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.

View More in:

Add Filter

Amazing Repair Products

Sometimes all it takes is the right product to make a quick and easy fix.

What’s Wrong With This Picture? Plus a Trick Question

We’ll show you the problem—and the fix.


Add Value to Your Home With These 12 Easy Upgrades

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


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...


Cutting and Installing Plastic Trim

Learn the secrets of successful PVC trim installation.

How to Restretch a Carpet

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


Crown Molding Cutting and Installation

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

Tout icon

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,...


Tout icon

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.

Tout icon

Vintage Family Handyman Project: Modernizing a Fireplace (Then and Now)

In honor of our 70th anniversary, we recreated one of our earliest projects.


Tout icon

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.


Tout icon

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...


Tout icon

How to Repair a Gas Fire Pit

How to inspect and fix your gas fire pit.

Tout icon

How to Clean a Gas Fireplace

Important annual gas fireplace maintenance.


6 Ways to Hang a Poster Without Damaging the Wall

Decorate your space while leaving hole-free walls.


Tout icon

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...


Tout icon

5 Insulation Mistakes to Avoid

Insulation keeps your home the temperature you want — as long as it's installed correctly. Here are five common insulation...


Tout icon

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...


Tout icon

How to Clean Vinyl Siding

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


Tout icon

How to Paint Wood Paneling

Yes, you can paint wood paneling. And, it can look terrific or it can look terrible. Use this step-by-step guide...


Exterior Painting Tips and Techniques

Paint faster and better using these brushing, rolling and cutting-in techniques

Magazine Cover

Subscribe & SAVE

1 Year Subscription for only $10!

Tout icon

Paint Roller Techniques and Tips

Paint faster and smoother with the right rolling techniques


Tout icon

Drywall Taping Tips

How to get better taping results with less hassle


How to Build a Drywall Arch

Using drywall and Masonite to create a curved doorway.


Simple Wall Stenciling

How to stencil a decorative border at the top of your walls.


How to Repair Mortar Joints

Restore crumbling mortar joints with a chisel, a grinder and a lot of patience


How to Build Pathways: Brick and Stone Pathways

With a little imagination and a lot of muscle, you can build this walk in a three-day weekend