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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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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....


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Breaker Box Safety: How to Connect a New Circuit

Add a new circuit to your home's wiring


20 Home Renovations That Instantly Add Value to Your Home

These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense.


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...

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...


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.


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Severe Weather Guide: Emergency Power Generators

It just takes one downed power pole to interrupt the fragile chain of electricity connecting your house to the power...


10 Products You Can Buy at Home Centers That Actually Violate Building Code

As a DIYer, you need to know which products meet building code and which ones will fail an inspection. These...


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10 Myths About Saving Energy at Home

Reap the rewards of energy savings by ignoring these myths.

Homeowners’ Guide to Outdoor Christmas Lights

This year, elevate your house to "oooh and ahhh" status with the best outdoor Christmas lights.


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Family Handyman’s Vintage Projects and Tips From the ’60s

Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through the use of step-by-step projects. To celebrate...


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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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Signs of Frozen Pipes (And How to Unfreeze Them)

As temps drop, your risk of a frozen pipe increases. Read on for all you need to know about preventing...

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7 Simple Tricks to Keep Your House Warm All Winter Long

With drafty doors, windows and poorly insulated rooms, the cold can be inevitable. So what’s a homeowner to do?


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Expert Tips for an Easy Faucet Installation

We caught up with Joe Barnes, a second-generation master plumber with more than 30 years of experience, to tackle...


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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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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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How to Replace a Light Fixture

Replace a light fixture without the hassle with these electrical tips from veteran pros.


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Save Money by Insulating Crawl Space Ducts

Special duct wrap insulation keeps ducts dry and mold-free


Soldering Copper Pipe

Tips and techniques you need to know


How to Replace a Garbage Disposal

14 tips and tricks to avoid leaks and mistakes.

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Home Air Cooling Tips

Six strategies for keeping your home cool


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30 Spring Cleaning Tasks to Add to Your Checklist

Start thinking of spring cleaning as the calendar turns a page. Develop a plan with these tips on what to...


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Dryer Lint Cleaning Tips

Clean lint from the dryer exhaust duct quickly and easily


How to Double the Life of Your Furnace

Follow these tips and you can actually keep your furnace going for twice as long!


Toilet Shopping Tips

Want to buy a new toilet? There are an array of options. We offer these tips for the next time...


Troubleshooting: How to Fix a Light

Have a broken light but don't know why it doesn't work? Get to the bottom of it! Follow these tips...