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5 Skills Every Homeowner Should Master

You can become your own handyman with these handy hints

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

There's nothing wrong with keeping repair pros on your speed dial—but it also can't hurt to learn a few homekeeping skills in case of an emergency. Whether it's basic plumbing skills or troubleshooting your fuse box, it's bound to come in handy. To help you out, we've listed down a few practices that you should learn ASAP: 

1. Removing stains on porcelain. 

Who knew that all you need to have to get the sink sparkling is toilet cleaner? Pour a few drops on the stained area and use a brush to scrub it off. If that doesn't work, try something more abrasive like a pumice stick to get rid of all the dirt. 

2. Patch a hole in the gutter or pipes. 

Start by cutting away rusted or corroded material with heavy-duty scissors. Then, make a patch out of the same material—aluminum, copper, zinc, or galvanized steel are most commonly used for plumbing—that is a little larger than the hole. Finish off by covering the hole and using a thick bead of roofing cement to secure it.

3. Fix curling wallpaper. 

Getting wallpaper to look brand new again doesn't have to take more than ten minutes! Using a standard paint brush, apply wallpaper-adhesive on the wall and press it in place with a seam roller. Dab off excess adhesive with a damp washcloth. 

4. Take furniture marks out of the carpet.

Use a laundry steamer to heat up the rug and loosen the dirt then use a hard-bristle brush to fluff the fibers until the marks come off. This technique works for most carpet materials, too!

5. Touch up a paint job. 

Retouching paint can be tricky because the new layer tends to stand out from the rest. To avoid uneven panels, use a foam brush or a roller and stick to create vertical strokes when repainting walls!

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