Handyman Tips for DIY Home Repairs

April 27, 2023

Maintaining and fixing up your home can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have any handyman experience. However, there are some tasks that you can do yourself with little to no experience. In this article, we’ll share some useful tips for DIY home repairs that will save you time and money in the long run.

Fixing Leaky Faucets

One of the most common household issues is a leaky faucet. Although it may seem like a minor issue, a leaky faucet can waste a lot of water and cause your water bill to skyrocket. Thankfully, fixing a leaky faucet is a relatively easy fix that you can do yourself.

First, turn off the water supply to the faucet. Then, use pliers to remove the handle from the faucet. Next, use an adjustable wrench to remove the packing nut. Once you remove the packing nut, you should be able to remove the stem. Check the washer at the bottom of the stem and see if it’s worn or damaged. If it is, replace the washer and reassemble the faucet.

Unclogging Drains

Another common household issue is a clogged drain. This can happen in your sink, shower, or bathtub, and can be caused by a buildup of grease, hair, and other debris. Luckily, you don’t need to call a plumber every time you have a clogged drain. Here are some tips for unclogging drains:

- Pour boiling water down the drain to loosen any buildup
- Use a plunger to force the clog out
- Use a snake (also known as a drain auger) to break up the clog
- Try using a homemade drain cleaner made of baking soda and vinegar

Replacing Light Fixtures

Replacing a light fixture can instantly update the look of a room. However, it may seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before. Here are the steps to replace a light fixture:

1. Turn off the power to the fixture by turning off the circuit breaker.
2. Remove the old fixture by unscrewing the mounting bracket and disconnecting the wires.
3. Attach the mounting bracket to the ceiling box with screws.
4. Connect the wires from the new fixture to the wires in the ceiling box:
- White to white (neutral)
- Black to black (hot)
- Green to green or bare (ground)
5. Screw in the new fixture to the mounting bracket and turn the power back on.

Painting Walls

Painting your walls is an easy and affordable way to refresh your home décor. Here are some tips for a successful paint job:

1. Prep your walls by cleaning them and filling in any holes or cracks with spackle.
2. Use painter’s tape to protect any areas you don’t want to paint (such as trim or windows).
3. Prime your walls (especially if you’re covering a dark color).
4. Use a paint roller for large areas and a brush for trim and corners.
5. Apply two coats of paint, letting the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat.

Repairing Drywall Holes

Accidents happen, and sometimes you end up with a hole in your drywall. Although it may seem like a daunting task, repairing a drywall hole is relatively easy. Here are the steps:

1. Cut a piece of drywall slightly bigger than the hole.
2. Hold the patch over the hole and trace around it with a pencil.
3. Use a drywall saw to cut along the traced line.
4. Place the patch over the hole and secure it with drywall screws.
5. Apply joint compound over the patch and smooth it with a putty knife.
6. Let the joint compound dry completely and sand it down until it’s smooth.
7. Apply another layer of joint compound and sand it down again.
8. Paint over the patched area to match the surrounding walls.


By following these handyman tips for DIY home repairs, you can tackle common household issues without having to spend a lot of money on professional help. Remember to always prioritize safety and to seek professional help if you’re unsure about the task at hand. Happy repairing!



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