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Guide To Waterproofing Basement Walls

Nobody likes a wet basement. You can do some waterproofing yourself, but if you've got a severe water problem, your best bet is to call in a pro.

Can Mold in the Basement Affect Upstairs?

Mold grows in a damp basement, but does it stay there? Can it travel to the rest of your home?...


How To Prevent Basement Flooding During Heavy Rain

If heavy rain frequently turns your basement into a quagmire, try one or several of these methods to fix the...


Everything You Need to Create and Stock a Basement Bar

Create the ultimate hangout spot right at home.


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What Is a Sump Pump?

Standing water in your home can lead to structural problems and health hazards. One solution is a sump pump.

Family Handyman Reader Projects: Indoor Spaces

Family Handyman readers were busy during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020, diving into their to-do lists. Here we take...


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5 Things You Need to Know Before Building Stairs

Learn the ins and outs of building stairs before you jump into a project on your own.


10 Basement Remodel Ideas

On the hunt for basement remodel ideas? Get your wheels turning with these stunning spaces that are anything but an...


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Why Old Homes Have a Tiny Iron Door Leading to the Basement

Today it serves merely as decoration, but long ago this door leading to the basement served an important purpose.


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9 Basement Shelving Ideas to Increase Storage Space

The basement can be a notoriously messy space. Clean up, get organized and reclaim your lower level with these creative...


How to DIY Laundry Room Shelves

Convert your dreary basement laundry into a functional, organized and finished workspace.


Using a Water Powered Backup Sump Pump

Drain your sump even when the power is out


How to Paint Concrete Floors

Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a fresh coat of paint.

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The Best (and Worst) Projects for Your Home’s Resale Value

Are you looking for a specific renovation project that will improve the resale value of your home? Your return on...


7 Best Storage Containers and Bins to Get Your Home Organized

Maximize space and bring order to your belongings with the best storage containers for the garage, playroom, basement and office


The Best Basement Paint Colors to Bring the Downstairs to Life

Turn your downstairs space into a cozy retreat with these fresh and inviting best basement paint colors.


15 Weird Objects Our Readers Found Lurking Behind Their Walls

From old newsprint to weapons to mummified animals, we asked our readers to show us treasures they found behind the...


Pro Tips for Basement Finishing

These are great tips on how to solve many of the problems you're likely to encounter when working on your...


Working With Metal-Clad (MC) Cable

MC cable is easier to work with than rigid conduit and offers protection from fire, vibration, gnawing pests and physical...


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How to Achieve Better Yard Drainage

Soggy yard? Here are your options.


11 Best Basement Organization Ideas

Whether you use your lower level for storage only or also as a living space, here are 11 ideas for...


A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...

How to Plumb a Basement Bathroom

Roughing-in the plumbing for a basement bathroom is a big job, but the savings are huge.


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How to Finish a Basement Wall

Expert advice for a warm, dry and inviting basement


How to Finish a Basement

With special framing and insulating techniques, your basement can be as comfortable as any other room in your home. Find...


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How to Upgrade Your Shower in a Weekend

Get an impressive shower upgrade without breaking the bank or turning your basement into a jobsite.


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Here’s Why Old Houses Have a Random Toilet in the Basement

Standalone toilets in the basement are an outdated concept. Why were they necessary in the first place?


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The Experts’ Guide to Preventing Mold In Basements

Basement mold is a common problem that can cost thousands to remove. Avoid getting mold in the first place with...