Don't call a pro when you can do it yourself

  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Here are 10 repairs that every homeowner should know how to do — for a fraction of the cost of calling a pro. “Some projects might seem a little dirty, but a bar of soap is a lot less expensive than an hour of a handyman’s time,” said Daniel Vannoni, founder of the home-repair website ProperSee.

1. Change a showerhead

Why: “Showerheads can clog with mineral deposits and sediments over time, and newer models have low-flow designs to save on your water consumption without sacrificing the strength of spray,” Vannoni said.

Tools: Crescent wrench or slip-joint pliers and Teflon tape.

Time: Five to 15 minutes.

More help: Home repair expert Barbara K of AOL’s home improvement channel provides guidance in this video titled “How to Change a Showerhead,” on YouTube:

2. Fix a running toilet

Why: It wastes water. This usually indicates that the flapper and sealing flange need a cleaning or replacement.

Tools: A flapper replacement kit from the hardware store.

Time: Five to 15 minutes.

More help: Check out Howcast’s video “How to Fix a Running Toilet” on identifying and fixing your porcelain throne’s issues:

3. Change a light fixture

Why: Swapping out a light fixture can turn around a room.

Tools: Wire tester, screwdriver, pliers, electrical tape and ladder.

Time: 30 minutes, depending.

More help: Buildipedia’s YouTube video “How to Replace a Light Fixture” gives some safety and DIY tips:

Tip: “Just make sure the circuit is off,” Vannoni says.

4. Stem a washing machine water supply hose leak

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