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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. Here's a comprehensive guide to point you in the right direction.


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.


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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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...

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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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...


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 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...

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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


How Do I Know if I Have Frozen Pipes and How Can I Stop It?

Frozen pipes are a headache no one wants to deal with. Here's how to prevent and spot frozen pipes, as...


The Best Bathroom and Kitchen Sink Faucets

Choose a spectacular new faucet packed with features that make it harder working and last a lifetime.


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!

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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