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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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    Alex “Mr. Build It” Mazhukhin’s home is a stunning reflection of personal labor—and love for family

    The editors at Family Handyman were lucky enough to get a tour of Mr. Build It’s newly rehabbed home on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho.

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    How to Use a Garbage Disposal Reset Button

    Learn how the red reset button on garbage disposals helps prevent overloading and overheating when your unit malfunctions.

    What Are Water Hammer Arrestors?

    Silence your noisy, rattling water pipes by installing a water hammer arrestor.

    How to Safely Remove Glass In a Garbage Disposal

    Prevent breakages, blockages and injuries with these pro tips for removing glass in garbage disposals.

    Why Is My Garbage Disposal Humming?

    Discover reasons behind your humming, yet inactive garbage disposal with this troubleshooting guide.

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    GFCI vs. AFCI Outlets: What’s the Difference?

    Confused about these important safety devices? An electrician explains the difference.

    Inline Exhaust Fans: How to Use Them to Vent Multiple Bathrooms

    Add one attic fan to vent multiple bathrooms.

    Installing a New Sink: 11 Things to Watch Out For

    Common problems that could turn your project into a nightmare—and how to avoid them

    Midea Dehumidifier Review: A Game Changer in North Carolina Humidity

    The Midea dehumidifier helped this native northerner survive the humid summers months in the South. Here's why I recommend it...

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    What Should You Do If Your Basement Carpet Gets Wet?

    A wet carpet in a flooded basement may be salvageable, depending on the water source, but you have to work...

    How You Can Mount Lights on Vinyl Siding

    Mounting blocks make installing a light fixture on your vinyl siding easy and worry-free.

    9 Above Ground Pool Deck Ideas

    Elevate both the style and the function of your pool area with these above ground pool deck ideas.

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    How To Stabilize a Bookcase on Carpeting?

    Three simple ways to anchor your bookcase and keep it from tipping.

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    What Is Joint Compound and How Do You Choose the Right One?

    Confused about which joint compound you should buy for your DIY project? Here's what you need to know.

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    8 Things You Can Do to Help Avoid Refrigerator Repairs

    These maintenance steps will prevent most refrigerator breakdowns.

    What Should You Do If Your Ceiling Is Sagging?

    Sagging in a ceiling may be caused by undersized drywall. You can either replace it or build the ceiling out.

    9 Simple Kitchen Cabinet Repairs You Can DIY

    Are you bugged by kitchen cabinets that don’t work quite right? Broken latches, loose door hinges, sticking drawers—are they driving...

    How to Choose Carpet

    Understand your options before you invest.

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    How To Build Modern Barn Doors for Your Home

    Check out this modern take on sliding barn doors from At Home with Family Handyman personality Mr. Build It.

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    Apron Sink vs. Farmhouse Sink: What’s the Difference?

    Learn the differences between these two sink types.

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    How Do You Remove Tough Stains from Vinyl Flooring?

    Clean up problem stains faster and easier with these expert tips.

    5 Best Dishwasher Brands to Invest In, According to Experts

    Our appliance experts came together to find the best dishwasher brand for those looking for a reliable machine. See their other...

    Should I Replace My Roof? Here’s What to Consider

    A roof replacement is an expensive proposition, and you might not need one. Here's how to tell when a less...

    Review: I Tried the Frigidaire Dehumidifier to Control Humidity in My Basement

    I tested the Frigidaire Dehumidifier and kept it to use in my own basement to help control humidity for woodworking...

    12 Drop Ceiling Installation Tips from a Pro

    A veteran drop ceiling installer shares his secrets for installing drop ceiling tiles yourself.

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    How Much Does a Whole House Surge Protector Cost?

    Whole house surge protector cost is lower than $1,000. It's a small price to prevent a power surge from destroying...

    9 Home Theater Lighting Ideas

    Home theater lighting illuminates the space without distracting from the screen. Find out what combination of fixtures will work best...

    What To Know About Electrical Box Extenders

    These handy little rings make your renovation project so much easier.

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    How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent and Other Laundry Essentials

    Get rid of harsh chemicals by making your own DIY laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets.

    How to Replace a Light Fixture

    Here is how to replace a ceiling light fixture in an hour or two.

    Incandescent vs. LED Lighting: What’s the Difference?

    Love the classic incandescent? Embracing the LED? Test your knowledge of these popular lighting types.