Build, repair and decorate all the walls in your home with these projects, tips and ideas.

Energy Conservation: Know the R-Value of Insulation

Subzero temperatures can mean three-digit utility bills and a huge waste of energy if your home isn’t insulated properly. Adding insulation to your walls and attic isn’t hard and it can pay off immediately in huge energy and money savings. Here are some great tips that will show you fast and easy ways to insulate your home right.

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  • Insulating Walls

    Get the most energy efficiency from your insulation by filling all gaps, avoiding compression, sealing holes in framing and other expert tips.

  • Removing Mold From Walls

    Persistent mold on a wall near an inside corner may be due to an insulation problem in the corner framing. Here's how to find it and fix it.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Preparing Walls for Painting: Problem Walls

    We show you how to fix common wall flaws and make them perfectly smooth before you paint. You'll save the $200 expense of hiring a pro.

  • How to Build a Retaining Wall

    Instead of using stone or timbers, make an attractive, long-lasting retaining wall from pressure-treated 2x4s, plywood and trim boards.…

  • How to Paint Walls: Prepare Interior Walls for Painting

    Quick fixes for the 8 most common drywall flaws, including nail pops, cracks at corners, bubbled or loose tape and holes. Fix them right before…

  • Create a Faux Stone Accent Wall

    You can transform any room with a stunning stone accent wall like this. Modern materials and methods allow you to create the look of a…

  • Simple Wall Stenciling

    With our basic stenciling techniques, you'll be able to create everything from a simple stenciled border to more complex patterns that will add…

  • Decorating Ideas: Wall Panels

    Create the look of traditional paneled walls for your bedroom or living room with painted MDF strips. For very little money you can completely…

  • How to Skim Coat Walls

    Smooth over rough or damaged walls with a skim coat of mud, applied with a special squeegee knife. It's easy to do and delivers great results.

  • How to Build Retaining Walls Stronger

    We'll show you how to build an attractive retaining wall that's firm, solid and will stand the test of time. It features a solid base,…

  • How to Fix a Cracked Basement Wall

    Cracks in basement walls are common, but they can also be a sign of a weaken wall. We'll tell you how to handle this potentially dangerous…