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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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 big changes to your home.

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.


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Electrical Wiring: How to Run Power Anywhere

The easiest way to bring electricity to a shed, garden or lamppost


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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...


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How to Make Safe Wire Connections

With the right wire nut connectors and terminals, it's fairly easy to make safe, strong electrical connections

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How to Rough-In Electrical Wiring

Do-it-yourself guide with professional techniques for a safe wiring job.


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How to Replace a Light Fixture

Replace a light fixture without the hassle with these electrical tips from veteran pros.

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How to Bury Underground Cable

We break down four options for underground wiring. Here's what you need to know.


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How to Hide Wiring: Speaker and Low-Voltage Wire

Ways to hide speaker, telephone, thermostat and other types of low-voltage wiring


How to Connect Old Wiring to a New Light Fixture

Mount an electrical box in a plaster wall


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.

Adding a Second Doorbell Chime

Two options for installing extra ringers


Cable and Telephone Wiring

Upgrade communications wiring and hardware for better reception with less interference.


Home Automation DIY System

Switch anything from anywhere


What You Should Do with Crowded Electrical Boxes

Double the box size without destroying the wall.


How to Successfully Move Electrical Boxes

Extension rings will do the trick


Installing Communication Wiring

Installing Cat-5 and coaxial cable for Internet, computer, telephone and other uses.


Power Surge: Protect All Your Electronics

Protect your sensitive electronics from voltage spikes


Stripping Wire

Tools and tricks to help you master the basics of how to strip wire


How to Run Wire Through a Wall to Avoid Water Leaks

Tips for a trouble-free installation


Running Underground Cable

Run electrical cable in PVC conduit at least 12 inches deep in the ground.


How to Wire a Light Socket

For safety, wire your lamps correctly


Illuminate Your Deck With Low-Voltage Light Fixtures

Stay up late: Enjoy your deck well into the evening hours

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Home Audio Installation: Install a Whole-House Audio System

Run wire and install speakers and distribution modules so that you can control music by remote control throughout the house.


How to Wire a Garage (Unfinished)

How to add outlets and lights to an unfinished garage.