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    How to Glue and Join PVC Plastic Pipe

    The secrets to fast, leak-proof connections

    How to Safely Thaw a Frozen Pipe

    Here are a few low-cost DIY ways to thaw a frozen pipe and prevent them from freezing in the first...


    How to Repair a Broken Pipe in Your Home

    A quick and easy, no-soldering fix for your burst pipe.


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    Stuff We Still Love: Pipe Wrench, Doweling Jig and Glue Gun

    These three classic tools are as relevant today as when they first appeared on our pages decades ago.


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    Signs of Frozen Pipes (And How to Unfreeze Them)

    As temps drop, your risk of a frozen pipe increases. Read on for all you need to know about preventing...

    1951 Family Handyman Feature: Be Your Own Plumber

    In honor of Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some throwbacks. Check out these DIY plumbing tips.


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    How to Upgrade Your Shower in a Weekend

    Get an impressive shower upgrade without breaking the bank or turning your basement into a jobsite.


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    Expert Tips for an Easy Faucet Installation

    We caught up with Joe Barnes, a second-generation master plumber with more than 30 years of experience, to tackle...



    This Is What People Used Before Toilet Paper Existed

    Toilet paper is selling out everywhere, which leaves us wondering — what did people do without it in the first...


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    Here’s Why Old Houses Have a Random Toilet in the Basement

    Standalone toilets in the basement are an outdated concept. Why were they necessary in the first place?


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    Stuff We Love: Plumber’s Wrenches

    It's fun to see basic tools reinvented. Here are three new school plumber's wrenches that will make your friends ask:...


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    5 Toilet Paper Alternatives That Will Definitely Clog Your Pipes

    Running out of toilet paper? Make sure you don't make matters worse by flushing something that could clog pipes or...

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    PEX Supply Pipe: Everything You Need to Know

    PEX piping is the biggest revolution since the flush toilet. Learn what it is and everything in between with this...


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    8 Best Bidet Toilet Seats for 2020

    Bidets and bidet toilet seats are becoming more and more popular in the United States. If you're in the market,...


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    2020 Vision on Smart Toilets

    Discover what a smart toilet can do for your health and lifestyle.


    What Is a Water Softener and How Does It Work?

    Depending on where you live and your water supply, investing in a water softener to pull harsh minerals out of...


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    10 Most Common Plumbing Code Violations DIYers Make

    Violating code can also cause serious difficulties down the line if you try to sell your house or make major...


    5 Easy DIY Ways to Trick Out Your Toilet

    Functionality and fun for your home’s most important feature.


    How to Choose the Right Water Softener

    How to Choose a Water Softener How to Size a Water Softener


    How Do I Know if I Have Frozen Pipes and How Can I Stop It?

    Frozen pipes are a headache no one wants to deal with. Here's how to prevent and spot frozen pipes, as...

    10 Plumbing Services You’ve Probably Wasted Money On

    You don't need to call a plumber for every leaky pipe or clogged drain. Often, some simple plumbing fixes are...


    The Best Bathroom and Kitchen Sink Faucets

    Choose a spectacular new faucet packed with features that make it harder working and last a lifetime.


    Plumbing Valve Basics

    Is one type better than the other?


    Stop Plumbing Leaks With Ball-Type Shutoff Valves

    Choose ball-type valves when replacing toilet or sink shutoff valves


    How to Repack a Stem Seal on a Street Valve

    You can add new packing in minutes without turning off the water


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    How to Replace a Shutoff Valve

    Stop under-sink leaks with this 30-minute fix.