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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. Install a Programmable Thermostat for Energy Savings

    Few energy saving improvements pay off as fast as a programmable thermostat. We show you how to install one quickly and easily.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. DIY Air Conditioner Repair

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    Our experts shows you easy DIY solutions for the most common central air conditioning repairs. You'll be up and running sooner and will save the expense of a service call.

  2. 10 Pitfalls of Sink Replacement

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    Replacing a kitchen sink and faucet is a quick way to give your kitchen a new look, but there are potential plumbing and installation problems to watch out for. This article explains how to avoid the ten most common.

  3. Murphy Bed & Bookcase

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    A Murphy bed can be super simple: Some are just an upright box that contains a folddown bed. But this is a deluxe version. Get the full project instructions on pages 14-25 in the December/January 2015 issue of The Family Handyman. Figures C & D are available for download below.

  4. Easy Storage Ideas

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    When it comes to easy storage ideas, nobody beats our crew of editors. Here are 10 creative DIY solutions that provide more storage without adding cabinets or drawers.

  5. How to Use a Block Plane

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    Nothing beats a handy little block plane for simplicity and convenience. It's versatile enough to perform all kinds of cutting and shaping tasks, yet small enough to fit in a tool pouch. And it's perfectly shaped to use with one hand. In this article, you'll learn how to use a block plane and find tips for sharpening and buying them.

  6. How to Fix Sweating Pipes

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    Cover cold water pipes with inexpensive foam pipe insulation to prevent condensation and dripping in humid weather.

  7. How to Repair a Leaking Tub Faucet

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    You don't have to put up with the slow drip from a leaky faucet, nor with the growing stain it often leaves in the tub or shower. Fix it now and you'll prevent those headaches and save on you water bill too. The entire job, with special tools, may set you back a bit of cash, but doing it yourself ...

  8. DIY Bathroom Storage

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    Who doesn't need more storage space in their bathroom? These clever tips will help you take advantage of every square inch so you can keep all of your bathroom supplies tidy, well organized, and close at hand.

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