Home Repairs

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Home Repairs merit badge requires prior counselor and/or parent approval for requirement(s) #2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Home Repairs merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1943
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 062
Requirements revision: 2013
Latest pamphlet revision: 2012


Successfully completing this badge's requirements can lead to a lifetime of personal and financial rewards: Doing basic home repairs provides a sense of personal pride in one's achievements and increased self-confidence. In addition, safe and successful do-it-yourselfers can easily save a family thousands of dollars in repair bills over the years.

Home Repairs merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while working on home repairs and what you should do to anticipate, mitigate and prevent, and respond to these hazards. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that should be used when working on home repairs.
    b 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, do FOUR of the following:
    a. Maintain or recondition a garden tool and show that you know how to clean up and properly store it and other tools.
    b. Weather-strip a window or door.
    c. Caulk cracks or joints open to the weather.
    d. Waterproof a basement.
    e. Repair a break in a concrete or asphalt surface.
    f. Repair the screen in a window or door.
    g. Replace a pane of glass.
    h. Solder a broken wire or metal object.
  3. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do THREE of the following:
    a. Install or build equipment for storing tools.
    b. Build a workbench
    c. Repair a piece of furniture.
    d. Paint or varnish a piece of furniture, a door, or trim on a house.
    e. Repair a sagging door or gate.
    f. Repair a loose step or railing.
    g. Repair a fence.
  4. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do TWO of the following:
    a. Locate a main electrical switch box and know how to replace a fuse or reset a circuit breaker.
    b. Replace an electrical cord or repair a plug or lamp socket.
    c. Install a single-pole light switch.
    d. Replace an electrical wall outlet.
  5. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do TWO of the following:
    a. Clear a clogged drain or trap.
    b. Repair a leaky water faucet.
    c. Repair a flush toilet.
    d. Repair a leaky hose or connector.
    e. Clean or replace a sprinkler head.
  6. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do THREE of the following:
    a. Paint a wall or ceiling.
    b. Repair or replace damaged tile, linoleum, or vinyl flooring.
    c. Install drapery or curtain rods and then hang drapes or curtains.
    d. Replace window blind cords.
    e. Repair or replace a window sash cord.
    f. Reinforce a picture frame.
    g. Mend an object made of china, glass, or pottery.
Either a parent or the merit badge counselor may supervise the Scout’s work on any Home Repairs requirements.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Home Repairs is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Home Repairs requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

  1. Home Repairs is a rare merit badge!

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