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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.

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....



10 Hazards You Haven’t Thought of at Home

Learn more about the hazards you haven't thought of at home


20 Home Renovations That Instantly Add Value to Your Home

These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense.

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time


12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some...

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7 Best Gas Fireplaces Inserts

Gas fireplace inserts deliver warmth with ease of operation. Read on to learn which of these standouts may be the...


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8 Best Ethanol Fireplaces

Indoor and outdoor ethanol fireplaces are a beautiful and eco-friendly alternative to burning wood.


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Is a Wood Burning Stove Right for Your Home?

Like the idea of heating your home with wood? Wood burning stoves can be a beautiful thing. Learn what they...


Parts of Your Home Prone to the Most Winter Weather Damage

Knowing where your home is most vulnerable and taking precautions can save you thousands of dollars in repairs next spring.

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How to Install a Gas Fireplace

Complete DIY instructions for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace


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Homeowner’s Guide to Gas Fireplace Inserts

Tired of dealing with the constant mess and maintenance of your wood-burning fireplace? Consider whether a gas fireplace insert is...


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26 Things That Changed DIY Forever

Innovations that improved home improvement.


Foam Outlet Insulation Stops Cold Air Coming Through Electrical Outlets

Stop drafts cold at electrical boxes with these easy foam outlet insulation tips.


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Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

Keep a cool head with these tips for selecting and buying ceiling fans.

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How to Winterize Your Home in a Weekend

Have you been putting off winterizing your home? Here are a few small-ish items that you can probably accomplish in...


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Save Money by Insulating Crawl Space Ducts

Special duct wrap insulation keeps ducts dry and mold-free


Upgrade a Recessed Light Fixture

Simply change the trim to change the style


Noisy Gas Fireplace Blower? Here’s How to Replace it

A professional fireplace service company charges about $400 to do the job (parts and labor). But you can replace the...


Fluorescent Closet Light Fixtures

Fluorescent lights over the door solve a closet lighting problem


How to Build a Soffit Box with Recessed Lighting

Add interest to a bedroom or kitchen by building a soffit with drywall, wood trim and rope lights.


Install a Super-Easy USB Outlet

Adding a USB outlet is easy enough for a first-time electrician.


How to Balance a Wobbly Ceiling Fan

Stop the wobble and make your fan run smoothly in 15 minutes.

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How to Install Ceiling Fans

It's easier than you think, even on an angled ceiling.



How to Build the Best Fire in Your Fireplace

Try this method for building the best fire in your fireplace.


How to Install a Ceiling Fan Remote

Upgrade your fan with a ceiling fan remote.


How To Strip Wire the Safe Way

When stripping insulation from wiring, you might be tempted to use the cutting jaws on lineman’s pliers instead use a...


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How to Install a Ceiling Fan Mounting Bracket

The Family Handyman Senior Editor, Gary Wentz, will show you how to remove an old light and install a ceiling...