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Parts of the House

Explore projects, tips and ideas for the parts of your house that are found in every room in your home.

  1. How to Find a Stud

    Use clues and your powers of deductive reasoning to locate studs and ceiling joists with out an electronic stud finder. Here are some tips to make finding studs and ceiling joists a piece of cake.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Installing Metal Roofing Over Shingles

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    Need a new roof? Covering your existing asphalt shingles with metal roofing might be worth the expense. Here are some pros and cons.

  2. How Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating Works

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    If you want to add an addition but your furnace can't handle the additional load, think about installing hydronic radiant floor heating. This will make your addition a warm and cozy without upgrading your furnace.

  3. How to Roof a House

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    Follow along as we shingle a house from underlayment to ridge cap. The article includes detailed photos, drawings and clearly written instructions for every step of the job.

  4. How to Replace Siding

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    Has some of your siding begun to rot while the rest is still good? Don't replace all the boards. Follow these easy steps and just replace the boards that are rotted.

  5. How to Fix a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

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    Ceiling fans often wobble for reasons other than balance. Although a slight wobble (1/8 in. on high) is normal, anything more than that can be not only an annoyance but also a sign of hidden danger. We'll show you how to troubleshoot.

  6. Painting Aluminum Siding

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    If your aluminum siding has developed a chalky residue or is faded, stained or just plain the wrong color, fear not. You can paint it. Here's how to prepare the surface and choose your paint.

  7. Home Theater Setup

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    Create a first class home theater setup in an existing room in your home. We show you how to adapt it for optimal viewing and sound and the wiring materials that will deliver the best possible sound and picture.

  8. How to Install a Deadbolt

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    To improve the security of your home, you could get a dog with a bark vicious enough to scare the rust off a statue. But one of the easiest, least expensive and most effective security measure you can take is to install a heavy-duty deadbolt. Here's how.

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