One of the pleasures of owning a home is the freedom to repair things at your own leisure. There’s something extremely satisfying about DIY projects. There’s an issue and you fixed it, all by your little ol’ humble self -- what’s not to like?

Well, for starters, there’s the potential cost of damage you inadvertently create. That’s why it’s always good to get an idea about what projects are within your skill range and which ones you should steer clear of. Here’s some potential plumbing jobs you should feel confident in tackling yourself.

Before we get started, here are some basic tools you’ll likely need handy:

- Plunger (one for the sink and one for the toilet)
- Adjustable wrench
- Screwdriver
- Pliers
- Utility Knife
- Plumbing Tape
- Caulking Gun

Installing a Kitchen or Bathroom Faucet
Your local hardware store can help you find the right replacement parts and give you tips on how to locate the cause of the problem and how to fix it.

Replacing Kitchen Sink Sprayer
This is one of the easiest DIY plumbing jobs. Before you get started, make sure you know what type of sprayer you have. Does it have a detachable hose? Most older sprayers can be replaced without having to replace the hose and newer models usually come as one piece.

Upgrading Shower Heads
Did you know that upgrading to low-flow showerheads can save you anywhere from 20-30% on your monthly water bill? You'd be surprised at how much you can reduce your water consumption with this simple upgrade.

Caulking Bathtubs and Showers
The trick to caulking tubs and showers is using the right type of caulk, so check the label and only get caulk designed for tubs and showers. Also, we recommend choosing quality when you purchase a caulking gun. They aren't that expensive, they last longer and they’re easier to use.

Installing a Toilet
You can find replacement toilets at any plumbing supply store. Make sure you understand the instructions or find a good online DIY source that includes clear images and instructions. The main thing you want to remember here is to get a proper seal. If you don’t, it could cause a leak and bad odors.

Have any other ideas or tips for DIY plumbing projects? Let us know. And, as always, if you have any other plumbing questions, call your local Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.