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  • Install Scald Protection

    Achieve scald protection for your tub and shower by installing anti-scald showerheads and tub spouts. You don’t have to tear open the…

  • How to Increase Water Pressure in Your House

    Do you have low water pressure even though the pipes are new? There are several possible causes, but if nothing else works, install a water…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Connect Gas Pipe Lines

    Make gas line connections from steel or copper pipes to ranges and clothes dryers safe and secure by using the proper fittings and connections.…

  • Join Copper and Galvanized Steel Pipe

    Water leaks from old galvanized steel water pipe are common at joints, especially when they're joined to copper. Use a dielectric coupling…

  • How to Fix a Chipped Sink

    You can fix chipped enamel on cast iron and steel sinks, and you can make the repair almost invisible with a special enamel repair kit. We show…

  • How to Glue and Join PVC Plastic Pipe

    How to make leak-proof connections fast, whether you’re using PVC, ABS or CPVC. Plus, common mistakes to avoid and how to fix them.

  • No Hot Water? Restore It Yourself

    Before you replace a broken hot water heater, check to make sure the thermocouple still works. It’s a simple, inexpensive repair that…

  • How to Replace a Kitchen Sink Basket Strainer

    Quick and easy fix for a leaky kitchen sink basket strainer. Replace the basket strainer yourself in just an hour and save the cost of a visit…

  • Tips on Choosing a Faucet

    Choosing a faucet is tricky. The variety of styles, materials and finishes-and prices-can be overwhelming. You’ll probably live with your…

  • What is PEX? Plus Tips for Using PEX

    PEX tubing and fittings are starting to push copper out of home-handyman (and plumbers’) toolboxes. Learn tips for working with it and…

  • Silence Noisy Water Pipes

    Unlike traditional water chambers, which eventually fill with water, water hammer arresters are sealed, so they’re more effective at…

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