Scouting/BSA/Home Repairs Merit Badge

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1. Discuss general precautions related to home repairs. Name at least 10 safe practices that every home repairer should exercise.

2. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor complete any four of the following: a. How-to:Maintain or recondition a garden tool and show that you know how to clean up, store it and other tools b. How-to:Install insulation in an attic, wall, or crawl space c. How-to:Caulk cracks or joints open to the weather d. How-to:Waterproof a basement e. How-to:Repair a break in a cement or asphalt surface f. How-to:Repair the screen in a window or door g. How-to:Replace a pane of glass h. How-to:Solder a broken wire or metal object

3. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor complete any three of the following: a. How-to:Install or build equipment for storing tools b. How-to:Build a workbench c. How-to:Repair a piece of furniture d. How-to:Paint or varnish a piece of furniture, a door, or trim on a house and clean the brush e. How-to:Repair a sagging door or gate f. How-to:Repair a loose step g. How-to:Repair a fence

4. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor complete any two of the following: a. How-to:Locate a main switch box and know how to replace a fuse or reset a circuit breaker b. How-to:Repair an electric cord, plug, or lamp socket c. How-to:Install a single-pole light swich d. How-to:Replace an electrical wall outlet

5. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor complete any two of the following: a. How-to:Clear a clogged drain or trap b. How-to:Fix a leaky water faucet c. How-to:Repair a flush toilet d. How-to:Repair a leaky hose or connector e. How-to:Clean or replace a sprinkler head

6. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor complete any three of the following: a. How-to:Paint a wall or ceiling. Clean equipment b. How-to:Repair or replace damaged tile or linoleum c. How-to:Install drapery or curtain rods and hang drapes or curtains d. How-to:Replace window blind cords e. How-to:Repair or replace a window sash cord f. How-to:Reinforce a picture frame g. How-to:Mend an object made of china, glass, or pottery

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