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  • How to Prevent Clogged Drains

    Drains always seem to clog at the worst possible time, like when you have a houseful of overnight guests or a big party. And while you may not…

  • Four Home Plumbing Repair Tips

    When kitchen or bathroom faucet repairs go bad, they can be a nightmare. Professional plumbers share their solutions for disassembly and repair…

  • 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.

  • Stop Leaks in Plumbing Joints

    The best time to fix a plumbing leak is before it happens, by properly connecting water supply and waste line fittings. Learn the tricks that…

  • Handy Plumbing Tips and Tricks

    To save you time, money and headaches down the road, we collected our favorite tips and tricks for solving common household plumbing problems.…

  • How to Plumb a Basement Bathroom

    A bathroom in the basement adds a lot of value to a finished basement. Here's how to plumb the bathroom yourself and save at least $1,000 on…

  • The Top 10 Plumbing Fixes

    Save money by doing simple plumbing repairs yourself. These fixes are completely DIY with basic tools and skills.

  • How to Use CPVC Plastic Plumbing Pipe

    CPVC tubing is ideal for water supply lines. It's easy to cut and assemble, using compression of cemented fittings. It's durable too.…

  • How to Plumb an Island Sink

    Plumbing an island sink is tricky. We show two methods of properly venting the drain—an island (loop) vent and an air admittance…

  • How to Sweat Copper Pipe

    Soldering copper water supply lines is not a difficult skill.  Even a rookie can learn to solder leak-proof joints in 30 minutes. The…

  • ABS vs PVC

    Follow our expert advice for choosing between ABS and PVC drainpipe. You have to consider your local plumbing codes, material availability, ease…

  • Soldering Copper Pipe

    There's a right way to solder copper pipe—and a wrong way. Learn the difference so that your next bathroom or kitchen plumbing project is…

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