8 Great DIY Home Improvement Rules

With more than 75 years of hard-core DIY experience under their belts, TFH editors share their best rules for your next improvement project.

With so much DIY expertise and experience here at The Family Handyman, our editors decided to write down their top tips for how to get the best results from your home improvement projects. From plumbing to drywall, our editors weigh in with their favorite hints for DIYers.

Start with level, plumb and flat walls

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Be positive the power's off

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Keep a beater chisel in your tool belt

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Buy extra plumbing parts

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Beware of drywall dust

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Plan around the weather

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Leave "reveals" on windows and doors

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Have a tarp for roof tear-offs

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