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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.

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Breaker Box Safety: How to Connect a New Circuit

Add a new circuit to your home's wiring



Install New Hard-Wired or Battery-Powered Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms wear out. Replace them before they fail.


20 Home Renovations That Instantly Add Value to Your Home

These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense.

15 Things You Should Do When You Find a Burst Pipe

A burst pipe is the last thing anyone wants to tackle. But there are some quick temporary fixes you can...


100 Home Repairs You Don’t Need to Call a Pro For

You may think some home repairs are out of your league, but even beginner DIYers can handle many of these...

Avoid Frozen Sump Pump Pipes

What seemed like an easy, inexpensive project could have turned out to be a costly disaster.


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...


13 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without an Air Conditioner

If you don't have an air conditioner, check out these creative ways to stay cool all summer long.


How to Install a Battery-Powered Touchless Faucet

Touchless faucet installation made easy.

How to Install Low-Profile LED Lights in Your Kitchen

Transform your kitchen into a place you’ll love to be with this innovative lighting project.


How to Adjust a Mechanical Thermostat

Fine-tuning tips for better furnace performance.


How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Vanity

A fresh new look for your bathroom.


How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture

Nothing spoils a dinner party like a chandelier in the pasta or a sudden blackout. Here's how to hang lights...


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The 10 Most Common Plumbing Mistakes DIYers Make

You can fix most household plumbing repairs and even update plumbing fixtures with just a few special tools and a...

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Electrical Wiring: How to Run Power Anywhere

The easiest way to bring electricity to a shed, garden or lamppost


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How to Install a Gas Fireplace

Complete DIY instructions for installing a direct-vent gas fireplace


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Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1987: Landline Phone Installation

The first issue of Family Handyman was published in 1951, so this year marks our 70th anniversary. To celebrate we're...


How to Connect Gas Pipe Lines

Use the correct fittings for a safe gas hook-up


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Vintage Family Handyman from 1983: Housing Shapes To Come

What types of housing were available in 1983? In honor of our 70th anniversary, Family Handyman looked at some old...


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How to Put Lights On a Christmas Tree

Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to string Christmas lights.


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DIY Furnace Maintenance Will Save A Repair Bill

Save money and increase your heating system's efficiency and comfort by following these simple steps to keep your furnace in...


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How to Fix and Replace Christmas Lights

Squeeze another season out of your strings of lights!

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DIY Water Heater Testing and Repair

A one-hour DIY repair that will save you the cost of calling the plumber


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How to Use Cheap Electrical Testers

Three testers make electrical work safer and easier — and for less than $20, you can own them all.


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How to Make Safe Wire Connections

With the right wire nut connectors and terminals, it's fairly easy to make safe, strong electrical connections


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How to Glue and Join PVC Plastic Pipe

The secrets to fast, leak-proof connections


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What to Know About Space Heaters

Interested in a space heater for your home, but find the options overwhelming? Here are four basic types of space...


Installing a Single-Pole Smart Light Switch

Make your regular light switch smart in five easy steps!