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

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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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    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.


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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.


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    Stihl Cordless Pruning Saw Review: Is This Battery-Powered Pruning Saw Worth Buying?

    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.


    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...


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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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    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...


    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.


    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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    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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    Why Benjamin Moore’s Aura Bath and Spa Paint Is the Best – An Honest Review

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

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    6 Things An Electrician Learned After Buying Her First House

    A professional electrician shares what she's learned about electrical while living in and working on her own home.


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    Purdy Paint Brushes (Like the XL Cub) Make Cutting in Easy

    Looking for quality painting tools that can be used with paint or stain? Check out Purdy paint brushes for your...


    The Eleven Percent: Spotlight on Women in the Trades

    This FH series introduces readers to a few of the women who make up 11...


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    The Best Portable Air Compressors of 2023

    Our favorite air compressors for whatever your pneumatic needs may be.


    7 Best Truck Tool Boxes to Organize Tools and Gear in Your Pickup

    Use this list of the best truck tool boxes to upgrade your vehicle's storage capability. They're strong, secure and come...


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    DeWalt DWE7491RS 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw Review (We Approve!)

    DeWalt has long been associated with great jobsite tools. This saw is no different.


    What’s In My Toolbox? A Pro Plumber’s Most Essential Tools

    A long-time plumbing professional shares a look inside her toolbox.


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    Family Handyman Approved: Hart Brushless Reciprocating Saw

    This reciprocating saw from Hart Tools is a powerful, all-in-one cutting tool with a brushless motor that DIYers will love.


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    We Tried the AccuBrush MX Paint Edger That Makes Cutting In a Breeze

    Want to speed up the painting process (and cut out frustration)? The innovative AccuBrush MX Paint Edger may be the...

    7 Reasons to Consider Going to Trade School

    Trade schools offer affordable education in dependable industries with classes to help you launch, retool or elevate your career.


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    Family Handyman Approved: Wago Lever Nuts

    Wary of cheap, twist-on wire nuts? Then try these from Wago.


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    Why Lumber Prices Are Soaring Again in 2022

    After normalizing in the second half of 2021, lumber prices are skyrocketing again. Here's why.


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    How to Fix a Toilet Handle

    If jiggling the handle doesn't solve the problem, one of these simple fixes probably will.


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    A Full Guide to Metal Roof Installation

    Learn how to get roofing layers right with these metal roofing tips.


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    8 Types of Air Conditioners and Systems to Consider for Home Cooling

    Looking to buy an air conditioner? Here's a roundup of eight air conditioner types, along with how to assess which...