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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      Why You Should Buy a Trim Gun

      This tool drives nearly-invisible nails and makes quick work of joinery.


      Create a Bright, Dry Space in a Damp, Gloomy Basement

      Create an exercise space in an unfinished basement, but first coat the walls with Drylok to prevent excess moisture.


      ProPak Trim from Home Depot is a Good Deal!

      I bought my first ProPak trim bundles from The Home Depot while I was trimming my sons new house a...


      Save energy and save money: Seal attic air leaks

      A little insulation goes a long way.


      ProPak Trim from Home Depot is a Good Deal!

      ProPaks are prebundled packages of the most common types of trim used in homes.


      A New Backsplash in Six Hours

      I’ve wanted to install a tile backsplash in my kitchen ever since I wrote an article about them almost two...


      Deck Finishing: From Blah to Beautiful in Half a Day

      How to refinish a porch floor with Thompson's Waterproofing stain.


      Water Softener Salt Smarts

      You can buy iron-fighting pellets for your water softener.

      How I Saved Money This Month: Cleaning Refrigerator Coils

      The smartest thing you can do for your fridge is to keep the coils clean. It cuts electricity bills and...


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      How to Clean Your Air Conditioner

      Follow these tips to get your air conditioning unit running like new.


      How to Build Shelves From Dowels

      I needed a way to clear the clutter off my desk, so I came up with a shelving system made...


      Bookcases: Pro Shortcut for DIY Furniture Makers

      The ideal bookcase has open shelves for items you want to put on display, and enclosed storage space for stuff...


      Shop Organization: Idea for a Cheap Tool Cabinet

      Chances are you'll be able to find what you need for free.


      Kitchen Ideas: The proper care and feeding of your garbage disposer

      Avoid expensive plumbing repair bills (or long weekends under the sink) with these simple tips.


      Laundry room storage ideas: A home for hangers

      A simple towel bar is the biggest improvement.


      DIY Car Care: Summertime Thermostat Advice

      If your vehicle experiences overheating problems in the summer, fix the root cause (water pump, clogged radiator, inoperative cooling fans,...

      Sneak Peek: Ingenious Garage Storage Ideas

      Check out these great space-saving tips!


      Installed a Sink Last Weekend

      Our house is 10 years old, which seems to be the magic age when things start to break or need...


      ‘Must Have’ Portable Table Saw

      This budget-friendly portable table saw collapses neatly into an easily movable wheeled platform.


      Pressure Washer Maintenance and Tips

      We talked to a few power washer fanatics and several manufacturers to learn the best tips for using and maintaining...


      Appliance Care and Maintenance Tips to Make Appliances Last

      Bad habits cost you; good habits save thousands. Read on and save big on appliance repairs with these maintenance tips.

      Workshop Tips and Helpers

      Make your shop more efficient with these handyman tips and hacks


      Clever and Useful Bathroom Storage Tips

      Make the best use of your limited bathroom space with these storage and organizing tips.


      Rosin Paper Workbench Cover

      Build this handy paper holder at one end of your workbench


      Simple Storage Cabinet

      Build this handsome utility cabinet in half a day with your table saw