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  • Category: Electrical  (10)
    • Replace a lamp socket 

      When it comes to old light fixtures, repairing rather than replacing is always a good option. Replacing a lamp socket assembly is an easy way to extend…

    • Vampire Power  

      Vampire power is a term coined to describe electrical power wasted by typical household electronics when they are plugged in, but not in use. Vampire power is…

    • Replace a Light Fixture 

      Replacing a light fixture if it is broken or worn is an easy way to brighten your décor. Step 1: As with all electrical projects, turn the power off to the…

    • Dryer: Dryer Cord Replacement 

      Plug into a New Dryer If you are ready to plug in that new or used clothes dryer and you realize the plug on the dryer does not match the outlet on the wall,…

    • Plug: Adding an Electrical Plug 

      Add Some Power to Your Room by Switching to a New Plug In Adding a much needed outlet to any room may be as simple as replacing an existing wall switch with a…

    • Outlet: Install a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlet 

      Install a GFCI Outlet (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Save Yourself From A Shocking Experience by Installing a GFCI Outlet in Your Bathroom, Kitchen…

    • How to change switch 

      How to change a switch and install a dimmer switch

    • Thermostat: Install a Programmable Thermostat 

      Install a Programmable Thermostat Save money and energy by replacing your outdated thermostat with a new programmable thermostat. Step 1: Using the…

    • Outlet: Replacing an Electrical Outlet 

      Replacing an Electrical Outlet Replacing an old worn or broken outlet is as easy as turning a few screws, but it can be very dangerous if you do not shut…

    • Plug: Replacing an Electric Plug End 

      Replacing an Electrical Plug Step 1: Before replacing an electrical plug end make sure the lamp or appliance is unplugged, then simply cut the old plug…

  • Category: Bathroom  (5)
    • Toilet: Unclog with an auger 

      No matter how you look at it, a clogged toilet is no fun, but you might not need a plumber to unclog it. Step 1: Remove as much water as possible from the…

    • Toilet: Install dual flush valve 

      Dual flush toilets save water and money by allowing you to flush with a half tank of water or a full tank of water, depending on your needs. Proper installatio…

    • Low Water Pressure 

      Low water pressure? A new tub spout could help pressurize your morning shower If your tub spout diverter is diverting more water to the tub than the…

    • Caulk a Tub 

      Caulk a Tub: A Tube of Caulk and a Wet Finger Can Save Your Tub from Disaster If the caulk around your tub is cracked, black, or just plain icky, a…

    • Installing a Shower Head 

      Installing a Shower Head Whether calcium and lime deposits have clogged your old shower head beyond repair or you have simply decided to upgrade to a new…

  • Category: Home Fix-It  (24)
    • Stair Gauges to Mark a Stringer 

      Use Stair Gauges to Properly Mark a Stringer Building a set of stairs is a tricky endeavor. Using a pair of brass stair gauges and a builder’s square…

    • Fix a leaky basement 

      If spring has sprung a leak in your basement wall, it is time to head to your local hardware store or lumber yard for some hydraulic cement and fix a leaky…

    • Paint: a wall or room 

      Painting one wall or a whole room is a great job for a cold winter day. Step 1: Patch holes and cracks in drywall with lightweight spackling. For plaster…

    • Door: Plane a wooden door 

      If you have a sticky wooden door and tightening the hinge screws or shimming the hinges has not solved the problem, it may be time to take more drastic…

    • Door: Shim a door hinge 

      Fixing a door that sticks could be as easy as turning a few screws or shimming a hinge. Step 1: Use a screw driver to tighten all of the door hinge…

    • Dryer: Install a dryer vent heat economizer 

      Covert your clothes dryer into an extra source of heat by installing a dryer vent heat economizer. Once installed, the simple flip of a switch will save…

    • Smoke Detector: Install  

      Installing a smoke detector is an easy task, but choosing the right detector and deciding where to install it requires a little forethought and information. St…

    • Windows: Weather proofing  

      Weather proofing your windows is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce winter drafts and save on energy cost. Step 1: Caulk around the interior and exterior…

    • Tile: Grout Tile 

      Grout old tile, it can add new life to an otherwise tired and worn bathroom, kitchen or entryway. Step 1: Clean the tile with a good non residual cleaner…

    • Wallpaper: Strip Wallpaper 

      Strip Wallpaper Whether it is old and faded or just not your style, removing old wallpaper can dramatically improve the look and feel of any room. Step 1:…

    • Conserve Energy and Save Money 

      Save Energy - Save Money. Here are twenty easy things you can do to conserve energy and save money. 1. Use fluorescent lighting. When your incandescent…

    • Garage Door: Insulating a Garage Door 

      Insulating a garage door can easily be done in a day. Step 1: Remove any remnants of pre-existing weather seal along the bottom and sides of your garage…

    • How to do Pointing 

      How to do pointing, re-pointing Mortar Joints If the mortar on your wall, chimney or patio is cracked and crumbling away, it is time to grab a trowel, mix…

    • Door: Painting a Front Door 

      Painting a Front Door If your front door is faded and peeling or you are just in the mood for change, a fresh coat of paint is a quick way to improve your…

    • Window: Replace Window Screen 

      With spring in full swing, now is the time to replace those torn or worn screens around your home. Step 1: Remove the screen frame from the window or door.…

    • Door: Install a Dead Bolt 

      Make Your Home a Little Safer By Installing a Dead Bolt Lock With the right tools and a little patience you can install a dead bolt in your solid wooden door…

    • Door: Key to Replacing an Existing Lock Set 

      The Key to Replacing an Existing Lock Set If you have a dysfunctional or out dated door lock set, replacing it can be an easy and cost effect way to improve…

    • Wall: Patching a Hole in Drywall 

      Patching a Hole in Drywall A small hole in drywall, let’s say roughly the size of a door knob… or maybe a fist… can be easily fixed with an aluminum…

    • Wall: Patching a Plaster Wall 

      Patching a Plaster Wall Cracks or holes in plaster walls can be repaired with a little patience and a bag of patching plaster. Pre-mixed joint compound or…

    • Floor: Fixing a Squeaking Wood Floor 

      Fixing a Squeaking Wood Floor Step 1 – Identify the problem. Wood floors have two layers, the floor boards, which you see, and the subflooring which lies…

    • Door: Install Bronze Weather Strip 

      Install Bronze Weather Strip V-shaped metal weather stripping or rolled spring seal weather strip is by far the most efficient means to weather proof your…

    • Door: Installing a Door Sweep 

      Installing a Door Sweep Evident from its name, a door sweep attaches to the bottom edge of your exterior door and literally sweeps along the floor as you…

    • Window: How to Glaze a Window 

      How to Glaze a Window Step 1: When replacing glass in a wooden window frame, prepare the area by removing the cracked or broken glass completely. Step…

    • Door: Interior Door That Won't Shut 

      Quick Fix for an Interior Door That Won’t Shut If you live in an older home with wooden doors chances are one or more of your doors no longer latches when…

  • Category: Lawn-Garden  (29)
    • How to set a fence post 

      How to set a fence post: Whether it is one post for a mail box or 100 posts for a fence, it is important to follow some simple steps when setting a wooden…

    • When to fertilize lawn 

      To fertilize or not to fertilize… that is the question. Excessive fertilization is detrimental to your lawn, wastes money, causes pest problems and is bad…

    • How to Build Window Boxes 

      Window boxes can add charm and color to any structure on your property. Consider adding a window box to your home, garage or storage shed. Step 1:…

    • To Seed or Not to Seed 

      To seed or not to seed, that is the question. Spring is a great time to over seed an existing lawn. Sunshine is abundant in those normally shady spots…

    • Eliminating Ants Inside 

      About ants and eliminating Ants inside. When the ants come marching two-by-two, into your kitchen, “hurrah, hurrah” is most likely not the first phrase…

    • Tree for shade 

      Spring is a great time to plant a tree for shade and savings. Trees not only increase the value of your property, but can also reduce energy costs by…

    • Kill Crabgrass 

      Crabgrass is an invasive weed that grows well in lawns which are lightly watered, under fertilized and relatively sunny.  Preventing crabgrass with…

    • Birds in Backyard 

      Early spring is the perfect time to install a bird house in your back yard.   Following a few simple steps will have you bird watching in no time. St…

    • Lawn: Rain Barrel Winter Storage 

      Rain barrels are a great way to save energy and money throughout the growing season, but for those who live in cooler climates, rain barrels can be problematic…

    • Lawn: Rake Leaves 

      The beauty of fall brings with it the conundrum of fallen leaves. Thick layers of leaves deprive lawns of much needed sunlight and foster disease that wrecks…

    • Start seeds indoor 

      Get a jump start on the growing season by starting vegetable seeds indoors. Step 1: Choose which seeds you want to start indoors by reading the back of…

    • Evergreens: Resurrect your drought- and heat-stressed foliage 

      If your evergreens are more “ever-brown” or the leaves of your deciduous trees and shrubs have curled and dried around the edges, chances are the excessive…

    • Lawn: 7 Last Minute Winterization Tips 

      Are you ready for winter? Here are seven steps that may help you catch one or two things you forgot to do last month. Step 1: Empty the gas from your lawn…

    • Lawn: Winterize Your Lawn 

      November is the time to winterize your lawn for a healthy spring time growing season. Step 1: Pick up fallen branches, lawn clutter and anything else that…

    • How to Clean Gutters 

      Clean gutters are essential in maintaining the integrity of a home’s foundation and keeping its basement dry. If you are not afraid of heights, you should…

    • What to do with Dog Poop 

      What to do with Dog Poop-Composting The dog days of summer are here and if you have a dog or two it might be a good time to consider a doggie waste compost…

    • Mole Problems 

      Mole Problems: How to Control Moles benefit our lawns by eating root destroying insects such as grubs and their tunnels aerate our soil. Unfortunately, these…

    • Water Spigot: Repair Outdoor Lawn Water Spigot 

      If your outdoor lawn water faucet keeps on going after your watering is done, you may be able to repair it rather than replace it. Step 1: Turn off the…

    • Mulch Bed: Making a Mulch Bed 

      Making a professional looking mulch bed is easy with a shovel and a relatively strong back. Step 1: Plot the course. Lay out a long garden hose or use a can…

    • Deck or Fence:Refinish a Wooden Deck or Fence 

      If your wooden deck or fence is over a year old and is beginning to show signs of aging, take an afternoon to refresh it with some oil or stain. Step 1 –…

    • Brick Walkway/Patio:Resurfacing a Brick Walkway or Patio 

      Resurfacing a Brick Walkway or Patio Repairing the mortar joints between walkway or patio bricks is easier than you think. Step 1 – Level the playing field…

    • Irrigation: Installing a Drip Irrigation System 

      Installing a drip irrigation or micro watering system is an easy way to save water as well as time, while improving the overall health of your plants. Step 1:…

    • Deck: Clean a Deck 

      Outdoor living areas need spring cleaning too. Now is the perfect time to give that old wooden deck an easy face lift with some good old elbow grease and a…

    • Methods of Composting 

      Backyard composting is an easy way to make use of yard and kitchen waste. A proper mix of brown and green organic materials coupled with the right amount of…

    • Rainwater Use 

      Rainwater Use: Be Green and Save Green By Installing a Rain Barrel To properly install a rain barrel you will need two to four cinder blocks, a guttering…

    • Lawn Mower: Lawn Mower Spring Check Up 

      Lawn Mower Spring Check Up Before the grass gets too tall, do a quick spring check up on your mower to ensure it is ready to go when you are. Step 1: Check…

    • Lawn: Reseed for a Better Lawn 

      Spring into Reseeding for a Better Lawn Spring is the perfect time to reseed those shady areas of your lawn and although fall is the preferred time for over…

    • Lawn Mower: Sharpen Your Mower Blade 

      Sharpen your Mowing Skills with a New Edge on your Dull Blade. A sharp blade is the first step in maintaining a gas or electric push mower. The blade should…

    • Ice Melt: A Sure Footed Solution to Your Ice Melt Dilemma 

      A Sure Footed Solution to Your Ice Melt Dilemma: With so many products out there, choosing the right ice melt can be a slippery slope in and of itself. If…

  • Category: Kitchen  (6)
    • Installing a kitchen sink 

      Whether you are replacing an old sink or adding a new sink, installing a self rimming sink is a reasonable do-it-yourself kind of job. Step 1: Determine…

    • How to Fix a Leaky Sink Strainer 

      How to fix a leaky sink strainer. If your kitchen sink stainer assembly is worn or leaking you should be able to install a new one without too much difficulty.…

    • Cabinet: Replace Hinge 

      Replacing old and worn cabinet hinges is simple, when you find hinges that are the same size and shape. If the new hinges do not match up to the old ones, the…

    • Ice Maker: Install with a Tee 

      You don’t have to tap into an existing water line to hook up the icemaker in your refrigerator. Instead, you can use a special tee designed to fit right on…

    • Ice Maker: Install an Ice Maker 

      Install an Ice Maker If your new refrigerator comes equipped with an ice maker you may not need to call the plumber to hook it up. Step 1: To tap into an…

    • Installing a disposal 

      Installing or replacing a Disposal is not as difficult as you may think. Step 1: Disconnect the power supply to the old garbage disposal/disposer. If the…

  • Category: Introduction  (1)
    • Introduction 

      Welcome to You-Can-Fix-It.com, a website dedicated to providing you with step by step instructions on how to fix things. Email us at info@you-can-fix-it.com…

  • Category: Automotive  (3)
    • Jump Start a Car 

      Use jumper cables to jump start a car. Cold weather slows things down, including automobile batteries. Using jumper cables to start a dead battery is safe…

    • Check Antifreeze 

      Fall is a good time to check your vehicle's antifreeze levels. Antifreeze, often referred to as coolant, safeguards your engine block from freezing…

    • Changing Oil and Filter 

      Changing the oil and filter in your car is an easy way to save money while prolonging the life of your vehicle. Most cars and trucks will run better if the…

  • Category: Other Fix-It  (5)
    • Brown Recluse Spiders 

      Brown Recluse spiders are venomous spiders found in the Central and Midwestern states. Named for their reclusive habits, these spiders prefer dry, dark…

    • Pest: Eliminate Mice 

      If you suspect a mouse in your house, it is imperative you act quickly to eliminate it. If left unchecked, a single mouse can produce up to a dozen offspring…

    • Turkey: Deep Fry a Turkey 

      Deep frying is a fun and easy way to “fix” a deliciously juicy turkey for any occasion. Step 1: Completely thaw and dry a 10 -14 pound turkey.…

    • Pest: Eliminate Camel Crickets in the Basement 

      Camel Crickets are hump backed crickets with a translucent brown body and long spider like legs and antennae. They are commonly found on basement walls and…

    • Pest: Controlling Tree Bagworms 

      Controlling Bagworms If you have evergreens in your landscape, you are most likely familiar with bagworms. Bagworms are small caterpillars that feed off…

  • Category: Plumbing  (11)
    • Fix Leaky Toilet- Fill Valve 

      Fix a Leaky Toilet, Fill Valve If you have recently replaced the tank flapper and your toilet is still running, it may be time to pull out the big guns…

    • Fix Leaky Toilet- Flapper 

      Fix leaky toilet- Flapper Step 1: To replace your worn toilet tank flapper, begin by shutting off the water supply. Step 2: Flush the toilet to empty…

    • Replace Toilet Wax Ring 

      If water is seeping out from beneath the toilet bowl or there is a faint smell of sewer gas in the bathroom, it is definitely time to replace the toilet bowl…

    • Sweat Copper Pipe 

      With the advent of Pex tubing and “Shark Bite” type fittings, sweating (soldering) copper tubing is becoming a lost art.  With a little patience and a lot…

    • Pilot Light on Water Heater 

      If the gas pilot light on a hot water heater refuses to stay lit, replacing its thermocouple may be the answer to the problem. Step 1: Read the instruction…

    • Installing a Faucet 

      It is easy to install a dedicated water filtered faucet if you have an unused faucet hole or a stainless steel sink. Step 1: Purchase a filter faucet to…

    • Water line: Thawing frozen water line 

      Thawing a frozen water line in your home is easy when you have a little patience and a mild heat source. Frozen pipes are likely to burst if heated too fast,…

    • Faucet: Fix a Single Handle Delta-Peerless Faucet 

      If your Delta or Peerless brand single handle faucet is dripping, a little time and a Delta/Peerless single-handle faucet repair kit will solve your problem…

    • Pipes: Prevent Frozen Pipes 

      When the temperature outside drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind begins to blow, uninsulated water lines and drain pipes are likely to freeze. A…

    • Water Spigot: Repair Outdoor Lawn Water Spigot 

      If your outdoor lawn water faucet keeps on going after your watering is done, you may be able to repair it rather than replace it. Step 1: Turn off the…

    • Faucet: Dripping Faucet 

      Dripping Faucet If your double handled bathroom faucet is dripping, grab an adjustable wrench, a Phillips screw driver and a flat head screw driver; then…