Smart Homeowner

Become a smarter homeowner with these projects and tips that will help you conserve energy, be prepared for emergencies and ways to save money throughout your home.

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  • New Homeowner Tips

    House-hunting for the first time? If you're a new homeowner wondering where to start, check out these 14 tips from people who've been there –…

  • Home Soundproofing

    Want to live in a quieter home? Read this article for some great ideas on how to tone down the hubbub both inside and outside your house. From…

  • 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.

  • Battery Disposal

    Failsafe ways to dispose of old batteries. Tape exposed contacts to prevent discharge or recycle them.

  • Frugal Living Tips for Homeowners

    Squeeze more out of your home improvement dollar with these simple money-saving tips. For little or no cost, you can save hundreds of dollars.

  • How to Build a Rain Barrel

    This DIY rain barrel costs less than $100 and works just as well as the expensive one you can buy. Get complete how-to instructions and start…

  • Eliminate Drain Odor

    Kitchen and bath drains that get frequent use are usually full of water, but basement floor drains can dry out, allowing sewer gas in. To slow…

  • Testing for Lead Paint

    If you live in an older home, it's a good idea to check for lead paint, especially before remodeling. Start with an inexpensive DIY test,…

  • Handyman Heroes

    Learn about top “handymen” across the country who ply their trade under unusual circumstances or show an inspiring commitment to…

  • Best Water Filter

    Does your tap water taste bad? In this article we explain the possible causes, then discuss the best types of water filters that you can use to…

  • DIY Home Automation System

    Control lights, appliances, heat and more—without new wiring—using devices that can be controlled remotely with a few taps on your…

  • How to Weatherstrip a Door

    Stop energy-wasting air leaks around entry doors by installing a weatherstripping kit with a foam flange or vinyl bulb. Use a door sweep to…