The Ultimate Home Repair Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There are two basic types of homeowner: the do-it-yourselfer, and the kind who immediately calls in the handyman when there's a leak. But there's hope for the home-repair averse. This quiz will show you that it's not so hard to do it yourself.

Your kitchen cabinets are pretty outdated. How can you decide whether to replace or resurface them?

Older cabinets tend to have better craftsmanship, so if yours are pre-1980 or so, it might be a good idea to resurface them instead of buying new, possibly flimsier, cabinets.

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What's one way to stop your hardwood floors from squeaking?

Talcum powder just might do the trick

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How can you reattach adhesive on a floor tile?

You can cover a slightly loose floor tile with aluminum foil and then a cloth and heat the loose edges with an iron. That could be enough to get the adhesive to reattach.

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A party guest left a cigarette burn on your living room carpet last night. Can you repair it yourself?

Yes. If it's a small burn just on the tip of the fibers, you can cut off the burn and then sponge the area with a mild detergent and water.

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What can you do to make it easier to restore a circuit?

If you make a list of the areas of your house that are connected to each branch circuit, it will be a cinch to reset the right circuit breaker.

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How can you tell if an electrical receptacle is worn out?

Well, we guess the first two answers are technically correct, but a common (and not so scary) sign is when the receptacle starts pulling away from the wall if something is plugged in.

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What's an easy way to fix a squeaky door?

Petroleum jelly does the job just as well as oil -- and you don't have to worry about drips.

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You need to re-stain your deck. What's the first step in removing the old stain?

The first thing you should do is apply stripper. Then you can pressure wash.

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What's the first thing you should paint in a room?

Go with the ceiling first.

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What's one thing you should never do when attempting a garbage disposal repair?

Yes, it's definitely a bad idea to put your hand down there. Just don't do it.

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