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.
What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home
When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider. Here's a comprehensive guide to point you in the right direction.
Install New Hard-Wired or Battery-Powered Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms wear out. Replace them before they fail.
12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100
A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some...
Tips and Techniques for Pouring Self-Leveling Underlayment
We’ll show you the step-by-step process to achieve a perfectly flat and level underlayment that’s smooth as glass.
Electrical Wiring: How to Run Power Anywhere
The easiest way to bring electricity to a shed, garden or lamppost
Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1987: Landline Phone Installation
The first issue of Family Handyman was published in 1951, so this year marks our 70th anniversary. To celebrate we're...
How to Put Lights On a Christmas Tree
Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to string Christmas lights.
How to Use Cheap Electrical Testers
Three testers make electrical work safer and easier — and for less than $20, you can own them all.
How to Make Safe Wire Connections
With the right wire nut connectors and terminals, it's fairly easy to make safe, strong electrical connections
Installing a Single-Pole Smart Light Switch
Make your regular light switch smart in five easy steps!
How to Replace a Fluorescent Light Ballast
Stop fluorescent lights from flickering and humming with a new ballast.
How to Replace a Light Fixture
Replace a light fixture without the hassle with these electrical tips from veteran pros.
How to Bury Underground Cable
We break down four options for underground wiring. Here's what you need to know.
How to Safely Dispose of Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Safely dispose of CFL bulbs through retail stores and collection sites and safely clean up any broken bulbs.
Power a Laptop or TV With a Car Power Inverter
A power inverter for car allows you to run low power AC electrical devices like computers, video cams and even...
Top 10 Electrical Mistakes
Wiring problems and mistakes are all too common, and if left uncorrected have the potential to cause short circuits, shocks...
How to Hide Wiring: Speaker and Low-Voltage Wire
Ways to hide speaker, telephone, thermostat and other types of low-voltage wiring
LED Lights for Your Workshop
Get better, brighter workshop lighting by switching from fluorescent bulbs to LEDs.