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  • How to Use Epoxy Resin Like a Pro

    Epoxy has several advantages over other adhesives and fillers. It can fill gaps and still retain strength, it’s waterproof, and it sticks well…

  • How to Drive Screws Perfectly

    For such a simple task, it’s surprising how many things can go wrong when you drive screws. Stripped screw heads, split board ends and broken…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Toenailing Basics

    The art of toenailing is easy to learn. With a little practice you can drive an angled nail perfectly every time.

  • The Best Carpentry Tips and Advice

    We asked professional carpenters to pass along some of the tricks and tips they've learned after years of pounding thousands of nails into just…

  • Identifying Treated Lumber

    The amount of chemical treatment needed to preserve wood depends upon the chemicals used. Read the treatment tags carefully to get what you need.

  • Sawhorse Plans

    Sawhorses are an essential construction tool, and this article highlights 5 of the best—3 DIY designs, with complete plans, and two…

  • How Joists Work

    Learn how to maintain floor strength when you have to cut or drill joists for ducts, pipes, cables or other modifications. Following the rules…

  • Bathtub Caulking Tips

    If a lumpy caulk job bugs you, check out these tips to help anyone learn to run a smooth bead of caulk. With advice from a pro painter and a…

  • Choosing 4x4 Wood

    Not all pressure-treated wood is equally decay-resistant. Different parts of the tree absorb treatment differently. Learn how to spot the best…

  • DIY Washer Pedestal

    Pedestals for front-loading washing machines and dryers can cost hundreds. Save your money—you can build your own bases from standard…

  • Lengthening an Interior Wood Door

    Fix an interior door that's been cut too short with this simple repair. By carefully matching thickness, wood grain direction and stain, you can…

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