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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10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $500

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $500 you can make some big changes to your home.

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...


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How to Clean a Chimney

Cleaning tips for a wood-burning fireplace chimney.


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How to Install a Gas Fireplace

Complete DIY instructions for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace


13 Steps on How to Use a Fireplace Safely

While a wood-burning fireplace adds warmth and comfort to a home during the colder months, safety should always be top...

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How to Resurface Your Fireplace

From dull and dated to modern masterpiece in one weekend.


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Vintage Family Handyman Project: Modernizing a Fireplace (Then and Now)

In honor of our 70th anniversary, we recreated one of our earliest projects.


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How to Repair a Gas Fire Pit

How to inspect and fix your gas fire pit.


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How to Clean a Gas Fireplace

Important annual gas fireplace maintenance.


Fireplace Cleaning: When to Clean a Chimney Flue

How often to remove creosote to prevent chimney fires and do a fireplace cleaning.

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How to Decorate a Fireplace Mantel for Thanksgiving

Make your home extra cozy this Thanksgiving. Here are our top tips for beautiful mantel decor.


Noisy Gas Fireplace Blower? Here’s How to Replace it

A professional fireplace service company charges about $400 to do the job (parts and labor). But you can replace the...


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How to Make a Modern Outdoor Fireplace

It’s surprisingly easy to build—and portable, too.


How to Build the Best Fire in Your Fireplace

Try this method for building the best fire in your fireplace.


How to Build a Keepsake Box

Show off treasured wood—and lock other treasures inside with this keepsake box.

How-To Build a Wood Log Faux Fireplace Insert

Fireplaces can be cozy in the winter, but does yours collect dust the rest of the year? Create the look...