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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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Dryer Vents: How to Hook Up and Install Dryer Vents

How to install a rigid metal duct for a safer dryer.

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Recognizing and Correcting Common Bath Fan Problems

A bath fan that isn’t installed properly can cause more damage than no fan at all. But here’s the good...


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Save Money by Insulating Crawl Space Ducts

Special duct wrap insulation keeps ducts dry and mold-free


28 Helpful Tips for Doing DIY Work Alone

When a project requires extra hands but there aren’t any available (or you’re too stubborn to ask for help!), try...


19 Frightening Fantastic DIY Duct Tape Halloween Costumes

Who’s got the best DIY costumes? The kids from Destination Imagination every year. Each year Destination Imagination holds a Duct...

Dry Clothes Faster with a Dryer Duct Booster

Suck out damp dryer exhaust fast


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DIY Duct Tape Wallet

Don’t buy an expensive wallet; make this sturdy, unbreakable diy duct tape wallet in just about 30 minutes instead.

New Kitchen Venting: How to Install a Kitchen Fan Vent

Use rigid duct with insulated duct sleeve for an oven exhaust fan.


How to Install a Duct Booster Fan

Fine tune your heating and cooling system


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Replace a Broken Dryer Vent Cap

Install a new dryer vent cover in about 30 minutes


Use an In-Line Fan to Vent Two Bathrooms

Add one attic fan to vent multiple bathrooms

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Dryer Lint Cleaning Tips

Clean lint from the dryer exhaust duct quickly and easily


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Organize Anything with Pegboard: 14 Ideas and Tips

Pegboard is everywhere-panels, hooks, doodads, you name it. Every hand tool in the hardware store is hanging on pegboard. Every...


9 Air Conditioner Myths You Really Need to Stop Believing

No, your air conditioner is not going to give you a cold. Learn what other AC myths you can stop...


How to Make Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe

For a simple and cheap way to enjoy the warm weather, make a giant tic-tac-toe grid on a shower curtain...


Hanging a Door is Easier with a Little Duct Tape

Keep everything on the level with a wedge when replacing a door

Repurpose Ducting for Containing Hostas

Control your hosta growth with this simple gardening trick using only galvanized duct.


Tip for Installing Flooring in Tight Spots

Create a little handle for installing flooring


Scratch-Free Showerheads

Keep your showerhead in good condition by protecting it with pliers covered in duct tape.


Second Hand for Plywood Cutting

Check out this clever workshop tip!


Stowable Spray Booth

Make a reusable spray booth that's easy to store.


Thick-Skinned Sandpaper

Reader Maggi Thomas sent us a cool sanding tip. Put duct tape on the back of sandpaper and cut it...


At the End of Your Nylon Rope?

Here’s another smart way to keep nylon rope from fraying when you cut it. Firmly wrap three turns of duct...


12 Brilliant Uses for Duct Tape

While we wouldn't condone all of these, it's still pretty incredible to see the kinds of stuff people use duct...

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Home Inspector Nightmares: Volume 22

In this volume of Crazy Repairs That Don’t Work we see the return of duct tape as a critical component....


Paper Towel Holder Tape Storage

Mount an old paper towel dispenser to your wall or pegboard. It can hold several rolls of duct tape, painter’s...


Home Inspector Nightmares: Vol. 8

In this installment of home inspector nightmares, you’ll be amazed by how much ceiling fan blades can droop. Plus, as...


Duct Tape Uses

Look for duct tape in one of its many sizes, shapes or materials for special uses or for solving special...



Home Emergency Toolkit

Stuff to keep on hand in case of a major (or minor) emergency