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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      11 Essentials for Your Spring Maintenance Checklist

      These jobs are best done during warm months, so make them part of your regular spring home maintenance routine.

      Do Your Own Furnace Maintenance This Winter

      Here are 8 things to check before you call a pro to repair your furnace, plus some tips for warming...

      How to Save on Heating Costs in an Apartment

      Is your apartment uncomfortably cold in the winter? Here's how to warm it up without increasing your energy bill.

      Make a Shoe Rack with Modern Style

      Here's how to make a trendy, modern ladder shelf for your entry with just $35 worth of supplies and only...

      5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard

      Don't sweat that boxy A/C unit. Here's how to put it out of sight and out of mind.

      Creating New Spaces with Windows and Doors

      Take the next step beyond simple replacement windows and doors to increase the livability and appeal of your home, inside...

      How to Hide Your Home’s Mechanics

      Get ideas for clever ways to disguise your ducts, air returns, drains and more.

      How to Prevent Clogged Drains

      Drains always seem to clog at the worst possible time, like when you have a houseful of overnight guests or...

      8 Design-Friendly Storage Solutions for the Bathroom

      The secret to tidy towels and beautifully organized bottles? The right storage, of course. Sample this smorgasbord of ideas.

      Meet the 2-HP Ultra-Quiet Ryobi Garage Door Opener

      The experts at Ryobi who normally dream up, engineer and produce power tools have created something new and unique in...

      How to Replace or Revamp Your Garage Doors

      Boost curb appeal and maybe even security with new garage doors. Find out cost ranges and other important details here.

      Know Your House: What Kind of Roof Do You Have?

      Gable, hip, gambrel, mansard - the shape of your roof says something about your home's connection to earth and sky.

      8 Built-In Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

      Check out an architect's guide to some inspiring ways to build in extra cabinets, shelves and cubbyholes at the start...

      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.

      Car Trim: Repair Your Car’s Molding

      Carmakers long ago stopped using spring clips to attach car trim and molding. Instead, they use adhesive tape.