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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    Repainting Painted Wood Floors: A How-To Guide

    It's quick and easy to refresh those dingy, dinged-up floors. Read on to learn the steps.

    Why You Should Use a Random Orbital Sander for Sanding Cabinets

    If you're looking for a smooth finish to your cabinets, reach for your trusty random orbital sander, not a finishing...

    7 Best Small Dehumidifiers to Fight Dampness, Tested and Reviewed

    We put the best small dehumidifiers to the test in the humid U.S. South. Here's which ones provided the most...

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    What Is a Ball Valve and Why Should I Use Them In My Home?

    Replacing your old water supply shutoff valves with quarter-turn ball valves is easy, and makes your other plumbing repairs go...

    Yeti’s New Stackable Cups Are the Perfect Camp Coffee Accessory

    Whether for your mobile camp coffee bar or your kitchen at home, these barista-friendly cups are just the right size.

    Why Are Your Dishwasher Pods Not Dissolving?

    Get the most out of your dishwasher pods with expert troubleshooting tips.

    11 Pro Tips for How To Paint Trim

    Walls tend to take center stage when painting, but trim is important, too. These pro-approved tips are the key to...

    Can Stainless Steel Go In the Dishwasher?

    We spoke to experts to understand when it's OK, and when it's best to stick with handwashing.

    8 Stylish DIY Loft Bedroom Ideas

    Maximize space and style with these designs adults and kids will love.

    4 Emergency Substitutes for Dishwasher Detergent

    Out of dishwasher detergent? We've got you covered!

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    What Are Toilets Made Out Of?

    The vast majority of toilets are made of the same, single material. We explain why, and whether any other options...

    I Tried the Halo Pizza Oven, and It Made Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home

    A native New Yorker put the Halo Pizza Oven to the test to see if it could give him a...

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    How To Use a Dishwasher Properly

    Need some help with this kitchen staple? Our experts explain the right way to load and run a dishwasher.

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    Why Is Water Dripping from My Bathroom Fan?

    Drips are usually caused by condensation, but a roof leak can also be the culprit. Here's how to stop that...

    10 Shower Niche Ideas for Your Bathroom

    Get inspired by these recessed designs that provide convenient storage without intruding on the shower space.

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    How To Replace a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

    Tired of the noise your bathroom fan makes? Install a new one in a few hours without ripping up the...

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    What Is a Dishwasher Air Gap and Why Is It Important?

    Some dishwashers are installed with an air gap, and some aren't. We'll explain what an air gap is, what it...

    5 Most Reliable Refrigerator Brands, According to Repair Techs

    We spoke with three appliance experts to find the most reliable refrigerator brands. We also asked them for their favorite...

    How To Fix a Wobbly Toilet

    Wobbly toilets may lead to more serious problems in the future. Luckily, it's an easy DIY fix.

    What Is a Bathtub Surround?

    Looking for a new tub surround? Learn the pros and cons of fiberglass, acrylic, solid-surface and engineered stone options.

    9 Bathroom Mold Types To Be Aware Of

    Wondering what kind of mold is growing in your bathroom? Learn about common bathroom mold species and whether they're cause...

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    I Tried It: My Honest Bissell Little Green Review

    Messes are inevitable, especially in a home with kids, pets and gardeners. We found a way to make...

    How to Install Surface-Mounted Wiring and Conduit

    Adding a new light or receptacle to your garage or basement is easier than you think.

    I Tried the NuWave OxyPure Air Purifier and Noticed Less Dust Around My House

    Curious about all the hype around air purifiers? We tested one popular model that purifies over 2,500 square...

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    Understanding the Different Parts of a Bathtub

    Hopefully, we all bathe regularly. Knowing the different parts of a bathtub can help you keep yours working right.

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    A Guide to Helical Piers

    The name makes them sound more complicated than they are. Helical piers are basically foundation posts that screw into the...

    Do Dishwashers Use Up Your Homes’ Hot Water?

    Learn more about optimal water temperature for clean dishes.

    Nolah Mattress Review: The Evolution Bed Is a Side Sleeper’s Dream

    Yes, I’m writing this Nolah mattress review from bed–it’s that comfortable!

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    Understanding the Different Parts of a Furnace

    Your furnace's job is keeping you warm. Get to know the parts of a furnace so it will do that...

    Why Is Your Dishwasher Leaking From the Bottom of the Door?

    It's probably because of a dirty door seal. Luckily, it's a DIY fix. Our expert shows you how, and it...

    I Tried the AirHood Portable Kitchen Air Cleaner and It’s Life Changing

    Reduce grease, smoke, odors and oils in the kitchen with the portable AirHood cleaner.