Fixing Things

Looking for DIY repair instructions and helpful tips for fixing things yourself around the house? Homeowners share their personal experiences fixing things at home. You can learn from our mistakes! Our step-by-step home repair guides are for average people who want to try to do the repair themselves, before hiring a professional. See how to do outdoor repairs (like lawn, garden, plants, gutters & swimming pool issues) and indoor repairs (like appliances, dishwashers, water heaters, garage doors, tub & shower issues).

My Old Dishwasher Runs Like New Again… After Cleaning Out All That Black Gunk!

This isn’t the first time I’ve had to clean out all of the black gunk and slimy food debris from the dishwasher basket in the far back. The first time, I was able to fix the dishwasher not draining. THIS time, there was no water backing up… just a bunch of food and grime buildup which was making our dishwasher run poorly. Here’s how to clean a clogged dishwasher and remove the black gunk quickly & easily.

Have Trouble Reading Small Print? Me Too. Here’s An Easy Hack That I Use All The Time (And It’s Already In Your Kitchen!)

If you can’t read small print up close and need a quick (and FREE) DIY hack when you’re at home, read this! This easy hack works every time. (I use it when I’m reading instruction manuals, recipes, the mail, and dosage instructions on prescription bottles.) I’ve also found a great magnifier for reading small print and tackling other household projects (like removing splinters and ticks, fixing jewelry, etc.) See the 7 reasons I think it’s the best magnifying glass for reading small print.

How To Get Rid Of Moles In Your Yard: The Ultimate Guide To Ground Mole Removal (From A Pest Control Expert)

As an entomologist and pest control expert specializing in both urban pests and agricultural pests for the past 25 years, I’m going to show you how to get rid of moles in your yard – from my most favorite to my least favorite methods. Lots of ground mole removal methods ranging from mole poison and baits more humane options. I’ll even show you how to get rid of moles naturally using items you already have at home!

I Fixed Our Dishwasher Water Not Draining! Here’s How I Did It…

Water won’t drain from your dishwasher? There are 2 reasons for this: 1) Food is blocking the drain basket in the dishwasher tub. 2) Food is clogging the drain hose under the sink. See how I fixed my dishwasher myself… and you can too! Here’s how to fix a dishwasher that won’t drain water.

My Tips For Making DIY Dryer Lint Fire Starters For Your Fireplace Or Campfire

I like to repurpose things whenever I can, and I’m always wanting a fast easy way to start a fire in our fire pit — so I came up with this simple idea for DIY fire starters using dryer lint, tealight candles, and toilet paper tubes. It’s a good way to repurpose dryer lint and cardboard tubes from paper towels & toilet paper. Plus, these dryer lint fire starters work really well! Here’s how I make them…

Are Invasive Species Of Insects Destroying Your Plants? Here Are 4 Ways To Rejuvenate Your Garden By Attracting Beneficial Insects

Are invasive species of insects eating your plants — maybe even starting to take over your garden? Instead of using chemicals to control pesky garden insects, here’s a list of beneficial insects you might want to release into your garden. They will naturally get rid of the pesky insects for you! Or, if you don’t want to release live predatory insects, then see our list of plants that attract beneficial insects naturally.