10. How to paint a room (correctly)
Painting a room isn't quantum physics, but knowing a few key pointers could save you hours of work. Do you have a drop cloth? Roller extenders? Painter's tape? A screwdriver? That's right, you'll want a screwdriver. [See how it's done]
11. How to install a ceiling fan
This seems like it’d be an intimidating task to accomplish, but it’s pretty simple if you have the right tools. You’ll need a voltage tester (to make sure you won’t get electrocuted), a screwdriver, a new fan (obviously), and maybe a ceiling fan brace depending on where your fan will be installed -- if it’s between two beams, you’ll want to use a brace for sure. Follow the manufacturer's directions on how to install, and you can have a new fan up in under 30 minutes. [See how it’s done]
12. How to admit defeat and call a pro
When your wall is riddled with large hammer holes, your electricity isn’t working, and your roof is making weird noises… it’s time to make the call. A shoddy job isn’t only unsafe (and probably against code), it’ll devalue the worth of your property in the long run, and encourage vagrants to take up residence since you now run a veritable flophouse. [See how it's done]
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