

PAINTING TIPS & TRICKS:
Choosing the Right Paint
General Rules for Paint Selection
Do I have Latex or Oil?
What is Low VOC paint?
Lead Paint Information
Color Selection
Interior Painting
Painting Ceilings
Painting Walls
Painting Interior Trim
Exterior Painting
Is Spray Painting Easier?
Caulking Tips
Tools of the Trade
Cleaning Paint Tools
General Painting Tips
Disposing of Leftover Paint

WALLS:
Hanging Drywall
Repairing Holes in Drywall
Recurring Drywall Cracks

KITCHEN:
Repairing Leaky Faucets
Repairing Clogged Drains
Under Sink Leaks
BATHROOM:
Repairing Noisy Bathroom Fans
The Basics of Bathroom Caulking
Repairing Leaky Faucets
Shower Drain Problems
Replacing the Toilet
Replacing Toilet Wax Ring
Replacing Toilet Seats
Replacing the Ballcock/Fill Valve
Replacing Toilet Flapper Cover
Repairing Clogged Drains

GREEN LIVING:
Greening Your Home
Installing a Programmable Thermostat
Increase Attic Insulation
Cleaning Compressor Coils
Turn Up/Down the Thermostat

ELECTRICAL:
The Bare Essentials of Wiring
Understanding Circuit Breaker Panels
Replacing a Wall Switch
Replacing a 3-Way Switch
Replacing a Receptacle
Adding Dimmer Switches

PLUMBING:
Locating Water Shut-Off Valves
Monitoring Water Meters for Leaks in Lines
Water Heater Problems/Maintenance

SEASONAL HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS:
Overview
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Vacation