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  1. How to Unclog a Drain That's Hopelessly Clogged

    If the plunger and the snake fail, you probably have a big clog somewhere in the drainpipe. Here's how to locate the clog and grind your way through it.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. 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.

  2. Tips on Choosing a Faucet

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    Choosing a faucet is tricky. The variety of styles, materials and finishes—and prices—can be overwhelming. You’ll probably live with your new faucet a long time, so you might as well love it. Here are seven things to consider before getting in the checkout line.

  3. Soldering Tips

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    Don't let copper pipes keep you from doing your own plumbing. You can get leak-proof joints on the first try, every time with these tips.

  4. How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

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    Does your kitchen sink smell bad? Is it coming from your garbage disposal? Here's how to clean a garbage disposal and get rid of those disgusting odors.

  5. Plumbing with PEX Tubing

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    Long used in radiant heating systems, flexible PEX tubing is perfect for water supply lines because it’s easy to run through walls and floors and simple to work with.

  6. How to Replace a Kitchen Sink Basket Strainer

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    Quick and easy fix for a leaky kitchen sink basket strainer. Replace the basket strainer yourself in just an hour and save the cost of a visit from the plumber.

  7. Extend the Life of Your Water Heater by Replacing the Anode Rod

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    Replacing the anode rod in a water heater before it fails can slow down corrosion inside the tank and significantly extend the life of the water heater, sometimes even doubling it.

  8. How to Join Dissimilar Pipes

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    A master plumber shows the fittings and techniques used to make leak-free connections between copper, PEX, CPVC, galvanized steel and more.

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