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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.


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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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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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...


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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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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...


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.


How to Sweat Copper Pipe

Get perfect, leak-free plumbing joints every time.

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Everything to Know About Sump Pump Battery Backups

A dead pump can lead to disaster. Here's how to avoid trouble


Prevent Leaks With Pipe Dope

Pipe dope plus Teflon tape prevents leaks in water pipes


Soldering Copper Pipe

Tips and techniques you need to know


How to Replace a Garbage Disposal

14 tips and tricks to avoid leaks and mistakes.


How Does a Septic Tank Work?

Answer the question of how does a septic tank work with these septic tank diagrams and expert advice.


Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

If you need filtered water, a reverse osmosis system is a good solution