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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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Best Off-Grid Water System Options for Your Cabin

Interested in an off-grid cabin, but not sure how to tackle the water problem? These are your options for water...


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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....



10 Hazards You Haven’t Thought of at Home

Learn more about the hazards you haven't thought of at home

36 Almost Unbelievable Plumbing and Electrical Goofs

Read these DIYers' embarrassing moments stories and DIY fails from plumbing and electrical mistakes.


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...

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time


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.


Year-Round Home Maintenance Checklist

Don't be caught off-guard! Maintaining your home is much easier than paying for big repairs. Look through this home maintenance...

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Choosing the Best Water Filter for Your Home

Do you need a simple pitcher or a whole-house system? Water filtration isn't a one-size-fits-all solution to your drinking water...


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What to Know About Frozen Pipes

Don't let frozen water pipes cause a flood. Here's what to know about frozen pipes, including how to prevent them...


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Fact or Fiction: Is Your Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Clean, safe water is vital for drinking, cooking, bathing and more, yet most people barely give it a thought. Here's...


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 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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Should You Have a Water Alarm In Your Home?

A water alarm alerts you to leaks in vulnerable places in your home, and can help avert serious — and...


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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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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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26 Things That Changed DIY Forever

Innovations that improved home improvement.


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How to Glue and Join PVC Plastic Pipe

The secrets to fast, leak-proof connections

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How to Repair a Broken Pipe in Your Home

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


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7 Tips to Take Care of Your Septic System

Maintaining a home's septic system may seem like a daunting and stinky task, but it's really not. Being mindful of...


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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.


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...