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Pro tips and techniques that will give you a helping hand in your daily life on the jobsite.

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What to Know About Building a House

There are different phases to building a house: planning, design, the actual build itself, as well as décor — all of which need to work within your budget. Our checklist helps move you in the right direction.

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Pros and Cons of Attic Insulation Types

What’s the best attic insulation? That depends on your definition of “best”. An expert home inspector goes through which attic...


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Most Common Homeowners Insurance Claims

Break-ins and theft account for six percent of insurance claims for Travelers Insurance. Find out the most common homeowners insurance...


Save Money With Home Energy Audit

Find out where you're losing energy—and what you can do to stop it


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Is Renting a Router and Modem From Your Internet Company a Bad Idea?

Renting equipment from your internet company is easy and convenient, but buying your own could save you money over time.

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20 Home Renovations That Instantly Increase Your Home Value

These are the top renovations that increase home value. Some are easy and inexpensive updates that you can do over...


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12 Most-Bang-for-Your-Buck Home Improvement Projects

Home improvement projects don't always have to have big-budget price tags. If you're looking to sell or just want to...

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13 DIY Home Improvements That Might Require A Permit

Some home improvements you may not know you need a permit for. If you're getting ready to start one of...


10 Important Things to Consider when Buying a House

Buying a house is a big decision. Have you considered these items?


4 Proven Methods for Creating Wood Joints

Make strong, long-lasting joints without needing years of woodworking expertise or a big budget.


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24 Acronyms and Abbreviations DIYers Need to Know

Do you know what these common acronyms and abbreviations mean? If not, study up before your next home improvement project!

Innovations for Life

Family Handyman’s innovative homeLAB is an urban testing ground where editors test the latest products and share with readers how...


20 Reasons Why It Might Be Time for You to Move

There's no decision quite like the choice to move to a different home, whether you're staying in the same area...


78 Hacks for Repurposing Random Old Household Items

Old milk jugs and pool noodles are standard materials for repurposing, but check out what you can do with items...


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9 Tool Hacks You’ll Use Time and Time Again

Tools are usually designed with one task in mind, but many can be used for all sorts of jobs.


How to Hang Drywall: Pro Tips for Cutting and Installing

A good framing crew makes drywall hangers whistle while they work. Follow these great hanging suggestions, and you can make...

Pro Tips for Basement Finishing

These are great tips on how to solve many of the problems you're likely to encounter when working on your...


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26 Things That Changed DIY Forever

Innovations that improved home improvement.


A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...


Tips for Creating Face Frame Cabinets

Building face frames is rewarding and not as difficult as you might think. Here’s some great tips and sound advice...


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Why You Should Chalk Your Metal Files

This will keep your files from clogging when working with nonferrous metals.


How to Properly Take Care of Lithium Ion Batteries

Follow these battery care tips to make your lithium ion batteries last longer.


Framing Tips Vol. 1

Clear communication is key This is how I stay organized with myself and the guys. The first picture shows how