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…

  • Battery Disposal

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

  • 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…

  • Weatherstripping Doors

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • How to Find a Good Contractor

  • After you check a contractor's recommendations and insurance, find out how much they know and what they really plan on doing with the help of…

  • 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…

  • The Best Furnace Filters to Buy

  • A high-efficiency furnace filter can slow airflow too much, but low-efficiency filters don't filter dust very well. Get a better…

  • Remove Dryer Lint

  • Thousands of dryer fires are caused by lint every year, yet they can be easily prevented with a few minutes of cleaning. Learn where lint is,…

  • 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…

  • Replace Weather Stripping

  • High-quality silicone rubber weather stripping permanently seals gaps around exterior doors, increases energy efficiency—and looks better…

  • Fix a Sinking Air Conditioner Pad

  • Air conditioner compressors and heat exchanger pumps sitting on concrete pads may settle and tip over time, putting strain on coolant lines. One…

  • 5 Common Building Code Violations

  • Prevent accidents and make your home safer by fixing these five common code violations—bad GFCIs, an improperly located smoke alarm, an…

  • Generator Maintenance Tips

  • Follow this expert advice on how to buy, operate and maintain a gas powered electrical generator so that it's safe and ready to go when the…

  • DIY Home Inspection Tools

  • Use these tools and tips to discover major problems before buying a home, including problems in plumbing, electrical, walls, shingles and…

  • Ideas for the Bathroom: Water Use

  • Bathrooms use more water than any other room in the house, but saving water there is easy with the new generation of low-flow faucets and…

  • Don't Stock Up On Spray Foam

  • Cans of spray foam have a limited shelf life. Don't stock up. Check expiration dates and use them soon after buying them.

  • Allergies: Filtering Out Pollen

  • For allergy sufferers, open windows bring fresh air but also pollen and dust. A window filter lets you keep the fresh air while blocking the…

  • Indoor Games: Hopscotch

  • Make a super-simple hopscotch mat for your children from a cheap carpet runner and a few other inexpensive materials. The only tools you'll need…

  • Home Emergency Preparedness Guide

  • Learn to meet home disasters—both big and small—head-on without panic. Take effective action on burst pipes, flooded basements,…

  • Home Emergency Toolkit

  • Keep these tools and gadgets on hand to handle large and small emergencies—including a backup generator, duct tape, long burning lanterns,…

  • DIY Without Divorce

  • DIY renovations can put a lot of stress on a marriage. But these six tips will help you complete any renovation project while maintaining a…

  • How to Clean a Phone

  • Spilled a drink on your cordless phone? Don’t panic yet—these instructions will show you how to clean your phone and restore it to…

  • How to Get Rid of Anything

  • Learn how to get rid of household junk, unneeded building materials and other unwanted stuff with these tips and strategies from TFH staff and…

  • Why We Serve

  • We honor 10 DIYers whose spirit of service to our country, their communities or their neighbors makes us proud. They're all fine examples of…

  • 10-Minute Home Repairs

  • Water leaks? Wobbly chairs? Peeling wallpaper? It seems harder than ever to find the time to take care of the ordinary repairs every home needs.…

  • Tips to Restore Your Car's Interior

  • Want to get top dollar when you sell your car? Dealers know that spiffing up the interior of a used car is the best way to command a higher…

  • How Old Is My House?

  • Have ever wondered how old a house is? Whether you’re buying or selling—or just want to know what you have—here are two hints…

  • How to Build a Storm Shelter

  • A storm shelter is a super-strong safe room designed to withstand dangerous high winds, tornadoes and flying debris. You'll remain safe even…

  • Insulate Basement Rim Joists

  • In just a couple of hours, you can seal and insulate your rim joists, which are major sources of heat loss in many homes. This project will…

  • How to Seal Attic Air Leaks

  • Small air leaks into uninsulated attic space are a major source of heat loss in many homes. Here's how to locate the leak spots and plug…

  • Home Disaster Prevention Tips

  • When it comes to home safety, plumbing and electrical problems do a lot more damage than crooks. Here are our top tips for what you can do to…

  • 7 Ways to Warm Up a Cold Room

  • Warm up a room without using a plug-in electric heater. Consider built-in radiant floor or ceiling heating, duct booster fans, toe-kick heaters,…

  • Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses

  • Burst hoses can spell big, costly trouble. We'll show you how to replace traditional rubber hoses on wash machines with special no-burst…

  • Best Pet Care Tips

  • You love your pet, but keeping them healthy and happy can often take a giant bite out of your budget. Here's a great collection of pet care tips…

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