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    Prevent Leaks With Pipe Dope

    Pipe dope plus Teflon tape prevents leaks in water pipes


    Soldering Copper Pipe

    Tips and techniques you need to know


    How to Replace a Garbage Disposal

    14 tips and tricks to avoid leaks and mistakes.


    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...


    How Does a Septic Tank Work?

    Answer the question of how does a septic tank work with these septic tank diagrams and expert advice.


    Install a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

    If you need filtered water, a reverse osmosis system is a good solution


    How to Replace a Kitchen Sink Basket Strainer

    Replace a sink strainer—it’s easy!


    How to Solder Copper Pipe Joints

    Learn to solder copper pipe like a pro.

    How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

    A frozen water line can cause pipes to burst and wreck your home


    How to Use CPVC Plastic Plumbing Pipe

    Easy to cut and join, no special tools, no risky soldering


    How to Replace a Garbage Disposer Splash Guard

    Install a new splash guard in 20 minutes


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    Confirmed: This Is How You Should Hang Your Toilet Paper

    Over or under? We finally have the answer.


    Join Copper and Galvanized Steel Pipe

    Use dielectric unions to stop corrosion



    DIY Dictionary: Teflon Tape

    What is Teflon Tape? When most of us hear the word 'Teflon' we think of frying pans. But in the...


    ABS pipe vs PVC pipe

    Follow our step-by-step guidelines for choosing either abs pipe or pvc pipe for your plumbing project

    12 Things Your Plumber Wants You To Know

    Steer clear of late-night or early-morning calls to the plumber by avoiding these big mistakes.


    Avoid a Plumbing Catastrophe During the Holidays By Doing These Things

    Prevent plumbing problems when your house is full of guests by checking these tasks off of your list before the...


    Brown Friday: What You Can Learn From Plumbers’ Busiest Day of the Year

    It’s not what you think. Learn why plumbers field so many service calls the day after Thanksgiving.


    Save Big By Hiring Contractors Off-Season

    Choosing the right time to hire home contractors can save you money and get better quality work. Here's the best...


    The Dos and Don’ts of a Bathroom Remodel

    A bathroom remodel can be a stressful endeavor, whether it's a DIY job or you hire a professional. However, when...

    The DIY Plumbing Hall of Shame

    These homeowners should've stopped and called a pro several steps prior to finishing their DIY plumbing projects...


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    This is What Happens When You Flush a Goldfish Down the Toilet (Hint: Don’t Do It)

    Here's what happens when you flush a goldfish down the toilet.


    Reader Project: DIY Outdoor Shower

    Learn how a Family Handyman reader built an outdoor shower in his yard.


    Fixing a Water-Shutoff Valve Leak

    Solution to a leak around the water valve shut-off handle


    7 Tankless Water Heater Myths You Need to Stop Believing

    These myths might make you think tankless water heaters aren't effective!


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    This Toilet Saves Japan Millions of Gallons of Water Each Year

    Find out what's so special about a toilet that's saving millions of gallons of water.