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.

12 DIY Ways to Make Your Stuff Last Way Longer

Making your stuff last longer is a great way to get more bang for your buck, and there are dozens of ways to do that, many of which you probably already know: changing the oil in your car, putting on a fresh coat of paint, etc. But we’ve gathered some great tips that may be new to you, tips that will help you get the most out of your house, tools and even your clothes.

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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…

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