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  1. How to Fix Sweating Pipes

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

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. 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 ...

  2. Fix a Running Toilet

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    If you've tried a new flapper to fix your running toilet and it still runs don’t give up hope. Here's a fix that's sure to work.

  3. Replacing a Rotted Floor Under the Toilet

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    Minor wood rot around a toilet flange doesn’t always mean you have to replace the subfloor. Solve the problem with a metal flange support instead.

  4. How a Septic Tank Works

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    Don't remove your septic tank filter, even if it frequently clogs up. Instead, make sure you aren’t putting bad stuff—grease, fat, or foods scraps—down the drain. And avoid using a garbage disposer under your sink.

  5. The Best Bathroom and Kitchen Sink Faucets

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    In the market for a new faucet? Sure you can buy a boring cheapie for $50 that will cost you more in the long run for repairs or replacement. Spend a bit more and get one of these spectacular gems packed with hardworking features that will last your lifetime. All photos are courtesy of the ...

  6. DIY Solar Water Heating

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    You can install a solar hot water kit yourself to supplement your existing system and save on energy costs. The system will often pay for itself in several years. All photos courtesy of FAFCO.

  7. How to Use an Internal Pipe Wrench

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    Avoid crushing rusted galvanized pipes and nipples by using an internal pipe wrench instead of a standard pipe wrench. Here's how to use one.

  8. Sump Pump Backup

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    A good sump pump installation should include a backup system for breakdowns and power outages. Learn the pros and cons of four pump backup methods. Photo ©iStock.com/Assalve

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