5 easy DIY fixes anyone can do—with the right tools

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Fall is finally here — and Canadian Tire is here to help you make sure you’re Ready For everything. From easy weekend D.I.Y. home updates to tips on how to maximize storage in any space, we’ve got you covered as you get back into your autumn routine.

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Many of us may have grown up relying on other people to help us out around our homes. To the uninitiated, the prospect of tackling home projects can seem daunting. Where do you even start?

Luckily, with ample how-to videos available and handy tools designed to help make life easier, do-it-yourself projects and fixes don’t have to be intimidating. All it takes is the right tools, the proper know-how and a little confidence to get started.

So the next time you run into a pesky problem at home, don’t fret. You’ve got this! From leaky faucets to cracked caulking, here are a few tips and tricks on how to fix common household issues all by yourself, and become handier around the home in the process.

How to fix a leaky faucet

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You don’t need to be a plumber to fix that leaky faucet that’s been bugging you every night for the past week. If your faucet has two handles, you’ll first want to determine which side is leaking by shutting off the valves one at a time. Once you’ve identified the problem, turn off the water supply, remove the aerator and take all of the parts to the store to purchase a new kit and aerator.

Once you have the necessary parts, remove the leaky side’s handle by taking off the set screw, the handle and retainer nuts and pulling out the cylinder using a set of pliers. Then replace the cylinder and reassemble the faucet. Hot tip: Take a photo of the pieces in the order you removed them for easy reassembly! And don’t forget the plumber’s tape.

How to install a new light fixture

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Changing a light fixture is another DIY fix that’s nowhere near as tricky as it sounds. Your first step is the most important one: turning off the power to your old fixture. (Tip: Once you’ve identified and switched off the correct breaker, test the light switch to check that no power is running to the light. Better safe than sorry!) Once that’s done, remove the canopy to expose the wiring and hardware.

Be sure to use a voltage tester to confirm the electricity is shut off before unscrewing the black, white and copper wire. Using a hand drill, unscrew the old lighting fixture and install the new bracket that came with your new lighting. Connect your new fixture to the wires, secure it to the ceiling and turn your electricity back on. Then let there be light!

How to level a mirror or picture frame

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Need to put up a mirror or picture frame, but live alone (or you’re the only one home)? We have a neat trick that works every time and doesn’t require an extra set of hands.

All you have to do is apply a strip of tape to the back of the item you want to hang and mark where the screw holes should be. Then carefully remove the tape and stick it on the wall where you want to hang the item. Use a level to make sure the tape is even, and drill through the tape before removing it. Then put in your screws — don’t forget the wall anchors! — hang your item, and stand back and admire your handiwork.

How to fix cracked caulking

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Ever find yourself noticing the smallest cracks in your otherwise perfectly caulked bathtub, shower, sink or kitchen countertop? It’s annoying, but luckily, there’s a quick and easy fix.

Simply purchase a tube of bathroom and kitchen caulking and cut a tip in the tube that is just smaller than the crack you need to fill. Keep the tube angled against the crack and squeeze an even amount into it, smoothing it over and pushing the excess caulk into the crack to fill it. Done!

How to buff out scratches on your baseboards

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A couple of scratches or buffs on your baseboards or wall moulding doesn’t mean you have to replace the entire thing. You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to make those unsightly scratches and scuffs disappear with a little elbow grease.

First, clean the area with a damp rag, then fill the nicks with wood filler putty. Once the putty has dried, simply sand the area with 220 grit sandpaper, and stain or paint to match.

Fall is all about getting back into a routine, and Canadian Tire is here to make sure you’re Ready For Fall. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to prepare your home and lawn for the cold weather or delicious, healthy recipes that will make nights a breeze, we’ve got you covered.

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