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Learn how to build or repair almost anything around your home with these projects and tips designed to improve your do-it-yourself skills.

  1. Chain Saw Safety

    A chain saw is one of the most versatile tools you can own, but it cuts both wood and flesh equally well. Before you cut up a fallen tree, learn how to use this powerful tool safely.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. How to Install a Load-Bearing Beam

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    Open up cramped rooms by replacing a wall with a load-bearing beam. Create an open kitchen/dining area, a larger living room or a huge master bedroom using basic framing techniques and standard materials.

  2. How to Clean Paint Brushes

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    Good paint brushes are worth the money, whether you're painting with latex, oil or shellac. Here's how the pros clean up their expensive paint brushes.

  3. How to Bend Wood

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    Curved hardwood nosing on a countertop can really make your project stand out. Here's how to make a 3/4-in. laminated hardwood nosing that bends perfectly around round countertop corners.

  4. Thermostat Not Working?

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    Does your house have to get really cold before the furnace kicks in, even though your thermostat is set to 68 degrees? You might need a new thermostat. Or it could be as simple as leveling your existing thermostat and adjusting its thermometer and anticipator. Here’s how.

  5. How to Make Bullnose Corners

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    Want to give a room a adobe-like look? Make your corners rounded instead of square. It's easy and it looks good. Here's how to make bullnose drywall corners.

  6. How to Install a Gas Stove—Without Dangerous Leaks

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    Afraid to hook up a gas appliance? You should be! A gas leak in your home can be fatal. Here's the right way to connect a range and a water heater to the gas line.

  7. How Old Is My House?

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    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 you can use to pinpoint a house’s age.

  8. How to Cut Concrete

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    Cutting concrete is a tough job, but it doesn't have to be hard. Whether you're cutting concrete blocks or slabs, walls or floors, here are the easy ways to cut tough concrete.

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