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5 Highest-Paying States for Masonry Contractors

Take a look at the five states with the highest average professional masonry contractor salaries across the U.S.

Makita’s Line of Cordless Pro Cleaning Tools

Everything you need to know about Makita's new line of cordless, pro-grade cleaning tools.


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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


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 Extend Your Water Heater’s Lifespan

A little preventive maintenance keeps the hot water flowing and extends your water heater's lifespan.


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


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Why You Should Invest in a Tankless Water Heater

If you're looking to make an investment in your home, a tankless water heater is a good place to start....


Water Heater Installation

Replace it yourself and save hundreds of dollars!


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.


Extend the Life of Your Water Heater by Replacing the Anode Rod

Double the life of your water heater with this simple repair


Choosing a New Water Heater

New technology can save energy and money



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Tankless Water Heaters: A Buyer’s Guide

Is a tankless water heater for you?

7 Tankless Water Heater Myths You Need to Stop Believing

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


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How to Adjust Your Water Heater’s Temperature

Be safe—keep the water heater temperature setting at 120 degrees F.


How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater

Simple solutions for common water heater leaks.


How to Replace a Water Heater Thermocouple

Save your hot water heater with a new thermocouple!


This Mistake Can Launch Your Water Heater Through Your Roof

As water heats up, it expands with tremendous force—enough to fracture the tank and launch the water heater through the...


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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.


Get a Smart Water Heater

Control your water heater remotely with a smartphone

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How to Repair or Replace Defective Water Heater Dip Tubes

Check your water heater in case you have a defective dip tube.