Chip Wade gives advice on when you should hire a pro, or tackle that home-repair job yourself.
Should you hire a pro or tackle that home-repair job yourself? Chip Wade of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” weighs in on some common questions.
Q: Can I replace a chipped tile in the middle of my kitchen floor?
A: Hire a pro. You’ll need a tile-and-flooring expert with an oscillating tool and an abrasive grout attachment to remove the grout and tile pieces, then pop in a new one. After a 24-hour drying period, the pro will come back and apply an extra layer of grout to finish the job. Prices vary depending on where you live, but I’d budget around $200 for the project.
Q: How do we keep our windows from fogging up in the winter?
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A: Give it a go. Condensation on the inside of windows could mean your house is too humid and a dehumidifier will solve the problem. If that doesn’t work, it may mean air is leaking in around the glass.
Buy some window glaze at the hardware store and apply it to the edges of the windows to create a seal. If you have wooden windows, the frames may have cracks, and a simple paint touch-up will likely fix the leak.
Q: What do I do about a broken doorbell?
A: Give it a go. Doorbells are pretty simple devices, but they’re also electrical appliances that should be handled carefully. First try flipping your fuse breaker — the problem could be just a blown fuse. If the doorbell still isn’t working, turn off your power, then unscrew the switch plate and check to see if the two wires behind it are connected tightly; you may need to adjust them.
Still not hearing a buzz? It could mean there’s no power running to the switch. Time to call in an electrician for the fix so you don’t risk getting shocked or burned.