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Profressional Trades

Become a more well-rounded professional with these insights into life as a pro in the trades.

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    How to Install an Egress Window

    Adding a code compliant egress window makes a brighter, safer basement.

    The Eleven Percent: Meet Kat Christie, Residential Handyperson

    Pro Handyperson Kat Christie talks about the joy of breathing new life into old things and how women are changing...


    If You See a ‘Tooth’ on Your Hammer, This Is What It’s For

    Ever come across this type of hammer and wonder what it's for? Here's the scoop.


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    Rewiring a House: How To Hire a Pro

    Rewiring a house is a major undertaking. An electrical inspector offers tips on hiring the right pro for the...


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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Renee Wilson, Insulation Contractor/Owner

    A lifetime insulation enthusiast talks about today's trade challenges, including making an industry hidden behind walls sexy to the next...

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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Belick Pha, Senior Construction Supervisor

    Action films inspired Belick Pha toward a dream career in construction, where she's gone from engineer to supervisor.


    10 Kitchen Color Trends That Are Hot Right Now

    Need a shot of color inspiration to fire up your kitchen? Here are our top picks.

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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Thea Alvin, Stonemason

    Thea Alvin talks about being an imperfectionist, today's shifting workforce expectations and what's in her tool bag.


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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Ally Childress, Journeyworker Electrician

    Electrician Ally Childress talks about working on a stadium, how to be inclusive and what's in her tool bag.


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    Unclog Drains with Ease Using This Power Drum Auger

    Don't waste your money on a plumber. Instead try this inexpensive, easy-to-use Family Handyman Approved power drum auger.


    What’s In My Toolbox? A Pro Electrician’s Essential Tools

    An apprentice electrician shares a look at some of her favorite tools.

    Remodel Your Kitchen with a Custom Range Hood Kit That’s Easy to DIY

    If you're looking for a creative focal point in your upcoming kitchen remodel, try building your own range hood with...


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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Schannon Yodice, That Tile Chick

    Schannon Yodice talks about finessing complex projects, men behaving poorly on social media and what's in her tool bag.


    The Headlamp I Never Knew I Needed

    This top-notch Fenix HM65r headlamp showed me the light when I thought my old headlamp was fine.


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    Cut Through Yard Work with This Stihl Cordless Pruning Saw

    Kiss those hand-cramping pruners, shears and loopers goodbye. Try this Family Handyman Approved battery operated pruner instead.


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    Stay Shady with This Family Handyman Approved Sun Shirt

    Have some fun in the sun wearing this Family Handyman Approved work shirt with built-in UV protection.

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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Mary Kehl, Handyman Apprentice and Medic

    Mary Kehl talks about switching careers later in life, building a house and what's in her tool bag.


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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Melinde Madsen, Production Carpenter

    Melinde Madsen talks about learning new skills, matching tools with her body type and what's in her tool bag.


    We Tried the Worx Switchdriver and It Really Is a Time-Saver

    Sick of the constant switching back and forth between different bits and tips?  Us, too. That's why we tried this...


    A Family Handyman Approved Father’s Day Gift Guide

    Struggling to find the right Father's Day gift for your dad? Check out these Family Handyman Approved products any DIY...


    What’s In My Toolbox? A Pro Roofer’s Essential Tools

    A look inside the toolbox of a pro roofer.


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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Celia Reyes, Welder

    Welder Celia Reyes talks about creating, her education and what's in her tool bag.


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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Maggie Rogosienski, Electrical Apprentice

    Maggie Rogosienski talks about switching careers, navigating harassment and what's in her tool bag.


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    Tear Through DIY Projects with the Family Handyman Approved Diablo Demo Demon Saw Blade

    If you're planning on adding a window, knocking down a wall or re-roofing your garage, pick up a Diablo Demo...


    STUDY: Homeowner’s Remodeling Plans Undeterred By Inflation and Shortages

    Inflation is cranking up costs and material shortages are delaying projects, but that's not stopping homeowners.

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    How Much Does It Cost To Restore an Historic Home?

    From HVAC to insurance, our experts discuss some of the common cost pitfalls of restoring old and historic homes.


    Old Homes: What’s Worth Restoring?

    From plaster to HVAC, here's advice from our experts on how to decide what's worth restoring in your old or...


    What Is An Architectural Historian?

    Kristopher King talks about the value of preservation, his pet peeves and some of his alluring discoveries in Charleston.


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    The Eleven Percent: Meet Sarah Lechowich, Roofer and CEO

    Sarah Lechowich talks about running a woman-owned company, the importance of mentorship and what's in her tool bag.


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    These Stylish and Tough Stoggles Safety Glasses Are Family Handyman Approved

    Whether you work in the trades or you're a DIY enthusiast, safety glasses are an essential tool. Recently I picked...


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    Give Your Bathroom a New Look with Family Handyman Approved Aura Bath & Spa Paint

    Remodels can be costly and become drawn out. But if you're looking for a quick way to breath new life...