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Do It or Screw It – Home Repair Jobs & Expertise

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Have a project or renovation idea you’ve been wanting to tackle? Knowing what level of skill you have is the first step in determining how much help you’re going to need (or not) for your next home improvement job. Once you decide which of your jobs you can handle yourself, and which ones you absolutely cannot do, will help to minimize the mistakes or re-dos. And, let’s be honest, it will minimize your frustration too!

Today I’m sharing a list of some common home repair jobs and the appropriate level of homeowner expertise.

Do It or Screw It: Home Repair Jobs & Expertise (

Jobs for Meager-Beavers (beginner)

  • Drywall and plaster – repairing small holes
  • Unclogging drains, fixing running toilets and leaky valves
  • Painting, staining, applying polyurethane and varnish
  • Prepping – sanding and caulking
  • Replacing Window Panes
  • Installing subfloors

Jobs for Eager-Beavers (confident)

  • Drywall and plaster – repairing large holes and sheet installation
  • Replacing windows
  • Installing ceramic tiles and hardwood (tongue-and-groove) flooring
  • Installing copper and PVC pipe
  • Building a deck

Jobs for Reliever-Beavers (advanced)

  • Replacing windows and doors
  • Super-serious drain cleaning
  • Installing galvanized pipe (gas line)
  • Working on high or steep roofs
  • Dealing with the circuit-breaker or fuse box

So how do you size up? Share your home projects in the comments below!


Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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