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5 Home Repair Jobs You Can Do Yourself | Chevy Chase, MD

5 Home Repair Jobs You Can Do Yourself | Chevy Chase, MD

For a professional business like ours, one that offers home repair, remodeling, and renovations, it's difficult for us to advise that you dive into repair projects that might get you into trouble later. Larger, more complicated tasks do require licensed and bonded technicians with years of experience, but there are many things that we feel every homeowner should know how to do.

Here are 5 home repair projects that you can easily do on a Saturday afternoon.

1. Repair Drywall Cracks

What you'll need: Spackle, putty knife, sandpaper, paint, and brush or roller.

The job: Scoop out Spackle and spread over hole or crack. Leave excess. Let dry. Sand with sandpaper until smooth and flush with wall. Paint over with matching wall paint.

2. Remove Plastic Laminate Stains

What you'll need: Baking soda, water, paper towels.

The job: Mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply to stain. Cover with wet paper towel and let stand for 2 hours. Do not scrub, as baking soda is a mild abrasive. Gently wipe off.

3. Fix Irregularly Running Faucet 

What you'll need: A rag or tape, pliers or wrench, wire brush, dish soap.

The job: To remove the aerator, place a rag or tape around the tip of the faucet, gently remove with pliers or wrench. Unscrew it counter-clockwise. Clean each part of the aerator with soap and a brush. Reassemble in reverse order.

4. Fix a Loose Window

What you'll need: Hammer, pencil, nails, dowel rod, measuring tape, window controls.

The job: Push window to top of frame, hold in place with dowel rod. Place the window control in the groove on right, nail in place so that it holds the window up. Use measuring tape and oencil to place other window control on left, nail in place. Remove dowel rod. 

5. Eliminate Basement Drain Odor

What you'll need: Water, cooking oil.

The job: Pour water into basement drain that is dry, which is allowing dangerous and noxious sewer gas to rise into your home. Top off with half a cup of cooking oil to act as a block and disallow evaporation.

For the tough jobs, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help you.

 

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