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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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Using a Water Powered Backup Sump Pump

Drain your sump even when the power is out

How to Paint Concrete Floors

Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a fresh coat of paint.


Pro Tips for Basement Finishing

These are great tips on how to solve many of the problems you're likely to encounter when working on your...


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How to Achieve Better Yard Drainage

Soggy yard? Here are your options.


A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...

How to Plumb a Basement Bathroom

Roughing-in the plumbing for a basement bathroom is a big job, but the savings are huge.


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How to Finish a Basement Wall

Expert advice for a warm, dry and inviting basement

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How to Finish, Frame, and Insulate a Basement

With special framing and insulating techniques, your basement can be as comfortable as any other room in your home. Find...


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How to Upgrade Your Shower in a Weekend

Get an impressive shower upgrade without breaking the bank or turning your basement into a jobsite.


10 Tips for Dealing With Water Damage, Mold and Mildew

We'll walk you through how to prevent mold after water damage.


DIY Wooden Garage Cabinets

Inexpensive, enormous and surprisingly easy to build

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Tips for Better Drywall Taping

Simple tricks for fast, flawless drywall finishing


How to Install Surface-Mounted Wiring and Conduit

With metal conduit, you can run power almost anywhere. We'll show you how to do it safely and easily.


How to Install Basement Windows and Satisfy Egress Codes

How to saw the hole, frame the opening and set a basement egress window


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How to Eliminate Basement Odor and Sewer Smells

Stop sewer gas from entering the basement.


How to Install Under Cabinet Lighting in Your Kitchen

Add dramatic under cabinet lighting in a weekend without tearing up your walls to install the wiring.

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How to Estimate a Concrete Order

Calculate concrete prices and how many cubic yards of concrete you need for a walk, driveway or basement. How much...


How to Fix Spalling Concrete

What is concrete spalling and how do you fix concrete spalling? Don't replace your driveway, patio or basement floor—just resurface...


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DIY Concrete Crack Repair

You can fix many concrete cracks yourself


Survive a Tornado | How to Choose a Safe Room

Safe rooms are designed to stay anchored to the ground during a tornado. But maybe more importantly, a safe room...


How to Grow a Cocktail Garden

Leave the specialty hops to the basement brewmasters and the grapes to the boutique wineries, we're talking about plants used...


Basement Waterproofing: How to Install a Basement Drainage System

Install a sump pump as part of your basement waterproofing system.


How to Build Sports Ball Storage Rack

If you're tired of soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs and every other kind of bouncy ball rolling around your garage (or...


Giant DIY Garage Cabinet

Store tons of stuff out of sight!

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Insulate Basement Rim Joists

Cut heat loss through the rim joists and tighten up your house with rigid foam insulation.


Metal Studs: How to Use and Frame With Metal Studs

Tools and techniques for building basement and partition walls with steel studs.


Installing Glass Block Windows in Basement

The most practical basement window—glass block windows—is also the simplest to install.


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Learn How to Stop Basement Leaks and Dry a Wet Basement for Good

Strategies that will permanently fix your musty, wet basement.


How to Install a Terraced Window Well in Your Basement

How to build a series of low walls around your basement windows to let in more light.


Man Cave Ideas

Get in touch with your inner Neanderthal