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  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Silence Noisy Water Pipes

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

  • 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…

  • 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.…

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