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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....



100 Plumbing Goofs and Other Scary Stuff

A plumbing problem is no laughing matter, but it is fun to see the problems before they're solved. Check out...


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...

Avoid Frozen Sump Pump Pipes

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


10 Cool Fixtures and Hardware with a Matte Finish

Move over stainless! Over the last couple years, designers say there's been an increase in requests for matte black finishes...

How to Install a Battery-Powered Touchless Faucet

Touchless faucet installation made easy.


How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Vanity

A fresh new look for your bathroom.


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6 Things Plumbers ALWAYS Do In Their Own Homes

Plumbers say keeping up on a few basic tasks and best practices is the secret to a well-maintained, fully-functioning home...


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The 30 Secrets a Plumber Won’t Tell You

These secrets could save you a lot of time and money. Get the scoop on things a plumber will never...

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5 Top Myths About Septic Systems

There's a lot of misinformation out there about septic systems. Here's what you need to know.


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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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What You Need to Know About Your Septic System’s Drainfield

Knowing how to care for and maintain your drainfield will keep your entire septic system running properly.


How to Connect Gas Pipe Lines

Use the correct fittings for a safe gas hook-up


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12 Things Your Plumber Doesn’t Want You To Know

A plumber isn't obliged to tell you it's an easy fix...

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How to Glue and Join PVC Plastic Pipe

The secrets to fast, leak-proof connections


How to Repair a Broken Pipe in Your Home

A quick and easy, no-soldering fix for your burst pipe.


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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...


1951 Family Handyman Feature: Be Your Own Plumber

In honor of Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some throwbacks. Check out these DIY plumbing tips.


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How to Upgrade Your Shower in a Weekend

Get an impressive shower upgrade without breaking the bank or turning your basement into a jobsite.


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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...



This Is What People Used Before Toilet Paper Existed

Toilet paper is selling out everywhere, which leaves us wondering — what did people do without it in the first...

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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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Stuff We Love: Plumber’s Wrenches

It's fun to see basic tools reinvented. Here are three new school plumber's wrenches that will make your friends ask:...


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5 Toilet Paper Alternatives That Will Definitely Clog Your Pipes

Running out of toilet paper? Make sure you don't make matters worse by flushing something that could clog pipes or...


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PEX Supply Pipe: Everything You Need to Know

PEX piping is the biggest revolution since the flush toilet. Learn what it is and everything in between with this...


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8 Best Bidet Toilet Seats for 2020

Bidets and bidet toilet seats are becoming more and more popular in the United States. If you're in the market,...


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2020 Vision on Smart Toilets

Discover what a smart toilet can do for your health and lifestyle.