The Ultimate Home Repair Quiz
by Staff
There are two basic types of homeowner: the do-it-yourselfer, and the kind who immediately calls in the handyman when there's a leak. But there's hope for the home-repair averse. This quiz will show you that it's not so hard to do it yourself.

Your kitchen cabinets are pretty outdated. How can you decide whether to replace or resurface them?

  • Wooden cabinets should be resurfaced and metal cabinets should be replaced.
  • Newer cabinets should be resurfaced instead of replaced.
  • Older cabinets should be resurfaced instead of replaced.

What's one way to stop your hardwood floors from squeaking?

  • Lightly tap the squeaky spot with a hammer.
  • Pour a bit of olive oil on the squeaky spot.
  • Sprinkle some talcum powder on the squeaky spot.

How can you reattach adhesive on a floor tile?

  • by blowing a hair dryer on it
  • by using an iron on it
  • by putting a warm weight on top of it

A party guest left a cigarette burn on your living room carpet last night. Can you repair it yourself?

  • yes, if the burn is minor and you have a pair of sharp nail scissors
  • yes, if you have some club soda and some steel wool
  • nope, you're going to have to buy a whole new carpet

What can you do to make it easier to restore a circuit?

  • Make a list of all the branch circuits in your home.
  • Switch all of your fuses to the non-blowable kind.
  • Keep a flashlight by your main entrance panel.

How can you tell if an electrical receptacle is worn out?

  • You feel a shock whenever you plug something into it.
  • It's smoking.
  • The weight of a plug can separate the receptacle from the wall.

What's an easy way to fix a squeaky door?

  • Tap on the problem hinge with a hammer.
  • Use petroleum jelly.
  • Open the door wide and then slam it.

You need to re-stain your deck. What's the first step in removing the old stain?

  • sanding
  • pressure washing the deck
  • applying stripper

What's the first thing you should paint in a room?

  • the trim
  • the ceiling
  • the walls

What's one thing you should never do when attempting a garbage disposal repair?

  • Hit the reset button while the disposal is plugged in.
  • Stick your hand down the drain.
  • You shouldn't attempt garbage disposal repair by yourself. Call the handyman.