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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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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...


What Is a Water Softener and How Does It Work?

Depending on where you live and your water supply, investing in a water softener to pull harsh minerals out of...


How to Choose the Right Water Softener

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

7 Tankless Water Heater Myths You Need to Stop Believing

These myths might make you think tankless water heaters aren't effective!


No Hot Water? Restore It Yourself

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

13 Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

We all know that water expands when it freezes. That’s not a problem with the ice cubes in your freezer,...


A Water Heater Vent Installed Like This Can Have Lethal Consequences

Installing a water heater vent incorrectly can be extremely dangerous for your family. Learn the wrong way and right way...


Washing Hose Security

My washing machine discharge hose jumped out of the laundry tub and flooded the entire room.


Keep Your Water Softener Healthy

Easy care prevents expensive breakdowns. A water softener removes minerals from water; that means cleaner laundry, a longer life for...

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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.