Some home repairs can be expensive if you depend on a professional to perform them, but there are five basic home repairs that you can do yourself. Even a novice can perform these simple but frequent repair jobs and save money. Take this quiz to learn the ins and outs of basic home repair.
What can you do with leftover paint that you do not need?
Run water as you dispose of it down the drain.
Dispose of the paint in your normal trash or in the metal recycling bin.
Many hardware stores or municipalities offer paint-recycling programs.
What is a good idea after you finish painting?
Save a few ounces of the paint in a clean jar for later touch ups.
Never store unused paint, as it is better to recycle it immediately.
Put the name of the room you used the paint in and its color on the can before you store it.
What is the best way to bring a room to life and add value to your home?
You can create a vignette in a room to add focus and interest.
There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten the appearance of any room.
The best investment for sprucing up a room is with quality wallpaper.
What is one important fact to remember when you are painting anything including a room?
There are numerous types of paint on the market so get advice for the best paint choice.
Attend a painting seminar to insure you know what you are doing or hire a professional.
A bad paint job is worse than no paint job at all.
Once you arrive home with your paint, what should you do before you actually start to apply any paint?
Mix your paint well with a stir stick before you start painting.
Cover the floor with a drop sheet before you start painting.
Prepare the area that you are going to paint before you do anything else.
What should you do with nail holes and spots that you repaired or sanded?
Apply primer to the repaired spots and let the primer dry.
Paint the spots with a brush first before applying paint with a roller.
Go ahead and roll on the paint being sure to make extra passes over any repaired areas.
How should you paint around moldings, doorframes and ceiling corners?
Novice painters should apply painter's tape to these areas first.
Novice painters should use the special trim pads available for this job.
Novice painters are best advised to use a special trim brush to outline these areas first.
What are five basic home repair jobs that even a novice should be able to master?
Painting, installing gutters, repairing chimney cracks, repairing leaky faucets and unclogging a toilet.
Painting, restoring a patio, installing security lights, repair leaky faucets and caulking.
Painting, door problems, repair leaky faucets, caulking and unclogging a toilet.
What is a most common interior door problem?
a knob falling off
sticking or jamming
What should you do first if you have a door that is sticking or jamming?
Remove the door and sand any obvious rough spots.
Move the door back and forth, so you can mark the problem spots.
Inspect the hinges first for any loose screws or badly worn hinges.
What will need to be done if the door sticking because it is scraping the frame or lintel?
Mark the problem spots so you can plane a bit off the door in those areas.
Mark the problem spots, remove the door and chisel the bad spots off the door.
Mark the problem spots on the doorframe and sand the frame in those areas with coarse sandpaper.
What is the best way to fix most squeaky or noisy hinges?
It is best to remove hinge pins one at a time and coat them with graphite grease.
Always try to lubricate hinges first with a few drops of penetrating oil on the pins.
Save yourself future headaches, hinges are inexpensive so simply replace them.
How much should homeowners set aside in a fund to cover the cost of annual maintenance and repairs?
5 percent of a home's value
3 percent of a home's value
1 percent of a home's value
What is caulking?
Caulking is a rubbery material used to seal cracks around tubs, toilets and exterior frames.
Caulking is a material that is used to fill cracks between sheets of drywall before painting.
Caulking is the white chalky material that accumulates inside steam irons and kettles.
A usual caulking job for any homeowner is fixing old or worn out caulking, how do you accomplish that task?
Clean and lightly sand old caulking before applying a fresh layer.
Simply apply caulking as it is designed to be applied directly over old caulking.
Remove all old caulking before applying new caulking.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, how much water is wasted each year in an average American home by leaks and drips?
about 11,000 gallons (41,600 liters)
about 6,000 gallons (22,700 liters)
about 4,000 gallons (15,140 liters)
What is a first step to repairing a faucet?
Your first step is to remove the hot or cold handle from the leaky faucet.
Your first step is to hire a competent plumber.
Your first step is to turn off the water supply to the faucet.
What is the most common cause of a leaky faucet?
deteriorating valve packing
corrosion of the valve seat
a deteriorated rubber washer
What is the easiest way to ensure that you are ready for common faucet repairs?
List all your faucet types and purchase a repair kit to have on hand for each when required.
Purchase a universal faucet repair kit at your hardware or plumbing supply store.
Purchase a plumber’s toolkit that contains washers, screws, Teflon tape, other supplies and a selection of tools.
What is required in order to resolve most clogged toilet problems?