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    When Was Lead Paint Banned?

    Learn about the history of lead paint, why it was banned and steps to take if you find it in your house.

    Repainting Painted Wood Floors: A How-To Guide

    It's quick and easy to refresh those dingy, dinged-up floors. Read on to learn the steps.


    What Are the Different Types of Plywood Grades?

    Plywood is a staple material in the construction and woodworking trades. Here's how to recognize the grades and choose among...


    Why You Should Use a Random Orbital Sander for Sanding Cabinets

    If you're looking for a smooth finish to your cabinets, reach for your trusty random orbital sander, not a finishing...


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    10 Expert Tips for How to Use a Wood Router

    Go beyond the basics. Use your wood router to make strong joints, plane edges, cut smooth curves and more.

    How To Stain Furniture

    Transform furniture with stain and protect it for the long haul.


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    Cool New Shrubs To Grow in Your Yard

    Flowering shrubs are ready for their moment, thanks to the work of plant breeders. See what's new and improved with...

    I Tried the Spengar IR Paint Stripper and Love Removing Paint Without the Chemicals

    This paint stripper is tough enough to deliver the heat to remove layers of paint in seconds and gentle enough...


    We Tried It: Drill Doctor Drill Bit Sharpener Review

    Save money and bring dull and broken bits back to life with the Drill Doctor.


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    What To Know About Painting in the Winter

    Cold weather painting isn't ideal, but sometimes you just have to get a project done. Here's how to make it...


    (Sketch Up) How To Build a Rolling Clamp Rack

    As the saying goes, you can never have too many clamps. So let's make something to store them on!

    How To Use an Electric Planer

    An electric planer shaves and shapes wood like a hand plane, a belt sander and a jointer all rolled into...


    Tips for Soldering Copper Pipe

    Intimidated by the thought of soldering copper pipe? We've got a collection of pro tips to help out at every...


    How To Build a Bathroom Vanity

    A bathroom vanity may seem too complicated for your skill set, but it's probably not. Just follow this sleek design...


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    What Is Paint Correction and How Does It Work?

    Paint correction restores your car's finish. It involves cleaning, paint touch-ups and polishing, and it's a job you can't hurry.


    How To Use Pipe Dope to Prevent Plumbing Leaks

    Wondering if you should use pipe dope on your plumbing projects? We explain what it is and when to apply...

    How To Make a Wood Serving Board

    A wood cutting and serving board is a beginner-friendly project you can complete in one weekend, with minimal tools.


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    How To Build a Birdhouse

    Get rid of that pile of wood scraps by making this distinctive DIY birdhouse.


    We Tried the All-New 2024 Toro TimeCutter SS4225 Zero-Turn Lawn Mower

    The Toro TimeCutter SS4225 is the revamped version of the classic zero-turn lawn mower. We tested it for ourselves.


    How To Make a Bird Feeder

    Assemble this DIY feeder with some scrap materials and copper sheeting.


    How To Build an Outdoor Dining Cart

    Elevate your tableside service at the next family barbecue with this easy-to-make cart.


    A Day in the Life: Jessie Cannizzaro

    A master plumber who owns her own business, Cannizzaro talks to Family Handyman about her journey and career.


    8 Refreshing Green Exterior Paint Colors

    Give your home a facelift with these fresh, modern green exterior colors.


    How To Give Outdoor Wood a Weathered Look in Just a Few Hours

    Like the look of worn, antique wood? Learn how to give outdoor wood a beautiful weathered look in just a...


    The 5 Best Biscuit Joiners, Tested and Reviewed by a Professional Woodworker

    Ready to "take the plunge" and buy a biscuit joiner? We put five leading brands to the test to find...

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    When Should You Add Sand To Paint?

    Adding sand to paint provides traction on slippy surfaces and creates texture on walls or ceilings. Here's how to do...


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    Pro Tips for Interior Painting with a Sprayer

    Interior painting with a sprayer isn't all that difficult. With modern spray equipment and proper prep, a DIYer can do...


    8 Exterior Brick Paint Color Ideas To Transform Your Home

    Give your dated brick home a makeover with these go-to ideas from an expert.


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    Is There a Way To Paint Something So It Looks Like Wood?

    Create a wood-like appearance on any surface with the art of faux finishing.


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    The Right Way To Paint a Metal Roof

    Transform your roof with confidence using these expert tips for great results and a long-lasting finish.


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    Energize Your Home With Garden Media’s Color of the Year: Cyber Lime

    Connect with nature and technology while invigorating your body and mind by embracing Cyber Lime.