Smart Homeowner

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  • Best Water Filter

    Does your tap water taste bad? In this article we explain the possible causes, then discuss the best types of water filters that you can use to…

  • Why We Serve

    We honor 10 DIYers whose spirit of service to our country, their communities or their neighbors makes us proud. They’re all fine examples…

  • 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 Get Rid of Anything

    Learn how to get rid of household junk, unneeded building materials and other unwanted stuff with these tips and strategies from TFH staff and…

  • How to Clean a Phone

    Spilled a drink on your cordless phone? Don’t panic yet—these instructions will show you how to clean your phone and restore it to…

  • Remove Water Sediment With a Whole Home Water Filter

    Well water and some public water systems may contain tiny bits of sediment. Instead of an expensive filtration system, try a simple whole house…

  • Allergies: Filtering Out Pollen With Furnace Filters

    For allergy sufferers, open windows bring fresh air but also pollen and dust. A window filter lets you keep the fresh air while blocking the…

  • Testing for Lead Paint

    If you live in an older home, it's a good idea to check for lead paint, especially before remodeling. Start with an inexpensive DIY test,…

  • Generator Maintenance Tips

    Follow this expert advice on how to buy, operate and maintain a gas powered electrical generator so that it's safe and ready to go when…

  • 5 Common Building Code Violations

    Prevent accidents and make your home safer by fixing these five common code violations-bad GFCIs, an improperly located smoke alarm, an…

  • Choosing the Best Generator

    We outline the pros and cons of two types of emergency electrical generators—the portable type and the larger standby type—and tell…

  • How to Find a Good Contractor

    After you check a contractor’s recommendations and insurance, find out how much they know and what they really plan on doing with the…

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