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  • How to Install a Gas Stove – Without Dangerous Leaks

    Afraid to hook up a gas appliance? You should be! A gas leak in your home can be fatal. Here’s the right way to connect a range and a…

  • 10 Cool Fixtures and Hardware with a Matte Finish

    Bulb Chandelier Here’s a chandelier that will work well in your modern- or industrial-inspired home. The round iron design has a matte…

  • 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 Prevent Clogged Drains

    Drains always seem to clog at the worst possible time, like when you have a houseful of overnight guests or a big party. And while you may not…

  • How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

    Prevent pipes from freezing in the first place—a little ice can tear open a water supply line. That’s bad enough, but the real…

  • The Best Bathroom and Kitchen Sink Faucets

    In the market for a new faucet? Sure you can buy a boring cheapie for $50 that will cost you more in the long run for repairs or replacement.…

  • How to Sweat Copper Pipe

    Soldering copper water supply lines is not a difficult skill. Even a rookie can learn to solder leak-proof joints in 30 minutes. The process is…

  • How to Install a Toilet

    Installing your own toilet is a simple DIY project that will save you up to $200 in plumber’s fees. Les Zell, a master plumber, walks you step…

  • Toilet Shopping Tips

    Sick of your old, leaky, water hog of a toilet and want to buy a new one? You’ll find water-efficient toilets with an array of options.…

  • Use Coins for Toilet Shims

    When leveling a toilet, I often use coins or washers as shims. Coins or washers provide a firm seat and come in different thicknesses. Simply…

  • Squirt Gun Toilet Drainer

    When you’re repairing or replacing a toilet, you need to remove all the water. Simply shutting off the water supply and flushing won’t do it. A…

  • 12 Tips for Water Damage Repair

    Once you've shut down the water source and electricity, you may be staring at puddles and wondering, "What now?" Now it's time to assess and do…

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