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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    This LG Portable Air Conditioner Will Help Get You Through the Dog Days

    We spent a week testing this portable AC unit at a normally hot and sticky cabin. Here's what we found.

    The Lixada Blocklight Is a Small Flashlight with Lots of Power

    Let there be light with you everywhere you go with these super-compact and affordable Family Handyman approved flashlights.


    This Is Why High Ceilings Are So Popular in Southern Architecture

    This quirk of Southern architecture isn't all for looks.


    Everything You Need to Know About Hatch Door Tables

    Each table is made from a salvaged ship door.


    12 Bedroom Cleaning and Storage Tips

    You spend a lot of hours every day in your bedroom. Make sure you're keeping it clean and organized with...

    Why Do Some New England Homes Have a ‘Witch Window’?

    Here's the story behind this unusual home feature.


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    Upgrade Your Garage with This Family Handyman Approved DeWalt Socket Wrench Set

    If you're like me and would rather DIY your car or small engine maintenance, check out this compact and durable...

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    This Family Handyman Approved Cordless Vacuum Is a Must-Have for Parents and Pet Owners

    You know how annoying it is to drag out your full-sized vacuum to deal with every little a sprig of...


    If Your House Has a Small Shelf in the Hall, This Is What It’s For

    That handy nook used to hold a landline telephone, but you can still find ways to make it useful.


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    What’s a Bladeless Ceiling Fan and Does It Really Work?

    Ever hear of a bladeless ceiling fan?  Neither had I.  So we tried one out, and I have to say...


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    Bugs, Tar and Big Globs of Bird Poop Are No Match for This Foaming Cleaner

    We all know that familiar splat of a bug hitting your windshield at 70 miles per hour. The next time...

    If You See Window Bars with a Potbelly, This Is What It’s For

    The window bars are for security — and the bump serves a purpose, too. Here's what we discovered.


    3 Unique Staircase Features You’ll Find in Historic Homes

    There's no denying the beauty of historic architecture.


    We Tried the Worx Switchdriver and It Really Is a Time-Saver

    Sick of the constant switching back and forth between different bits and tips?  Us, too. That's why we tried this...



    We Tried This Ryobi Pressure Washer and Our Patio Has Never Looked So Clean

    This all-new Ryobi Electric Pressure Washer will spray away dirt and grime from almost any outdoor surface, and leave your...

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    Take Your Cookout on the Road with This Family Handyman Approved Portable Pellet Grill

    Take your passion for cooking nearly anywhere with this Family Handyman Approved portable pellet grill.


    14 Brilliant Tips and Tricks for Cleaning, Fixing and Repurposing Gutters

    Whether it's gutter maintenance or giving old ones a new life, you'll definitely want to check out these clever tips.


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    No Job Is too Tough for Family Handyman Approved Grime Hand Soap

    A fiercely degreasing hand soap that's still gentle on your skin?  Give this Family Handyman Approved Grime Hand Soap a...


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    Brighten Up Any Project with the Family Handyman Approved Nebo Omni 2k Work Light

    Looking for an addition to your toolbox that shines? Try the compact, bright and long-lasting Nebo Omni 2k work light.


    We Tried This Innovative Brush That Makes Cleaning Vinyl Siding a Breeze

    Looking for an eco-friendly way to clean your vinyl siding? Give the American-made Siding Brush a try.


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    Family Handyman Approved: Armor All Wash & Wax

    If you're looking to polish up your car quickly and easily, give the Family Handyman Approved Armor All Ultra-Shine Wash...


    We Tried Dry Shine’s Ultimate Shine to Gloss Up a Filthy Truck

    We tried this ultra-glossy, anti-static and UV-protectant automotive cleaner on everything we could find on my filthy pickup.


    If Birds Peck at Your Windows and Mirrors, This is What it Means

    Birding experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman explain why birds engage in these behaviors, and what you can do to prevent...

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    If You See a House with Two Front Doors, This Is What It Means

    You're going to adore the possible explanations.


    20 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Garage or Workshop More Functional

    You get a lot done in your garage, but these tricks will help keep you even more organized.


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    Tear Through DIY Projects with the Family Handyman Approved Diablo Demo Demon Saw Blade

    If you're planning on adding a window, knocking down a wall or re-roofing your garage, pick up a Diablo Demo...


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    These Stylish and Tough Stoggles Safety Glasses Are Family Handyman Approved

    Whether you work in the trades or you're a DIY enthusiast, safety glasses are an essential tool. Recently I picked...


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    The Family Handyman Approved Ryobi Cordless Tire Inflator Is a Worthy Addition to Your Garage

    Air compressors require a lot of work if you only need them for a minute or two to top off...


    One Tip for Major Appliances In Your Home

    You use these appliances every day, but you've probably never tried these handy tricks.