How to learn DIY home repair skills for free

The handyman looked at the plaster dangling from the top of our downstairs window. Then, he headed upstairs to check the seal on the window directly overhead.

“It needs some caulk,” he announced when he returned. “If I come out again and fix it, it’ll cost $250. Or, you can pick up caulk for two or three bucks and do it yourself.”

My husband and I exchanged a nervous glance. The last time I’d held a caulk gun was 10 years ago. He never had.

But we’d just been told how to knock 99% off our potential repair bill. It seemed like now was the perfect time to learn!

If you’re considering your own home repair or remodel, you’re not alone. Amid the increasing transition to a work-from-home life, 75% of Americans said they’re making improvements to their homes, according to a recent Travelers insurance company survey.

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated.

The handyman looked at the plaster dangling from the top of our downstairs window. Then, he headed upstairs to check the seal on the window directly overhead.

“It needs some caulk,” he announced when he returned. “If I come out again and fix it, it’ll cost $250. Or, you can pick up caulk for two or three bucks and do it yourself.”

My husband and I exchanged a nervous glance. The last time I’d held a caulk gun was 10 years ago. He never had.

But we’d just been told how to knock 99% off our potential repair bill. It seemed like now was the perfect time to learn!

We’re here with ways to help you get started on your own DIY.

Guide to DIY Home Repairs

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Kingfisher profit boosted as pandemic drives DIY rediscovery

LONDON (Reuters) – The COVID-19 crisis has prompted consumers to rediscover the joy of home improvement, do-it-yourself (DIY) retailer Kingfisher KGF.L said, as it reported a 23% jump in first half profit.

FILE PHOTO: A general view as people queue outside a B&Q DIY store following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Watford, Britain, April 26, 2020. REUTERS/Paul Childs

Shares in the group, which owns B&Q and Screwfix in Britain and Castorama and Brico Depot in France and other markets, were up 7% at 0905 GMT on Tuesday, extending 2020 gains to over 30%, after it also said strong second quarter sales had continued.

Like-for-like sales in the second quarter to July 31 soared 19.5% and are up 16.6% in the third quarter so far.

The pandemic has meant people are spending more time at home, they have fewer leisure options and are traveling less.

“The crisis has prompted

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DIY Home Gym Floor – The Home Depot Flooring A-Z

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What’s under your feet (or however you get around) is as important as anything when it comes to home. That’s why this fall, we collaborated with The Home Depot on an A to Z guide that’ll give you the confidence to make flooring choices you’ll love. Check out the A to Z handbook here.

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If you’ve ever accidentally roundhouse-kicked a floor lamp while following along with an exercise video or dropped a hand-weight on your kitchen tile, you know how difficult it is to work out at home without a designated space. When you’re ready to carve out space for your own home exercise room, installing the proper flooring is critical for both your physical health and the longevity of your freshly-created workout zone.

Before getting started, think about which area of your home is the most conducive to becoming a gym. Look for spaces that are potentially underutilized—like

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Get into DIY spirit for National Home Improvement Month

If ever an excuse was needed to spruce up our pads, September is National Home Improvement Month. Fiona Evans finds out how the campaign is spreading DIY cheer.

Home is where the heart is, so the saying goes.

How much that rings true may depend on your experience of lockdown but there is little doubt that the pandemic has seen most of us spending more time in our nests.

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And that has brought with it rising scrutiny of our abodes, from house-share to mansion; city flat to suburban semi, few can have been immune from the critical gaze of a nation told to stay at home.

It comes as no surprise then, that lockdown encouraged many of us to dabble in DIY, whether born out of a need to keep busy, part of a dawning era of

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DIY Home Improvement Market Projected to Reach $1137.57 Billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 4.8%

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Sep 08, 2020 (AB Digital via COMTEX) —
Home Improvement Market is valued at USD 819.53 Billion in 2018 and expected to reach USD 1137.57 Billion by 2025 with the CAGR of 4.8% over the forecast period.

Increasing development of the construction industry, increasing population, reducing living space, adoption of innovative interior & exterior like garden, smart kitchens etc.  are some  key impacting factors deriving the growth of the global DIY home improvement market. 

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DIY home improvement is a service refers to building projects that alter the structure of an existing home. It is used in renovation including improvements to lawns, gardens and outdoor structures such as gazebos and garages. It also incorporates maintenance, repair and general servicing tasks. End use of DIY home improvement is in residential and nonresidential buildings. Do-It-Yourself

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DIY or Pay a Pro? What to Know About the Cost of Protecting Your Home This Fall

Fall is here, and while we’re all busy guzzling pumpkin lattes and buying sweaters, homeowners need to figure out what to do about all the leaves falling in their yards — and onto their roofs and gutters.



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As we’re previously pointed out, if you own a home and live in a spot where leaves and debris can accumulate in your gutters, you may want to invest in gutter guards. These guards help prevent your gutters from getting clogged by leaves — a situation that can cause problems for your roof, drainage, and the gutters themselves.

Keep in mind that even after you’ve installed gutter guards, you’re still going to need to give your gutters a cleaning about once a year according to Eamon Lynch, director of warranty service at the Philadelphia-based Power Home Remodeling. Why? Just to make sure that no bits of debris

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Stacey Solomon shows how to give homes a budget Autumn makeover with cheap wreaths, DIY garlands and a clever sock hack

AUTUMN is well and truly here so it’s time to swap out your bright and bold colourful decor for some moody orange and brown hues instead.

Stacey Solomon has been leading the way with cheap DIY autumnal decorations which she’s been making using budget bits – and it’s just the vibe we’re after.

Stacey Solomon, 30, has been embracing autumn giving her home a seasonal makeover

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Stacey Solomon, 30, has been embracing autumn giving her home a seasonal makeoverCredit: Instagram

Whether you’re going full blown Halloween, or want to incorporate a subtle seasonal makeover, chances are you can do it yourself for cheap with a few of Stacey’s handy hacks.

From cheap hand-made wreaths to a fun solution to odd socks, Stacey’s ideas are endless – and even her pal Mrs Hinch is in on it too, making handy decorative garlands.

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The 30-year-old mum-of-three recently showed her 3.7 million Instagram followers how to whip up a seasonal wreath using

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Faux Stone DIY You Can Do at Home While On “Staycation”

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As many people adjust to a new life spent mostly at home, some are looking for ways to use their time productively. You may be surprised to learn that you can significantly improve the look, feel, and curb appeal or your home right now without having to work with a contractor.

A leading provider of faux stone, rock and brick, GenStone provides stunning, durable home paneling that’s easy to acquire and easy to install. According to Travis McCain, VP Marketing at GenStone, the seamless, straightforward DIY process allows homeowners to drastically enhance the look of their homes the moment they receive their orders.

“Over the past two decades, our panelized DIY faux stone system has become a mainstay in the home improvement market,” said McCain. “Based on an easy-to-install combination of panels and accessories, the GenStone system was designed to provide a true do-it-yourself-friendly stone veneer home improvement product.”

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