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New Homeowner’s Guide

From making an offer on your dream home to navigating your first year of DIY home repairs, the experts at Family Handyman will guide you through your landmark journey of new homeownership.

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...


Add Value to Your Home With These 12 Easy Upgrades

Outfit your abode with these high-impact, low-budget projects.


Estimating Software Technology

What? You’re not using geospatial generated estimates? Read this article to find out why you should start.


12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately

A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost...

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Fact or Fiction: Is Cheese the Best Bait for Mice?

It may seem natural to bait mouse traps with cheese, but experts say you'll have better luck luring your resident...


Cutting and Installing Plastic Trim

Learn the secrets of successful PVC trim installation.

How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture

Nothing spoils a dinner party like a chandelier in the pasta or a sudden blackout. Here's how to hang lights...


How to Restretch a Carpet

Fit, trim and restretch your carpet in one afternoon with a carpet stretcher.


15 Things You Should Think Twice About Donating

Donating unwanted items to a local thrift store is a fantastic way to reclaim space in your home, donate to...


Crown Molding Cutting and Installation

This three-piece crown molding technique simplifies installation and the results are spectacular.

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Interior Trim Work Basics

All the trim basics from start to finish, plus a clever way to get those miters tight


Family Handyman Vintage Project from 1983: How to Hang Wallpaper

Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through step-by-step projects. To celebrate our 70th anniversary,...


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How to Repair or Replace a Broken Storm Window

A broken storm window can be dangerous and inefficient, but is it a DIY project? A few things to know...


How to Install a Load-Bearing Beam

Replace a load bearing wall with a microlam beam to create a bigger room.


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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 Clean Grout in Your Kitchen with a Surprising (and Cheap) Ingredient

From your floor to your backsplash, removing gunky buildup between tiles is easier than you think with this trick.


How to Cope Joints for Wood Corner Trim

Professional techniques for coping perfect molding and trim joints.


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How to Soundproof a Room

Cut down on the noise coming into or going out of your living area with these proven sound-dampening materials and...


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How to Repair a Gas Fire Pit

How to inspect and fix your gas fire pit.


Family Handyman’s Vintage Projects From the ’50s

Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through the use of step-by-step projects. To celebrate...


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How to Clean a Gas Fireplace

Important annual gas fireplace maintenance.


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Signs of Frozen Pipes (And How to Unfreeze Them)

As temps drop, your risk of a frozen pipe increases. Read on for all you need to know about preventing...


6 Ways to Hang a Poster Without Damaging the Wall

Decorate your space while leaving hole-free walls.

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Your Guide to Winterizing Everything

From cars, boats and lawn mowers to pools, gutters and grills. Here's how to winterize everything around your home.


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21 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know

While rewarding, being a homeowner can be costly and frustrating if you're not in the know. Here are 21 essential...


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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 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 Replace a Light Fixture

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


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How to Clean Vinyl Siding

Techniques for cleaning tough-to-remove stains on vinyl siding, trim and gutters.