Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Home Repairs Merit Badge


Home Repairs




  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, do FOUR of the following:
        A. Maintain or recondition a yard tool and show that you know how to clean up and properly store this
        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 or linoleum.
        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.

Home Repairs Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.