House and Components

A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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      Least Energy-Efficient Cycles for Your Appliances

      From the washer and dryer to the dishwasher, energy-wasting cycles can drain your wallet.

      This Is Why There Isn’t a Light in Your Freezer

      It's time to finally shed some light on why our freezers are so dark.


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      How To Protect Your Home From Lightning Strikes

      Installing preventative measures that provide lightning protection will save you money in the long run.


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      What to Know About Wall Air Conditioners

      Want to cool your home in an efficient and cost effective way? Through-the-wall air conditioners can be a good choice...


      How to Cut Fiberglass Insulation Batts

      Cutting batt insulation the easy way

      8 Tips to Help Troubleshoot Your HVAC Problems

      You might be able to solve the issue yourself, saving...


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      This Simple Trick Can Refresh Your Entire Home

      Sprays, hanging products, plug-ins, devices masked as home décor — there are hundreds of products geared toward freshening your home....

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      What to Know About Ductless Air Conditioners

      Sleek, efficient and relatively easy to install, a ductless air conditioner or mini-split can quickly cool (or heat) your rooms.


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      Solar Panels: What To Know Before You Buy

      From initial cost to maintenance concerns, here's a primer on solar panels to help you decide if they're right for...


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      10 Best Pergola Lighting Ideas

      Add some sparkle and glow to your outdoor space with these creative pergola lighting ideas.


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      9 Brilliant Ways To Use Vinegar in Your Laundry Routine

      You probably have a gallon of white vinegar on your shelf, so here's how to put it to work in...

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      How To Fix Summer Chimney Smells

      After using your fireplace all winter, the hot, steamy days of summer can cause your chimney to really stink. Here's...


      What to Know About Stone Veneer

      Stone veneer is popular on the outside of homes, as well as accenting the inside. Learn more about this decorative...


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      Why Is My Ceiling Fan Making Noise?

      Is your ceiling fan making noise? If so and it's one of these five noises, the fixes are simple. Here's...


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      5 Things You Need to Know Before Building Stairs

      Learn the ins and outs of building stairs before you jump into a project on your own.


      Survey: Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels Are Top Pandemic Projects

      See how U.S. homeowners have been choosing to update their homes.

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      New Homeowner’s Guide To Solar Power

      Is solar technology a good fit for the 21st century homeowner? Here's an overview of traditional and DIY solar options.


      Is Your Kitchen Prepared for a Power Outage?

      It's good to know how long food lasts, what to keep on hand and more.


      This is Why People Leave a Quarter in a Cup of Frozen Water in the Freezer

      It's particularly helpful if you're taking a long trip or expecting severe storms.


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      We Tried It: Kasa Smart Light Switches

      Looking to add smart home functionality to your home without breaking the bank? Kasa smart switches by TP-Link may be...


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      8 Best Safe and Effective Dishwasher Detergents

      The best safe and effective dishwasher detergents remove stains and food residue without harsh chemical smells and expensive price tags.


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      How to Choose the Best Siding for Your Cabin

      Choose well, and the siding on your vacation home will give the appearance you desire, provide worry-free performance and last...


      Trimless Windows: How to Achieve the Look

      Give your windows trimless style using drywall returns.


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      Wine Glass Storage: How to Store Wine Glasses

      Kitchen storage is always valuable real estate.

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      26 Household Items You Didn’t Know You Could Use in Your Shop

      Before you purchase expensive storage systems or a specific tool for one unique task, try these genius shop hacks using...


      How to Roof a House

      Our pros show you how to do it right—and save thousands!


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      25 Hints for Fixing Roof and Gutter Issues

      A solid, leak-free roof with good gutters defends your home against the elements. Arm yourself with the knowledge to understand...


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      How to Replace a Door or Window Screen

      If you have a damaged window or door screen, The Family Handyman expert, Rick Muscoplat, will show you how to...


      How to Cut Metal Roofing

      Metal roofing is great for longevity, looks stylish and withstands the elements. Like any material, working with metal roofing requires...


      How to Assemble RTA Cabinets

      Assembling cabinetry is not as difficult as you might think. We'll show you how.