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Making sure you know everything there is to know about the electrical, heating and cooling systems in your home.

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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. Here's a comprehensive guide to point you in the right direction.


20 Home Renovations That Instantly Add Value to Your Home

These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense.


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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How to Install a Gas Fireplace

Complete DIY instructions for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace

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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Your Guide to Winterizing Everything

From cars, boats and lawn mowers to pools, gutters and grills. Here's how to winterize everything around your home.

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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.


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...


Installing a Garage Air Conditioner

Wrenching on a car or doing a project in a sweltering garage is no fun. A garage A/C does the...


How to Run Wire Through a Wall to Avoid Water Leaks

Tips for a trouble-free installation


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How to Fix Sweating Pipes

A simple way to prevent condensation on cold water pipes in humid weather.