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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.

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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....


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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


How to Fix a Water Heater Pilot Light

Replacing the thermocouple usually does the trick.


How to Flush a Water Heater

Extend the life of your water heater: Learn how to drain water heater fluid and get your water heater running...

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How to Prevent Water Damage in the House

Water damage from frozen pipes, ruptured washer hoses, leaking supply lines and dripping water heaters costs billions every year. This...


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How to Extend Your Water Heater’s Lifespan

A little preventive maintenance keeps the hot water flowing and extends your water heater's lifespan.

How to Choose the Right Water Softener

How to Choose a Water Softener How to Size a Water Softener


Water Heater Venting Fixes

Use a reducer to solve a water heater vent size problem


How to Regulate the Hot Water Heater

Install temperature regulating valves without tearing up the bathtub wall


Water Heater Installation

Replace it yourself and save hundreds of dollars!

Fix a Water Softener

Try these three solutions when your water softener begins to fail


How to Install a Power-Vented Water Heater

Power vents simplify a gas hot water heater installation


DIY Water Heater Installation

When your water heater begins to leak, you have to install a new one fast.


How to Plumb a Water Softener

Branch off cold water lines to outdoor faucets before running the cold water through the water softening system.


Replace a Water Softener Resin Bed

Do it yourself and save the $150 service fee

Extend the Life of Your Water Heater by Replacing the Anode Rod

Double the life of your water heater with this simple repair


Choosing a New Water Heater

New technology can save energy and money



How to Repair a Water Softener

Fix your water softener injectors, brine tank and regenerate the resin tank.


No Hot Water? Restore It Yourself

No more hot water? You may need a new thermocouple.


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How to Adjust Your Water Heater’s Temperature

Be safe—keep the water heater temperature setting at 120 degrees F.


How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater

Simple solutions for common water heater leaks.


How to Replace a Water Heater Thermocouple

Save your hot water heater with a new thermocouple!

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How to Test Your Water Heater Element

We've all been there - you get in the shower only to realize that you have no hot water.


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How to Dispose of a Water Heater

The Family Handyman editor, Jeff Gorton, will show you how remove and dispose of a water heater.


Get a Smart Water Heater

Control your water heater remotely with a smartphone


How to Rebuild a Water Softener

Rebuild your control valve in an hour


Water Softener Problems

Here's how to fix a broken water softener


Water Softener Installation: How and When to Rebuild

Water softener installation and repair is easier than it looks