8 Great DIY Home Improvement Rules

With more than 75 years of hard-core DIY experience under their belts, TFH editors share their best rules for your next improvement project.

With so much DIY expertise and experience here at The Family Handyman, our editors decided to write down their top tips for how to get the best results from your home improvement projects. From plumbing to drywall, our editors weigh in with their favorite hints for DIYers.

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Start with level, plumb and flat walls

Be positive the power's off

Keep a beater chisel in your tool belt

Buy extra plumbing parts

Beware of drywall dust

Plan around the weather

Leave "reveals" on windows and doors

Have a tarp for roof tear-offs

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