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Handyman Tips and Tricks

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Many household repairs can be done by the homeowner, rather than having to call a professional handyman or repair service. This is a guide about handyman tips and tricks.
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November 1, 2010

There are many repairs that can be made by you the homeowner that people regularly pay to have repaired. So, I convinced my husband, who runs his own home repair and maintenance business, to give me his "top ten" repairs that homeowners can do themselves and his secrets for making them easy. Plumbing problems does not always require a plumber. Here are a couple of tricks and tips that can help you to fix that plugged up sink:

Here are some other tips for other things that you can repair yourself:
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November 22, 20064 found this helpful

When our home electrical box needed repairs - the main breaker was corroded; the system is over 25 years old and we thought we might have difficulty locating parts for repair of the system. My husband took an up close picture of the electrical panel; he took a ruler and photographed the ruler on certain areas of the system so electrical parts personnel could determine if they could supply us with the parts. The pictures were a success and the hardware store we found the parts at (the part had to be ordered) was very appreciative of the picture when he was in the process of ordering the part.

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We have decided to take pictures of all the important components in our home (plumbing, electrical, septic tank, etc.) in order to have a visual record. These pictures will be kept in a file and will be updated when repairs or changes are made.

By WandaJo from Collierville

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November 2, 2011

If you have trouble holding a very small nail while trying to pound with hammer, try this. Punch the nail through a piece of tape or a small piece of cardboard that's sturdy enough to hold it. You now have a handle to hold on to while you pound away.

By Penny B. from McVeytown, PA

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July 22, 2013

Take a paper respirator and remove those flimsy stretch bands off. Replace them with a more sturdy elastic band from a pair of old suspenders, or you can get 1/2 to 3/4 wide elastic band material from a sewing store.

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