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6 Signs You Have a Costly Foundation Slab Leak

If your home is built on a concrete foundation slab, watch for signs that water may be lurking beneath the surface.

Tips for Hiring a Termite Exterminator

They'll crunch and they'll munch and they'll chew your house down! Here's how to work with an exterminator to battle...


What to Know About Stone Veneer

Stone veneer is popular on the outside of homes, as well as accenting the inside. Learn more about this decorative...


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What Goes Into Pouring a Strong Foundation?

Consider the benefits of pouring a foundation instead of a slab.


12 Silent Signs Your House Has Foundation Problems

Cracks, gaps and more can be serious signs of foundation issues with your 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...


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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34 Silent Signs That Your House is Failing

Your house can't talk, but it can give you hints of failure, if you pay attention. Learn what your house...


Rain barrel diverters protect your foundation from overflows

This simple valve on a rain barrel downspout diverter keeps your house protected.


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15 Things Home Inspectors Wish You Knew

These things home inspectors wish you knew can help sellers prepare for a home sale and make buyers aware of...


6 Home Problems Inspectors Hate to See and How to Fix Them

Reuben Saltzman, president of Structure Tech in Minnesota, identifies potential home problems and what to do about them.

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Foundation Cracks: What You Need to Know

A home's foundation will crack over time. Knowing the difference between which cracks are OK and which need to be...


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How to Build a Brick Fire Pit

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Enjoy a crackling wood fire in your own backyard. Learn...


How to Build a Brick Walkway in the Garden

Build this handsome backyard feature in one weekend.


Asphalt Repair and Crack Filling

Over time, every asphalt driveway develops cracks and pits. Here's how to fight back.


How to Build a Table with a Concrete Top

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The look and durability of natural stone—the cost and simplicity...

Masonry: How to Repair Mortar Joints

A beginner's guide to tuckpointing, or replacing mortar joints


Modern Stone Installation Tips

Tips for installing veneer stone from a real pro


How to Repair Mortar Joints

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


How to Seal an Asphalt Driveway

Seal your asphalt driveway correctly and it could last up to 30 years.


How to Replace Spalling Bricks

Freezing and thawing water in brick can cause flaking and spalling, which ruins the brick.


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


How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

Build this backyard fire pit with retaining wall blocks.


How to Cut Concrete

Concrete cutting tips for the tough jobs. Try a concrete saw

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How to Install a Glass Block Shower

A curved wall creates a unique bath area


How to Install Stone Facing

Step-by-step instructions and pictures for how to install stone facing.


How to Install a Durable Asphalt Driveway

Learn how the pros make asphalt driveways that last


10 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Use Concrete

We generally associate concrete with infrastructure and buildings, however, there are numerous things you can make with concrete that don't...


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5 Crucial Tips for Concrete Care 

Here are five easy—and relatively inexpensive—ways to keep your concrete as strong as King Kong, according to Acid Magic.


How to Maintain and Repair Your Chimney

Make your chimney last for decades with a few hours of simple maintenance