10 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

Whether you’re a first-time or veteran homeowner, there are some things you should know how to do around the house, without having to call a professional. Here are our top 10 tasks you can tackle on your own and how to do them.


  1. Change AC/Furnace FilterReplace the air filter on your central heating/cooling system every one to three months to keep the system operating efficiently.
  2. Changing air conditioner air filter.

  3. Clean AC Drain LineIf your home is equipped with a central air conditioning system, you may have noticed a drain line dripping water near the outside AC unit. This line drains condensation from the inside air handler to the outside. If this line clogs (usually from algae) it can cause water damage inside the house.
  4. Pouring a cup of bleach in an air conditioner drain line to kill algae and prevent clogs.

  5. Shut Off Main Water LineTurning off the water is the first step in stopping a leak or making other plumbing repairs, so it’s important locate the main water shutoff valve to your home now before you need it in an emergency.
  6. Shutoff valve in copper for cutting off water.

  7. Repair a Running ToiletA toilet that runs constantly or doesn’t flush properly can be quite a nuisance and huge waste of water. There are several common problems associated with toilets that are fairly easy to diagnose and repair.
  8. running toilet

  9. Unclog a DrainThere are a variety of home remedies for clogged drains that don’t require chemicals which can damage your plumbing system. Here’s how to unclog bathroom or kitchen sink drains in no time using a drain snake or a plunger.
  10. Using a plunger to unclog a kitchen sink.

  11. Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide DetectorsTo keep your family safe from smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide (CO), install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home and near bedrooms.
  12. Opening the cover on a smoke alarm to change the battery.

  13. Hang Pictures and Heavy Items ProperlyWalk down the hardware aisle of any home center, and you’ll find an overwhelming array of wall anchors and picture hangers. Many homeowners have difficulty figuring out how to secure items – especially heavy ones – to the wall.
  14. Installing a toggle bolt in a drywall wall.

  15. Repair Drywall HolesDrywall can become damaged over time, from small nail holes to larger holes from door knobs. It’s not that difficult to repair, if you know how to go about it.
  16. repair drywall hole

  17. Clean Gutters and DownspoutsGutters on your home serve an important function by diverting rainwater from your roof away from the foundation of your house. Leaky or clogged gutters and downspouts can cause rainwater to run into eaves, resulting in rotten fascia or soffit boards.
  18. Gutter full of leaves

  19. Tune Up a Lawn MowerTo keep your lawn mower running smoothly, it’s important to maintain it properly. At the start of the season, tackle these three tasks: change the oil, replace or clean spark plug, and replace or clean air filter.
  20. Changing the air filter on a lawn mower.

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Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.


  1. Mr. Lipford, I really love watching your show. I live in a modular home I would like see if you have any videos or ideas on do it yourself project for modular homes.


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