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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    What to Know About Frost Lines

    Frost lines are critical to construction in cold climates, but they’re important in mild regions, too. Learn what frost lines are and why they matter.

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    Best Hardwood Floor Cleaners

    Find the right hardwood floor cleaner to keep your wood floors looking their best.


    How to Set Up Your House Before Leaving for Summer Vacation

    Securing your home while you're away doesn't just mean locking your doors and windows. Make sure you take these steps...


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    6 Best Ceiling Paints

    Painting a ceiling isn't as difficult as you might think. With the right paint and a few helpful hints, you...


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    What To Know About Carpet Cleaning

    You owe your carpet some TLC. Keep it looking good and smelling fresh with these smart carpet cleaning strategies and...

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    How to Dry Your Wet Carpet

    Get your wet carpet dry and fluffy again with these tips and tricks, whether you're facing mildly damp or fully...


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    Metal Roofs vs. Asphalt Shingles: What Are The Differences?

    Metal and asphalt shingles are two of the most popular residential roof materials. Consider their differences so you can make...

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    How to Clean Carpets Without a Machine

    Want to clean your carpet but hate those bulky machines? Follow these DIY cleaning tips and methods to learn how...


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    Should You Pay to Have Your Gutters Cleaned?

    Functioning gutters are essential to a healthy home. So who should clean yours? Here are the pros and cons of...


    Design Your Small Bathroom with Space-Saving Items from Amazon

    These popular (and stylish!) products from Amazon will make your small bathroom more functional and beautiful.


    9 Best Laminate Floor Cleaners

    We sifted through the dozens of laminate floor cleaners on the market so you don't have to. Here are the...

    Images from Family Handyman’s Getaway Project

    Family Handyman's 'Getaway' project is officially underway! Keep an eye on this page for a glimpse at just some of...


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    Terrazzo: The Home Décor Trend You Should Know About

    Long-popular in mid-century modern homes, terrazzo has gone mainstream. Find out why this ancient flooring material stands the test of...


    10 Home Renovations That Affect Insurance Rates

    Some home improvement projects like a new roof or storm-proof windows will help lower your insurance costs, but others can...


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    How to Use and When to Replace Roof Tarps

    Roof tarps are only temporary solutions, so make sure you install them properly and don't leave them on past their...


    Home Improvement the Top Reason for Personal Loans During Pandemic

    More people took out personal loans for home improvement projects during the pandemic than any other reason, but loan usage...

    The Getaway

    The Family Handyman Getaway is an ambitious project that redefines what it means to build a cabin. Our team of...


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    Exterior Home Building Materials: What To Know

    Building a new home or cabin? Know the kind of design and types of exterior building materials available and the...


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    10 Best Floor Cleaners

    For any floor in any situation — from laminate to linoleum — here are the best floor cleaners to keep...


    The Most Essential Products for New Homeowners

    From cleaning supplies to tools, here's a list of everything you'll need for your new home.


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    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....


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    Homeowner’s Guide To Home Siding

    The right siding enhances a home's curb appeal, bolsters its structure and increases its value. Discover the type of siding...


    14 Expenses New Homeowners Waste Money On

    It's easy for new homeowners to spend money on things they shouldn't. Make sure you steer clear of these unnecessary...


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    Pros and Cons of Attic Insulation Types

    What’s the best attic insulation? That depends on your definition of “best”. An expert home inspector goes through which attic...

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    DIY Home Inspection Tools

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



    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.


    How to Insulate a House

    Do it right to save $$, stay warm


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    9 Best Ceiling Paint Colors to Consider

    Put down the white paint! Go bold with these ceiling paint color ideas that will take your room to the...