1. Replace a faucet: Gussy up your sink with a
fresh new faucet. Be sure to choose one that
has the same configuration as your old one
(i.e., matches the holes in your sink), and
disconnect the water line before you start.
Here’s a step-by-step. Tool needed: Wrench.
2. Update your shower head: If your shower
spouts a disappointing drizzle, replace the
shower head. Whether you go with a rainfall
model or a plain-Jane one, you can swap it out
in minutes, no plumber needed. Tools
needed: Pliers, adjustable wrench.
3. Repair your toilet: That running toilet can
waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. You
may just need to trim or untangle the flush
handle chain, or replace the flapper. Tools
needed: Pliers, cutting pliers.
4. Update cabinet hardware: Spice up your
kitchen or bath with new pulls and handles.
Be sure to pick new hardware that fits into
the holes the old hardware did. Tool needed:
5. Hang a picture: The rule of thumb is to
hang the art so the center of the piece is
about 57 to 60 inches from the floor. You can
eyeball a small picture, but you’ll need to
measure a bigger one. Tools needed:
Hammer, tape measure, level.
6. Replace a blind: That broken blind is
making your room look shabby. If you pick a
new one that fits into the brackets of the old
one, replacing it will be an easy-peasy job.
Tools needed: Screwdriver, tape measure.
7. Change your car battery: Car batteries age
and die, so at some point you’ll need a new
one. Putting it in yourself is basic adulting. Be
sure to wear gloves, and take your old
battery to a recycling center because it’s too
toxic to put in the trash. Tools needed:
Adjustable wrench or socket wrench.
8. Replace a light switch: Upgrade to a smart
switch you can turn on with your voice or
your smartphone. Cut the power to the
switch at the breaker box, take the old switch
off the wall and disconnect the wires. Wire
the new switch in. Tools needed: Screwdriver,
9. Swap out a light fixture: Dress up your
room with a fresh light fixture. Replacing an
existing one is easy: turn off the power at the
breaker box, remove and disconnect the old
fixture, then wire in the new one. Tools
needed: Screwdriver, needle-nose pliers.
10. Install a new front door lock: Upgrade to a
keyless lock, and you can unlock the door by
punching in a four-digit number. Because
house keys are so 20th Century. Tool needed:
courtesty of walmart: walmart.com/ideas/improving