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    Can You Put Coffee Grounds Down a Garbage Disposal?

    Wondering if you can put coffee grounds down your garbage disposal? We've got you covered.

    Can You Put Polyurethane Over Paint? Everything to Know

    We'll break down the FAQs about putting polyurethane over paint.


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    What Is CPVC Pipe? Here’s Everything to Know

    Learn about this plumbing pipe that's easy to cut and join, requires no special tools and no risky soldering.


    I’m a Professional Landscaper, and I Tried Husqvarna’s Backpack Leaf Blower

    The Husqvarna is one of the best backpack leaf blowers for homeowners and has surprising power. I tested it in...


    Oneida Dust Deputy Review: Tested by a Professional Woodworker

    Tired of costly shop vac filters and reduced suction power? I tested the Oneida Dust Deputy—here's why you need one...

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    How Do You Stop Condensation on Water Pipes?

    Whether you call it pipe condensation or sweating pipes, it's a bigger problem than you might think. Here our experts...


    9 Plunge Pool Ideas

    These beautiful plunge pool ideas give you the benefits of a swimming pool, without the maintenance or space requirements.

    How To Paint Stucco

    Stucco home in need of a refresh? Paint it! We've got the step-by-step, and all the pro tips, right here.


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    How to Use a Garbage Disposal Reset Button

    Learn how the red reset button on garbage disposals helps prevent overloading and overheating when your unit malfunctions.


    What Are Water Hammer Arrestors?

    Silence your noisy, rattling water pipes by installing a water hammer arrestor.


    Here’s an Easy Way to Match Caulk and Grout Colors

    You'll need sanded caulk and a makeshift applicator

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    Ditch Plastic Landscape Edging for Natural Mulch

    Hate the look of plastic landscape edging? For a more informal, natural border around planted areas, try trench edging...

    The Best Cordless Leaf Blowers, Tested By a Lawn Expert

    After testing dozens of cordless leaf blowers, we've found the perfect combination of power, usability and affordability.


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    How To Use a Broadcast Spreader the Right Way

    A broadcast spreader is an essential tool for taking care of your lawn.


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    GFCI vs. AFCI Outlets: What’s the Difference?

    Confused about these important safety devices? An electrician explains the difference.


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    How To Drill Into a Stud

    How much wood are you allowed to cut out of a stud?

    How to Make a DIY Room Divider

    Here is how to make a room divider that adds a splash of color to your home and can be...


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    How To Build Modern Barn Doors for Your Home

    Check out this modern take on sliding barn doors from At Home with Family Handyman personality Mr. Build It.


    Polycrylic vs. Polyurethane: Which Should You Use?

    From safety and durability to clean up and color tone, here's how to choose whether polycrylic or polyurethane is right...


    Should I Replace My Roof? Here’s What to Consider

    A roof replacement is an expensive proposition, and you might not need one. Here's how to tell when a less...


    Can Paint Freeze? Here’s What to Know

    Left your paint in a garage or shed over winter? Here's what you need to know about why paint freezes...


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    How to Replace a Light Fixture

    Here is how to replace a ceiling light fixture in an hour or two.


    8 Bulbs to Plant in Spring

    Not to worry if you missed fall planting. From lush lilies to dazzling dahlias, here are bulbs to plant in...


    25 Trees for Every Landscape Need

    Trees play several roles in the home landscape. Here are some expert recommendations for which trees to plant for the...


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    10 Living Fence Ideas

    A living fence is a great alternative to regular fencing. It can bloom, attract wildlife and even change with the...

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    Plumbing With PEX Tubing

    PEX tubing is an easy-to-install alternative to copper pipe. Long used in radiant heating systems, flexible PEX tubing is perfect...


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    12 Facts About LED Christmas Lights You Should Know

    Have you thought about upgrading your home's holiday light display? Here are some tips and tricks you should know about...


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    Rotary Drill vs. Hammer Drill: What’s the Difference?

    Learn about these drills and don't let a little concrete get in your way


    What Are CFL Bulbs? Everything to Know

    How much do you know about compact fluorescent lighting? Our experts are here to help.


    Painting Your Garage Floor? Reach for the 5 Best Garage Floor Paints

    When painting the garage floor, these products will come in handy.


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    How to Finish a Basement

    With special framing and insulating techniques, your basement can be as comfortable as any other room in your home. Find...