By Barbara Kavovit
In the first post of this series, you learned how to repair bathroom items like old showerheads and running toilets. In this post, you’ll learn how to install your own electrical and nonelectrical home items – all the while, saving money and becoming more self-sufficient.
1. Install a dual carbon monoxide and smoke detector
Safety First! Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement. Make sure there is an alarm near every sleeping area. Because smoke rises, mount smoke detectors approximately 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling. Do not install smoke detectors next to windows, doors, or ducts, where drafts might interfere with their operation. Test your smoke detector at least once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year, and make sure that your smoke detector is UL certified.
2. Install a new doorknob
Doorknobs are functional jewelry for your home. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver and your new doorknob set with the matching strike plate. Detach the doorknob using the screwdriver by pulling out all screws once they are loose. Remove the metal strike plate. Insert the new bolt into the door and screw it into place. The slanted side should face the direction that the door closes. Place the new knob trim between one new doorknob and the door, and insert the doorknob. Insert the other knob and trim piece on the other side of the door. Make sure the two are aligned so that the long screws hold them together. Tighten the screws gradually, alternating sides so that each comes together uniformly.
3. Install a dimmer switch
After 10 years in the construction business, Barbara Kavovit launched Barbara K!, a line of home improvement tools for women and an extensive line of high-quality do-it-yourself kits. Her newest venture is Barbara's Way. She is also the author of Invest In Your Nest: Add Style, Comfort, and Value To Your Home, and Room for Improvement: Change Your Home! Enhance Your Life! With Tools, Tips and Inspiration from Barbara K!
Read the next post in the series: How to hang a picture, fix a squeaky bed, & more