7 Home Improvement Guides To Make Your Life Easier

7 Home Improvement Guides To Make Your Life Easier

As a homeowner, you wear many different hats – homeowner, home operator, maintenance crew, cleaning coordinator, decorator, manager of accounts payable – just to name a few. You may step into the role of homeowner without experience in all of those areas, but that’s okay, there are lots of resources to help you out.

To get started, we’ve put together a list of great HGTV guides to walk you through some common tasks homeowners may find on their to do lists.

Continue reading to find quick step-by-step guides to help you:

  1. Remove a stripped screw
  2. Hang a door
  3. Caulk a shower
  4. Install shiplap
  5. Remove a dishwasher
  6. Install crown moulding
  7. Replace a toilet seat

 

But before you get started, here’s a list of items you may not think to include in your toolbox.  Gather these non-tools before you begin your task because you never know what you might need.

  • Rubber bands
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Baby oil
  • Magnet
  • String
  • Toothbrush
  • Fork
  • Toothpicks
  • Empty water bottle
  • Compact mirror

Read more to find out how these items will come in handy.

 

Helpful DIY Guides for Homeowners

 

How to remove a stripped screw

How to Remove a Stripped Screw

  1. Use a manual screwdriver instead of a drill
  2. Try a flathead screwdriver
  3. Give it a few taps with a hammer
  4. Pull it out with locking pliers
  5. Use a rubber band for grip
  6. Increase traction with cleaning supplies
  7. Try an impact screwdriver
  8. Reverse drill
  9. Stripped screw removal tool

Read the full guide for a list of tools and materials needed and step-by-step instructions with visuals.

 

how to hang a door

How To Hang A Door In An Existing Jamb

  1. Remove lock and knob set
  2. Remove hinge pins
  3. Remove door from hinge knuckles
  4. Trim door to correct size
  5. Make sure it’s flush
  6. Trace the door
  7. Cut the new door to size
  8. Use hand plane tool if necessary
  9. Transfer hinge mortise
  10. Score outter edges
  11. Make perdendicular cutlines
  12. Mortise and repeat
  13. Drill door holes
  14. Install accessories
  15. Hang the door

Read the full guide for a list of tools and materials needed and step-by-step instructions with visuals.

 

how to caulk a shower

How to Caulk A Shower

  1. Remove old caulk
  2. Clean area thoroughly
  3. Recaulk seams
  4. Clean up edges

Read the full guide for a list of tools and materials needed and step-by-step instructions with visuals.

 

how to install shiplap

How to Install Shiplap

  1. Measure the area
  2. Paint the plywood
  3. Cut shiplap strips
  4. Cut boards to length
  5. Install boards to the wall
  6. Cut around obstacles
  7. Touch up and finish
  8. Replace outlet covers

Read the full guide for a list of tools and materials needed and step-by-step instructions with visuals.

 

how to remove a dishwasher

How To Remove A Dishwasher

  1. Disconnect the power
  2. Disconnect the water supply
  3. Remove the water supply
  4. Disconnect the drain line
  5. Detatch from the countertop
  6. Remove the panel
  7. Disconnect the water supply from the dishwasher
  8. Loosen the front legs
  9. Loosen the back legs
  10. Disconnect the power
  11. Remove the dishwasher

Read the full guide for a list of tools materials needed and step-by-step instructions with pictures and videos.

 

how to install crown moulding

How To Install Crown Moulding

  1. Measure and mark
  2. Cut the moulding
  3. Nail in place
  4. Caulk

Read the full guide for a list of tools materials needed and step-by-step instructions with visuals.

 

how to replace a toilet seat

How To Remove or Replace A Toilet Seat

  1. Open the bolt housing
  2. Remove the bolts
  3. Use a basin wrench for tight screws
  4. Remove toilet seat
  5. Attach the new seat

Read the full guide for a list of tools materials needed and step-by-step instructions with visuals.