Home repairs: Knowing when you can do it yourself

Home repairs: Knowing when you can do it yourself

In times of economic hardship, “do-it-yourself” is a tempting mantra for many homeowners with dripping faucets, running toilets, leaky windows or sticky locks.

The savings can add up when you don’t have to call a repairman, especially for things like painting, plumbing and appliance repair, said Ken Collier, editor-in-chief of The Family Handyman. “Parts are a small part of the cost. Labor is huge,” he said.

And if things go wrong? With a small job, Collier said, “worst case, you have to hire a pro and eat some crow.”

There are some home repairs, of course, that an unskilled homeowner should avoid, among them “situations where having heavy equipment makes the job go much better, especially outdoors,” Collier said.

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