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    Tankless Water Heater Guide

    Tankless water heaters take up much less space than storage water heaters as they heat the water directly. Discover why one of them is best for your home.

    The Most Essential Products for New Homeowners

    From cleaning supplies to tools, here's a list of everything you'll need for your new home.


    Prevent Water Damage While You Are Away

    Water damage from frozen pipes, ruptured washer hoses, leaking supply lines and dripping water heaters costs billions every year. This...


    What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

    When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider....


    Why Old Homes Have Small Galvanized Pipes Sticking Out of the Ground

    The galvanized pipes can cause environmental damage, so it's best to identify them as soon as possible!


    Copper Pipe Types

    The pros and cons of thicker and thinner copper pipe.

    100 Plumbing Goofs and Other Scary Stuff

    A plumbing problem is no laughing matter, but it is fun to see the problems before they're solved. Check out...


    15 Things You Should Do When You Find a Burst Pipe

    A burst pipe is the last thing anyone wants to tackle. But there are some quick temporary fixes you can...


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    Stop Hiring Out These 10 Home Repairs

    Every homeowner should know a trustworthy electrician, plumber and carpenter. But having them do small jobs can get expensive. Consider...


    Avoid Frozen Sump Pump Pipes

    What seemed like an easy, inexpensive project could have turned out to be a costly disaster.

    10 Cool Fixtures and Hardware with a Matte Finish

    Move over stainless! Over the last couple years, designers say there's been an increase in requests for matte black finishes...


    Metal, Wood and More: Tools and Tips for All Kinds of Cuts

    These will definitely get you out of a few jams.


    How to Install a Battery-Powered Touchless Faucet

    Touchless faucet installation made easy.


    How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Vanity

    A fresh new look for your bathroom.


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    6 Things Plumbers ALWAYS Do In Their Own Homes

    Plumbers say keeping up on a few basic tasks and best practices is the secret to a well-maintained, fully-functioning home...

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    The 30 Secrets a Plumber Won’t Tell You

    These secrets could save you a lot of time and money. Get the scoop on things a plumber will never...


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    5 Top Myths About Septic Systems

    There's a lot of misinformation out there about septic systems. Here's what you need to know.


    10-Minute House Repair and Home Maintenance Tips

    Simple fixes to household headaches that take 10 minutes or less — these home repairs are quick and easy.


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    The 10 Most Common Plumbing Mistakes DIYers Make

    You can fix most household plumbing repairs and even update plumbing fixtures with just a few special tools and a...


    Parts of Your Home Prone to the Most Winter Weather Damage

    Knowing where your home is most vulnerable and taking precautions can save you thousands of dollars in repairs next spring.


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    What You Need to Know About Your Septic System’s Drainfield

    Knowing how to care for and maintain your drainfield will keep your entire septic system running properly.


    How to Fix a Leaking Shutoff Valve

    Fix a leaking shutoff valve and save yourself the cost of a visit from the plumber.


    How to Connect Gas Pipe Lines

    Use the correct fittings for a safe gas hook-up

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    6 Things Professional Plumbers Never Do in Their Own Homes

    Taking good care of the plumbing in your home is important to say the least, and that includes knowing what...


    Family Handyman’s Vintage Handy Hints from the ’80s

    In celebration of Family Handyman's 70th Anniversary, we're taking a scroll through the archives and sharing some of the hints,...


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    9 Bathroom Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

    Getting ready to fix a toilet, shower or sink? Then it's the perfect time to acquaint yourself with these common...


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    How to Use a Drain Bladder to Blast Any Sink Clog

    Learn how to use a drain bladder to quickly, easily and affordably clear the toughest sink clogs.


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    What to Know About Drain Bladders

    Learn how a drain bladder can easily and inexpensively blast away the toughest clogs.


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    Family Handyman’s Vintage Projects and Tips From the ’60s

    Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through the use of step-by-step projects. To celebrate...