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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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    How to Hide a TV

    Sliding doors, using artwork, is a convenient and creative way to make the TV room a family room again.

    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....


    Using a Water Powered Backup Sump Pump

    Drain your sump even when the power is out


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    Breaker Box Safety: How to Connect a New Circuit

    Add a new circuit to your home's wiring


    DIY Home Inspection Tools

    Spot expensive problems before you make an offer on a new home


    Install New Hard-Wired or Battery-Powered Smoke Alarms

    Smoke alarms wear out. Replace them before they fail.

    Save Money With Home Energy Audit

    Find out where you're losing energy—and what you can do to stop it


    Repair a Doorbell: Fix a Dead or Broken Doorbell

    Finding the culprit takes some detective work.


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    How to Re-key a Door Lock

    Change your locks yourself by removing the lock cylinder and changing the pins.


    Setting Up a DIY Home Security System

    Install a reliable security system in just one day. DIY home security systems will help to protect your home and...

    How to Insulate a House

    Do it right to save $$, stay warm


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    How to Organize Your Freezer From Start to Finish

    Follow these simple steps to tame the chaos in your freezer, ensuring it's organized and stocked with food that's safe...


    How to Paint Concrete Floors

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


    10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $1,000

    Updating countertops, painting the exterior or upgrading an appliance are simple ways to add big value to your home.


    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...

    14 Inexpensive DIY Valentine Wreaths for Your Front Door

    Welcome visitors to your home this Valentine's Day with a festive wreath. Get out the craft supplies and try one...



    10 Tricks to Make Your Computer Run Faster

    Over time, as your computer (and technology in general) ages, your computer is bound to run a little slower than...


    20 Home Renovations That Instantly Add Value to Your Home

    These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense.


    9 Uses for Gutters that Aren’t on the Roof

    Don't put those old gutters in the trash heap just yet! There are many clever and creative ways to recycle...


    100 Home Disasters Waiting to Happen

    It's only a matter of time before these real-life home improvement fails become disasters.


    17 Things to Keep Within Reach in the Kitchen to Make Life Easier

    Never worry about having a jar that won't open.


    15 Things You Should Do When You Find a Burst Pipe

    A burst pipe is the last thing anyone wants to tackle. But there are some quick temporary fixes you can...

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    100 Home Repairs You Don’t Need to Call a Pro For

    You may think some home repairs are out of your league, but even beginner DIYers can handle many of these...


    What To Do with Your Old Computer

    You’ve probably gotten a few new computers through the years, but what have you done with the old ones? Instead...


    What to Do with Your Old Exercise Equipment

    While some items such as free weights, kettle bells and resistance bands generally have long life spans, what do you...


    Quick Home Upgrades That Deliver Big Results

    Simple kitchen and bath improvements that will make your life easier


    Avoid Frozen Sump Pump Pipes

    What seemed like an easy, inexpensive project could have turned out to be a costly disaster.


    Rain barrel diverters protect your foundation from overflows

    This simple valve on a rain barrel downspout diverter keeps your house protected.