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.

Choosing the Best Power Generator

We outline the pros and cons of two types of emergency electrical generators—the portable type and the larger standby type—and tell you how to decide between them.

Smart Homeowner projects

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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…

  • 17 Things Every Homeowner Must Know

    Essential tips and tricks to save money, solve problems, and improve your home. Get more tips in our new book, 100 Things Every Homeowner Must…